Photographs by Anna Kunst
Chiswick Pier was opened in 1997 and has a thriving community of boat dwellers living on converted working boats including a North Sea trawler, a Thames Lighter Barge, a Dutch sailing barge (a talk) and a prefab craned on to a pontoon. There are eight residential moorings in all. The Pier is also home to the Chiswick Canoe Club and the RNLI Chiswick lifeboat, which is the second busiest lifeboat station in the whole of the UK and Ireland.
The pier is run by Chiswick Pier Trust, based at Pier House, a charity which manages the commercial and residential moorings at the Pier and works to engage people’s interest in the River Thames. They organise boat trips, talks and social events, such as the Mother’s Day Cruise in March, the Party on the Pier in July, Summer Jazz Cruise and Fireworks Cruise in November. The pier is an excellent vantage point from which to view the Oxford & Cambridge Boat Race and the Great River Race. From Pier House you can see to Hammersmith Bridge to the east and almost to Barnes Railway Bridge to the west and if you’re on the pier itself, it’s as if you were beside the boats in the river, cheering them on.
Party on the Pier, photographs by Anna Kunst
The programme of talks organised by Chiswick Pier Trust ranges from the history of Frost Fairs on the River Thames to the work of French Impressionist painter Jean Claude Monet, who painted the river many times. They cover the history, archaeology, social life, wildlife and ecology of the Thames and take place usually on the last Tuesday of the month.
How to get there:
The Pier, Corney Reach Way, London, W4 2UG is at Corney Reach by the complex of modern houses and apartments between Duke’s Meadows and Chiswick Mall, accessible from the A316 Burlington Lane by Grantham Rd, at the end of the E3 bus route.
Other organisations based at Pier House are Chiswick Sea Cadets, the Canoe Club, RNLI and Thames Explorer Trust.
The year’s activities at Chiswick PIer
Where’s the best place to watch the boat races?
75th anniversary of the evacuation of Dunkirk, 2015
The RNLI held an Alternative Boat Race in April 2015
Mother’s Day cruise on the Thames
Women rowers made history in 2015, racing on the Tideway
Samuel Leigh’s 1829 panorama of the Thames, lovingly recreated
Author Caitlin Davies on ‘wild swimming’
This page has been paid for by Chiswick Pier Trust