It can feel like festive cheer has been snuffed-out in January, with seemingly endless days until pay-day and the leftovers all gone... so we’ve got a little offer to help you enjoy London, by spending very little.
In partnership with our friends at MBNA Thames Clippers, we invite you to enjoy free kids travel on their river network, both on Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 January 2018.
How to take advantage
It’s super-easy - purchase an adult ticket and your kids can travel with you on the dates above, completely free. You can buy tickets online or at manned MBNA Thames Clippers ticket offices at Westminster, Embankment, Bankside, London Bridge City, Tower, Canary Wharf Greenwich or North Greenwich.
Full terms and conditions available at: www.thamesclippers.com/mbna-kidsgofree
Where will you travel to?
Whether you live in London, or you’re just visiting, the river is a fantastic way to explore and admire the sights as you travel between attractions.
Close to each pier there are inexpensive things to do, so you can stretch those pennies even further while taking advantage of free kids travel. Here are some of our top picks:
North Greenwich - The Line contemporary art walk runs between Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and The O2. The section closest to the pier includes artworks by Antony Gormley, Richard Wilson and Alex Chinneck.
Greenwich - The Old Royal Naval College is Sir Christopher Wren's riverside masterpiece. Visit the famous painted hall, neoclassical chapel and impressive grounds.
Masthouse Terrace - Mudchute Farm and Park is a 32 acre green space on the Isle of Dogs, with fantastic views across the city, miles of footpaths and over 100 farm animals (including some rare breeds).
Greenland (Surrey Quays) - opened in 1869, Southwark Park offers 63 acres of green space to enjoy - housing The Gallery and Dilston Grove exhibition spaces, and a nice café too.
Canary Wharf - The Museum of London Docklands brings the long history of the River Thames to life. Discover stories of trade, slavery and war, alongside noteworthy and historic objects.
Tower - we’re cheating a little here, but from this pier you can see the Tower of London, take a stroll over Tower Bridge and see some of the city’s most iconic buildings (from outside) without paying a penny.
London Bridge City - soak up the atmosphere and sample superb food at Borough Market. You’ll find produce from all over the world, independent traders and eateries galore (can you tell it’s a favourite?).
Bankside - the permanent collections at Tate Modern are free to visit and include iconic works by Picasso, Dali, Matisse, Warhol, Degas, Monet, Pollock and Modigliani (to name just a few). Arguably best of all, the family favourite, One Two Three Swing!, is still on in the Turbine Hall!
Blackfriars - take a walk around the exterior of St Paul’s Cathedral on your way to the Museum of London, which reveals the history of the city... including artefacts from a time when there was no city!
Embankment - take a short walk to Trafalgar Square, where you can visit the National Gallery and National Portrait Gallery, each housing some of the most important art collections in the world.
Westminster - a great stop to take a walk... see the parliament buildings and Big Ben, before passing through St James’s Park to catch a glimpse (and maybe the changing of the guard) at Buckingham Palace.
London Eye (Waterloo) - The Graffiti Tunnel under Waterloo station is London’s largest legal street art area - essentially an ever-changing art gallery, including works by urban legend Banksy.
Millbank - Tate Britain showcases a diverse mix of British art from 1500 to the present day, including permanent exhibitions of works by Turner, Constable, Francis Bacon, William Blake and Lowry.
St George Wharf (Vauxhall) - within the pleasure gardens is Vauxhall City Farm, where you’ll find a little slice of rural life in the heart of the city, with lots of friendly animals to meet.
Battersea Power Station - adjacent to the iconic landmark itself, explore Battersea Park - a 200 acre green-space, boasting an adventure playground, gardens, free Pump House Gallery... even a zoo (that’s not free, but not expensive either).
Not so bleak after all, right?!
We hope January feels a lot brighter after a satisfyingly inexpensive weekend in London, and a jolly trip or two with MBNA Thames Clippers.
Important to know
Only valid for MBNA Thames Clippers journeys taken on Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 January, 2018. Two children (aged 5-15 years) can travel free with each adult ticket purchased. Children under 5 travel free as standard. Not valid in conjunction with any other offers. Offer subject to availability.