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Thames River

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The Basics

A boat ride along the Thames River is a quintessential London experience, with popular choices including city cruises, afternoon tea or dinner options, RIB (rigid-inflatable boat) excursions, London duck tours, and hop-on hop-off boat tours. Many Thames River tours even run all the way to Greenwich, passing Canary Wharf, Waterloo, and Cutty Sark.

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High-Speed Thames River RIB Cruise in London
High-Speed Thames River RIB Cruise in London
$63.73 per adult
Traveler Favorite
My grandson said it was amazing
The guide kylion was very good at communicating with the general public And I am looking to bring my other grandchildren for the same experiance
Colin_H, Jul 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in London

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Yummy Food!
Debra_D, Jul 2021
The London Dinner Cruise on the Thames River
Lovely food, nice ambiance, probably would have been more enjoyable out of COVID restrictions though!
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River and meal trip.
kay_F, Jul 2021
Thames Lunch Cruise with 2-Course Meal
My friend and I had an amazing day food and staff were fantastic, will defiantly do it again. The boat was very clean and the staff were on call when ever you needed anything.
star-5
Excellent experience!
Adham_N, Jun 2021
Thames Lunch Cruise with 2-Course Meal
I took my parents for a lunch cruise over the weekend. The boat was lovely and new. Plenty of space between tables for covid compliance. Food, drink and service were all top notch. Really good value for money. Would recommend.
star-5
Fantastic, great fun
Catherine, Jun 2021
Thames Barrier Speedboat Experience to/from Embankment Pier - 75 minutes
Great trip, staff friendly and professional, well organised. Exactly as it is described. Great atmosphere, small group and all covid precautions taken. Would definitely recommend
star-5
A must do in London
Jillian_G, Jul 2021
Big Bus London Hop-On Hop-Off Tour and River Cruise
Great way to see London, very polite and helpful staff. Hop on and off its a great way to see the city and its historic buildings.
star-5
Magical evening on the Thames
Lianne_B, Jul 2021
The London Dinner Cruise on the Thames River
Fantastic experience from start to finish All the crew where friendly and happy and very attentive. Food was fantastic only thing I’d say would be nice to have options as we didn’t know what we were getting.
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75 Minute Speedboat Experience
Ann_S, Jul 2021
Thames Barrier Speedboat Experience to/from Embankment Pier - 75 minutes
Great company to have this experience with. Excellent administration support prior to the trip. Fast and fun for all the family. Ages ranged from 13 - 75 years. I would recommend this activity.
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Jazz cruise
Asa_P, Jul 2021
Thames River Jazz and Dinner Cruise
A Great nightstaff look after you very well, the band are very good and the views are amazing both day and night
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Perfect Father’s Day
EmmaJayne_P, Jun 2021
Thames Lunch Cruise with 2-Course Meal
Cruise was lovely - food was great. Everything was clean, covid precautions were all followed. Day was grey but not the fault of the cruise. Great fathers days had by all
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Great river cruise
Kim_C, Jul 2021
Thames 24 Hour Hop-On Hop-Off River Cruise
We went as a family of 6 - choosing one of the hottest days of the year but on the top of the boat it was divine with a gorgeous breeze ! Loved seeing the sights of London with a great commentary. I want to do it again !!
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Good customer service..unexpected of London
Hussain_S, Jul 2021
Tootbus Must See London: Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour and Thames River Cruise
Excellent company with good customer service; Our tickets were not working for some reason. They went the extra mile to ensure everything was resolved.
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Absolutely thrilling, great fun
g_mckee, Jul 2021
High-Speed Thames River RIB Cruise in London
Wow what a thrill. The tour guide Stacy was brilliant, knowledgeable and funny, not the usual bore, she is a credit to your company and deserves a treat. Adam the pilot handled the boat expertly and made the ride really thrilling, I have already recommended you to all our family and friends.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • It can get chilly, especially at night, so bring warm clothing if traveling on an open-air boat.

  • Most boat cruises are wheelchair accessible, but it’s best to check in advance.

  • Other boat tours operating on the river include the Thames Clippers and River Roamers ferries, London showboats, and the Tate-to-Tate boat, linking the Tate Modern with the Tate Britain.

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How to Get There

It's impossible to miss the River Thames on any sightseeing tour in London—it runs right through the center of the city, with cruises typically leaving from Embankment, Westminster Pier, or Greenwich Pier. The river meanders for 215 miles (346 km) from the Cotswolds in the west, through Oxford and London, all the way to the coast at Southend-On-Sea.

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When to Get There

Thames River cruises run regularly all year round, but for the most atmospheric views, opt for a sunset sightseeing cruise or a night cruise. And for an unforgettable holiday experience, book a Christmas cruise to admire the waterfront illuminations, or take in a spectacular view of fireworks and festivities on a New Year cruise.

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Where to Find the Best Views of the River Thames

Look out along the Thames as you walk over the Millennium Bridge, admire the waterway and city skyline from the hilltops of Greenwich Park, or relax in a riverfront pub in neighborhoods such as Kew, Putney, or Richmond. For an aerial view, head to the top of The Shard, London's tallest building; ride the London Eye; or soar overhead on a helicopter tour.

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