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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
$55.29 per adult
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Excellent trip. My 10yr...
Excellent trip. My 10yr old nephew loved it and our crew were brilliant (Ross and Bradley) to keep us all entertained.
Julie_T, Jul 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in London

star-5
Amazing river cruise
Patricia_H, Jun 2022
London Thames River Dinner Cruise
Amazing cruise down the Thames River. The service was great and we all loved the food. The evening cruise was on my bucket list and it was worth the wait.
star-5
Great experience at an affordable price
Esmeralda_S, May 2022
Thames Lunch Cruise with 2-Course Meal
The boat was clean. The staff welcoming. The food delicious and the tour guide really funny 😄. Great experience at an affordable cost. Would highly recommend it. In fact, I've already booked for the next one😂
star-5
Good service...
Julie_B, Apr 2022
Uber Boat by Thames Clippers River Roamer: Hop On Hop Off Pass
Good service Plenty of drop off points Clean and tidy boats Good value Helpful staff Good variety of refreshments
star-4
Relaxing, good food and value for money
Lesley_S, Mar 2022
Thames Lunch Cruise with 2-Course Meal
Relaxing cruise, lovely food and good service. Friendly staff. Nice views and well kept and clean boat.
star-5
Love the big bus
Julia_T, Mar 2022
Big Bus London Hop-On Hop-Off Tour and River Cruise
It was a great experience and love the hop on bus. The bus is clean the information os great N the driver were kind
star-5
The whole thing was...
chelsea_b, Mar 2022
The London Dinner Cruise on the Thames River
The whole thing was amazing, the food was outstanding the boat was clean and well presented, the singer was great, sailing down the Thames looking at all the amazing sights was fantastic.... I would highly highly recommend this trip.
star-4
Great
Fatimah_A, Feb 2022
The London Dinner Cruise on the Thames River
Very nice atmosphere , the singer was very nice , creating pleasant experience . Just the food was below average . Sears were comfortable and clean .
star-5
Great time on river cruise! Commentary was great!
Jessica_K, Jul 2022
The Big Day out - London Eye Ticket, London Hop-on Hop-Off Tour & River Cruise
Fun was had by all Ages 10-72. Definitely recommend. Bus easy to find, lots of stop though. Commentary on the bus was a bit cheesy but nice to sit.
star-4
Beautiful views, amazing...
danielle_p, Jul 2022
Thames River Jazz and Dinner Cruise
Beautiful views, amazing sunset, and relaxing jazz! Food wasn’t great, but would definitely recommend!
star-5
Try it
Jette_A, Jul 2022
Small-Group River Thames Bike Tour
Crossing Tower Bridge on bicycle. We had a good and interresting guide. Visited places where we had never been before.
star-5
Best London Experience
Thomas_G, Jul 2022
Big Bus London Hop-On Hop-Off Tour and River Cruise
Great adventure saw all the sites we expected to see . getting on and off the bus at different stops was perfect. a big Thank you to all the drivers and staff for your help with directions explaining how everything worked . Over a great experience and worth every penny
star-4
Great value for money.
Stuart_W, Jul 2022
The Big Day out - London Eye Ticket, London Hop-on Hop-Off Tour & River Cruise
We were blessed with great weather so, the London Eye trip was very much at it's best. The river cruise was good too. We enjoyed the Big Bus although the commentary was a bit naff, hammy! Great value for money.
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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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