Wednesday, 1 July 2015

London RIB Voyages Experience. A Review And Competition For Tickets #staycations

If you wanted to see the sights of London, how would do it? would you go on a bus tour? would you go on the London Eye? Well, have you considered TripAdvisor number 1 London tourist attraction, the London RIB Voyages. First started in 2007 as the first speed boat down the Thames, the London RIB Voyages aims to provide each customer with the most unique, memorable and exciting tip through London and I think its succeeds.

London RIB Voyages have brought in new speedboats in 2014 known as the Thames Rockets. These Thames Rockets are capable of reaching speeds in excess of 35MPH. The seating inside is made of high quality stainless steel with guard rails and hand holds. The seats themselves are extremely comfortable with cushioning and back supports. You may find that the ride is a little bumpy if its windy, however the seats are so comfortable that bumping a little adds to the fun of the ride! Safety is a number one priority for London RIB voyages and therefore there is plenty of safety equipment on every boat.

The captain
London RIB Voyages offer many different tours as well as the option to hire a private tour with a standard or personalised voyage. We went on the Ultimate London Adventure, a jam packed, fun filled adrenaline filled tour of London. The first part is a tour of some of the major sights from London's 2000 year history. The tour guide was knowledgeable and funny, explaining the history behind different landmarks in an interesting and fun way. We all came off the boat knowing a lot more about the history of London then when we got on! some of the sights you will see are not clearly visible by any means of transport. for example Traitors gate in the Tower of London can only be clearly see from the Thames. This is the best way for a child to learn about London. Once we had passed the landmarks, the boat hit 30 Knots (35MPH) and the thrilling part of the trip started. There really is nothing like feeling the wind in your hair and the Thames water splashing your face, The thrill of speeding down the Thames with the speedboat swaying from side to side is exhilarating and your adrenaline pumps. You don't have a care in the world as you enjoy your experience.
The need for speed
We obviously took Tilly and she LOVES the experience, In fact we enjoyed this experience more than the first one. I think it was because the weather was slightly windy and the river had a few waves. Your heart beats so fast as you listen to music, like 'London Calling' and The James Bond Theme. If you take your child, they are perfectly safe on this kind of trip, In fact she wasn't the only child on this experience.
Safety first, Tilly was shown how to work her life jacket
We all wore a life jacket and they are available for all shapes and sizes. They also have jackets available for protection against wind and water. The child's life jacket is always put on by a member of staff so you can have confidence that it has been fitted correctly.  You need to arrive at the pier 15 minutes before your experience starts, this is to ensure your ready and the boat can leave on time. We actually got caught up in tube closures and were running really late, So we phoned up and told them my dilemma, they were very helpful and text through to the guys on the pier. As it was we arrived 5 minutes before the experience was about to start, the communication between the staff couldn't of been better.
The quide taking a selfie
London RIB Voyages departs from the pier next to the London Eye Hourly. It is open 7 days a week and 365 days a year in all weather. They are easily assessable from London Waterloo Train station, Westminster and Embankment tube station. There are also bus stops close by.  Anyone can enjoy London Rib Voyages, however these tours are not suitable for anyone who suffers from back problems or is pregnant.

Ticket prices vary depending on the tour you choose. The Ultimate London Adventure costs £42 for an adult however can be cheaper if you buy online in advance by clicking on this link because it can be so disappointing if you decide to go on the spur of the moment and there are no experiences left on the day. This is a very very popular experience to do and it does get booked up fast.

We did this experience last year too and more details can be found on this blog post here. You can also follow the Facebook page and Twitter for up to date news and photo's

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  1. Wow, I didn't know they did that! My girls would love that they keep talking about visiting London. X

  2. It looks great. Perfect way to spend a day in London!

  3. That sounds and looks amazing!! Great site up and photos!! :) xx

    Lucie xx

  4. I've only ever been on the river in London a few times using their water Taxi they have. This looks amazing.

    Katie x

  5. Looks great - we are having a trip there next month - I cant wait! I finally get to go to the tower!


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