London Duck Tours: When I returned to work from maternity leave I made a pact that we would try and go away overnight at the end of each month, so far we have visited Cambridge, Warwick and London. While in London we were fortunate enough to be invited on a Duck Tour.
For those of you who are unaware I am not talking about spotting small feathered birds on and around the Thames, although our journey does include the Thames. Instead I am talking about taking a trip around London in a amphibious vehicle. Of course annoyingly Monkey spotted it straight away and kept telling us that it went in the water. How he had figured that out I have no idea. We had almost convinced him that it couldn’t when the tour guide let the cat out of the bag. But nothing prepared me for the squeal of delight when we actually hit the water.
We met our tour guide and our bright yellow bus, boat, duck called Miranda just behind the London eye. Its hard to miss them since there was a line of big yellow vehicles and two rather vibrant and friendly gentlemen with yellow shirts. Buggy are not allowed on the duck but we left ours at the check in desk and that was just fine. Also worth noting best to have a comfort break before boarding as there are not toilets at check in. They board you in check in order so its worth getting there a little early if you want the pick of the seats. On the website it does mention that its not recommended for really young children, but we had no issues with Kipper. In fact there were a number of toddlers on our trip out. Each duck with have a maximum of thirty people. While we were waiting for Miranda I noticed that a hen do had arranged a private hire, which seemed like a great idea
The staff are very friendly and extremely helpful, aiding where needed at boarding, as there are some quite big steps for little ones. Our tour guide for the day was Luke, the humour was very clever and entertaining not only the kids but parents alike with a few. The tour we went on was the Classic City Tour and lasted for 75 minutes or so. Monkey was enthralled the whole way through and loved waving at the tourists as we passed each monument. It made me realise how little we know about London. Considering I work in the capital we hardly ever have a day trip out. Thats something I intend on changing in the coming months. So watch this space I am on a mission to find the most unusual sights.
Not surprisingly the best bit was going into the river. You get plenty of warning as it is a little bumpy but nothing significant. The water comes up to a couple of inches below the windows so you a quite low down which gives you a great perspective. I have never been so close to Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament. I was a little worried that it maybe a bit rough (especially as Hubby tends to get sea sick) but Miranda coped very well with being in the water and it was very smooth even when we had to cross another boats wake. The duck has no windows as such, although there are clear plastic curtains which can be rolled down. So I would suggest trying to do it when the weather is good. Otherwise it I would expect it could get quite nippy on the river.
Monkey just thought the whole thing was truly amazing. As for Kipper well he slept so that goes to show you how smooth the journey was. If you are looking for something fun to do this Easter break then I would highly recommend looking at Duck Tours they even have a Pirate Treasure Hunt version running over the holidays.
Things you need to know:
- There is no food or drink allowed on the duck
- There is no option to get off, once you are on you are on.
- Opening Times: tours depart at 10am most days, school holidays and weekend 9.45am. The last tour is at dusk and depends on the time of the year. More information can be found on their website.
- Prices: Adults £27, children 1-17 £19. Family tickets are available at £79. There is a £3 booking charge for tickets booked online or over the phone.
- Address: Belvedere Road, Waterloo, London, SE1 8XU
Without doubt this is the most entertaining city tour I have ever been on, its personable and funny. The kids didn’t get bored and the splash down into the Thames was great fun. I can’t wait for our next visit.
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This is a collaborative post, we were given Duck Tour tickers for the purpose of this honest review, as ever all words and opinions are my own.
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