Seeing the London sights with my Mum


Alison with her Mum I escaped my domestic duties to have a day out with my Mum in London which was great fun! Mum had suggested we take one of those river cruises down the Thames from Westminster to Greenwich. We would have lunch and then get the boat back in time for the train home. 

I met her under the clock at Waterloo Station, and then we walked over the footbridge to Embankment Station (I would recommend keeping large stones in your pockets, it's VERY windy) and caught the 'Kathleen Sarah' – Mum's name! – to Tower Bridge. 

It was a relatively small boat but the river was pretty choppy so when Mum started to turn a pale shade of pistachio, I tried to be a comfort by reminding her that the Thames wasn't all that deep in the middle… forgetting momentarily that she can't swim. I tried to backpedal by reminding her that I did get my lifesaving badge when I was a Girl Guide, but I don't think that helped!

Tower Bridge Luckily it didn't take much longer to get to a little pontoon by Tower Bridge, and we waited about 15 minutes before a much bigger boat – with lifeboats on it – came along. 

This was brilliant. We got a running commentary all the way there and found out all kinds of things about life on the riverbank. From apartments that cost four million pounds, to pirates who used to roam the river! 

When these scoundrels were caught, if found guilty by 'Hanging Judge Jefferies', who held court at Execution Dock in Wapping, they were tied to two wooden posts on the riverbed when the tide was out. They were then left there until the tide came in. If they didn't drown they were innocent… or incredibly tall! 

Alison's Mum in front of the London Eye We arrived in Greenwich bang on lunchtime, had some very nice pasta and then roamed around the covered market until it was time to come back. By then it was blowing a gale and we were glad to be, once again, safely inside what felt like a liner rather than a riverboat. 

We crossed back over Waterloo Bridge and I took this great shot of Mum (left) during a short burst of sunlight with the Millenium Wheel in the background. 

She's never been on it, 'cos she doesn't like heights… I'll have to see if I can talk her round… unless there's anything else you think she might prefer? 

All suggestions please do post below, and I'll let her know 🙂

Love Ali x


  1. Kristina Moore September 27, 2009 at 8:03 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison, we like having a pancake at Westminster Bridge when we are in London. They do fresh orange juice too. Yum.
    Your mum looks like a lovely lady.
    Hugs to all

  2. alison keenan September 28, 2009 at 10:51 am -  Reply

    Hi Tina, She is lovely 🙂 and next time we’ll make sure to have a pancake and fresh orange juice. Hope all’s well with you and yours. Love Ali xxx

  3. cecilia October 10, 2009 at 2:08 pm -  Reply

    hi Alison i like your mum am afraid of heights but i have been to the top of the tower of london and as it is enclosed it is in one of the side towers the view was amazing. i do not know if they still do these tours but i am sure your mum would love that best to you and your family and mum and a happy christmas cecilia

  4. alison keenan October 14, 2009 at 2:57 pm -  Reply

    Hi Cecilia, Thank you for contacting me, and also for sharing your fear!! I’ve never been to the top of the Tower of Longon, only inside it to see the jewels, and I never wanted to leave! It sounds like a great suggestion for a day out, and I’ll pass it on to mum. thank you again, and I do hope you’ll be able to join Dale and I for the Breast Cancer Care Fundraiser tomorrow night. All the best to you and your family too. Ali x

  5. Stephen Oakes January 27, 2010 at 8:53 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison.
    I used to know your mum! She was always “Kathy from Royd loudspeakers” to me! Ask her if she remembers Stephen from Doug Brady’s in Warrington (and latterly of Replay in Manchester). I was a big Royd fan! I (along with my colleague, Andrew) visited her and Joe in Telford and Kathy made us a nice lunch whilst we listened to all the speakers and Andrew fixed Joe’s turntable! Please pass on my best! Stephen xx

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