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The Thames River winds through the heart of central London, offering travelers unrivaled views of some of the city’s most famous riverside landmarks, such as Big Ben. Here are a few ways to take to the water and see London from a different angle.


Highlights

  • Enjoy a seated lunch or dinner on a cruise, and take in panoramic views over the historic riverbanks.
  • Combine a sightseeing Thames River cruise with a visit to the Tower of London, and explore centuries of English history.
  • Get across the city without the hassle and take in the sights with ease on a hop-on hop-off sightseeing cruise.
  • Zoom across the river at top speeds, and enjoy wet and wild thrills aboard a powerful rigid-inflatable boat (RIB) tour.


Sightseeing Cruises

There’s no better way to beat the traffic than to travel through London by river. Hop-on hop-off boats pick up and drop off passengers at mooring stations along the length of the Thames, while sightseeing cruises ferry travelers across the waters for prime views of top attractions, such as the Houses of Parliament, London Eye, Tower of London, and Tower Bridge.


Cruises with Food and Drink

Whether for a relaxing lunch, refreshing afternoon tea, or romantic dinner, there’s a Thames River dining cruise for all occasions. Take to the water for panoramic city views, and savor dishes such as smoked salmon roulade, roast pepper and basil soup, or vegetarian lasagna as the sights pass by.


Combo Tours

Combo tours are a great way to mix a trip on the Thames River with a visit to some of central London’s most famous landmarks. Take to the water to see the historic riverbanks, and then pay a visit to attractions such as the London Eye or Tower of London. You’ll save money by booking a combo tour and enjoy a day of sightseeing in London.

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River Thames Evening Cruise

River Thames Evening Cruise

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150
  • 2 hours
  • Taking safety measures
From
$40.26
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$40.26
Witness the enchantment of London at night on an evening cruise along the historic Thames River. Aboard the glass-encased boat, enjoy the city’s main attractions at dusk, including the Shard, Big Ben, and the HMS Belfast. Savor sparkling wine and canapés as you cruise the river and delight in the magic of London’s urban shoreline as night falls.
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* A traveler said: "Best time overall in our London break The staff were great the food and fizz excellent had a fabulous evening"


Thames 24 Hour Hop-On Hop-Off River Cruise

Thames 24 Hour Hop-On Hop-Off River Cruise

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747
  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$28.46
From
$28.46
Discover the sights and history of London from the water on this leisurely cruise down the Thames River. With your 24-hour pass, enjoy unobstructed views of the city’s main riverside attractions like the London Eye and the Houses of Parliament from within an all-weather vessel, and hop on or off at any stop along the way. Create your own London adventure.
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* A traveler said: "Great way to get around and see the sights. The crew were very friendly and worked hard to make sure it was a memorable trip. Boat was very clean."


Westminster to Greenwich Sightseeing Thames Cruise in London

Westminster to Greenwich Sightseeing Thames Cruise in London

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342
  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
From
$18.74
From
$18.74
Glide by some of London’s must-see landmarks on a sightseeing cruise from Westminster to Greenwich on the Thames River. Step aboard your comfortable cruise boat at Westminster Pier and listen to the entertaining live commentary as you pass sights such as Shakespeare’s Globe, Tower Bridge, and the Tower of London. Drink in the views from the open or indoor deck, and at Greenwich, step ashore to visit attractions (own expense) such as the Cutty Sark or National Maritime Museum. Upgrade to include a return cruise back to Westminster.
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* A traveler said: "Highly recommend this river cruise. Extremely knowledgeable guide, comfortable boat and a really interesting trip. 5*"


Thames River Sightseeing Cruise with Afternoon Tea

Thames River Sightseeing Cruise with Afternoon Tea

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217
  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Taking safety measures
From
$47.20
From
$47.20
While in London, combine an iconic British tradition with a unique sightseeing excursion on an afternoon tea cruise. Spend a luxurious time enjoying a unique dining experience with family and friends on the Thames River. As you cruise from Tower Pier to Westminster, indulge in tea, freshly prepared cakes, and sandwiches, and view London’s great landmarks including the Tower of London, St. Paul's Cathedral, and the London Eye.
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* A traveler said: "Lovely day out with family. The memories you can make and enjoy the Moment. A day to remember and really nice excursion to do."


