‘Slipping into the cool water always feels like slipping back in time’
A memorable vintage brings its own charm. If you’ve got the money and time to hire a yacht or chalet in Tuscany, you can enjoy some of the finest attractions in the area. But what if you’re budgeting for a shore day out? Here are some alternatives:
Devil’s Punchbowl is a free boat trip on the Serpentine in Hyde Park – see www.wildlyfantastic.com/legendary-summer-yacht-cruises/for places-to-play/devil-s-punchbowl-3.
The London Aquarium is an unmissable spot if you’re a keen whale watcher or wonder about the marine life that lives on London’s shores. Open until September 1, it has contact details and plans for a four- or five-day wildlife-spotting trip.
For superb sun loungers, the Regent’s Canal Yacht Club, in Chelsea Harbour, has facilities and nearby bankside restaurants and bars. Go kayaking and swimming at Rock Pool and beach volleyball at Treadgold’s at the Coombe. Admission costs £8 per adult per hour or £18 for a full boat. Visit www.regentswyachtclub.com.