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

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icon1 hour 15 minutes  (approx.)
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iconOffered in: English

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Overview

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.
  • London speedboat experience with speeds up to 50 knots
  • Open all year round, in all weather conditions
  • Interactive guide with speaker sound system aboard
  • See London's major sights along the River Thames in a RIB speedboat
  • Small group with a maximum of 12 passengers
  • Perfect for adrenaline-seekers
  • Choose between two exciting itineraries
  • Experience a new kind of sightseeing with a boat trip
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High-Speed River Cruise
Life jacket
Complimentary plastic poncho if weather dictates
Hotel pickup and drop off
Gratuities
Embankment Pier , Victoria Embankment, WC2N 6NU, London WC2N 6PA, UK

Embankment Pier is directly opposite Embankment Underground Station on the North side of the River Thames

This activity will end right where it started.
Depart from an embarking point near Embankment, central London, and greet your knowledgeable guide on the pier. Listen to a brief orientation talk and don your life jacket before climbing aboard your impressive RIB speedboat, capable of reaching 50 knots per hour.

Select between two adrenaline-fueled tours depending on which sights you’re most interested in seeing; experience a 50-minute Canary Wharf tour for unrivaled views of the Tower of London, HMS Belfast, the Houses of Parliament and the Execution Dock. 

Alternatively, opt for the 80-minute Thames Barrier Experience to enjoy sweeping vistas of Greenwich and the colossal Thames Barrier. Cruise at high speed around the O2 Arena, the filming location of James Bond film The World is Not Enough, while listening to classic hits on the state-of-the-art speaker system.

Throughout your adventurous excursion, you'll hear commentary and music on a modern sound system and feel the adrenaline rush of high velocity speeds. After your rip-roaring ride on the Thames River, you'll return to your original departure point and bid your guide farewell.
Itinerary
Pass By:  
Tower of London
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HMS Belfast
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Tower Bridge
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Greenwich
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Houses of Parliament
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Execution Dock - actual location
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Thames River
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Canary Wharf
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The Thames Barrier Information Centre
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  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Children 13 years & under must be accompanied by an adult
  • Please note that children have to weigh a minimum of 15kg (2.36 stone)
  • Changes after booking may be subject to an alteration fee
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • IF THE TIME YOU SELECT IS NOT AVAILABLE YOUR BOOKING WILL BE INPUT ON THE NEAREST TIME AVAILABLE & YOU WILL BE CONTACTED BY THAMES RIB EXPERIENCE 24 HOURS PRIOR TO YOUR BOOKING DATE
  • Most travelers can participate
  • If your trip is subject to our Minimum Passenger Number Policy you will be contacted 24 hours before to be offered an alternative time or date to travel
  • NO HEART / OR OTHER SERIOUS MEDICAL CONDITIONS
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Thames Rib Experience
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Speedboat 'Thames Barrier Experience' to/from Embankment Pier - 75 minutes?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travelers
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What is the policy on sanitization during Speedboat 'Thames Barrier Experience' to/from Embankment Pier - 75 minutes?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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What is the social distancing policy during Speedboat 'Thames Barrier Experience' to/from Embankment Pier - 75 minutes?
A:The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Speedboat 'Thames Barrier Experience' to/from Embankment Pier - 75 minutes?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
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star-5
Fast fun on the river,...
KarlFredrik_K
, Jul 2022
Fast fun on the river, great guide!!! Our boys, twelve years old enjoyed it as much as I did, excellent ride!!
star-5
Flood barrier in a flash
mcadam
, Jun 2022
Guides were great fun, trip was absolutely brilliant and I would recommend everyone do it! Family had the best time.
star-5
Fun, exhilarating ride!
liacoppock68
, May 2022
Great commentary. Such fun and you realise how much is going on along the Thames. High speed is brilliant.
star-5
excellent ride! great...
tracey_n
, May 2022
excellent ride! great tour guide, fast and fun. Really great way to see some of the sights! Would highly recommend it
star-5
Book the victor experience
Janice_S
, May 2022
Excellent value for money Very informative and interesting Quality of speed boat ride was outstanding
star-5
Well worth it
lee_h
, May 2022
Great fun, great views and great staff. This is the 3rd or 4th time I've done this over the last 10 years and consistently good. P
star-5
The highlight of my trip
Cristina_C
, May 2022
This was so much fun I will be doing it again soon :D Waiting time should be shorter Def good value for money
star-5
Fun and informative!
Stan_B
, Apr 2022
Absolutely fantastic tour. Lots of information and fun speeding down the river to the barrier. I would definitely do this again. Highly recommended.
star-5
Great to see the amazing...
Anthony_J
, Apr 2022
Great to see the amazing history of London from the river and how it has stood the test of time through many conflicts .
star-5
Amazing speedboat ride
Ian_M
, Apr 2022
Loved the high speeds with the music. The tour guide was lovely, best thing to do whilst your in London on a family day out.
star-5
Quite the experience!
Trisha_S
, Apr 2022
I loved the whole experience. The narration was thoroughly engaging and gave us insight on the many picturesque landmarks along the coast. The boat sped and swerved in the water creating some of the most exciting and memorable moments of the ride.
star-5
London and a Boat...no more to say
Margaret_O
, Apr 2022
All of it....the commentary...the driving....the London sights....brought back memories from our Rib-ing days....a thoroughly enjoyable experience..
icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
Hello Thank you for your review! We are thrilled you enjoyed your experience and hope to welcome you back on board with us soon!
star-5
Great value
David_O
, Mar 2022
The sharp turns and jumping over the waves along side the London sites were a great combination. A great day out
star-5
Epic ride
Gina_S
, Mar 2022
Great experience Stan the Man driving was epic & kelly (think it was kelly) was informative & cool 😎 great fun would defo do again and recommend
star-3
Great ride shame about admin
Gareth_J
, Feb 2022
The ride was great and not as wet as thought.. was very cold though in the wind but I had hat and gloves on so was ok.. drop two stars as was called 9am the day before and told it was cancelled and need to be there for 12 today .. which luckily was staying over night but didn't get there until 1 and allowed us to go on 1.30 but it was stressful getting from bham to London and been there on time.. would have been annoyed if cancelled as the train and hotel cost 380 so would be even more upset.. the actual ride and people was very good though.. shame booking was messed up esp as book a few weeks before.
star-1
Terrible
Bernadette_H
, Feb 2022
Unfortunately it was a really bad day, I actually thought that they might have cancelled the trip given the rain and wind, but they didn't and it was probably one of the worst experiences I have ever encountered. I took my 14 year old son to London and wanted to give him great experience and we both could not see a thing as we had to keep our heads down most of the time as the rain was so heavy and we got soaked to the skin, it was very sad as I paid so much money so that my son would have a great memory to take home instead we both could not wait to get off the boat.
star-5
Can’t wait to do it again!
Erol_T
, Feb 2022
Exciting! Humorous! Adventurous! Thrilling! An amazing and fun experience, will not be hesitating to book again in the near future
star-5
Fun & informative.
Robert_B
, Feb 2022
Fun, fast and informative. The crew guide/member was entertaining. We thoroughly enjoyed the ride. Would love to do this again in the summer.
star-5
The skill of the 'pilot'...
Shirley_S
, Feb 2022
The skill of the 'pilot' in getting the best experience of seeing the sights of London without getting wet, all the while getting the 'thrillseeker' experience at high speed on parts of the trip - would highly reccomend - for all ages
star-5
Fun!
Matt_F
, Feb 2022
Excellent experience run by lovely people. Fun journey and a well humoured narration of some sights. My recommendation: do it!
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