32 members and friends set off in sunshine to Westminster but, unfortunately, this soon changed to showers. As we were able to take cover on the boat this was no problem.
The commentary on the boat was good and our attention was drawn to places of interest along the River bank such as The Royal Chelsea Hospital, the Redevelopment of the old Battersea Power Station, Battersea Park, the “affordable” homes at Chelsea Reach, Kew Botanical Gardens, Syon Park and the Boat Race Course.
We passed through two locks at Richmond and Teddington, under 15 road bridges and 7 rail bridges. Fortunately, for our arrival at Hampton Court the sun came out so we walked around the Rose and Vegetable Gardens then on to the Restaurant for tea and cakes.
A short walk over Hampton Court Bridge brought us to the coach, a tour of Chessington, Ewell and Banstead, and got us home around 6 o’clock. Except for the roundabout journey home, all appeared to have had a successful day.