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Wow how good did it feel to be back in an evening dress and stilettos, sauntering around a yacht??

Inspires by the mantra “if Mohammed can’t get to the mountain (nor beaches, cruises or resorts for the foreseeable) the mountain will come to Mohammed,” I ventured out on my first true London stay cay to celebrate my son’s birthday number eight. Sleeping on a yacht on the water situated next to the Emirates cable car and a pizza place occupying a Double Decker bus seemed as good as it could get in lockdown travel terms for an eight-year-old, and wow did it feel good to get a change of scene…

The sight of the Emirates cable cars cruising the skyline, pretty and perpendicular to the ochre cranes of the 02, as the obelisks of Canary Wharf converge with the clouds and swans gander and cormorants caw together on the waterway has to be among the prettiest vistas to wake to in the capital…

Rooms are capacious if not fancy – and wouldn’t be out of place in a Radisson on the Edgeware Road. I’m not sure how I’d have coped without the advantage of an infinity balcony on the water, but in terms of novelty, proximity and surrounds this is worth an, erm, punt and I’d certainly be curious to experience how the offer is enhanced by the sea view breakfasts, bars, fine dining restaurant etc once we leave lockdown…

Oh yes, and in case anyone is wondering – major house repairs is a perfectly valid excuse for booking into a hotel during lockdown, should you not be able to hold out (or indeed obtain a reservation) for next month…

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