22 Oct 2018 — Thames River Sightseeing
If you’re planning to visit London one weekend, our hop-on hop-off service between Westminster and Tower Bridge offers a wonderfully relaxing form of transportation as you go from one attraction to another along the South Bank.
Don’t worry about the weather, because if it’s cold or wet (or both!), you can sit inside the lounge and watch the world go by from our panoramic windows. And when the sun comes out, get some fresh air and vitamin D on the observation deck
To claim your 50% discount, click here to book your tickets, adding the discount code WEEKEND50 before you enter your card details.
What to do on the South Bank
You could easily spend at least a day exploring the South Bank, whatever the winter weather! And we’re not just talking about the big tourist attractions.
Every day there is an outdoor book market under Waterloo Bridge (nearest pier: Festival) where you could spend hours browsing the second hand and antique books on offer. A few minutes’ walk along the river, just past the IBM building, you’ll encounter Gabriel’s Wharf, an area jam-packed full of small independent shops, cafés, bars and restaurants. At weekends, you can also enjoy The Spread, a new street food and produce market open from midday, Fridays to Sundays.
Other things to do include: free art exhibitions at the Oxo Tower (midway between Festival Pier and Bankside); looking at the beautiful yachts moored in the marina at St Katharine Dock (nearest pier: Tower Bridge Quay) and maybe do a bit of daydreaming about how nice it’d be to own one of them; embrace the ‘slow food’ movement by buying fresh food straight from the producer and artisan cooks and bakers at Borough Market; or visit Bankside Gallery (nearest pier: Bankside) where up and coming artists have the opportunity to show their work.
Coming up in November, The Tower of London’s moat will glow with thousands of individual flames marking 100 years since the end of the first world war. Deepening Shadow: The Tower Remembers is an ‘evolving installation’ which commemorates the centenary of the end of the first world war. Each night for eight nights — between 5pm and 9pm — the Tower moat will gradually be filled with thousands of individually lit flames.
The installation begins with a procession led by the Yeoman Warders, who’ll emerge from the Tower to ceremonially light the first flame. Volunteers will then proceed to light the rest of the installation over four hours, gradually creating a circle of light, radiating from the Tower.
The spectacle will be accompanied by a specially-commissioned sound installation. At the centre of this is a new choral work, with words from war poet Mary Borden’s Sonnets to a Soldier.
Deepening Shadow: The Tower Remembers takes place every evening between 5pm and 9pm, from 4-11 November. The finale is on Armistice Day itself — exactly 100 years since the end of the first world war.
Members of the public are invited to the Tower of London to see the installation each night. It’s free to view from Tower Hill and the Tower concourse. Special ticketed access is provided to the moat itself. This costs £5 per person.
So whether you’re planning to do a bit of quiet exploration or are hot on the tourist trail – or a combination – take the weight off your feet and travel in style between them!
Click here to book your tickets now, remembering to use the code WEEKEND50.
(Our fabulous winter weekend offer is available up to and including 25th March but is subject to availability and may be withdrawn any time before 25th March.)