Life on the river

With stunning views, central locations and convenient living, it’s little wonder you need to move quickly to secure a home on the Thames.

From Pimlico to Chelsea, Bankside to Canary Wharf, you often see the very best of the capital on the banks of the mighty Thames. “the river has long attracted a diversity of devotees, from artists to financiers, younger professionals to older country dwellers who enjoy retaining a Thames-side foothold on London.

“The period following World War II saw a push to develop areas upstream for city dwellers seeking solace from the everyday grind. “There were no widespread package holidays until the 1970s, so following the war, many plots on the edge of the Thames were carved up into sometimes narrow, but quite long plots, with holiday homes constructed from wood,” says Dexters Waterview Director Soren Ravaux.

Nowadays, you’re more likely to see luxurious apartments with balconies designed to entertain and impress than humble historical dwellings. These centrally located residences can appeal to a wide range of buyers, from City workers in search of a pied-à-terre, to UK and overseas investors who understand the enduring appeal of living on the Thames in prime central areas.

It’s not only the vistas of famous landmarks and the London skyline that ensure these apartments remain in demand, but also the proximity to the restaurants and bars of central London, as well as the ease of living.

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Central river apartment buildings typically offer on-site gyms and swimming pools, 24-hour concierge and security, with some providing underground or valet parking.

In the case of Riverwalk, residents are also drawn to the riverside landscaped gardens, designed to reflect the area’s artistic heritage, with Tate Britain being in the locale. The gardens include a sculpture by Royal Academy alumnus Peter Randall-Page and specially commissioned benches by Argentine-French artist Pablo Reinoso.


Meanwhile at Pan Peninsula Square, there’s a waterside restaurant and a private residents’ cinema, as well as a penthouse-level cocktail bar from which you can enjoy breathtaking views of Canary Wharf and the panorama beyond.


Because of the typically lower turnover of owners of riverside properties, there is usually no shortage of people willing to buy. This means buyers are recommended to act quickly if they are interested in a riverside home and choose agents with a detailed understanding of the river property market. Soren says, “A lot of sellers may have had their home for many years. Prospective buyers have to act fast because they know it might take some time for another home they love to become available.”

Demand for properties next to the river tends to be consistently high and around this time of year is one of the busiest seasons in the market for riverside properties.

Dexters has 26 offices along the River Thames dealing with waterview property, with a particular focus on central London as well as providing access to riverside properties outside of central areas. Interested? Please contact Soren Ravaux on 020 8398 8550 to discuss riverside living.

Wherever you choose to live on the river, you’re likely to come across a breadth of people all brought together by their appreciation of the charm and convenience of life on the Thames.


Our featured opportunities to enjoy life on the river in the heart of London



A distinctive luxury development in Westminster. This exclusive development has valet parking and a residents’ fitness suite. The central location means this is a perfect base for sampling all the delights of London.

Pan Peninsula


Occupying the whole 38th floor, this penthouse apartment has views of the London skyline. Across the water from Canary Wharf, the shopping centre, restaurants, Jubilee Line and, as of next year, Crossrail are all under a quarter mile walk away.

Parrs Way

Recently Let

A luxury three bedroom apartment with charming river views. This brand new property includes a fully fitted kitchen, floor to ceiling windows and a wrap around balcony. With access to treatment rooms, pool, and other facilities.

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