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Even though I had been living in London for a few months and spent most of my life living in the UK, for some reason I had never been on a boat cruise a long the River Thames before! That all changed when I was asked to attend an Instameet with City Cruises, Visit London and Tower Bridge. I had such a good afternoon seeing the city i currently call home from a completely different perspective so whether you’re living in London or just visiting, here are 10 reasons you should do a Cruise with City Cruises in London!
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1. It’s an all-weather activity!
Now we all know that London and the UK in general is known for its unpredictable weather! If you’re coming to London and have a day planned to see all of the sights and rain is forecasted then jumping out of a tube station, onto a covered pier and onto a boat is an ideal solution to see all of the sights!
Of course if the weather is nice then you can go on top of the boat and see the city from the top (and even from the front if you don’t mind getting splashed!) but the boat does have a great space inside with big windows incase it is bad weather!
2. Avoid the crowds!
The second thing we all know about London is that it’s a very busy city, I live here and battle the tourist crowds on a daily basis while trying not to get too stressed and from visiting other busy cities i know that when on holiday and on a trip the last thing you want to do is to get stressed because of the crowds on the pavements so jumping onto a boat is the perfect way to avoid this!
3. Awesome photo opportunities!
Ok this might be one of the best reasons to choose a boat trip over walking. In relation to the crowds point, London’s iconic icons get very very busy and there’s nothing worse than trying to get that perfect picture of Big Ben or the London Eye and have a zillion heads in the photo.
We all got some amazing photos from the boat, not only does it enable you to get a head free photo it also gives you a chance to get some photos from different (and way better) perspective!
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4. It’s a guided tour!
A trip on a City Cruises cruise is not only visually great, you’ll also learn lots about the city too in terms of the buildings your passing, the bridges you’re going under, the districts you’re going in-between and some fun facts on the big landmarks.
Example: The Grapes pub you can see on the very left below is Co-owned by Ian Mckellen (a famous English actor) who also lives just a few houses down and installed the man statue you can see in water in the picture below too!
5. It will save your legs!
Not only is London a busy city it is also a very big city! While I would 100% recommend that you walk some of the River Thames as it’s a beautiful walk, it is very long! Last year i walked from Tower Bridge up to the London Eye and saw lots in between (you can read about this here), however my feet were killing afterwards and i don’t believe I’ve walked that much of it since! You have to walk enough in London as it is so why not save your feet for this particular activity and walk around some of the beautiful neighbourhoods instead!
6. You can make an event out of it!
Although you can do a standard boat cruise which is what we did, City Cruises also offer some great themed tours like an Afternoon tea cruise (which sounds very yummy!), a Sundowner cruise (which sounds very nice!), Cultural cruises and even a Showboat cruise with a live performance!
7. Hop on and Hop Off!
With City Cruises you can choose the type of ticket you want and choose different departure and arrival points, not only that but you can get off after one journey, have a few hours exploring and then get back on for your return journey.
I would suggest getting on around Tower Bridge and taking the Cruise down to Greenwich passing by Canary Wharf on the way, get off the boat in Greenwich to explore as it’s a beautiful part of the City (make sure you check out the view from Greenwich Park and head to the Markets) and then get back on up to the London Eye/Westminster!
8. The Price!
As well as being busy, big, with unpredictable weather London is also an expensive City (I’m really selling London to you here aren’t I! haha. I promise it’s worth it!) but you can pick cruise options depending on your budget meaning it doesn’t have to be really really expensive! Single tickets start from £10.00 and return tickets from £14.00 and that really isn’t too bad for London!
9. Great Quality!
There’s nothing I hate more than paying for an attraction and it turning out to be a disappointment and waste of money and often this hasn’t got anything to do with what you’re seeing, it’s the facilities and staff. However the City Cruises boats are really nice, both their top deck and inside deck are really spacious, they have a bar on the boat selling drinks and snacks, the toilets are nice and most of all the staff were really helpful and friendly!
10. Embrace being a tourist and have fun!
This is a touristy thing to do, there’s no denying that but whether you live in London or are visiting sometimes you have to just embrace being a tourist, see the Iconic sights that make up the city you love and just enjoy it!
And there you have it! 10 Reasons to do a cruise the River Thames with City Cruises. For more information on tickets, timetables, events and to book tickets check out City Cruises website here!
**Thank you to Visit London for inviting me to the Instameet with City Cruises and Tower Bridge and to City Cruises for the trip!**