River Thames

The true heart of London. Meander along the river to see everything from Tower Bridge to the Houses of Parliament.

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River Thames: Tours & Tickets

River Thames: Our most recommended tours and activities

London: Westminster to Greenwich River Thames Cruise

1. London: Westminster to Greenwich River Thames Cruise

Admire the views of London's most iconic sights with a cruise on the River Thames. Cruise to Greenwich to see London's historical sights from the River Thames. Journey past iconic sights such as the Houses of Parliament, Tower Bridge, and the Tate Modern. Choose between either a one-way or round-trip journey, with skip-the-line entry, and avoid the queues at the ticket office as you go straight to board the boat. Listen to the live audio commentary as you enjoy the comfort of a modern but traditional vessel. Admire the pyramid structure of The Shard and see other monuments from London's historic waterway. Head to the open deck for panoramic views of London's landmarks. Stop at Embankment Pier, Festival Pier, and Tower Bridge Quay before arriving at Greenwich Pier. 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 walking distance from the pier.

London: Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing-Tour

2. London: Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing-Tour

Explore London on a convenient hop-on hop-off bus tour. Learn about the city's history, culture, and architecture from on-board audio commentary and enjoy the panoramic views offered by the open-topped bus. Visit all of London's most important sights on a bus route with 19 stops, starting at Grosvenor Gardens and ending at Buckingham Palace. See Queen Elizabeth Gate in Hyde Park and the Thames Embankment. Travel across Westminster Bridge and catch a glimpse of the Houses of Parliament, Big Ben, and the London Eye. See St Paul's Cathedral, Westminster Abbey and Tower Bridge. Experience the glitz and glamour of London's West End as your tour bus heads to Leicester Square and finally, head to Buckingham Place, the principal royal residence. Enjoy the flexibility of exploring the sights at your own pace. You can hop off at any of the 19 stops along the route and explore the nearby sights. Purchase a 24, 48, or 72-hour ticket and enjoy a free cruise along the River Thames between Westminster Pier and Tower Pier. Pass under some of the city's most famous bridges and see London from the water. Bus Stops: • Grosvenor Gardens • Queen Elizabeth Gate, Hyde Park • Marble Arch (Speakers Corner) • Marble Arch (Park Lane) • Haymarket, Stop R (Leicester Square) • Pall Mall East (Trafalgar Square) • Westminster Bridge (South) • York Road (Southbank) • Aldwych (One Aldwych Hotel) • Ludgate Hill (St Paul's Cathedral) • Queen Victoria Street (The City) • London Bridge • Tooley Street (Tower Bridge) • Tower Hill (Tower of London) • Victoria Embankment • Westminster Bridge (Big Ben) • Horseferry Road

Magical London: Harry Potter Guided Walking Tour

3. Magical London: Harry Potter Guided Walking Tour

Walk in the footsteps of your favorite wizards (and witches) around Muggle London. Your Harry Potter enthusiast guide will be armed with weird and wonderful trivia all along the way.  Meet your guide and start your adventure by finding out which Hogwarts’ House you belong in. Compete against other Houses in an interactive quiz as you see the sites that inspired J.K. Rowling, from Shakespeare's Globe to the London alleys that inspired Knockturn Alley. Highlights include passing The Leaky Cauldron, the secret wizarding inn. Explore the real Diagon Alley, where Harry buys his first wand. Even see the bridge destroyed by the Death Eaters in "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince".  For part of your guided tour, choose either a short boat trip down the Thames or take the world-famous London Underground. Both the boat and Underground options follow this itinerary:  1. Southwark Cathedral 2. 800-year-old Borough Market 3. Sir Francis Drake's world-famous Golden Hinde 4. Winchester Palace 5. 900-year-old Clink Prison 6. Shakespeare's Globe 7. Millennium Bridge 8. Daniel Radcliffe's School 9. The London Eye 10. River Thames 11. Sherlock Holmes' Pub 12. Great Scotland Yard 13. Gringotts Wizarding Bank 14. The world's smallest police station 15. Trafalgar Square 16. Knockturn Alley 17. Diagon Alley 18. Palace Theatre

London: Westminster to Tower Bridge River Thames Cruise

4. London: Westminster to Tower Bridge River Thames 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. 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 hour 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.