The London Dinner Cruise on the Thames River

The London Dinner Cruise on the Thames River

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433
  • 3 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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$102.72
From
$102.72
Enjoy a memorable evening of food, wine, and entertainment on this showboat dinner cruise on the Thames River in London. Feast on a 4-course dinner aboard your sightseeing boat as you sail past London attractions such as the Tower of London, the London Eye, and Tower Bridge, all illuminated at night. While you eat and admire the sights, background music will be played during the cruise instead of live entertainment, and, if you wish, take to the dance floor.
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* A traveler said: "All of it decent food good entertainment and a fantastic experience seeing London at night highly recommended"


Thames Lunch Cruise with 2-Course Meal

Thames Lunch Cruise with 2-Course Meal

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291
  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Taking safety measures
From
$47.20
From
$47.20
Partake in a unique sightseeing excursion on this delightful lunch cruise along the Thames River. See the best of London’s riverside attractions on a cruise from Tower Pier to Westminster. Stroll the deck, savor a delectable 2-course meal, and admire great views of the London Eye, the Tower of London and more. An onboard bar offers additional drink options for spicing up your afternoon (own expense).
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* A traveler said: "Excellent value for money food good service good and informative commentary would highly recommend this excursion"


London Eye River Cruise

London Eye River Cruise

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241
  • 40 minutes
  • Taking safety measures
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$18.05
From
$18.05
Have only a short stay in London? See more of the city’s landmarks in less time—and enjoy a memorable way to travel—on a Thames river cruise. Pick from numerous daily departure times, and head to the London Eye Pier near the famous Lastminute.com London Eye, where you’ll hop aboard your vessel. As you cruise along the river, glimpse monuments ranging from St. Paul’s Cathedral and the Tate Modern to Big Ben and the Tower of London. Live commentary is included (as are audio guides in eight additional languages).
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* A traveler said: "Mick made the trip. Such a great guy. The trip was the right amount of time. The information was really interesting."


London Thames River Dinner Cruise

London Thames River Dinner Cruise

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418
  • 2 hours 45 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
From
$151.31
From
$151.31
Take to the Thames for a sparkling river dinner sailing past London’s waterfront sights. Settle at your table to savor a delectable dinner and admire floodlit city sights such as Tower Bridge, the London Eye, and Big Ben as you eat and relax, and enjoy enchanting live entertainment.
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* A traveler said: "It was a lovely experience I just felt really relaxed and chilled out throughout. Food was lovely and the staff were fantastic. Highly recommend to anyone."


Emirates Airline Cable Car and Uber Boat by Thames Clippers Hop On Hop Off Pass

Emirates Airline Cable Car and Uber Boat by Thames Clippers Hop On Hop Off Pass

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53
  • 1 to 16 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
From
$42.20
From
$42.20
During your time in London, avoid crowded underground trains and traffic jams with an Emirates Air Line cable car and Thames River cruise ticket. Ideal for families, this package allows you to cruise around the capital with a full-day River Roamer ticket, passing iconic landmarks such as the London Eye, Big Ben, and Tower Bridge. Then, enjoy panoramic vistas during a ride on the Emirates Air Line: plus, you’ll receive a souvenir in-flight guide and gain entry to the Emirate Aviation Experience.
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* A traveler said: "The family including two grown up children had a great time on the ride which was exhilarating and enabled great views on the way over and even better in the dark on the way back to the dock"


High-Speed Thames River RIB Cruise in London

High-Speed Thames River RIB Cruise in London

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1429
  • 50 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
From
$62.40
From
$62.40
Let your adrenaline levels go through the roof during a white-knuckle ride on the Thames River. Climb aboard a modern RIB (rigid-inflatable-boat) and satisfy an appetite for adventure as you soar past iconic landmarks like Big Ben, St. Paul’s Cathedral, and the London Eye. Enrich your knowledge of English history as you listen to illuminating onboard commentary, and experience the exhilaration of super-fast speeds up to 35 miles (56 km). Enjoy an intimate atmosphere on this small-group tour, limited to 12 people.
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* A traveler said: "Fab experience with Brad and Ross. The best activity that we had during our weekend in London, would highly recommend. Our guide was hilarious and the driver made sure we had a thrilling ride."


Thames River Jazz and Dinner Cruise

Thames River Jazz and Dinner Cruise

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48
  • 3 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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$97.17
From
$97.17
Watch the Thames River light up at night on a dinner cruise with live jazz. Kick-off your night with a glass of sparkling wine as you glide into the current, and spot the iconic Houses of Parliament, Big Ben, the London Eye, and Tower of London. Enjoy jazz classics along with swing and Latin tunes, then relax over a 3-course dinner in a heated cabin. Savor dishes like cheese and charcuterie, chicken escalope, and strawberry swirl cheesecake with berry compote, with plenty of time to take in the sights between courses.
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* A traveler said: "All slightly better than expected. The food was good, entertainment of a high standard. The view of London by night was, as always, stunning. Atentative service."


