4 star classic hotel
1 Addington Street, Waterloo, SE1 7RYShow on map
The Park Plaza County Hall is a 398 room, classic 4 star hotel which is based in Lambeth, South East London. The closest tube station to the hotel is Waterloo which is less than a 5 minute journey on foot.... Read More »
Pub / Hotel
81-83 Waterloo Road, Waterloo, SE1 8UDShow on map
The Wellington Pub at Waterloo is in a part of London that is full of tourist attractions, many of which are within walking distance. It is just 0.1 miles from the BFI Imax cinema. Other nearby landmarks and... Read More »
4 star contemporary hotel
Westminster Bridge Road, Lambeth, SE1 7UTShow on map
The Park Plaza Westminster Bridge Hotel is a 1021, 4 star modern hotel that is located in Waterloo, South East London. The closest tube station to the hotel is Waterloo which is less than a 5 minute walk away.... Read More »
3 star classic hotel
Belvedere Road, Waterloo, SE1 7PBShow on map
Premier Inn London County Hall is good quality budget hotel inside the historic County Hall, in Lambeth, South London. The building was at one time the headquarters of London County Council and later the... Read More »
5 star deluxe modern hotel
London County Hall, Westminster Bridge Road, Waterloo, SE1 7PBShow on map
The luxury 5-Star London Marriott Hotel County Hall, in Lambeth, South London, is elegant, traditional and in a great location. The building was at one time the headquarters of London County Council and later... Read More »
4 star modern hotel
5 star city chic deluxe hotel
Whitehall Place, Charing Cross, SW1A 2BDShow on map
"Opulent accommodation with tremendous views in the heart of London" This 5-Star hotel in Central London with state-of-the-art facilities in an eminent building dating back to 1885 and the Empire days of Queen... Read More »
5 star classic deluxe hotel
2 Whitehall Court, Westminster, SW1A 2EJShow on map
Crowned AA London Hotel of the Year 2010-2011, an accolade not to be sniffed at, The Royal Horseguards Hotel offers guests five-star luxury in a very central location near Westminster. Set in a stunning... Read More »
Apartment - 4* contemporary
18-21 Northumberland Ave, Charing Cross, WC2N 5EAShow on map
The Citadines ApartHotel Trafalgar Square, London is made up of serviced apartments, and cannot beaten for its location; it is as central as accommodation in the capital gets. This self-catering option would... Read More »
3 star modern hotel
49 Blackfriars Road, Southwark, SE1 8NZShow on map
Just moments from Central London, the Ibis Blackfriars is a 297 room, 3 star hotel that is situated very close to the capital’s main attractions. Visitors are perfectly placed in order to explore the... Read More »
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If this isn't your first visit to London, you may start to tire of the sights, or feel as if you've seen it all before. As glorious as Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament are, there is only so many times you can stare at them and tour them before you start to feel a touch of malaise. If this is how you feel, then it's time to get a new perspective on London and Duck tours offer the perfect antidote, where you can explore the city by land and sea...without changing vehicle at any points.
Yes, Duck Tours custom made vehicles take your touring experience to James Bond-style levels of excitement, by turning into a boat when the land tour is finished and then sailing you down the River Thames. The brightly coloured yellow and blue boat/bus hybrids, which will appeal to all Transformers fans, can be found lined up near the London Eye waiting to take you on an amphibious adventure like nothing else you will experience in the city.
Whilst in tour bus mode, you will be guided round sights such as the Houses of Parliament, Big Ben, the Tower of London and Trafalgar Square, with an insightful and humourous commentary from enthusiastic guides, before turning into 'boat mode' and launching off the company's M16 slipway. Once on the Thames, you'll travel past London Bridge, Tower Bridge and you can take in the eclectic architecture on the north and south banks of the river, which ranges from the ancient neo-classical style of St Paul's, to the sleek, ultra modern style of Renzo Piano’s The Shard, the newest contender for tallest building in London and Norman Foster’s Swiss Re Building, or 'the Gherkin' as it is affectionately known.
Any World War II veterans attending a Duck Tour may recognise these vehicles in their less colourful form as one of the inventions that helped to achieve the D-Day landings. The 'Duck' vehicles, formerly known as DUKW, were a revolutionary design by General Motors and New York yacht designers, made to overcome difficulties with unloading cargo and men from the sea. So, they may now be dismissed from military service, but you can be assured that all vehicles are safe and seaworthy, and may have saved several lives in the past.
Duck Tours last for 75 minutes in total, with a guaranteed 30 minutes in the River Thames; and three types of tour are available: the Classic, the D-Day Tour and the James Bond Tour. Tickets for each are reasonably priced and they are easy to find, close to many other London attractions, so when you are dropped off again there will be a lot for you to see and do. If you wish to stay in the area, the Novotel London Waterloo offers reasonable rates and a high level of service. Days Hotel Waterloo is another affordable option, in a very convenient location for exploring London sights. The Southwark Rose Hotel offers trendy modern rooms and The Mercure City Bankside Hotel is ideal for business and leisure travellers alike.