When I was little I dreamt of having a ride in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang! You remember that film right? There was nothing that Chitty the car couldn’t do, including becoming a boat and flying machine at the touch of a button. Cool right? I would never have guessed that years later my dream would come true, and that we would get the chance to ride around in London, in a car that would turn into a boat! A real one. A duck actually. London Duck Tours is a brilliant way of engaging little ones in the city in an exciting way and perfect for a summer holiday treat with a twist. Here’s what we got up to on our visit.
I have to admit, we are very lucky to live in London and close to all the action. So a trip to one of our favourite places, Southbank, was a lovely little scenic bus journey for us. Nothing out of the ordinary, except who would have thought that just behind Jubilee Gardens (by the London Eye) a fleet of ducks were waiting to be discovered. Now that was a surprise. I had heard about London Duck tours earlier last year, but hadn’t realise how easy they were to get to, and based in the ultra-child-friendly Southbank, well you can’t go wrong can you. We got there a bit early, so headed off to grab drinks before catching our ‘duck’. Top Tip: There is a no food or drink policy, and no toilets at London Duck Tours, so it’s worth popping into one of the many cafe’s before heading for your tour.
Even with our pit stop and a quick wander around Jubilee Gardens, we were still a touch early for our morning booking. However, the super friendly London Duck Tours team were on hand and checked our party of 5 in. Another Duck was getting ready to go, and as there was a bit of space, we got bumped up to the earlier tour so we didn’t’ have to wait. How fab was that. We were so impressed by how considerate the team were. We climbed on board via some easy to negotiate steps and headed to the front of our duck. Top tip: 1st and 2nd row seats offer really good front and side viewing and a personal feel to the tour. Arrive early to nab these seats.
I’ve always been put off going on the general London tours, and wouldn’t have even considered taking Little Button before. From past experience, being stuck on a coach with a dry tour guide was like being asked to sit and watch paint dry. London Duck Tours are nothing like this. For a start, how cool are the ducks! Just the mode of transport is enough to capture little ones interests. But then there was our duck driver and tour guide, friendly, engaging and funny and everything that you would want from a child-friendly tour of London. There were lots of chuckles along the way and extra little insights into some of the historical landmarks that were fascinating.
Our highlight of London Duck Tours was definitely when our land duck hit the River Thames. A quick change of driver, and splash, in we went. There was our Chitty Chitty Bang Bang moment! We spent a good time in the water and marvelled at the sights from a different angle as well as waving (and quacking?!) to other ducks passing by. Top tip: Let your (sensible) little one sit in the window seat so they get the best water views.
We loved London Duck Tours, and felt that it was the brilliantly witty tour guide that really brought our experience to life. Who would have thought, even though living in London, that there was so much more to learn on a sightseeing tour like this! We would definitely recommend London Duck Tours and think this would be a fun family treat for the summer holidays for all to enjoy. Here’s a little peek of the London Duck Tours.
Disclosure: We were guests of London Duck Tours for the purpose of this review. All views are my own.