Tower of London River Cruise from Westminster

Tower of London River Cruise from Westminster

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65
  • 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$15.27
From
$15.27
Cruise from Westminster to St Katharine's on a 1-hour circle cruise in London. Choose to disembark at any of the stops, including St Katharine's Pier, Bankside Pier, Festival Pier and Embankment Pier, to visit the landmarks in central London. While on the boat, listen to live audio commentary by your captain about the sights you pass and London's rich history. Departures every 30 minutes from Westminster Pier between 11am and 6pm.
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* A traveler said: "The narrator on the boat was informative & funny but I did note that passenger safety was paramount which was pleasing. a great trip out down the river lots to see"


Sunday Lunch Jazz Cruise on the River Thames

Sunday Lunch Jazz Cruise on the River Thames

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102
  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$104.97
From
$104.97
Enjoy a delicious meal and be serenaded by live jazz on this relaxing Sunday lunch cruise on the Thames River in London. Step aboard a comfortable sightseeing cruise boat as you sail by top London sights such as Big Ben, the London Eye, Tower Bridge and many other iconic landmarks. As you cruise, sit down to a delicious 3-course lunch and kick back to sparkling jazz classics including easy listening, Dixieland and trad jazz numbers played by a band of acclaimed musicians.
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* A traveler said: "Fabulous experience, great lunch while gently sailing down the river. Over all a lovely experience, well worth the trip would recommend you try it. Staff were very attentive and looked after you well."


Thames Barrier Speedboat Experience to/from Embankment Pier - 75 minutes

Thames Barrier Speedboat Experience to/from Embankment Pier - 75 minutes

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376
  • 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$78.45
From
$78.45
Whet your appetite for adventure with a high-speed Thames river RIB experience. Soar over the surf of London’s iconic river and gaze at impressive monuments as your adrenaline levels soar. Listen to commentary from a knowledgeable guide over a state-of-the-art speaker system and see popular attractions from a totally unique vantage point. Receive personalized attention from your guide on this small-group tour, limited to only 12 passengers.
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* A traveler said: "One of my favourite activities I've ever done! Had such a blast and the information given on the tour was really interesting! The hosts were fun and we just had the best afternoon! Would not hesitate to recommend this to anyone!"


Royal London Sightseeing Tour and Thames River Cruise

Royal London Sightseeing Tour and Thames River Cruise

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8
  • 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$66.63
From
$66.63
Discover the regal residences and rich royal history of London on a sightseeing tour and Thames River cruise. With an accomplished guide, travel by luxury coach through the capital’s most opulent areas to see majestic landmarks like Big Ben and Kensington Palace. Gaze at a traditional Changing of the Guard ceremony at Buckingham Palace and then climb aboard a boat for a tranquil cruise on the River Thames. Glide past iconic sights like the London Eye and the Tower of London and enjoy illuminating commentary as you sail.
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* A traveler said: "That day was raining, but we didnt mind because we were overwhelmed in the changing of the guard. I love to live in this country. Beautiful!!!"


London Vintage Bus Tour Including River Thames Cruise with Optional Lunch

London Vintage Bus Tour Including River Thames Cruise with Optional Lunch

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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
From
$47.20
From
$47.20
Hop aboard a vintage double-decker bus for a comfortable sightseeing bus tour through London! On this fun-filled excursion, see main attractions like Big Ben and the Tower of London, take a Thames River cruise past Westminster and the London Eye, and watch the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace. Upgrade to include lunch at a traditional British pub.
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* A traveler said: "Very informative and relaxed. I live 40 mins from London and have always wanted to do this tour! So many other cities in the world seen but not my own and I really enjoyed looking at London in a very relaxed way. My 14 and 10 yr old loved it. The cruise was entertaining and educational too. I didn’t want to do to the fish and chips and got off at cruise at Westminster as only a 10/15 minute walk to Waterloo to get train home. From Waterloo to Victoria coach station, to get on the bus tour, is a leisurely 30/40 minute walk and we ate at Bills en route which is then a 15 minute walk further to Victoria pick up point. So relaxing to see London this way with someone else driving and picking up all the history on the way. Good value for money. Thank you."


River Thames Fast RIB-Boat Experience in London

River Thames Fast RIB-Boat Experience in London

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  • 50 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$54.14
From
$54.14
Ideal for those with an appetite for adrenaline, this 1-hour fast boat experience on the Thames River is sure to get your heart racing. See London’s sights the alternative way as you enjoy a leisurely cruise past Tower Bridge, the Houses of Parliament and the London Eye — giving you plenty of time to capture photographs and relax. Then, once you reach the fast zone, you’ll accelerate to a high velocity and listen to exhilarating music.
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* A traveler said: "A good mix of fun and education with the sights. Was actually better than we thought it was going to be."


London Eye River Cruise and Standard London Eye Ticket

London Eye River Cruise and Standard London Eye Ticket

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809
  • 40 minutes
  • Taking safety measures
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$50.67
From
$50.67
Many of London’s top attractions lie along the Thames River. This boat tour cruises by most of them and includes a London Eye ride to see them from above. Get to know the city’s beating heart and great contrasts as you pass historic sites such as Big Ben, St. Paul’s Cathedral, and the Tower of London as well as contemporary landmarks like the Tate Modern and Millennium Bridge. Then, ride the Lastminute.com London Eye for sweeping views of the city.
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* A traveler said: "The river cruise was amazing great sights and the quide was very informative. Being on the boat you get to see lots of land marks in a short space of time."


