Recommendations for Half-Term Fun from the City Cruises Team

With exciting new events cropping up every week, it’s all too easy to forget about all the usual brilliant sights (and tastes) London has to offer that make for a great day out for all the family.

To help remind you (and ourselves!) about these city gems, we asked City Cruises staff for their own personal recommendations of things to do. Here are their responses:


My winter favourites are the Science Museum, London Transport Museum and the National Army Museum (Kids Zone) in Sloane Square.  But for a dry day, you can’t beat the Lady Diana Memorial Playground in Hyde Park.  The Playground is free of charge, but visitor numbers are limited, so it never gets too full; there’s also a manned gate for added security.  For the older ones there’s the huge pirate ship to climb, but the younger ones can enjoy the fine white sand, tepee camp, play tunnels as well as ever popular swings, slides and climbing frames! 

Heather Egerton, Business Development Manager

We often go for free activities in the foyer at Royal Festival Hall Riverside walk from London Eye Pier to Tate, cross river and walk to Tower of London – cruise back!

Paul Ellerby, Commercial Director


Last weekend the family and I had a guided tour of the Golden Hinde. It is ideal for any children studying the Tudors. The guide was really funny & informative and he was a smash hit with the children.

Jason Tauxe, Stock Control Manager


Goddards Pie n Mash shop In Greenwich comes highly recommended by me!!!

It’s a ritual of mine to go down to Greenwich on a Saturday, have pie mash and a stroll round Greenwich Market. It’s even open on Sundays and Famous customers include David Beckham….I haven’t bumped into him yet…..but I’m still hopeful that I will every Saturday morning :o)

The place has become somewhat of a tourist attraction for foreign visitors, I was in there last week, the queue was out the door and tourists were taking photographs of the staff behind the counter:

Victoria Marshall, Reservations Manager

A trip to Greenwich on a gentle cruise taking in the sights of London. With a nice hot cup of tea sitting on the top deck, wrapped up warm, feeling the crisp air on your face. Before heading to Goddards pie ‘n’ mash for a double double. Yum yum

Matthew Beckwith, Director


Being a complete lover of food and a total sucker for any chefs TV shows I recently discovered the Maltby Street food market. This unlikely south-east London backwater has quickly gained popularity and I can see why. Running between Maltby Street and Millstream Road, (ridiculously close to City Cruises’ offices) the newest addition to the area is Ropewalk, a lively street market with a combination of stalls, under-arch shops, pop-up bars and eateries. Perfect for a relaxed stroll, whilst sampling a BIG selection of the fabulous delights that are on offer and plenty of options for a properly ground coffee!

It would be rude of me to omit that Reubens sandwiches are just as ‘AMAZING’ as Tom Kerridge said they would be!

Clare Newman, Head of Sales & Marketing