River Thames

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Experience the River Thames

Running 215 miles from sea to source, the Thames is the heart of London and beyond. Spending a day on or along the banks of the River Thames will leave you wishing you could stay in this fine city a little longer. Here are some ways to make a splash.

  • Boat Tours

    1. Boat Tours

    From the Houses of Parliament to the Tower of London, get London’s best views during a leisurely tour along the Thames, while getting the facts on the city’s history.

  • Lunch Cruises

    2. Lunch Cruises

    Book a noontime cruise. The only thing better than taking in London on the Thames is doing it in style, relaxing with lunch, a glass of wine, or a hot cup of tea.

  • Dinner Cruises

    3. Dinner Cruises

    See London and its sites sparkle at night while enjoying a 4-course meal with wine in hand. You can book a boat with panoramic windows, and even a live band if you fancy that.

  • Walking

    4. Walking

    If being on the water isn’t for you, enjoy the Thames on dry land. The walking paths can’t be beat. You can join a tour; a guide will point out London’s landmarks along the way.

  • Cycling

    5. Cycling

    The Thames is the only river in Europe to have a national trail follow it’s whole length. You can join a bike tour and enjoy a panoramic view of London along its beautiful banks.

Planning Your Visit

  • Fun Facts

    Londoners and tourists alike enjoy the Thames. Home to 25 species of fish, you’ll see fisherman as you dine in the many cafes and restaurants along the way. Cross its many bridges for a great view and a picture perfect postcard of London. During various times of year, you can even stumble upon a festival, such as Totally Thames in September.

  • How to Book Tours

    Head online and read about bike tours or the best of the best Thames river cruises. Whether you cruise around for lunch or dinner, or stroll with a friend on the banks, London’s panorama awaits.

  • Where Do Boat Tours Leave From?

    Many River Thames boat cruises leave from Westminster, Tower, and Greenwich Piers. The tour operator will include this information.

Good to know

  • When should I visit?
    It's always open, naturally.
  • Is it expensive?
    Free to visit, however tour prices vary.
  • Will I need a guide?
    Not compulsory but recommended.
  • How to get there
    You can get to the Thames in many parts of London. But why not take the tube to Westminster and enjoy the view from Westminster Bridge or Lambeth Bridge?
  • Additional information

    • Make sure to check the weather forecast before setting off on a stroll along the river.

    • The best way to enjoy the river is by boat, so why not book onto a boat tour?

What people are saying about River Thames

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 20,427 reviews

Geoff was an amazing guide. Not only did he provide a mountain of information but he did in a way that was all fun and attractive at the same time. he interacted with every single passenger on his boat and made us laugh and have fun all together. Nick was our driver and he made sure experienced high levels of adrenaline... thank you both

A fantastic experience, a well organised friendly team who also gave my husband a special mention for his birthday. The speedboat itself was incredible and the music added to the experience. The tour guide was brilliant, perfectly balancing witty comments with historical information about the buildings we passed on the way.

It was a bright but very cool windy day, I arrived early, with one elderly friend and a disabled friend. The crew were very kind and let us on early. It was fun to be reminded of the Thames's history and see the architecture from a different angle, and of London from a boat.

Wow what an amazing experience, me and my children loved the boat tour, we never expected to be that good, the host she was the best host, couldn’t ask for anyone better, she has given us a great inside of london city, around 2 here i come,

Really good informative trip. Tour guide Anna was lovely and very informative. Loves the stories at tower bridge. A lot of walking so wear sensible shoes