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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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Westminster to Greenwich Sightseeing Thames Cruise in London

Westminster to Greenwich Sightseeing Thames Cruise in London

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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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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
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$17.28
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London Eye River Cruise
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London Eye River Cruise

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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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  • 40 minutes
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Tower of London River Cruise from Westminster

Tower of London River Cruise from Westminster

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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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  • 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$14.19
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River Thames Evening Cruise

River Thames Evening Cruise

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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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  • 2 hours
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The London Dinner Cruise on the Thames River

The London Dinner Cruise on the Thames River

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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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  • 3 hours
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$97.51
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Thames 24 Hour Hop-On Hop-Off River Cruise

Thames 24 Hour Hop-On Hop-Off River Cruise

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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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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
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$27.15
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Thames Lunch Cruise with 2-Course Meal

Thames Lunch Cruise with 2-Course Meal

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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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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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High-Speed Thames River RIB Cruise in London
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High-Speed Thames River RIB Cruise in London

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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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  • 50 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$61.65
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Thames River Sightseeing Cruise with Afternoon Tea

Thames River Sightseeing Cruise with Afternoon Tea

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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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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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London Vintage Bus Tour Including River Thames Cruise with Optional Lunch
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London Vintage Bus Tour Including River Thames Cruise with Optional Lunch

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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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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$51.84
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Shared Arrival Transfer London Airport to Hotel Accommodation
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Shared Arrival Transfer London Airport to Hotel Accommodation

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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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  • 1 hour to 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$42.00
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$42.00
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London Eye Standard Ticket
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London Eye Standard Ticket

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One of London’s most recognizable and in-demand attractions, the Lastminute.com London Eye welcomes millions of visitors every year. Save yourself any sightseeing hassle, and secure your admission before you travel, when you book your tickets in advance. Upon arrival, step into a large, air-conditioned capsule and take to the skies. The Lastminute.com London Eye stands at 443 feet (135 meters) high, and offers impeccable views of Big Ben, St. Paul’s Cathedral, Buckingham Palace, and other key landmarks. Tickets also include entry to the companion 4D Cinema Experience.
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  • 30 minutes
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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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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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  • 1 hour to 3 hours 20 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$45.55
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Speedboat 'Thames Barrier Experience' to/from Embankment Pier - 75 minutes

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

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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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  • 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$70.36
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High-Speed Boat Trip through London
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High-Speed Boat Trip through London

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Enjoy an alternative and thrilling way to explore London when you book tickets to a high-speed boat tour along the River Thames. Meet at Tower Bridge Quay and hop aboard one of the largest Rigid Inflatable Boats (RIB) on the river. After a safety briefing, grab your lifejacket and get ready to zoom past landmarks like Shakespeare’s Globe, the Shard, the Tower of London, and more. The boat reaches speeds of up to 35 mph (56 kph), so you’re guaranteed a rousing journey.
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  • 45 minutes
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London Eye Fast-Track Ticket
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London Eye Fast-Track Ticket

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Experience one of London’s must-see attractions with this skip-the-line Lastminute.com London Eye ticket. Bypass the long queue and enjoy priority access and boarding for a standard flight in a shared capsule. Then admire panoramic views over the Thames River, Big Ben and other landmarks on your "flight." Your ticket includes interactive Samsung Galaxy Tab-powered guides and admission to the London Eye 4D Experience, an immersive journey that brings London alive through 3D film and multi-sensory effects.
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  • 30 minutes
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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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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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  • 1 day
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$23.33
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London Thames River Dinner Cruise
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London Thames River Dinner Cruise

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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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  • 2 hours 45 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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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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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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  • 1 to 16 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$39.00
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$39.00

London by Night Sightseeing Tour - Open top bus

London by Night Sightseeing Tour - Open top bus

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Experience the enchantment of London after hours on a night sightseeing tour. Aboard a double-decker bus, take a trip through the city to see illuminated attractions like Westminster Abbey, the Houses of Parliament, and the London Eye. Hear fascinating facts about passing sites and insider tips on where to visit in the bustling capital city from your expert guide.  
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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River Thames Fast RIB-Boat Experience in London

River Thames Fast RIB-Boat Experience in London

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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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  • 50 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$51.84
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River Thames One-Way Sightseeing Cruise

River Thames One-Way Sightseeing Cruise

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Discover a brand-new perspective on London’s landmarks—and enjoy a relaxing way to explore—on this Thames River boat tour. Pick from multiple one-way itineraries, depending on your preferred start and end points, and hop aboard the upper decks or within the cozy salons. You’ll spy highlights like Tower Bridge, the London Eye, Big Ben, and much more, and will learn more from the accompanying commentary.
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  • 1 to 2 hours
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$14.50
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Southampton Excursion: Pre-Cruise Tour from London to Southampton via Stonehenge
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Southampton Excursion: Pre-Cruise Tour from London to Southampton via Stonehenge

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Enhance your experience of one of England’s most iconic landmarks on a tour of Stonehenge that begins in London and concludes in Southampton. Depart from London in a luxury vehicle and delve into the atmospheric mystery of Stonehenge, a UNESCO-listed ancient stone circle, before boarding your cruise ship at Southampton’s port. Absorb the majesty of the Stonehenge independently and enjoy a hassle-free transfer to your cruise port on this compelling and convenient tour.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$124.66
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Shared departure transfer from your London hotel to the Airport
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Shared departure transfer from your London hotel to the Airport

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Save time and hassle by booking this shared transfer service from central London to Heathrow, Gatwick, or Stansted Airport. Your driver picks you up from your hotel and takes you to the airport. Unlike public transport, you only make a maximum of three stops on the way. Don't worry if you have a late-night or early-morning flight as you can book your transfer for any time of day or night.
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  • 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$48.75
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