I love London, and have lived here for 13 years, but I always love any opportunity to play tourist in my home city and experience what London has to offer. On a lovely sunny day, I was invited by the team behind Swarovski Optik, to #seetheunseen in London, using their fabulous CL Companion Binoculars. Swarovski Optik are a division of the Swarovski group of companies, manufacturing high-quality optical instruments, and headquartered in Absam, Tyrol, Austria.
We started the day at my favourite building in London, The Shard, at the luxurious Shangri-La London, having a sumptuous champagne breakfast with those incredible views that I adore, this time made even more spectacular using the CL Companion binoculars. It really did make me see the views I was accustomed to through a brand new (magnified) lens! I spotted things I didn’t even know were in close vicinity to the Shard.
We were given a talk about Swarovski Optik and about the different binoculars that they have, before heading downstairs to embark on a tour of London with Small Car Big City, in their fleet of restored classic Mini Coopers.
It was such a novel and fun way to experience London, and our driver was telling us lots of amazing facts that I didn’t know about London, en route to our first stop, Madison Rooftop Lounge.
Whilst sipping on some champagne and eating some delicious canapés, we enjoyed the views from this beautiful roof terrace, whilst putting our CL Companion Binoculars to the test, to see what we could spot. It was truly a marvellous experience, and the clarity and breadth of what you can see is remarkable!
Our next stop was the rooftop at Trafalgar St James, which also has brilliant views of London’s iconic landmarks, and the London Eye and Trafalgar Square are the prominent views here.
I enjoyed using the CL Companion Binoculars here, and you could even see who was in each capsule on the London Eye! Here we enjoyed some lovely food and champagne, and it was a gloriously sunny day – perfect for the activities we had on that day.
Whilst chatting to the team at Swarovski Optik, they told us that you can actually get an attachment called the PA-i7 adapter for iPhone® 7, which allows you to connect your iPhone 7 via an adapter ring to almost all SWAROVSKI OPTIK binoculars or spotting scopes, and share photos and videos of whatever you are observing, at any time. How incredible is that? I wish I had come across this before my trip to Santorini as the views would have been even more stunning through the CL Companion Binoculars.
I would definitely consider them for safaris or any future trips with scenic views, and would definitely look into the adapter for my phone, as it is a unique and incredible way to share content of what you are seeing and experiencing through the lens. They are designed so well, are light, ergonomic and comfortable to use, and they come with lots of accessories, including stylish cases. They would also be perfect for bird watching.
I thoroughly enjoyed trying the CL Companion Binoculars and seeing London from a different perspective, with thanks to Swarovski Optik and Small Car Big City. The CL Companion binoculars are available from several retailers, which can be found on the Swarovski Optik website, and come in 8×30 or a 10×30 configuration, and in black, green or sand-brown. They are compact, lightweight and are so precise, clear and a real joy to use. They are adjustable to your own eyes and focus, and definitely a great addition to any traveler’s plethora of must have equipment!
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