Cruising On The River Thames

Tuesday, 29 July 2014
For anyone visiting London for the first time, or just looking for a unique perspective, I thoroughly recommend a cruise on the River Thames. Cruising on the River Thames offers a fantastic view of the best of London, stripped free of the crowds of tourists and traffic. It is a fantastic way to spend a few hours and see the sights!

Two weeks ago, I did just that when I joined a group of my new colleagues for a tropical-themed sunset cruise. And not just any old cruise down the River Thames, this was aboard a luxury yacht, The Silver Sturgeon.
The Silver Sturgeon
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We boarded The Silver Sturgeon dressed in Hawaiian shirts and maxi dresses from the Savoy Pier to the sound of a live calypso band i(t was a tropical-themed after all). We set sail at 7:00pm, with mojitos in hand, in the direction of Battersea, passing the Houses of Parliament and MI5 as we went.

Cruising on the River Thames - London, England
Big Ben from the River Thames - London, England
Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament from the River Thames - London, England
MI5 from the River Thames in London, England

While cruising down the river, we were treated to a fantastic BBQ catered by Jamie Oliver's  Fabulous Feasts! This was no ordinary BBQ, it included hot smoked salmon and roasted butternut squash which were to die for! Our delicious BBQ was finished off with a sweet stall which included the best salted caramel ice cream I have ever tasted!

We turned around just before we reached Battersea Power Station and headed back along the River Thames. This gave us the chance to get another view of Big Ben which I still get goosebumps whenever I see. We also passed perhaps the oldest building on our route, the Tower of London, and the most modern with St. Mary's Axe (more commonly known as the Gherkin), The Shard, as well as The O2.

The Shard from the RIver Thames - London, England
The Tower of London from the River Thames - London, England
St. Mary Axe "The Gherkin" from the River Thames - London, England
Tower Bridge from the River Thames - London, England

One of the things I love about London is the blend of so many historical buildings interspersed with the modern. Never is this more apparent than when you're viewing these buildings from the Thames. Our cruise along the Thames was a wonderful experience!

Q: Have you ever been on a River Thames cruise?

The River Thames Map
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Erin x

8 comments:

  1. Ran Niboshi said...:

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  1. Thanks Ran, I'm glad to hear you like my blog posts! I will really try to keep updated more often.

    Erin x

  1. Yalanda Ludtke said...:

    What a great way to see the city!

  1. Oooh, London is on my list of places I'd love to visit. A boat cruise sounds like a lot of fun!

  1. How marvellous, such a great way to see the Thames! I have been down the rivers in Paris up and Amsterdam but never in London, even though I have been there so many times!

  1. Camila said...:

    I'm never interested in boat cruises usually but this definitely looks interesting! I mean the pictures you took from the Thames are gorgeous! I would love to get such a great view on London! Just wow!

  1. Tina said...:

    Definitely a must try when you visit London. It looks really beautiful, Love your pictures...

  1. Thanks everyone for your comments! It truly was a marvelous experience. I'd add taking a boat cruise in London to all your travel bucket lists!

    Erin x

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