If you’ve got limited time to spend in the capital city, you’re going to want to experience as much as possible. Here’s how I spent my recent few hours in London.
I’ve been to London a couple of times now and each time, I’ve only been able to have a flying visit. In fact, one time I ended up staying in the city for literally about half an hour as I was swapping trains.
This visit was as part of a National Holidays coach trip to Harry Potter World. On the first day, we’d make the journey from Manchester to London, stopping in the centre of the capital for a few hours. With little time to do anything too extensive, and being with my mum and eight year-old nephew, we decided to do a tour.
Last time I had a few hours in the city, I actually went on an open-top tour bus as a way to check out all the sights without taking up too much time. As it was a lovely day, we decided to get tickets for the London Eye River Cruise.
Now, if you know when you’re arriving in the city, I would definitely recommend booking online as you can save money. Unfortunately, we didn’t have that privilege as we didn’t know when we’d be arriving and how long exactly we’d have.
I’m not going to lie, the ticket booking process was an absolute nightmare. We were carted back and forth by various members of staff who didn’t really know what they were doing. We ended up getting let in, because we had a contactless card, and then being told at the gate to the boat that contactless could not be used on the River Cruise (there’s different types of trips available, alongside the boat taxis that get you round the city).
The actual River Cruise itself was amazing. It was about 45-minutes long and took you from the London Eye all alongside the River Thames. We were able to see the Globe Theatre, the Shard, the Tower of London, the Houses of Parliament, and the London Bridge.
Our tour guide was very informative and provided us with loads of little bits of knowledge that we might have struggled to get elsewhere.
As it was such a sunny day, it was the perfect weather for the cruise. There is an open-top deck and a indoor deck underneath, so it’s perfectly suited for all kinds of weather but really, you wanna try and find a nice day and head to the top.
If we hadn’t had the hassle with booking tickets, we would have probably been able to do something else as well as the cruise. Unfortunately, it was time to head back to the coach afterwards so we could go to our hotel.