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  • London: Westminster to Greenwich River Thames Cruise

    1. London: Westminster to Greenwich River Thames Cruise

    Board your pleasure boat at Westminster Pier and cruise to Greenwich to see London's historical sights from the River Thames. Boats depart every 40 minutes between May and August and journey past iconic sights such as the Houses of Parliament, Tower Bridge, and the Tate Modern. Admire the pyramid-structure of The Shard and see other monuments from London's historic waterway. Listen to the live audio commentary as you sit back and relax. Benefit from the comfort of a modern but traditional vessel. Head to the open deck for panoramic views of London's landmarks. A full Westminster to Greenwich cruise takes approximately 1 hour, while a return cruise takes 2 hours in total. Feel free to explore the charms of Greenwich on your own terms, and see sights such as Greenwich Market, the Cutty Sark, National Maritime Museum, Greenwich Park and the Royal Observatory which are all within easy walk...

    Joined the cruise boat at Westminster Pier the boarding went smoothly. The crew were friendly and the commentary was amusing but informative. Really enjoyed the trip downriver to Greenwich. We had a walk around and pie & mash at Goddards before returning to Westminster

  • London: River Thames Dinner Cruise

    2. London: River Thames Dinner Cruise

    Take a leisurely evening cruise through the heart of London to see its famous sights illuminated at night. In the summer, there is the added delight of watching the sun set from the water before the lights come alive! The 3-hour cruise from Westminster to the Thames Barrier and back starts with a welcome drink when you board. Follow your cocktail with a delicious 4-course dinner, plus entertainment from a live singer. This dinner cruise from the heart of London combines a great meal with cabaret and dancing. Sail past the modern landmarks of the O2 Arena, Canary Wharf, and City Hall, and continue as far as the monumental Thames Barrier flood defense before turning back to the Houses of Parliament. By the time darkness falls, dinner gives way to a cabaret singer performing tunes from West End Shows both past and present, along with other popular music. Although dancing is encouraged dur...

    We were a party of 8 celebrating a 60th Birthday. We had a brilliant time. The only hiccup was the website said a free glass of prosseco and half bottle of wine per person. when i asked for the wine ,i was told this was no longer available. i questioned this and showed the manager on my phone. there was no fuss and we got the wine.The wine was a selling point for us being a large party. The food was lovely and piping hot. The singer was excellent and we danced the night away,

  • London: River Thames Evening Cruise with Bubbly and Canapés

    3. London: River Thames Evening Cruise with Bubbly and Canapés

    As the sun goes down and the lights come on, see London's riverside landmarks at their glittering best on a cruise down the Thames River. Start your evening with a glass of bubbly in one hand and canapés in the other, listening to jazz and chill-out pop from live performers. Experience the magic of the city from the comfort of the main saloon or upstairs on the open-air panoramic deck. During the 2-hour cruise you will take in all the major sites of the city on the river, from the London Eye and Tower of London, to the skyscrapers of Canary Wharf – London’s mini Manhattan - and the majesty of the fairytale Tower Bridge.

    We had a lovely time on the evening River Cruise, welcomed on board with a glass of bubbly, able to chose our seats and we’re given a tray of delicious canapés. The evening was really enjoyable, we had a singer on board with a beautiful voice and this we felt really made the evening special. Would absolutely recommend doing this for a celebration or just a romantic night out.

  • London: Afternoon Tea Cruise on the River Thames

    4. London: Afternoon Tea Cruise on the River Thames

    Experience an English tradition in style on this 1.5-hour Afternoon Tea tour, set on board a comfortable river cruise vessel. Climb aboard the river boat at Tower Pier near the Tower of London and set off downstream, passing sights such as Shakespeare’s Globe, the brand new Shard skyscraper, currently Europe’s tallest building, the London Eye, and Houses of Parliament. As you take in the sights, be served a fine array of delicious sandwiches, scones with clotted cream and strawberry jam, and a selection of traditional cakes. If you desire, you can add a glass of sparkling champagne. A bar is available throughout, offering a wide choice of soft and alcoholic drinks. An informative sightseeing commentary will provide new facts about London and its monuments as you enjoy a ringside seat from Old Father Thames.

    Delicious dish and amazing guide. Great crew members, nice weather, 5 stars of 5.

  • London River Thames Lunch Cruise

    5. London River Thames Lunch Cruise

    Enjoy a London lunch venue with a difference on this 105-minute cruise down the River Thames from Tower Pier. Delight in a delicious 2 course lunch, including tea or coffee, set against a backdrop of the most famous sights of London. Depart from Tower Pier, next to the historic Tower of London fortress and fairytale Tower Bridge. Sail past sights, such as the Houses of Parliament, London Eye, and the towering Shard pyramid at London Bridge. Feast on thyme, rosemary, and lemon roasted Chicken Supreme with creamy leek, tarragon, and mushroom sauce, served with Potato au Gratin, and seasonal vegetables; with cherry tomato and red onion confit; and a dessert of warm, dark chocolate fondant with berry compote and vanilla sauce.  Enjoy the bar services throughout, offering a wide choice of soft and alcoholic drinks, while a live commentary will allow you to learn fascinating new facts about...

    Enjoyable lunch, good quality food and informative commentary. Staff very nice and attentive. Would recommend this activity.

