Thursday, 31 January 2019

London's Liveaboard Marinas Explained

St Katharine Docks
Probably London's most famous and recognisable marina, St Kat's is in a fantastic location right next to Tower Bridge and has plenty of restaurants and bars around the basins. The marina usually has available berths so there is no premium attached to boats for sale here. Beware of estate agents advertising otherwise. Mooring fees are high comparably but the facilities are top notch. It makes a great place to stay on board a few nights a week as a pied-a-terre as the moorings are not residential.

Limehouse Basin
A well run marina and vibrant community in this great location in East London. Excellent transport links, amenities and full residential moorings make this a desirable place to live afloat. There is a very long waiting list so the only way to get in is to buy something already there. A 5% transfer fee applies are mooring fees start at £7,800 per annum. There are great pubs and restaurants near the marina on Narrow Street and the marina is well situated for someone who wants to explore the Regent's Canal, River Lea or the Thames.

Poplar Dock Marina
Set just to the east of Canary Wharf, this marina has a village feel with a strong community spirit and great transport links. The shops and restaurants of Canary Wharf are just over 10 mins walk away and the marina itself has communal areas and excellent facilities. As per the other marinas with residential moorings, there is a long waiting list and a premium attached to any boat for sale. Limehouse and Poplar are run by the same organisation so fees are matched across both.

South Dock and Greenland Dock
London's largest marina set across two docks and a really popular spot for liveaboards. A great mix of yachts, cruisers, canal boats and barges with residential moorings, there is a very long waiting list and a premium attached to any boat that comes up for sale. Mooring fees are generally a bit lower here than the other docks and there is a 10% transfer fee. The immediate area around the marinas is quiet and the nearest tube station is Surrey Quays which is 10 minutes walk.

Chelsea Harbour
A great location in West London, this marina offers pied-a-terre moorings and is mostly populated with motor cruisers. Mooring fees are reasonable for the location and there is a long waiting list fora berth here. Similar to St Katharine Docks in its restrictions on full time living, the marina makes a great bolthole option in a very desirable part of town.