Featured Marina: Imperial Wharf, Chelsea
The latest addition to London’s list of swish marinas, Imperial Wharf, opened its doors to London’s boating community late last year. Until now, nature’s tide has restricted access to berths in London's marinas, forcing owners to plan their trips around the high water access windows.
This is a new, non-residential mooring facility located on the River Thames in front of the prestigious Imperial Wharf residential and leisure development between Chelsea and Fulham. The marina is the first private pier to be built on the upper reaches of the Thames which has uninterrupted access to deep water.
There are very few places on the tidal River Thames where it is possible for private boat owners to moor their vessels in a safe environment where, dependent upon the size of the vessel, you can come and go whatever the state of tide. The marina has all the facilities boat owners are accustomed to, and there is even a retired Naval Commander as the resident pier master.
So, what does it have to offer for London’s boaters? Well, river-based deep water moorings for a start. No need for locking in and out, no time restrictions and over 2m depth on most moorings at MLWS. There’s over 600m of mooring space, electricity, water and a resident pier master. Traffic along that stretch of the Thames is fairly light, so berth holders are less to be disturbed by excessive wash.
There are bars, restaurants and supermarkets nearly, and the new Imperial Wharf station is on the marina’s doorstep.
Finally, you’ll get a friendly welcome and, if you need it, sound advice from Colin Watkins (ex-RN Commander), the resident pier master.
Contact details for the marina as follows:
Imperial Wharf Marina Moorings
Pier Master (Colin Watkins): 07932 603284
Fax: 020 8878 6362