Win a Family Ticket for London Duck Tours (scroll down for details)
‘Hold on folks, it’s going to get bumpy,’ cries the tour guide on London Duck Tours as we cling to the seats in front of us and go down, down into the Thames. It’s a strange feeling descending into water, having just spent the last 45 minutes on land, and the lower we get the bigger my boys’ eyes become.
Before we start belting out ‘Yellow Submarine’, our bright yellow vehicle finds its groove and begins chugging along at a respectable pace along the Thames. Our guide informs us we’re going against the tide and we’ll be doing double the speed on our way back.
We were invited to London Duck Tours seasonal ‘A Quackmas Carol’ tour, with a guide in Victorian costume describing himself as Mr Duckins and sharing Charles Dickens trivia along the way. The London Duck Tours experience starts on land, boarding at the pier and taking a scenic route past major attractions like Buckingham Palace, Trafalgar Square, Regent St Christmas lights, Westminster Abbey and the Houses of Parliament.
The entry point for the water is right by MI6 headquarters, which seems apt given its James Bond-style transformation from road vehicle to riverboat. I’ve been curious about the London Duck Tours for years, and it was fascinating to discover more about them. The Ducks (officially DUKWS) were built by American allies during World War 2, to help transport supplies from ships to points of land across heavily guarded areas. Each of the 9 surviving Ducks took part in the D-Day landings.
On the Quackmas Carol Tour, we also learned many interesting and fun facts about London and Christmas:
Did you Know?
The statue of Winston Churchill has been electrified to stop pigeons landing on him
Big Ben is the name of the bell, not the clock or the tower and the tower is leaning slightly (thanks to underground train works) and will topple over in about 100 years if not made more secure
Oliver Cromwell was a proper Scrooge who banned Christmas and called mince pies ‘the devil’s food’.
It’s still illegal in the UK to eat mince pies on Christmas day!
London Duck Tours was a quirky and informative way to spend a Sunday morning (the journey lasts around 75 minutes). My 14-year-old nephew was a bit underwhelmed by the ride (he’d probably prefer the high-octane Thames RIB Speedboats), but the babes had a great time. It’s a fun, family friendly activity worth ticking off your London Bucket List.
London Duck Tours depart from DUCK STOP, Belvedere Road, Waterloo, London, SE1, near the London Eye (between Jubilee Gardens and The Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall). Classic tours run daily from 10am, except Dec 24, 25, 26th, 31 and Jan 1. Adult from £24/child age 1-17 from £16/family of 4 ticket from £70
NB: London Duck Tours can be hired privately with special tours for birthdays and other celebrations. A Quackmas Carol Tour (Dec 19, 20, 21, 22, 23) is suitable for ages 3+ and kids ages 3-17 receive a free gift (tour and gift not suitable for children under 3). Visit www.londonducktours.com
Win London Duck Tours Family Ticket worth £70 (Classic Sightseeing Tour)
We’re super excited to have The London Duck Tours taking part in our 12 Days of Xmas 2015 mega giveaway. They’re offering a family ticket for 4 (2 adults + 2 kids or 1 adult + 3 kids) on their Classic Sightseeing Tour that takes you past landmarks like Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey, both on land and on river! Entry is simple via Rafflecopter below, with lots of chances to win. Best of duck… ahem… luck!
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