The serene corner of London where the incredibly wealthy keep their superyachts – My London



Owning a boat is often seen as one of the pinnacle signs of wealth and exuberance, enjoyed by only a small segment of society.

Not only do they cost a lot to buy but once you actually have taken ownership the maintenance and mooring or marina fees can be eye-watering.

The longest superyacht ever built is nearly 180 metres long and the most expensive floating mansions can run into hundreds of millions of dollars.

Those that own them spend their time in some of the world’s most beautiful and exclusive locations such as Monaco and Dubai, eating at the finest restaurants and sipping on the world’s most expensive wines.

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London may not have the exotic allure of Puerto Banús in Marbellas or Port de Gustavia on Saint Barts but that does not mean there is not a community of wealthy individuals that enjoy spending their money on the finer things in life.

There are some impressive boats on display (Image: godrick/istock/Getty Images)

And although London may not have the ability to house some of the world’s largest boats, apart from at Royal Victoria Dock, it doesn’t mean that you won’t find a marina with a similar bustle to some of Europe’s most extravagant ports.

St Katherine’s Dock in Central London is where you will find London’s largest boats, some owned by wealthy Londoners who will pay vast sums to bag their own spot in the middle of the city.

St Katharine Docks, located in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets, on the north side of the river Thames, east of Tower Bridge. (Image: John Lawson, Belhaven/ Getty Images)

Capable of holding vessels up to 40 metres it’s an impressive sight with around 185 berths in three basins.

With a huge portfolio of vessels you can find motor boats, yachts, barges and house boats, plus restuarants, pubs and bars to keep the locals entertained.

St Katharine Dock at night (Image: Евгений Хабаров/GettyImages)

Located only minutes from Tower Bridge and the Tower of London the marina acts as a serene picture of peace and quiet against the backdrop of a busy City.

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Well worth a visit if you are looking for some escapism from the chaos.