Taggs Island

Taggs Island on the Thames

Pink Floyd, Charlie Chaplin and Peter Pan meet on this island, find out how.

One of London’s curiosities and also of interest to Pink Floyd fans. Those who live on Taggs Island live on a boat and well 100 people can tell you to do it.

Guide book for walks all along the Thames:

Photo: © Copyright Robin Webster and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.

In the 1800 a boat builder named Thomas Tagg rented the island which was then called Walnut Tree Islan d, to build a hotel and park luxury boats.

The island took its name. Even JMBarrie the author of Peter Pan lived in one of the boats.

In the 1912 Fred Karno rented Taggs Island, he was the contractor who discovered Charlie Chaplin and Laurel and Laurel. He built a grand hotel called The Karsino.

In 1860 opened a Grand Hotel on the water which over the years hosted many celebrities such as Sarah Bernardt and obviously Charlie Chaplin.

Others opened other houses on the water always in great style, one of which the Astoria which belonged to what was for a time the manager of the Grand Hotel was bought by David Gilmour and transformed into a recording studio used by Pink Floyd themselves. The hotel was demolished in 1971.

The island, located on the Thames near Hampton has a site that offers more information and where you can find information to rent or buy boats.

Taggs Island is located on the Thames between Hampton Court and Bushy Park and you can reach the island from Bushy Park as you can see in the map below.


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