Days Out: MBNA Thames Clippers

BY JAMES TWOMEY

All hands on deck! It’s London sightseeing, but not as you know it.

The River Thames MBNA Clippers are famed for their unusual method of getting Londoners to work by boat, but they also provide an exciting day out for the family to discover London’s most famous attractions by the river.

London’s commuters can save 20 per cent on all weekly and monthly season tickets purchased from now until March 3 with MBNA Thames Clippers.

The speedy and streamlined catamarans whizz you along the Thames, from Woolwich to Putney piers, allowing you to take in the iconic sights of the river, such as Big Ben, the London Eye, the Tower of London, St Paul’s Cathedral and The O2, which overlook the banks of the Thames, as well as a fully-stocked bar and cafe.

Departures leave the piers every 20 minutes with the option to hop-on and hop-off so you can take in the city’s main attractions and get back to the aqua explorations afterwards.

There’s nothing quite like sailing through the iconic Tower Bridge.

Kids will get the opportunity to ‘learn the ropes’ with a free activity book.

For all the art lovers out there a special ‘Tate to Tate’ service runs every 30 minutes taking passengers from Tate Britain at Millbank Pier to Tate Modern at Bankside Pier, a special 25 per cent discount applies for Tate members.

Tate Britain holds the largest collection of British art in the world, and is completely free, containing the works of Gainsborough, Hogarth, Millais and Whistler, as well as outstanding contemporary artists such as Francis Bacon, Lucian Freud and Damien Hirst.

The Tate Modern displays of international modern art, located in the former Bankside Power Station.

Entrance to the permanent collection and Turbine Hall is free.

Tate Modern also holds world-acclaimed temporary exhibitions as well as an extensive children’s programme.

The banks of the Thames are teeming with activities and sights, and you never have to step foot too far from the boat to get a glimpse of some of the best that London has to offer.

Explore the horrible and gruesome history of London’s most famous dungeon – the London Dungeon – as live actors bring this gory past back to life before your eyes with interactive special effects and rides.

The Sea Life London collection is sure to amaze kids and adults alike with plenty of sea life on offer and an immersive experience along the Great Oceanic Conveyor.

The Cutty Sark in Greenwich, the world’s sole surviving tea clipper.

After a major conservation project, the 19th century sailing ship Cutty Sark has been restored and raised to 3m up, giving visitors the amazing experience of walking underneath it.

London is blessed with many theatres and the National Theatre is as iconic as they come.

Situated on the South Bank with three theatres and world-class productions, the National offers an unforgettable experience.

Located at North Greenwich Pier, Craft London offers an exquisite British dining experience.

Step off the boat after a day of exploration and treat yourself to cocktails, coffee or restaurant dishes.

The 20 per cent saving is applicable on weekly and monthly season tickets, with standard prices starting from £25.95 for a one week West Only pass.

The offer is available via the MBNA Thames Clippers Tickets app or at a manned ticket office.

Passengers will save up to £40.26 on a monthly pass covering All Zones, paying only £161.04 (normally costing £201.30).

For River Line full Terms & Conditions and details of how to claim the 20% offer please visit thamesclippers.com/riverline.

For further details on pricing, route maps, timetables and to purchase tickets visit www.mbnathamesclippers.com.

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