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London Duck Tours: An amphibious adventure

I class myself as an adopted Londoner (first and foremost a Mancunian of course). Having lived in this incredible city for nearly 17 years, there are still sights I haven’t seen or experienced. Everyone I think can be guilty of taking their own city for granted. So this week I joined the 18 million plus visitors who pour into this cosmopolitan capital and experienced London as a tourist  by taking a London boat tour!

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London boat tour | London Duck Tours: An amphibious adventure

London boat tour | London Duck Tours: An amphibious adventure

When an invitation arrived to go on an amphibious adventure commonly known as the London Duck Tours, it couldn’t have arrived at a better time. With the start of the summer holidays the forecast was for typical British weather – Rain of course. Armed with raincoats and suitable shoes we arrived at Southbank where the bus slash boat departs.

I’m not so keen on chlorinated chicken but these Ducks are one of our better american imports. The concept originally came from our pals from across the pond back in 2000. Currently they have a nine-strong fleet and have carried over 1.8 million passengers around London. Also a favourite with celebrities the likes of Victoria Beckham, Matt Damon, Justin Bieber and Daniel Radcliffe have whizzed around the sights in these bright yellow ducks. Often as a private hire but you never know who you could be sat next to – some have been known to join the main tours.

London boat tour | London Duck Tours: An amphibious adventure

We were meeting Maria and her lovely girls Cali and Talia on this tour. Once everyone had arrived and were checked in we clambered on board. I’d advise arriving at least 15 minutes before your booked slot as passengers are boarded in order of checking in.

London boat tour | London Duck Tours: An amphibious adventure

London boat tour | London Duck Tours: An amphibious adventure

Hop on hop off bus London

Booked on the Classic Sightseeing tour open top bus tour London it begins from The London Eye, which is close to the Duck Tours bus stop. Driving down Westminster Bridge past the Houses of Parliament, Downing Street, the dashing Horse Guards, Trafalgar Square, Pall Mall, Green Park, Hyde Park Corner, the side of Buckingham Palace unfortunately (no buses are allowed to drive in front of the palace) and Westminster Abbey just to name a few.

Once we arrived at the MI6 building our road adventure ended and it was time for the highlight of the tour – The Splashdown. The girls were all overcome with excitement at the thought of the big yellow skip with wheels turning into a boat.

London boat tour | London Duck Tours: An amphibious adventure

To be honest so were all the grown ups. After a quick driver to captain change and a brief safety demo we headed to the banks of the Thames. There was no denying everyone was giddy the moment the duck took to the water.

London boat tour | London Duck Tours: An amphibious adventure

London boat tour | London Duck Tours: An amphibious adventure

It was lovely to see the iconic landmarks from the water. There was something very calming about bobbing along the Thames especially after the busy streets of London.

London boat tour | London Duck Tours: An amphibious adventure

London boat tour | London Duck Tours: An amphibious adventure

The tour is 75 minutes long and 45 of those minutes is on land. Perfect timing if you’re on a family outing without the dreaded words ‘I’m bored’ chiming in your ear.

London boat tour | London Duck Tours: An amphibious adventure

Our knowledgeable and witty tour guide regaled fascinating facts throughout the live commentary and really engaged the kids. The majority of the guides are professional actors and offer their own individual twist on the tour spiel.

There are a whole host of tours to choose from too – James Bond, City of London, D-Day Duck Tour, Pirate Treasure Hunt, a Quackmas Carol and a Codebreaker Challenge. Prices differ depending on your choice of tour, but for the Classic Sightseeing an adult ticket is £27, a child (age 1 – 17 years) is £19, under 1’s are free or you could purchase a family ticket for four (2 adults and 2 kids) for £79.

London boat tour | London Duck Tours: An amphibious adventure

It’s certainly one way to see the fabulous sights of London from land and water! You can book tickets here.

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Disclaimer: We were invited as guests of London Duck Tours and received complimentary tickets. However, all views, opinions and photos, unless otherwise stated are my own and remain a trademark of the Curious Pixie. 

 

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15 Comments

  • Nichola - Globalmouse 31st July 2017 at 7:55 am

    We did a similar tour in Singapore and the kids loved it. I LOVE the idea of doing one of these in London and I had no idea they have so many different themed ones, that’s brilliant. Your photos are adorable.

  • LaaLaa 31st July 2017 at 8:03 am

    I agree. There’s so much to see and do within the city. It’s always a nice opportunity to be able to sight see and from the water, it’s something different.

  • Rhian Westbury 31st July 2017 at 11:02 am

    I’ve been on a duck tour once in the States and it was so much fun so I’d love to do the one in London one day x

    • Sima Sthanakiya 2nd August 2017 at 8:03 pm

      You so should. It’s a great way to see the iconic landmarks of London.

  • Laura 31st July 2017 at 7:52 pm

    I’ve always wanted to go on one of these! They look so fun. My daughter is not yet three so might still be a bit young but it’s deinfately one for the future.

    • Sima Sthanakiya 2nd August 2017 at 8:03 pm

      Yes, one to bank for the when she’s older. So much fun!

  • Ana De- Jesus 31st July 2017 at 11:53 pm

    I have never been on the duck tour but I think you are right, it is cool to do things as a tourist sometimes. I like that it just the right amount of time so kids don’t get bored x

  • Shelby 1st August 2017 at 5:36 am

    That vehicle is amazing. Lol. Honestly, it looks like a lot of fun!

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  • Elizabeth 2nd August 2017 at 7:15 am

    What a fantastic day trip out! My kids would LOVE to do something like this!

  • Sarah Burns 2nd August 2017 at 6:45 pm

    I have heard such good things about these Duck Tours – It was something we looked at doing when we visited London in June

  • Monisha 4th August 2017 at 8:38 am

    Hey, great post! I was inspired by your post, booked tickets for my family when they were over last week and they LOVED it, especially my 10 year old nephew who got excited when the duck turned into a boat!!

    • Sima Sthanakiya 9th August 2017 at 1:51 pm

      Ahh that’s brillant! So glad they enjoyed it. Even I got excited when it turned into a boat x

  • Catherine's Cultural Wednesdays 7th August 2017 at 9:22 pm

    I often see these trundling around and wonder what they are like, now I know and they sound fabulous. Thank you for linking up to #CulturedKids

    • Sima Sthanakiya 9th August 2017 at 2:00 pm

      I used to think the same thing. Worth a trip Catherine.

  • Nell (Pigeon Pair and Me) 20th August 2017 at 4:52 pm

    We did one of these back in January, and loved it. You’re right about the timing of the dip into the Thames – it did help break up the trip, and stop any boredom creeping in. I’m not surprised all the guides are actors. Ours was fab. Thanks for linking up with #CulturedKids

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