Last weekend I got to experience one of London’s biggest tourist attractions with the Do more with Avios campaign. If you haven’t heard of Avios they are a reward points scheme where you receive points for your everyday spends on groceries, petrol and even wine! And you can then spend these points on holidays and wine and experience vouchers! I collect Avios points on my Lloyds Credit Card and usually spend my points on flights abroad but you can also spend them on activities here in London.
I was invited to try one of these activities and after careful consideration I chose the iconic London Eye and London Eye River Cruise. Everyone knows the London Eye, it is now a permanent fixture on the London skyline, I personally can’t go past it without taking a photo (a lot like Big Ben) and I just love seeing it all lit up at night time. I have been on the Eye before but it was the very first thing I did when I arrived in London and I didn’t have a clue what I was looking out for but this time it was such a rewarding experience and I excitedly picked out my favourite London locations from above.
After collecting my tickets inside I queued for a short while before being ushered onto one of the London Eye pods, instantly I felt excited about what I was going to see. The pods are big enough so that it doesn’t feel cramped and everyone in our pod was respectful enough to move around and let everyone have a good view.
Once at the top you realise just how huge London is, I spotted Wembley in the distance, St Pancras Station, The Shard and the changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace. The money shot is of course Big Ben and Westminster and once at the top you realise just how small everything is.
I was so lucky to go on the London Eye on a beautiful sunny Autumn day, the sky was never ending blue and it was perfect photo taking opportunities. London sure is a pretty city from above and it is great to get a different perspective of something you see every day.
After we disembarked we swiftly moved past the London Eye to the London Eye River Cruise wharf where we boarded a boat that had all outdoor seating. Our guide was witty, knowledgable and gave enough facts about London that I didn’t once get bored. I learnt so many new things about all of the buildings situated along the Thames and about this great city I get to call home.
Did you know there was to be no advertising along the Thames as instructed by the Queen and the OXO tower broke all the rules? There was a court case and they claimed it was a cross and a circle instead of their logo, they won and the tower still stands there today with a blatant OXO.
Also, the City of London school (where Daniel Radcliffe attended) has a glass dome because you have to be able to see St Pauls at different points on the Thames. There were lots of great facts that even a Londoner could enjoy. I also loved how no matter where you were sitting the views were spectacular, you are not able to stand so there’s no chance of people getting in your photos as well.
We arrived at the main event – The Tower Bridge after 20 minutes, I’ve walked over it, gone inside and driven over it on a bus but seeing it from the Thames was something else. The Tower Bridge is without doubt one of the most iconic bridges in the world.
Once past Tower Bridge we turned around and headed back to the London Eye, the view from the other side of the Thames was very different and the North Bank is not somewhere I spent a lot of time. I couldn’t leave without a Tower Bridge selfie, look how impressed (or not impressed Dan is).
Our 45 minute boat trip was over before I knew it and I must say I left feeling like I had really learnt something about the great city of London, it was great to see the city from a different perspective and I really enjoyed the experience. Even though I have lived in this city for 5 years and Dan for 13 years we both had a brilliant afternoon being tourists in our own home. We were dropped off at the London Eye and we disembarked and carried on with our lovely London day.
I would highly recommend a visit to both these attractions and you can see them by using your avois points that you can collect by using your credit card. Check out the Avios website and see how you can do more with avois. You can spend it on flights, afternoon tea, walking tours, hotel rooms and much more.
Disclaimer: This experience was complimentary but as a member of avois myself I can say it would be points well spent.
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