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Magical London: Harry Potter Guided Walking Tour

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Embark on an interactive Harry Potter tour around central London with an expert guide. Choose from either a boat or London Underground trip for the…

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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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

Overall rating
4.4 / 5
based on 20,541 reviews

Could have been better - not very clear where to board; the tour set off late and there was no commentary throughout the trip. When we reached our destination, the 'tour guide' apologised for this stating he forgot to give us a commentary of this tour and only remembered when reminded by one of the other travellers. His attitude was of "I can't be bothered commentating". We were looking forward to this trip and was extremely disappointed with the attitude of this "tour guide commentator" The trip did NOT last one hour as advertised, but 40 mins with a brief stop at St Katherines Quay!

London: Westminster to Greenwich River Thames Cruise Reviewed by

It is a good experience for both adults and kids. The view of the city from the boat is amazing and you also have the opportunity to know fun facts about the buildings. The musical selection is very nice, the music could be annoying for the ones with sensibility, for us it was cool. Our guide was Stacey, she is AMAZING and our driver was Adam, I really recommend. We enjoyed a lot.

London: Speed Boat Tour of the River Thames Reviewed by

This cruise was soo nice! If the weather is good you can go to the top and see the view of London! But, there is still inside seating incase you don’t want to be outside of if the weather is not good. Food was ok.. entertainment was really good too I’d definitely recommend this to anyone!

Amazing day spend with my friend. I bought this experience for my friend birthday and was AMAZING. Lovely and friendly staff :) Very good food! Thank you very much!

London River Thames Lunch Cruise Reviewed by

Great night out for something unusual and different. Our tour guide John was great and full of facts but also very witty and made us feel at ease!