Exploration / London

Cruising the Thames

Back in December I purchased tickets through Groupon for a cruise around the city. With the redeem by date fast approaching D and I went this weekend.  Yesterday it rained so we postponed but today we woke up to bright sunshine.

By the time we arrived and boarded the clouds had rolled in.  English weather cannot make up its mind, fact.  While there are a few tour operators we were with City Cruises.  There was no official guide however one of the watermen provided funny and informative commentary.

Millenium Bridge & St. Paul’s Cathedral

Tower of London

There is a story about an American man who bought London bridge in 1967 when it needed replacing.  The rumour is that he thought he had purchased Tower Bridge (seen here) and as you can guess was very disappointed upon realising the mistake.

The entire cruise loop can take anywhere between 2-3 hours but we departed at Greenwich to explore.  On 3 February Greenwich became a Royal borough and will also be hosting events during the Olympics.

I’ve spent some time in Greenwich before, mostly at the Biscuit Cafe painting pottery.  I have made it to the Royal Observatory and have a picture of myself standing over the prime meridian.  That was when it was free, now they are charging about £8.  This time D and I visited the Painted Hall, the Chapel and the National Maritime Museum all free.

Tickets for the Cruise start from £11.99 for adults and £5.99 for kids and you can hop on and off all day.  Our Groupon deal brought that to £6 each.


12 thoughts on “Cruising the Thames

  1. Ahhh Greenwich, the gem of the Royal Borough of Greenwich – which I am now meant to say when I answer the phone, by the way. It’s such a mouthful!

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  3. Nice blog! Cruising the Thames is one of my personal favorite experience. Recently when I visited UK, I booked the tickets from Click it 4 tickets website.

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