My family and I have seen London from high up, a tour bus and from simply walking around, but I had never seen London like I did a few weeks ago. Dad and I saw the wonderful city on a boat and it was brilliant.
The Canary Wharf Experience wasn’t just a tour; that was only the beginning. The boat ride was actually split into three sections: the informative tour, the adventurous ride and the relaxing trip.
After putting life jackets on and climbing into a small boat called a rib boat, that could fit 12 people, we set off on our journey. The tour guide who was standing at the back by the driver was extremely good and funny. Whenever we passed a building, he would explain in detail what that structure was. He told lots of jokes during the trip and nearly all of them were funny. When we passed a scene from a James Bond movie the 007 theme tune came on.
One of the great things about the ride was that whatever you missed on the first trip going away, would be on your side for the way back. That means you didn’t miss anything. And I mean anything! We could see every landmark from Buckingham Palace to the London Eye and we had the most amazing view of the Houses of Parliament. Then when we passed Tower Bridge we had…
We were peacefully gliding along when the tour guide said “Now we’re going to go a bit faster.”
And by a bit, he meant a lot.
Soon enough we travelling at 40 miles per hour with the wind blowing in our faces when the boat tilted on its side and we were so close to the water. Then it did the same on the other side and we were really high up. Nobody was suspecting this and I got a real shock when the boat turned vertically.
This happened again and again on top of the speed, plus near the end the boat was lifting off the water and with a splash, it then came back down again.
This is not something for the faint hearted, as it is like a rollercoaster or fast ride at a fun fair. During all the commotion Walking on Sunshine was played which made it even more lively. Then the boat became slower and we started the…
3.The time to relax
The final part of the boat ride was a nice peaceful trip where you looked at all the beautiful scenery while listening to Skyfall. This was a really nice way to end.
Overall, the Thames Rib/Canary Wharf experience was great and I could do it again and again, It would be a brilliant, special birthday present for someone. Unlike other tours it had so much to it and I think you should definitely try it out. But just remember not to pull the red chain or it’s a £70 fine and bring a towel just in case for afterwards, as you get quite wet.
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