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Head west out of London and you get to Brentford - not a very glamorous sounding location, you might think. Until you realize that you're just step away from the Thames River, with the famous world heritage site Kew Gardens over the river, and with Water mans Park and its beautiful metal sculptures and the string of Thames houseboats at your feet.

Head west out of London and you get to Brentford – not a very glamorous sounding location, you might think. Until you realize that you’re just step away from the Thames River, with the famous world heritage site Kew Gardens over the river, and with Water mans Park and its beautiful metal sculptures and the string of Thames houseboats at your feet.

Some of the houseboats on the Thames have been around since the sixties: The Admiral Trump was a floating psychedelic palace then and has since been through several incarnations before being reborn as one of the smartest and most desirable river residences. Most of the boats along this stretch of the river are permanent; they even have small gardens, postboxes and even fences to give a little privacy from walkers along the towpath. As you walk the towpath to Kew Bridge you might hear some unusual birdcalls – look closely and you’ll see one of the flock of bright green parakeets that live by the river, adapting and thriving in the mild climate after their escape from captivity years ago.

http://www.london-footprints.co.uk/wkbrentfordroute.htm

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