Houses are not allowed to be built there, so all the houses are floating. Since the start of the lockdown, only locals are allowed there, and coronavirus still hasn’t touched the area.
A close-knit community, the urban oasis houses just over 100 residents living on around 60 houseboats – with some 40 on the shoreline and around 20 in the central lagoon.
Houses are not permitted to be built on Taggs Island, but each houseboat has a small garden, with vehicle access by a road bridge near Hampton Court Palace.
During the lockdown, residents of the island have put signs up discouraging tourists and members of the public from exercising there.