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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

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

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

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.


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.


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.

Our insider tips

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

Interesting to see London from different angle

Good holiday acctivity option. Sit back and relax. Ship crew even provide sone comentary, it makes your time aboard even more enjoyable.

Westminster to Greenwich by the Thames Barrier: River Cruise Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer, 07/16/2018

Excellent way to see London from a different perspective.

Our guide had a pleasant voice and many interesting tidbits to share about the buildings and people that make up the history of London along the Thames. We rode the open air upper deck on the way to Greenwich and the benches and tables down below for the way back. If I had it to do again, I would bring a lunch on board and sit at the tables one of the ways. That would be fun.

Made all the difference to our Greenwich visit.

Brilliant day fir it. Perfect weather...well organised. Amusing informative commentary although not a qualified guide and just in English....tip requested and given.

London: Westminster to Greenwich River Thames Cruise Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer, 07/10/2018

Great guide he knew everything along the river.

Worth every penny. Clean boat. Great commentary. Lovely few hours on the river of our wonderful capital.

River Thames Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Cruise Reviewed by Alyson, 07/02/2018

Very easy booking website and great service throughout.

The five of us had a great day out. All the information and the organisation worked perfectly. I so enjoyed the humourous live commentary on the way down to the barrier. Keep it up. On the way back, the tape was ok but just not as great.

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