Last Month I headed into London for the weekend for Britmums Live, it’s a weekend away which I always enjoy as not only do I get to top up and improve upon my Blogging skills but I also get to spend time in my favourite place with lovely friends who actually get and understand what it is I do for a living.
On the Friday I headed off to the Houses of Parliment for a family tour with fellow Bloggers and to end the day nicely I had arranged a Sundowner cruise along the Thames with City Cruises, along with my very best Blogging friend Jaime from The Olivers Madhouse.
The Sundowner cruises are adult only cruises, with tickets available for over 13’s only. It boarded from Westminster Pier at 6.30pm meaning you are on-board and the cruise starts before the sun goes down.
The boat holds up to 150 passengers with seating all set out inside on one level, the lower deck hosts the bar which you can visit as often as you like throughout the 2 hour cruise and canapes are all laid out which are brought around throughout the cruise for everyone to have one at a time.
We headed to the back of the boat to sit outside, it was a lovely evening and we wanted the best unobstructed views of London. There was a lack of seating out here but I think that is to ensure the majority of people sit inside to enjoy the live entertainment which is also on-board the boat. We sat on the boxes containing the life jackets and with our welcome glass of Prosecco were all set to take in the sites London has to offer.
The cruise takes you up to Battersea Power Station before turning back around and heading all the way to Tower Bridge and then back to Westminster Pier again. A cruise which shows off all the best sites London has to offer within the space of 2 hours. It is a leisurely journey which goes at a perfect pace to take in the sites and capture all those you would like to photograph along the way.
The welcome drink can be Prosecco or you could switch it for a soft drink, the bar downstairs is fully stocked and you do have the option to sit downstairs if you wish but the best views are by far from upstairs. The canapes were absolutely delicious and very varied however you will want to either eat before boarding the boat or after departing because it won’t be enough for your dinner. I’m personally not sure I would want my main meal on the boat though as you’d miss many of the sites while looking down at your food.
The live entertainment on the boat was really very good, A live musician who plays contemporary music, pop, rock, swing and funky music while also playing guitar – he even took on requests during our cruise and we found ourselves often singing away to our favourite songs.
Due to having the musician on-board the cruise there wasn’t a guide of the sites we were passing, however this for me really wasn’t a problem as I visit London so often I knew them all and could be the guide for Jaime who was experiencing her first ever cruise of London. She loved it so much she now wants to return with her family – you can read what Jaime thought of the cruise here.
The highlight of the cruise for me was watching the sunset over London, it made for fantastic views and photos of my much loved city.
One thing we didn’t enjoy about the cruise was that smoking was allowed off the back of the boat, this of course was where we were seated and both being non-smokers it made it rather uncomfortable at times when there were quite a few passengers all smoking at the same time. Of course, this is no fault of City Cruises but seeing as it is only a 2 hour cruise I do think banning it for that time would make it more enjoyable for all passengers after-all 2 hours really isn’t very long at all.
This is just one of the types of river cruises available from City Cruises and costs just £32 per head which I do think is very good value indeed.
To view all the cruises available please visit their website.
Disclaimer: I was given a complimentary trip for the purposes of this post. All thoughts and opinions are independently formed by myself and are unbiased as always.