Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Thames Cruise

So my crazy friend Elle Bacon had found a free Thames lunch boat cruise voucher in her house, so she decided to invite me along for the ride! It turned out to be a lovely sunny day (which is rare for London). After boozing it up the night before we both forced each other get out of bed and enjoy the day. We headed towards embankment where the boat was departing at 12:00pm, only to find a massive queue of guests all waiting to get on the same boat. So after waiting in the hot sun for half an hour we finally make it to the front of the queue, the boat was already running and ready to go. Not only were we unable to check in, but our booking wasn’t even on the system. I could see Elle’s face was burning up by the minute and about to explode, I was too hung over to care. One of the receptionists ran out to the boat and made a last desperate plea to try and get us a table. She scuttled back to the boat yelling get on it’s about to take off!
I was expecting us to get shoved over in a busy back room somewhere, but today the gods shun upon us and we got escorted into the VIP room. The meal was three courses long; for starter we enjoyed a combination of pickled salmon and cucumber followed by breast of chicken with balsamic reduction and finished up with caramel panna cotta. I have done all of the tours of London top bus and all but I must say this is a really nice way to see all of the sights and enjoy another side of London.
Not bad for a hung over munch I say!

There are three sorts of people; those who are alive, those who are dead, and those who are at sea.
- Old Capstan Chantey attributed to Anacharsis, 6th Century BC

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