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Shard & Bateaux Lunch Cruise for Two

These very special lunch cruise and View from the Shard packages will get you going up high and going with the flow on the Thames! We can’t think of a better way to see London than with an informal three course meal on the river and a trip to visit inside the capital’s tallest building.The timings for your day are very flexible. All you have to do is plan your outing around the luncheon cruise and you can enjoy your panoramic high-rise vistas either before or after your trip down the Thames.We think the best plan is a leisurely voyage into the capital in the morning to do the boat followed by the Shard. Wander along from Embankment tube to the jetty where the impressive ‘bateau mouche’ style boat will be waiting for you. These modern cruisers have large panoramic windows so no matter where you are seated you’ll be able to see all the main landmarks and sights as you glide gracefully past.You’ll see how the Thames ‘works’ with the large number of leisure craft water taxis and even the occasional tall ship all sharing the waters all watched over by the Marine Police Force. Then there are the bridges. Famous landmarks in their own right (remember the Olympic rings on Tower Bridge?) it’s really quite special to slide right underneath these iconic structures that link the north and south shores of the Thames. And of course you get a prime view of all the famous buildings along the shoreline and beyond too including Canary Wharf St Paul’s the Globe Theatre Tate Modern and so much more.Don’t worry if you don’t know one bridge from another or couldn’t pinpoint the Oxo tower on a map. After you’ve enjoyed your meal the return leg of your cruise is commentated so you won’t miss anything.But your lunch cruise experience doesn’t end there – there’s the view from the Shard bit too as you head back over the river to London Bridge. It’s truly superb to get yet another different perspective on the capital as fancy high-speed lifts take you up to 244m above ground level for a vertiginous view of London. On a clear day you can see way beyond the capital and into the Home Counties but the best is looking down on life as it happens right below you – it’s seriously mesmerising!

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