London: River Thames Evening Cruise with Bubbly and Canapés

5. 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. Savor a glass of bubbly in one hand and canapés in the other, and experience the magic of the city from the river. During the cruise from Tower Millenium Pier, 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 and the majesty of the fairytale Tower Bridge. Choose to absorb the scenery from the comfort of the main saloon or upstairs on the open-air panoramic deck. Enjoy listening to jazz and chill-out pop from live performers, too. The cruise ends at the original starting point.

London River Thames Lunch Cruise

6. 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 London as you cruise. The cruise ends at the original departure point.

50-Minute River Thames Speedboat Ride

7. 50-Minute River Thames Speedboat Ride

On arrival, you will meet a member of the team in the waiting room, who will take you through your safety briefing and supply you with life jackets and waterproof clothing. When it's time to depart your crew will arrive and take you to the boarding platform to embark the boat. See various iconic sights such as the Houses of Parliament and Elizabeth Tower that houses the world-famous Big Ben, the London Eye, Shard and HMS Belfast to name a few. Sit back and enjoy the view as you pass under some of the ccapital's great bridges including the most modern, Millennium Bridge, as well as the world-renowned majestic Tower Bridge on the way to the fast zone.   Once past Tower Bridge, it’s all about speed, experienced skippers will give you an aquatic ride of your life of twists and turns, wave jumps and speed on the way to Canary Wharf. After all the adrenaline-fuelled fun, it’s back to Westminster Pier with time to admire the view, catch a breath and take in the great experience of speeding along the Thames and maybe even get those sightseeing pictures or the must-have selfie.

London: Golden Tours Open-Top Hop-on Hop-off Sightseeing Bus

8. London: Golden Tours Open-Top Hop-on Hop-off Sightseeing Bus

This remarkable bus tour of London provides you the opportunity to explore this fascinating city in all its grandeur. Your pass allows you to hop on and off the bus at any of its many stops. See the city from a different angle on a boat cruise along the Thames (if the 24, 48, or 72-hour option is selected). On the tour route you’ll find world-renowned attractions and landmarks such as the Tower of London, Shakespeare’s Globe, spectacular Westminster Abbey, and of course, the inimitable Buckingham Palace. You’ll also see the most eminent precincts of the city, such as distinguished Regent Street, world-celebrated Oxford Street, and vibrant Piccadilly. Choose from 2 routes and 1 feeder route covering over 70 stops. Make use of the audio guides available in English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese (Brazilian), Mandarin, Japanese, Russian, Arabic, and Hindi. Blue route – The Classic Tour This route covers all the main Central London sights and visits London’s Museum Quarter. Red Route – The Essential Tour This route passes Madame Tussauds and Kings Cross, as well as Hyde Park and Regents Park, two of the prettiest parks in London. Yellow Route – Courtesy Feeder Service This tour operates in the morning and travels from the popular hotel districts to Central London. Stops on the tour include the following: • Buckingham Palace Road - Colonnades Coach Station Stop Buckingham Gate -Tourist Bus Stop • Parliament Street - Outside HM Treasury • Whitehall - Tourist Bus Stop • Lower Regent Street - Tourist Bus Stop Outside No. 1109 • Piccadilly - Tourist Bus Stop Green Park Station • Piccadilly - Tourist Bus Stop Hyde Park Corner • Knightsbridge - Outside Lanesborough Hotel • Knightsbridge - At Scotch House • Kensington Gore - Royal Albert Hall • Kensington Road - Palace Gate • Gloucester Road - Kensington Plaza Hotel • Gloucester Road Station - Stop G • South Kensington Station - Stop D • Cromwell Gardens - V & A Tourist Bus Stop • Brompton Road - Harrods Bus Stop • Knightsbridge - Hyde Park Corner Coach Stop • Park Lane / Northbound - Tourist Stop • Park Lane/ Northbound - Marble Arch • Baker Street - South of Porter Street • Orchard Street - Outside Selfridges • Haymarket - South of Orange Street • Pall Mall East - West of Trafalgar Square • Duncannon Street - Outside St. Martin-in-the-Fields • Aldwych - Tourist Bus Stop • Ludgate Hill - St. Paul’s Cathedral / Museum Of London • Queen Victoria Street - Cannon Street • King William Street - London Bridge • Tooley Street - London Dungeon • Tooley Street - Tourist Stop Vine Lane • Tower Hill - Opposite Tower Hill Station • Southwark Bridge Road - By Steps to Thames Path • York Road - North of Chicheley Street • Westminster Bridge Road - Tourist Bus Stop • Tothill Street - Tourist Bus Stop • Buckingham Gate - Opposite Queens Gallery • Buckingham Palace Road - Thistle Victoria Hotel • Buckingham Palace Road - Colonnades Coach Station Stop

