Time to review the British version of the capital-based boat-borne sightseeing excursion I recently enjoyed in Paris.
We opted for the ‘sundowner’ tour operated by City Cruises, which was about £30. That price gets you a glass of champagne, some canapés, a two hour evening cruise along the river, and some lounge singing too. Other operators and styles of tour are available too; plus you can even use your London transport pass (Oyster) to travel on the ‘Clipper’, a fast public transport water bus.
Our tour left from Westminster Bridge quay and travelled east. This takes you past St Paul’s cathedral, the Shard, HMS Belfast, Tower Bridge and the Tower of London, Canary Wharf and the East End, before turning around at Greenwich. It then heads back to Westminster; we were lucky enough to circle three times outside the Palace of Westminster while we waited for a berth.
As is my preference with these tours, I won’t bore you with every minute detail. I’ll note tips: don’t get there too early if you get seasick, as you will end up standing on a bobbing pontoon for a while; if you want to listen to the singer, seats inside are limited; and if you intend to sit outside take a coat or a shawl – it gets surprisingly cold even on a July evening!
Another for just photos: