Sometimes, just when I think I’ve experienced London from absolutely every angle there is, an opportunity turns up to view it another way! That’s what happened on the Friday evening of last bank holiday. My fiancé was off on his stag do and one of the girls whose boyfriends was also attending suggested we have a girls date night. She happened to have a spare pair of tickets for a boat cruise on the Thames – with drinks and canapés included. Prosecco and food? My kind of event!
I was a bit wary, having heard too many stories of cheesy dinner cruises with comperes and people being forced to dance to ABBA. But we boarded, were given a glass of bubbles and found a seat on the top deck.
A man played jazz as we floated down the river in the London sunshine (which we were lucky to get!) and canapés were dutifully brought round, although I admit, not as often as I would like!
We floated past all the usual landmarks, and canapés were dutifully distributed (although, quite frankly, not as many as I would have liked!) It was really nice and peaceful and for the price I thought it was worth a trip. I think if you didn’t know London well and you wanted an easy way to see all the sites, it would definitely be worth it.
We ended up turning around in Greenwich, right outside my flat! We ordered a bottle of Prosecco to continue the evening.
And made our way back – to one of the most stunning sunsets I have ever seen! Everyone leapt up on benches and leaned over the side of the boat trying to capture the depth of the blues and pinks and purples all twisted together. These are some of my best attempts...
I honestly don’t really think I captured it!
Afterwards, we went for drinks in Southbank… on a carousel! London Wonderground is an amazing little place, with a beach bar, a bar on a carousel and loads of little tables dotted about under fairy lights. Oh, and the whole thing is dwarfed by this beast...
After a few drinks, going on this ride suddenly seemed like a really good idea. We paid our £7 each and, after a somewhat nerve wracking queue, settled into our little plastic seats, before being whisked high into the air!
It didn’t go fast, and you really did get an insane view of the city. Seeing it from yet another view!
Back down, we finished the evening with espresso martinis at a little jazz bar outside Waterloo station before heading home – a little drunk, but very happy. There's always another view to see in this town!