Motor Yacht A moors in London

One of the world’s most recognisable superyachts – Motor Yacht A – has arrived in London, mooring up alongside the historic British warship, HMS Belfast, on the Thames in the centre of the capital.

The distinctive vessel, owned by Russian billionaire Andrey Melnichenko, was spotted sailing up the River Thames in London on Saturday afternoon, after passing through Tower Bridge.

Any ships wanting to travel through an open Tower Bridge must book a bridge lift at least 24 hours in advance.

The 119m superyacht was reportedly put up for sale by the owner earlier this year. It was originally built at a cost of £225m in 2008.

The yacht boasts an opulent lounge with floor-to-ceiling windows, wood and leather furniture, and a spacious owner’s cabin – which is also said to have bomb-proof glass and a rotating bed.

Three spa pools with current-generating technology are found throughout the yacht, and one has a glass floor that guests can look into from the lower deck.

Melnichenko’s yacht joins other superyachts that rank amongst the biggest in the world visiting London in recent years, with Fulham Football Club owner Shahid Khan’s superyacht, the 95m Kismet navigating a similar route along the Thames in 2014.

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