Review: London Duck Tours

We regularly head into the capital for days out. It’s one of the things I love about living so close to London. We’re still yet to take the boys to the usual tourist attractions. We took them on a walk around Westminster, Downing Street and Trafalgar Square last year but they’ve not seen much else.

When we were invited along to review London Duck Tours I knew it would be something the boys would be excited about. In fact, E had seen the bright yellow vehicles around London before and had asked if we could go on one.

London Duck Tours

If you’ve not heard of London Duck Tours before, they are a sightseeing tour where you travel around London on a DUKW (also affectionately known as Ducks). The vehicle isn’t just a standard bus though – it’s amphibious and transforms into a boat that heads into the river Thames!

The ducks were originally used in the Second World War but have been repurposed for sightseeing purposes. With their eye-catching bright yellow colour they are very easy to spot on the streets of London.

Our experience of London Duck Tours

There are a few different sightseeing packages available with Duck Tours. We were booked in for the “Classic Sightseeing Tour” which took us around the best-loved sights of London.

You board the start of the Duck Tour on Belvedere Road which is a short walk from Waterloo and The London Eye.

Tickets can be booked in advance online and it’s best to turn up at least 15 minutes early so you can check-in. They allow people to board based on who checks in first so it’s definitely worth making sure you are early so you have a choice of where to sit!

We were given a full safety talk at the start of the tour and were shown where the life jackets were in the unlikely event we needed to use them. We found the seats to be comfortable and depending on weather, there were covers that could be pulled down too.

The total duration of the tour lasts 1 hour 15 minutes and there is a tour guide on board who gives a running commentary on the landmarks you drive past.

Our tour guide was brilliant and very friendly. He told us some great stories and lots of interesting facts as we went around London.

Here are just some of the things we learnt:

  • Westminster Bridge is the second oldest bridge in London
  • Parliament Square was London’s first roundabout
  • Nelson’s Column is 170 foot in height – the same height as his mast
  • The London Eye has 32 pods – same as the number of boroughs in London

The classic tour takes you around some of the main sights of London such as Big Ben (our tour guide reliably told us that there would be no chime due to restoration works), Nelson’s Column and Buckingham Palace. Our guide also pointed out some of the lesser known sights too.


As the tour draws to an end, the Duck takes you past the MI5 and MI6 building in Vauxhall before there’s a change of drivers to head into the Thames. This was the part the boys had been waiting for!

We were a little disappointed that there was no commentary on the boat but the boat is a little noisy in the water so I guess it made sense for the tour guide not to shout. We still enjoyed the trip down the Thames and had fun taking in the views.

I would highly recommend Duck Tours for families. It’s great fun – especially the part when you get to go into water and it’s a unique and fun way of sightseeing around London without having to do much walking!

Tickets for a family of four start from £79 and can be pre-booked in advance online.

* We received tickets for London Duck Tours in exchange for this review.

20 Comments

  1. These look fabulous! My husband would love going past the MI5 and MI6 buildings! #KCACOLS

  2. This looks like such a fun thing to do as a family, and such a great way to see London too! Great review #kcacols

  3. Kids would so love this!! #KALCOLS

  4. I’ve seen these around London and always wanted to have a go, my boys would love it! #KCACOLS

  5. This sounds amazing! We love to do an open top tour bus every time we visit a new place (total tourists!) but this is another level x #KCACOLS

  6. Great review! This has been on my list to do for longer than we’ve had a child!! We very nearly did a similar one in Dublin last weekend. It looks like great fun and I hope we manage to tick it off our list at some point. #KCACOLS

  7. Oh, I’ve seen these and wondered about them. Not sure what David would think about a driving then going in the water though! #kcacols

  8. I have seen them around before but not been on them, don’t go to London very often but will look them up next time I go, looks really interesting x #kcacols

  9. This looks like so much fun! A great idea to keep the kids entertained! x
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  10. Looks like a great family adventure! We have Duck Tours in Toronto (where I live) as well but I’ve never been on one. I should take my son one day #KCACOLS

  11. This looks super cool. We haven’t been on a boat ride for a long time! My kids would love it. #KCACOLS

  12. I tried to persuade mine to do this last summer and they thought it looked dull. I’ll have to show them this post to suggest otherwise! Popping by from #KCACOLS

  13. I’ve never got round to doing the ducktours, I’m sure I will one day! Love the facts that you learnt on the way 🙂 #kcacols

  14. I see these regularly but have never got on one in London. I have done something similar in Dublin. Pen x #KCACOLS

  15. This looks like a great way to see the sights of London, I would love to do this.
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  16. George would love this so much. Defo need to do this. It’s a little pricier than I expected but for a family of four I suppose that’s pretty standard.

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  17. Oh I SO want to do this! It looks like so much fun and a great way to do a tour of the city! #KCACOLS

  18. This looks brilliant! We have something similar in Dublin called Viking Tours. I haven’t done it yet but we all will when the kids are older. #kcacols

  19. we have something similar her in then States in Boston. Its been on my list to do for a while now. Looks great #KCACOLS

  20. That looks like such an amazing way to see the sights! I think I would be as excited as the children when it goes into the water! x #KCACOLS

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