Covid 19 has thrown into relief how important it is for people to have access to natural space and particularly public realm, because not everyone is lucky enough to have a garden or balcony of their own.


A new scheme at Swan Lane in the City of London seeks to create a bespoke privately-owned and privately-run pier with a paywall. For access to the Thames at Swan Lane Pier, you’d need to be a paying customer on Europe’s biggest partyboat, the Ocean Diva, joint-funder of the project, which is the length of a football pitch, with a capacity of 1500 partygoers. 

The Thames is London’s biggest public realm and should belong to everyone.

Let’s not let it get commodified. Let’s learn from Venice before it’s too late

and keep the mega-ships out of the heart of our city.

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How can you get involved to stop this commodification of the Thames? 

1. Make an objection to the Ocean Diva using our guidance: click here

2. Sign the petition:

Living Bankside represents nearly 25,000 residents from the London Eye to City Hall. Our area includes elderly people and young children, some of whose homes are on the river. Our aim is to support and promote considerate and sustainable regeneration projects, working with both residents and developers for the appropriate solutions.