I didn’t start this blog to get freebies and (so far) I’ve never actively asked for any of the perks that I’ve received they’ve always been gifted to me. My favourite thing is actually attending blogger events where I get to meet so many awesome fellow bloggers but to be honest there are so many they can start to feel a bit run of the mill which is why I only accept invitations to things that I think fit this blog and will be interesting for you guys to read about too.
Recently Joes Bloggers held a #JBTalks twitter chat all about blogger events and I happened to mention in passing that I would love more experience based events like visits to the Shard or a speedboat ride down the Thames. I didn’t @ mention any companies in particular but the following day London RIB Voyages got in touch and said they thought it was a great idea. A couple of e-mails later I had myself and a friend booked in to experience their Ultimate London Adventure package as well as having provided the PR with a list of other bloggers interested in checking them out too! Win/Win as they say.
We were still on a high from having escaped our Escape Hunt challenge and were in good spirits when we arrived at our boarding point by the London Eye (another experience that I really need to try) and joined a family of four who would also be going on this adventure with us. As our boat arrived and docked we were given a short safety briefing and strapped in to our life jackets. It was a beautifully sunny day so we declined the offer of waterproof jackets although I later regretted this as the air currents created by speeding across water make it pretty chilly indeed.
Safely on board our tour guide Little Mike welcomed us and explained what would happen. The first part of the trip would be taken at a reasonable pace until we got passed the speed limit restriction and then we would really go for it all the way to Canary Wharf and back again to Tower Bridge. After that we would continue our journey at a much more relaxed pace and he would give us a little information about the landmarks we were passing.
Raring to go, Steve our driver set off and we were soon going pretty fast. If this was a controlled speed what would it be like once we passed the speed restrictions! Fricking awesome that’s what!! It was incredibly exhilarating and I was super impressed with Steve’s ability to whip us along the river without causing us to get wet other than a light spray of sea water. It was one of the best experiences of my life – waving like a maniac as we whipped past the suckers on the boring CityCruises sightseeing tours. There was even a wonderful medley soundtrack to enhance our journey as it blasted any and all songs that mentioned/relate to boats, water or London. I was sat at the edge of the boat and lost my stomach a couple of times like on a rollercoaster. Absolutely brilliant!
All too soon we were back at Tower Bridge and it was time for the “boring bit” which wasn’t boring at all. Little Mike knows his stuff and throws in a couple of little known facts about the area too. He held all of our attention even the little uns and had us all giggling away to boot. He really was an excellent guide. At £42 per adult and £22.95 per child this isn’t a cheap experience but it’s definitely worth it for a special occasion especially those who are a bit of an adrenaline junkie!