Tired of touring a city on a bus via audio guide with those achey earphones? What about listening to tour guides spout endless information into muffled microphones? Do you have bored children in tow who would rather text friends back home instead of soaking in the culture? How does a one hour comedic overview of London at 40 mph sound then? Did I mention … on a speedboat?
Dipping and slicing through the water just like a scene out of a James Bond movie London RIB Voyages offers an adventurous sightseeing cruise from Westminster Bridge to Canary Wharf passing London’s notable landmarks: Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament, Tate Modern, Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre and St. Paul’s .
Boarding the craft I was certain the next 60 minutes would be wasted on yet another cheesy, gimmicky tour plus slightly worried my children may be frightened. Instead, I found myself snickering at the guide’s silly stories and enjoying myself so much, the wind from the ride dried out my mouth into a permanent grin. Passing under Tower Bridge the kids cheered with sheer enthusiasm, giddy from the speed. All that and as a bonus we actually learned a bit about London, fancy that! Success, we were all impressed.
Cruises run in a rain or shine full weather gear is provided when necessary. Suitable for all ages and while the company warns the ride isn’t for back pain sufferers, I found the ride exhilaratingly smooth. My only tip is to pack a brush, the cruise wreaks havoc on the hair.
Tours run daily on the hour from April through October and depart Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays November through March from the Millennium Pier just below the London Eye. Tickets can be purchased in person at the pier or ahead online. Current promotions: 2 adults & 2 children £90, groups of 6 or more 15% off, 2 for 1 tickets on Mondays with British Rail.