Tuesday, November 01, 2022

Horrible Histories: Terrible Thames

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Keilyn and Erin ready to board the Horrible Histories Terrible Thames cruise.

Friday October 28, 2022.

Erin and Keilyn, both, are really into their history and love reading the 'Horrible Histories' books. So, when we spotted a 'Horrible Histories' ferry sailing the River Thames, we just had to take a trip on her.

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Looking across the River Thames towards the Terrible Thames boat tour.

With the vessel, 'Silver Sockeye', due to depart at 10:45 we made sure that we were there in plenty of time, so that we could be at the front of the queue to grab the front seats. We headed upstairs and sat at the front on the port side, with the stage just in front of us.

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Erin and Keilyn on the stage with Tower Bridge as a backdrop.

After a quick safety message, we were underway. Our guides were Harry Sutherland and Rob Cummings, a student and teacher respectively.

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Our guides, Harry and Rob.

From the moment we were underway to the moment we returned they bombarded the passengers with all of the history of the River Thames from Execution Dock to Lambeth. Entertaining, gory, informative and brilliantly presented, the cruise was a pure delight.

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HMS Belfast and The Shard.

The route of the vessel took us beneath Tower Bridge, along the River Thames where it passed beneath Westminster Bridge, before turning and heading back to Execution Dock and its moorings at Tower Bridge Quay. 

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A yacht on the River Thames.

This gave us the perfect opportunity to see the sights from a completely different perspective.

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Palace of Westminster.

Once we had disembarked we headed to the kiosk where Keilyn made a purchase of a book and a quill pen.

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Keilyn with her loot.

It is definitely one to visit, regardless of age.

Horrible Histories proudly presents its wicked boat tour of the Terrible Thames!

So climb aboard and prepare to hear the horrible history of the most famous river in the world!

Tremble in terror at the Tower! Sizzle at the Savoy! Give Cleopatra the needle! Be washed away at Westminster! Lose yourself in Lambeth! Get gobsmacked by the Globe! Hold onto your head at London Bridge and escape from Execution Dock!

Take a dive with Horrible Histories into the stories of King Henry VIII, Anne Boleyn, Julius Caesar, Queen Boudicca, Jack the Ripper and Captain Kidd, in this history of the Thames with the nasty bits left in!

Horrible Histories: Terrible Thames

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