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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
$64.53 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Carry on up The Thames
Seeing the sites of London from the water: Good 80 mins spent with a mixture speeding & pottering Lucky with the weather in Jan Crisp but Sunny
Yvonne_M, Jan 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in London

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Easy check in, polite...
nicola_y, Dec 2021
Thames Lunch Cruise with 2-Course Meal
Easy check in, polite staff. Lovely food very good commentary. Social distancing and lots of space to move around feeling safe.
star-5
Very impressed with...
Alan_S, Dec 2021
Thames Lunch Cruise with 2-Course Meal
Very impressed with everything. The boat was clean, warm and had a great atmosphere. The food was delicious and the tour Information was extensive and very informative.
star-5
Great experience
Sian_F, Nov 2021
Thames 24 Hour Hop-On Hop-Off River Cruise
A really wonderful way to see London and a super boat to do it in. The crew onboard were all very helpful and the facilities were very clean. Alfie offered a very amusing commentary that kept up entertained! We shall be back, thank you.
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What a beautiful...
Lawrence_S, Dec 2021
The London Dinner Cruise on the Thames River
What a beautiful experience the dinner cruise on the Thames River. My wife and my children have a great experience.
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Night trio on the Thames
Yvonne_C, Nov 2021
The London Dinner Cruise on the Thames River
Service and food was fabulous- singer was very entertaining- great value for money - very clean and welcoming
star-4
Perfect way to see the sights
Felicity_F, Sep 2021
Big Bus London Hop-On Hop-Off Tour and River Cruise
Very pleased with bus tour and boat cruise ! Plenty to see and info ! Organised and clean also following COVID rules! Good value for money ! Definitely worth it
star-5
Great time
Martin_G, Sep 2021
Thames 24 Hour Hop-On Hop-Off River Cruise
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.
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Anniversary thrill ride
Vasu, Aug 2021
High-Speed Thames River RIB Cruise in London
Absolutely Brilliant. Great Speed, music and bring entertained by Geoff and Simon . Felt safe. All health and safety precautions were followed. Catered to all ages from 7 to 70 ! A big thank you to Geoff and Simon for personalising this very memorable experience for us 👍🏾👍🏾
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Great Christmas Present
Alastair_W, Jan 2022
The London Dinner Cruise on the Thames River
The staff was so kind and helpful. They guided us towards the boat at the pier and the service at the table was excellent. Good food and lovely trip on the night river. Really enjoyed this experience
star-5
We had an amazing...
meraal_k, Jan 2022
High-Speed Thames River RIB Cruise in London
We had an amazing experience. Bill and Brad were amazing and made the experience even better. They were very funny and the boat ride was so fun
star-5
Excellent from arrival to...
Kim_R, Oct 2021
Thames Lunch Cruise with 2-Course Meal
Excellent from arrival to leaving. Great food. Good safety measures. Great view of sights and informative commentary. Would definitely recommend
star-5
Excellent
Mubaraq_F, Jan 2022
Big Bus London Hop-On Hop-Off Tour and River Cruise
Fantastic trip, the stops are near by and the waiting time not long. It was a great experience. The view were great.

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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