I love London. It is a beautiful city and I have fallen in love with it since the moment I first landed in this country. I have done many sightseeing tours of London both with my family and on my own. I have always enjoyed it. There are many ways to view London: it can be by car, bus or by boat along the Thames River. This time, I was kindly offered the opportunity to review a different tour. This was with London Duck Tours which I was very intrigued about. We were all very excited about it and we went all prepared and wrapped up with our Regatta outfits.
London Duck Tours use a special type of bus (the ‘ducks’) which drive through London’s streets but then also go into the river, and so combines two of the most popular sightseeing tours. I am not sure if you have seen these vehicles before but they are very distinguishable because of their yellow colour. I have seen the London Duck Tour buses several times around London and have always been curious about them.
We made a short video about our London Duck Tours experience. I hope that you like it:
This tour is far more exciting than an ordinary sightseeing tour. The Ducks are six-wheel-drive amphibious vehicles originally used in the Second World War. It is reassuring to know that these vehicles have all been rebuilt according to stringent safety regulations to create the vehicles for this sightseeing tour.
The tour lasts for about 75 minutes and takes in some of the most famous sights in London. There are different types of tours but we were invited to do the Classic Sightseeing Tour. The tour starts at Belvedere Road, Waterloo, not far from the London Eye.
It begin by going over Westminster Bridge and around Parliament, Big Ben, Trafalgar Square and Westminster Abbey. Then we drove down Whitehall passing Downing Street, where the Prime Minister lives at number 10. We then saw the Horse Guards, Trafalgar Square, a tribute to Britain’s greatest sailor, Lord Admiral Nelson.
We also passed by St James’s, with its gentleman’s clubs, historic shops and the hotel designed like a little piece of Versailles in London, The Ritz. Then we saw Buckingham Palace, then the artistic hub that is Tate Britain and before we went into the water we passed by the mysterious and infamous MI5 & MI6 that reminded us a little bit of James Bond! 😉
Before we got into the water, we waited a little bit for a change of driver. The driver was swapped for a captain that was in charge of driving the duck whilst being used a boat. The moment we got into the water was so much fun. It is exciting to see how the duck is able to go from the road to the water. It really makes the difference for this tour. We had a great guide who told us a lot of interesting facts and stories and she made us laugh a lot too.
Once on the river, we went up to Westminster Bridge and the Houses of Parliament, giving us a completely different view of these sights. We returned to the small beach error adjacent to the MI6 building where we had first entered the river. We were very close to the water which was very exciting! As soon as we were back on land and on the road we headed back towards the London Eye which is where our tour ended.
This tour is great! It is a lot of fun for everyone, especially if you are with children. My girls really enjoyed it, particularly when we went into the water. It is a unique tour and nothing like the more typical road or river tours we have done in the past.
One of the highlights of the tour is seeing people waving at us when we were passing by. This makes the tour even more fun. You can get tickets for a family of 4 for £92. If you would like to find out more about this tour you can check their website HERE
Have you heard of London Duck Tours? Have you done this tour? Have you done a similar tour?
*Disclosure: We were given tickets for this tour in exchange for this review. However, all opinions and thoughts are my own.
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