London Diary – Towns on Thames

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Going on 3rd year in London, it has been perfectly fine without owning a car. Now we have one we’ve been surveying commuting options along Thames. Maybe I’ll find a gorgeous place in a lovely little village that I can afford and it is not too far for my husband to commute to work. Those criteria have to be met for the move to be worthwhile. One can always dream. Over the past weekend, we covered more ground than we otherwise could have.

To the west, Taplow and Marlow. While Taplow has a pretty traditional village center, Marlow has a vibrant high street, both have pretty riverfronts. Maidenhead right across Taplow is very pretty on the river too.

To the west, Erith, Gravesend, Rochester and Chatham. Erith is quickly ruled out. Gravesend has an unsavory name and wasn’t on the list, but we stumbled across it and found it an impressive little town. Another interesting discovery in Gravesend, Pocahontas is buried at its St Gorge’s Church. Heading towards Chatham, we were stopped by Rochester’s imposing riverside castle and its grand cathedral. Chatham might be Rochester’s quieter neighbour, it too has some interesting points, Marina, Historic dock yard, riverside distillery and Chatham Naval Memorial where there is a sweeping view of the hilly towns.

Whatever happens, it certainly has been fun looking.

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