In the last few years the number of people living on London’s waterways has increased dramatically. Many of these newcomers are young people who have chosen (and in some cases been forced) to give up the excessive rental rates in the capital. Others have wanted to be away from the chaotic energy of the city in favour of a lifestyle that is more akin to a natural rhythm of life.
With this sudden influx of new boaters, tensions can arise. Those who have lived on the water for some time feel their way of life being encroached upon. One boater said “People see the canal in the summer and think it’s a great idea to live on a boat but then they get to winter and that all changes.”
For the most part these new young boaters embrace the hands-on lifestyle and are happy to be a part of a growing community in a city that is known for its isolation.