  • London: 50-Minute River Thames Speedboat RIB Tour

    6. London: 50-Minute River Thames Speedboat RIB Tour

    Feel like James Bond for the day as you experience London on the fastest speed boats on the River Thames. See more of London in 50 minutes than you’d expect to discover on more conventional sightseeing tours, and benefit from an informal and entertaining commentary along the way. Admire new and historical sights, such as the Shard, St. Paul's Cathedral and the Tower of London. Sail under Tower Bridge to Canary Wharf, and get the ultimate rollercoaster-on-water-experience whilst James Bond theme music blasts from the onboard PA system.

    Good information given by Kerry, our guide. The fast bit was fantastic. The driver really went for it!! Highly recommended.

  • London: Ghost Walk and Spooky River Thames Boat Ride

    7. London: Ghost Walk and Spooky River Thames Boat Ride

    Feel shivers down your spine on a ghost walk around the haunted and historic sights of London. Follow the shadows to some of the darkest corners of the city on a 2-hour walking tour and boat ride. Cruise in luxury along the River Thames aboard a boat with an on-board bar. See London's legendary attractions illuminated for the evening against the black night sky. Discover the site of the most haunted house and creep through parks rich with horrific history.  End the night at the royal castle and former prison of the Tower of London.  

    Lula was a great guide, very good stories. Reasonable value for money. Worth doing if in London for a few days.

  • London: Big Bus Open-Top Hop-on, Hop-off Sightseeing Tour

    8. London: Big Bus Open-Top Hop-on, Hop-off Sightseeing Tour

    Big Bus Route Highlights:

    Buckingham Palace and the Changing of the Guard

    Houses of Parliament

    Big Ben

    Westminster Abbey

    10 Downing Street

    Whitehall

    Piccadilly Circus

    Oxford Street

    Regent Street

    London Eye

    London Dungeon

    Sea Life London Aquarium

    Madame Tussauds

    Covent Garden

    Bank of England

    Monument

    St Pauls Cathedral

    Tower of London

    Tower Bridge

    The Shard

    City Hall

    Lambeth Palace

    British Museum

    Marble Arch

    Mayfair

    Green Park

    Hyde Park Corner

    Harrods

    South Kensington Museums

    Kensington Palace

    Notting Hill

    This Big Bus Tour on open-top, double decker bus gives you unlimited hop-on, hop-off use on all routes for either 24-, 48- or 72- hours, taking you to London’s ...

    The actual route aside from not seeing the front of Buckingham Palace was good. What really let the whole experience down was the headphone commentary. Our group found this to be childish and informative in any tangible way. This tour would be greatly improved if there was a continual commentary talking about all of the sites and places of interest that we passed. Scrap the quiz and the mindless banter. No one is interested.

  • London: London Eye River Cruise and Admission Options

    9. London: London Eye River Cruise and Admission Options

    The London Eye River Cruise is a unique award-winning sightseeing cruise on the River Thames with live commentary that brings the city to life, presented by expert guides. The circular cruise offers both covered and sun deck seating and departs from the London Eye pier directly underneath the London Eye. It goes as far as Tower Bridge and returns 40 minutes later having cruised past the Houses of Parliament, St Paul’s Cathedral, the Tower of London, Shakespeare’s Globe as well as Westminster, Millennium and Tower Bridges. Audio commentary is also available in French, German, Spanish, Dutch, Italian, Russian, Japanese and Mandarin.

    Loved this experience. Boarding and disembarking, seamless. Very relaxing cruise down the river and very informative too. The lunatic guide was very entertaining. Recommended.

  • London: Westminster Pier to Tower Bridge Quay City Cruise

    10. London: Westminster Pier to Tower Bridge Quay City Cruise

    Climb aboard a sightseeing boat at Westminster Pier and cruise through the heart of London, admiring the many sights along the River Thames along the way. Stop at Embankment Pier, Festival Pier, and Bankside Pier before arriving at Tower Bridge Quay. Catch sights of St. Paul's Cathedral, The Shard, Tate Modern, Globe Theatre, and much more en route. Choose a 1-way trip to Tower Bridge Quay or opt for a round-trip cruise and return to Westminster non-stop. Listen to the live audio commentary from your captain and make use of the state-of-the-art facilities onboard the boat.   Benefit from regular departures from Westminster Pier every 40 minutes along with ideal viewing opportunities from the open top deck of the modern "Sapele" and "Mercuria" vessels or the open deck of the traditional "Sarah Kathleen." Each vessel features a bar serving light refreshments to purchase.

    We enjoyed our little tour, really nice experience. I can recommend to all people visiting for the first time but even Londoners

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?

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What people are saying about River Thames

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 21,860 reviews

Michael was an amazing tour guide (although he did say he wasn’t official and just a member of the boat crew). He made everyone feel safe and added some great commentary along the ride. Would definitely book again as we go a great view of either side of the Thames!

We enjoyed our little tour, really nice experience. I can recommend to all people visiting for the first time but even Londoners

Delicious dish and amazing guide. Great crew members, nice weather, 5 stars of 5.

A very cool and informative trip. Out guide Charlie was excellent and very fun.

Tour was great fun. The guide did a great job. Very entertaining.