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A unique award-winning sightseeing cruise on the River Thames. The cruise features live commentary presented by expert guides that bring the city to…
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Top sights in London
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Many River Thames boat cruises leave from Westminster, Tower, and Greenwich Piers. The tour operator will include this information.
- 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
Protesters in London caused all Tour Buses lots of problems on our trip. But the staff that greeted us at The Aldwich were professional and efficient. Once the bus arrived Shane took over and he was fantastic. What a great asset to your company. He apologised many times for events that were totally out of his control (protesters/diversions) We were on the bus much longer than we intended and missed a few things due to the diversions. The weather changed in an instant from blue skies and sunshine to heavy rain but my friends and I stayed put with Shane on the top deck, he stood up throughout. He entertained with great information and humour and even played "Its Raining Men" for us when we were totally soaked. He apologised again & kept us informed when he got off it was so very different. We could not really hear Luke and didn't actually see him - he sat somewhere but we didn't know where. It was disappointing that our £34 each trip was so badly disrupted but Shane made it great fun!
Can't think of a better way to spend a rainy Sunday. Relaxing music, tasty food and great views. Although we were satisfied, the staff kindly moved us to a better vacant table. The staff also addressed us by personally by our names and checked several times if everything was alright (which it was). The only criticism is that it took a while to be served and it would be better if there were a couple more waitresses/waiters because the staff worked really hard. A most enjoyable day and I will book again.
My daughter, grand daughter and I had an incredible time. Natalie was very engaging, energetic, funny and knowledgeable. It was money and time well spent. I highly recommend this tour and Natalie as a guide for any Harry Potter fan. It is even entertaining for those who aren’t necessarily Harry Potter fanatics and may just turn you into a fan.
Nic was a great host. He was informative, amusing tolerant and charming. No question was too silly or too difficult, even if he did resort to Google on the odd occasion. I think it is fair to say all the people on the tour enjoyed the trip.
Even though our trip was somewhat interrupted by major protests on the streets Big Bus did there best trying to navigate the unexpected road closers. We have been on other tours they offer in other city’s and have always had good service.