Should I be ashamed that I’ve lived in London for nearly 13 years with very limited historical knowledge about my beloved town? Probably. Well in an attempt to rectify such wrongs – and with some inspiration from an upcoming London dating site – I tried out a London Duck Tour, a sightseeing experience that takes you around the capital by road (and river).
On this particular jaunt, I was joined by Peter – a companion who was recommended to me via Doingsomething.co.uk - a site for sociable Londoners looking to break the ice with an urban adventure - and we met on York Road before setting off on the 75 minute trip.
As we passed notable landmarks such as Cleopatra’s needle (which is rumoured to be cursed), Waterloo Bridge (aka the Lady’s Bridge as it was built by an all-female workforce), our tour guide Luke shared plenty of quirky facts – and it was quite interesting finding out how the Sweeney Todd stories came about while driving past Fleet Street, discovering you can get a certificate if you climb up and down all 311 steps of the Monument building and learning that when Charlie Chaplin was 12, he checked his mum into an insane asylum, now the site of the Imperial War Museum.
The fun part, of course, when driving in a vehicle that hailed back to World War 2 and could swim (like a duck!) as good as it drives - and as we descended into the Thames off the Embankment, it was incredible to see how close we were to the river, while getting another incredible view of the capita, and passing sights like the M16 building (pictured below).
Peter and I agreed it was great fun all around and almost ended too soon – always a sign of a great experience. So for more info, visit www.londonducktours.co.uk
This experience was courtesy of Doingsomething.co.uk - The new site that’s taking the awkward out of online dating