Christmas wrapped up with MBNA Thames Clippers

Enjoy the best of the Capital’s Christmas attractions with hop on and off travel from MBNA Thames Clippers this December.

Start the day at the South Bank to wander the Christmas market and the Rekorderling cider lodge under the iconic Coca Cola London Eye where you can catch the MBNA Thames Clippers from the pier . Or, from Embankment pier visit Somerset House and glide around the ice rink whilst taking in the beautiful historic building. For those who don’t fancy the ice, head to the exclusive Fortnum and Mason Christmas Arcade to shop for gifts, foodie fare, fashion accessories and festive decorations.

After working up an appetite get back on board at Blackfriars pier and head to London Bridge to feast on Christmas treats including cheeses and gingerbread or a warming mulled wine in Borough Market. Venture further down the Thames to Greenwich pier for more Christmas markets, a carousel and a visit to Santa in his Grotto.

For the final stop of the day head to North Greenwich for The O2 where there are events throughout December to fulfil everyone’s festive wishes whether that’s the Overtones singing Christmas Carols or Disney on Ice for the kids.

Grab an MBNA Thames Clippers River Roamer ticket to take advantage of unlimited hop-on/hop-off travelling in style. MBNA Thames Clippers is the fastest and most frequent fleet on the river, connecting some of the capital’s top attractions and providing passengers with the opportunity to take in the iconic London skyline from the river along the way. MBNA Thames Clippers River Roamer ticket prices start from £11.55 for an adult and £5.75 for a child with a Travelcard.

MBNA Thames Clippers in festive facts
  • It would take just over 57 hours hours to travel the 2,000 miles to Lapland on an MBNA Thames Clippers boat (at a rate of 30 knots, which equates to almost 35mph)
  • Santa travels 317 million miles delivering presents on Christmas Eve, that’s equivalent to more than 23 million return journeys between Putney and Blackfriars with MBNA Thames Clippers
  • MBNA Thames Clippers delivers over 300,000 Christmas presents safely home with Londoners each December (based on each passenger carrying two presents per week for three weeks in December)
  • MBNA Thames Clippers serves more than 10,000 warming coffees, over 1,500 celebratory glasses of champagne and 6,000 bottles of beer
  • The largest boats in the MBNA Thames Clippers fleet could carry 220 reindeer – provided they are all well-behaved and stay in their seats while the boat is moving
About MBNA Thames Clippers

MBNA Thames Clippers is the leading River Bus service on the River Thames running a 20 minute frequency between key London piers including North Greenwich for The O2, Greenwich, Canary Wharf, Tower, London Bridge, Embankment and London Eye for Waterloo, as well as several residential piers.

In April 2013 the company won the contract to run a River Bus service from Putney to Blackfriars which allows the boats to now additionally stop at Putney, Wandsworth Riverside, Chelsea Harbour and Cadogan Pier, a total of 20 piers across the capital.

Co-founded in 1999 by Sean Collins (CEO) and Alan Woods (former Chairman), the company began with one boat servicing 80 passengers a day between Greenland and Savoy piers. Now 16 years on numbers have significantly risen to over 3.8 million passengers in 2014.

In 2006 AEG, owners and operators of The O2, acquired the majority stake in the company and since then the fleet has substantially grown to 15 vessels. River Bus Express for The O2 is an additional fast direct service between London Eye and London Bridge to The O2 at North Greenwich on arena event nights.

For more info visit the website or follow @ThamesClippers