London: River Thames Dinner Cruise

9. 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 during and after the cabaret performance, if you prefer you can sit back and simply enjoy the music and floodlit sights. The cruise ends at the original starting point. Menu • Scottish Smoked Salmon Mousse with Mustard and Dill Center, King Prawns with Lemon and Mesclun Salad • Tomato, Roast Pepper, and Basil Soup • Roasted Supreme of Chicken Wrapped in Parma Ham, served with Dauphinoise Potatoes and Mushrooms with Thyme and Red Wine Sauce, along with Seasonal Vegetables • White, Dark, and Milk Chocolate Truffle Cake with Raspberry Sauce • Tea or Coffee, Mints Vegetarian Menu • Salad with Feta, Walnuts, Green Beans, Cherry Tomatoes, Roast Peppers, Pumpkin, and Olives with Honey Dressing • Tomato, Roast Pepper, and Basil Soup • Lasagne with Artichokes, Spinach, Sauté of Mixed Mushrooms, and Goat's Cheese, along with Seasonal Vegetables • White, Dark, and Milk Chocolate Truffle Cake with Raspberry Sauce • Tea or Coffee, Mints

Big London Ticket: London Eye, Big Bus & Thames River Cruise

10. Big London Ticket: London Eye, Big Bus & Thames River Cruise

Discover the best of London with a hop-on, hop-off tour on-board an open-top, double-decker bus and enjoy a trip on the London Eye as part of your ticket. A hop-on, hop-off tour is the ideal way to discover the best sights, landmarks and attractions of London at your own pace. The tour gives you unlimited use, with stops strategically placed at all the places you would like to visit including Big Ben, Buckingham Palace, the London Eye, Westminster Abbey, Tower Bridge and St Pauls Cathedral. Hop off the bus at Westminster Bridge to take an unforgettable ride on the London Eye. From the top, you can take in the breathtaking 360-degree panoramic view of the city's impressive skyline. See the city's most famous sights including Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament from an unrivaled bird's eye view. You can start your tour at any of the Big Bus stops. Popular starting points include the London Eye, Marble Arch, Victoria Station and Trafalgar Square. With all ticket types you can enjoy a boat cruise along the River Thames. A Classic ticket includes a single river cruise from Westminster to the Tower of London (in either direction). Departure times vary for the river cruise. You can board the river cruise at Tower Pier (near stop 16), Greenwich Pier, Westminster Pier (near stop 18) and the London Eye Pier (near stop 11). Big Bus route highlights include 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, Trafalgar Square, 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 and Notting Hill.

Frequently asked questions about River Thames

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Entrance to River Thames is free, and you do not need a ticket or pre-booking to visit.

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

4.4 / 5

based on 25,134 reviews

We were celebrating our Golden Wedding Anniversary, which had been postponed because of Covid, and had booked the boat trip for our family - 14 of us ages ranged from 5 - 78. We had beautiful weather, and could see all the sights clearly. We also had a very good guide who pointed out all the places of interest. We all thoroughly enjoyed our trip and would definitely go again.

This was a great activity, loved all the high speed twists and turns . They staff were all very friendly and helpful. I sat at the back of the boat and at times it was hard to Hear the recorded commentary of the London landmarks we past . But I didn’t mind

We found the boat trip very enjoyable and the guide was very informative even though he said he was only one of the crew he was very knowledgeable

Great Fun Day, gentle relaxing ride on the Thames, Great info on the way, drinks, history, a real experience

Saw a lot of historic places. The guide was quite funny.