After the locking procedure our boat soon arrived at the Richmond pier, which we know very well from the shore. Then it moved further up, to the Teddington lock, which is a 'normal' lock and above there the river is no longer tidal. It is most interesting to see how the river changes from Westminster (tidal with lots of traffic) to Hampton Court, which is the palace built by Henry VIII, about 4 miles upstream from Teddington (a quiet river with almost only pleasure craft).
From Hampton Court we took a bus back to Richmond, did the shopping at Sainsbury's and got back home. Below are some pictures:
People call this 'Big Ben'. Not quite correct: 'Big Ben' is the name of the biggest of the bells which hangs behind the clock face!
Palace of Westminster (aka 'Houses of Parliament')
There are all sorts of interesting buildings on the way. Tis church is very popular for weddings due to its location. See how low the tide is: the barge in front of the church is far up the bank!
Hammersmith bridge is quite beautiful!
The 'London Apprentice' pub. On the quayside in front of the pub, one can see what the water level at high tide is!
Arriving at Richmond lock
The White Cross at Richmond where we celebrated Sean's birthday with a pub lunch a few weeks ago.
Inside Teddington lock
Whereas on the tidal part of the Thames you see quite a few rowers, upstream sailing is more popular. Here a sailing school near Kingston.
The end of the trip. The gates of Hampton Court as seen from the water,