Sunday, 5 July 2015

Out and About - On the Thames

My youngest son turned 21 this week and so to celebrate we had a family day out in London. I wanted to book something a bit different and I realised that whilst we have had a lot of boat rides as a family over the years, we have never all been on the Thames together. So I booked the Jet Boats.........

Here we all are at the beginning, we set off from Westminster Pier - opposite the London Eye.

It was a gentle start to the ride, past famous landmarks, with a commentary going as we went.

The London skyline - old and new - with cranes building the next phase. 

The Shard

HMS Belfast - quite a good day out in itself.

Norman Tower and 21st Century Tower

The fabulous Tower Bridge
After we went under Tower Bridge things got a little faster - the river opens up and there is not a much traffic - the commentary drew us into a scenario whereby we were chasing a criminal and the Mission Impossible music began to blare out. Next thing we were hurtling towards the Thames Barrier at top speed. It was cheesy but hilarious and slightly terrifying.

And here we are at the Thames Barrier

The Tate and Lyle factory, Silvertown

The Tate and Lyle factory was the setting for a social history book I read a while ago called the Sugar Girls - you can read the review here.

The Dome and Cable Car - top left. 

The Banker - my eldest son's favourite London pub - looks like it has a good view:)
Back on dry land we headed off down the South Bank and went to The Real Greek for a meal, we've been here before and I can thoroughly recommend it.

Finally the sun set on our day in London:)

1 comment:

  1. Congratulations to your son. It looks like you all had a great day out. Lovely to spend it together as a family.


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