Everyone loves London Duck Tours – but they are sadly about to disappear from the Thames for the foreseeable future.
London Duck Tours are hybrid bus-boat vehicles that can both drive on land, and sail in the sea.
They’ve been an iconic part of the city for 15 years, but September 17 is due to be their last day on the water.
A slipway on the Albert Embankment in Vauxhall which the vehicles used has just been reclaimed by Thames Water, so they can make way for part of a £4.2billion Super Sewer scheme.
London Duck Tours couldn’t find an alternative docking site in central London, so have been forced to close.
John Bigos, managing director of London Duck Tours, told the Evening Standard: ‘The 18th September will be a very sad day for the company, which was going from strength to strength, but it was vital not to delay construction of this much needed infrastructure project.
‘Tourists worldwide and Londoners will surely miss our iconic bright yellow DUKWs travelling around town. They have become a landmark in their own right.’
Almost two million passengers have taken a ride on the amphibious vehicles, which were invented during World War II, since London Duck Tours opened in 2002.
It’s not known whether London Duck Tours will continue looking for a new docking site.