Ahoy London is your guide to what’s happening on and around the river, presented by City Cruises: the capital’s no. 1 sightseeing tour on the Thames. In this article, we take a brief look ahead at what’s worth looking at every month of this year, so you needn’t miss out on top events and fantastic offers.
Without a set date, but still worthy of a mention is a brand new sightseeing cruise that’s right around the corner (or bend in the river, if you prefer). The Eleanor Rose is one of City Cruises’ most charming boats and as of 2014 will be taking passengers on a 45 minute circular sightseeing cruise from Tower Pier. More details of the cruise and photos of elegant Eleanor will be making their way to these pages in the coming months.
We are also excited to announce that due to popular demand, our Afternoon Tea and Lunch cruises will be running 5 days a week, Wednesday – Sunday.
Sorry to say, but we’ve kind of missed the boat on this month…
Don’t forget Valentine’s Day on the 14th! The river is one of the most romantic spots in London and a dinner cruise is a perfect way to spend the evening with a loved one.
There’s winter half-term to look forward to and a tonne of activities around the river that are perfect for kids. Start and end dates for terms may vary depending on schools, but keep an eye on citycruises.com around mid-February for special family deals.
Sail Sale: take advantage of up to 30% off great cruises on selected dates throughout the month.
The end of March sees the end of the Sail Sale and the last of the 30% savings, so book while you can.
Mother’s Day is on the 30th – you should never neglect to plan something nice for your mum.
30th March also sees the start of National Kite Month. Join in the worldwide celebrations and go fly a kite in Greenwich!
Shakespeare’s 450th birthday celebrations begin in April (if you’re busy that month, don’t worry; the celebrations continue until 2016!), making for a perfect excuse to visit the Globe Theatre.
April sees the start of Sundowner season for City Cruises. The popular evening cruise returns along with the invitation for you to sit up on deck and watch the sunset over London with a glass of Pimm’s and lemonade in hand.
Also from April 2014, the London Showboat will be available to book 7 days a week, every week. There’s never a bad time for a party, and from April seats on this flagship dining cruise will be more accessible than ever before.
We are also excited to announce that due to popular demand, our Afternoon Tea and Lunch cruises will begin running 5 days a week, Wednesday – Sunday.
For families, this month will mark the Easter Holidays, a full two weeks off of school. We’ll be sure to include an overview of fun activities for kids in our next issue.
If you pass the South Bank during this time, you’ll likely see a giant purple upside-down inflatable cow. Don’t be alarmed. It’s just E4 Udderbelly Festival, dazzling collection of comedy, circus, music, family and cabaret shows, in full swing! Check closer to the time for the lively line-up. (Yes, ok. I admit including Udderbelly under May is a bit of a cheat as the festival actually begins 10 April and ends 13 July. But April was getting a bit busy).
Head down to to the HMS Belfast in May (exact dates to be confirmed) to mark 70 years since the D-Day landings with a series of special exhibitions, workshops and events. Perfect for history fans of all ages.
Don’t forget Father’s Day on 15 June. Maybe treat him to a James Bond experience on Thamesjet?
Between 20 June and 28 June focus your attention east for the Greenwich+Docklands International Festival. Described by the Independent as: “huge, free, eye-popping, anarchic – a feast of free outdoor arts!”. The full programme is announced in late March, so watch this space for updates.
Summer holiday begins! What more do we need to say? There’s literally thousands of ways to entertain yourself in London on a sunny day. Overwhelmed by choice? You can’t go wrong by the river where there’s always dozens of enthralling events going on along South Bank (including, in July on top of those already mentioned, the London Wonderground, Poetry International, and the Festival of Love) and permanent attractions on both sides of the river.
And, in the summer sun it’s always easy to get around in style on the open deck of a City Cruises sightseeing boat!
Fingers crossed summer will have well and truly begun by August. If so, seize the opportunity to visit one of the beaches on the banks of the Thames!
August is usually when the Film4 Summer Screen begins at Somerset House. This open air cinema couldn’t be in more attractive surroundings. Take a blanket with you and catch some cultural goodness.
2014 marks 100 years since the start of the First World War. Commemorative events run throughout the year with 1 August seeing the opening of the “Forgotten Fighters: the First World War at Sea” exhibit at the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich.
Don’t miss out on 10 days of fun with the Mayor’s Thames Festival in September. A massive range of events take place both on and around the river. There never fails to be a few awesome surprises!
It’s time for the autumn half-term. With summer over and days growing shorter, it might be a good time to take in a show at the National Theatre.
Speaking of shorter days, October sees the return of the Riverlights evening cruise. Raise a glass of bubbly and watch the bright lights of London’s riverbanks pass by from the comfort of a City Cruises riverliner.
The 8th November sees the spectacle of the Lord Mayor’s Show parade pass along the north bank of the river.
If you want to guarantee a place on one of City Cruises Xmas or New Year’s Eve cruises, November might be good to book, however, tickets are available now so book to avoid any disappointment.
Ahh, back again for Christmas. Keep an eye out for the return of the Southbank Christmas Market, and the ice rink to appear at Tower of London. City Cruises’ Christmas-themed cruises will have launched and the smell of hot mince pies and Mulled wine will be leaving us salivating into our scarves.
2014 ends / 2015 begins on the river with a bang with the fantastic fireworks display (let’s see how they top this/last year’s banana-flavoured confetti!).