Early Access Leeds Castle, Canterbury Cathedral, and Greenwich from London

Early Access Leeds Castle, Canterbury Cathedral, and Greenwich from London

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347
  • 11 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$137.43
From
$137.43
Legendary churches, UNESCO World Heritage sites and other famous landmarks await you on this day trip from London. Discover Leeds Castle before it opens to the public during a private, guided visit; snap photos of the striking White Cliffs of Dover; tour Canterbury Cathedral, immortalized by Geoffrey Chaucer in ‘The Canterbury Tales'; explore the beautiful borough of Greenwich; and take in London’s world-famous sights on a sunset cruise along the Thames River.
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* A traveler said: "Clarissa our guide was wonderful n informative. The coach was comfortable. It was a long tour/day but well worth it. We also got to the Dover cliffs n the British war museum. Recommend it"


Big Bus London Hop-On Hop-Off Tour and River Cruise

Big Bus London Hop-On Hop-Off Tour and River Cruise

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6188
  • 2 hours to 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
From
$43.31
From
$43.31
Discover the grandeur of London aboard the open-top, double-decker Big Bus on this hop-on hop-off sightseeing tour. With your 1-, 2-, or 3-day ticket, design a personal itinerary with stops including Buckingham Palace, Hyde Park, St. Paul’s Cathedral and more. Enjoy unobstructed views and onboard commentary as you view the city’s highlights and upgrade to the fast-track London Eye option to get an aerial view of the city aboard the London Eye giant observation wheel. Hop off at Westminster Pier or Tower of London stop to enjoy a Thames River cruise.
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* A traveler said: "Was a great way to see London and hop on and off at places you want to see, its also great to have the cruise included to see more of the site. We had a great time and have pointed and places we would like to go back and visit. Will definately recomment this to people and use this service again in other cities."


Private London Arrival Transfer - Airport to Hotel / Accommodation

Private London Arrival Transfer - Airport to Hotel / Accommodation

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855
  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
From
$49.92
Price varies by group size
From
$49.92
Price varies by group size
Upon arriving at London Heathrow, Gatwick, Stansted, Luton, or City Airport, avoid lugging around your baggage and waiting in line for a taxi. Book this private airport transfer—available 24 hours daily—and get to your destination in London Docklands or London City quickly and in comfort.
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* A traveler said: "Transfer from London Heathrow to center of London was a breeze with this service. Efficient pick up, large van that easily accommodated us with all our luggage. Personable driver who pointed out various sites along the way."


Greenwich to Westminster Sightseeing Cruise in London

Greenwich to Westminster Sightseeing Cruise in London

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19
  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$18.74
From
$18.74
Board a cruise boat in Westminster, bound for Greenwich, for this 1-hour sightseeing tour on the Thames. Take a seat as the boat glides down London's historic river and admire views of landmarks such as the Old Royal Naval College, Canary Wharf, The Shard, Tower Bridge, National Theatre, Tower of London and The Houses of Parliament. Listen to the recorded audio commentary to learn the history about the sites as you pass. Tours depart every 30 minutes, starting at 10am.
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* A traveler said: "Very pleasant trip. Even as a born and bred Londoner I found it interesting and informative. Highly recommended"


Shared Arrival Transfer London Airport to Hotel Accommodation

Shared Arrival Transfer London Airport to Hotel Accommodation

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174
  • 1 hour to 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
From
$29.68
Price varies by group size
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$29.68
Price varies by group size
Rather than grapple with London’s public transport after a long flight, take it easy with this cost-effective shared shuttle that drops you right to your door. Your driver greets you in the arrivals hall, then transfers you direct to your hotel, making no more than three stops along the way. Choose from Heathrow, Gatwick, Luton, Southend, and Stansted Airports.
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* A traveler said: "The gentleman was there when we got past customs. Was helpful in recommending places to see and was there to help when unloading and loading the luggage."


Uber Boat by Thames Clippers River Roamer: Hop On Hop Off Pass

Uber Boat by Thames Clippers River Roamer: Hop On Hop Off Pass

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156
  • 1 day
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$25.54
From
$25.54
Make the most of your time in London with a sightseeing cruise along the River Thames! Aboard a high-speed catamaran, ride the river in comfort and view main city attractions like the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben, the Tower of London, Tate Modern and St. Paul’s Cathedral. Hop on and off all day!
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* A traveler said: "Nice modern clean boats but above all were the friendly, helpful, knowledgable staff we encountered they are a credit to the company. Thank you for all the assistance."


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