Recent Searches
Clear
Thames River
Thames River

Thames River

star-4.5
20,088 Reviews
London

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.

Show all
High-Speed Thames River RIB Cruise in London

Traveler Favorite

High-Speed Thames River RIB Cruise in London
$63.84 per adult
Fantastic experience, loved every minute of it
This was a very pleasant, fun and exciting ride. We loved the guided tour part as well as a high speed ride with a cool music. It exceeded our expectations and we were left wanting for more. Mark and Adam were professional, friendly and fun.
Diana_Z, Jun 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in London

star-5
Fantastic, great fun
Catherine, Jun 2021
Thames Barrier Speedboat Experience to/from Embankment Pier - 75 minutes
Great trip, staff friendly and professional, well organised. Exactly as it is described. Great atmosphere, small group and all covid precautions taken. Would definitely recommend
star-5
Lunchtime cruise experience
Steve, Jun 2021
Thames Lunch Cruise with 2-Course Meal
The cruise lunch was really lovely. Food was ok. The staff were very attentive and efficient. The commentator was very informative and learnt things about London we didn't know. Was well worth doing and would recommend to anyone.
star-4
Fantastic experience, make sure you dont lose your ticket.
Nimi_K, Jun 2021
Big Bus London Hop-On Hop-Off Tour and River Cruise
The only thing that I was not made aware of was once they have printed your ticket, you must not lose them otherwise you will be stuck, even if you show them your detail and emails of confirmation. Otherwise the big bus tour was amazing and friendly.
star-5
Awesome god dame awesome
Paul_C, Jun 2021
Thames Lunch Cruise with 2-Course Meal
10-10 Staff fab Cruise fab Narrator - not your normal but delivered the sightseeing with a hum ding of a performance - worth every penny and the food - yepeeeee vegan range very nice
star-4
Thrilling
Maria, Jun 2021
High-Speed Thames River RIB Cruise in London
They guys were fun and accommodating and a thrill seeking advent. defo not for the faint hearted but it was a good experience for me.
star-5
Family weekend
Tracy_W, Jun 2021
London Eye Fast-Track Ticket with Hop-On Hop-Off Tour and River Cruise
The view from the london eye are amazing, you could see Buckingham palace and all over London very clearly. We had a hop on hop off 48 hour bus ticket for the big bus company. We thought that this was fantastic you get to go around all of the sights with an audio guide it is really worth the money. We are coming back next year and bringing more family.
star-4
Toot buses and city cruise
Atalie_S, Jun 2021
Must See London: Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour and River Cruise
Great fun, the tour was so convenient due to the hop on hop off facility. Had the opportunity to have a closer look at attractions at own pace. Buses came frequently. 48hr use of the tickets was perfect as we did the boat tour the next day also a fab experience. Only downfall some of the buses didn’t have a tour guide on them but the ones that did were excellent!
star-4
Lovely day out touring London
Reg, Jun 2021
Big Bus London Hop-On Hop-Off Tour and River Cruise
Nice touring on top of the big bus going to the different landmarks around London. The bus supplied earphones so we could hear about the history of London. Great being on an open top bus, great views, enjoyable experience
star-5
Simply beautiful
jo_c, Jun 2021
Thames River Jazz and Dinner Cruise
Wow 🤩 We we’re celebrating our 30th Wedding Anniversary and this Jazz Cruise experience was just amazing. We were looked after so well and seated at table 30 ! at the front of the boat 😃 Thank you for making it an evening to remember x
star-5
Really enjoyable and fab food
Rhonda_F, Jun 2021
Thames Lunch Cruise with 2-Course Meal
Lovely meal seeing many of the usual sights from a different perspective and others that we wouldn’t normally see on foot. Will be a little while but we’ll definitely be doing it again! Maybe afternoon tea next. Also the bar prices for wine by the glass and juice were reasonable.
star-5
Words are not enough for such a fabulous trip
Stuart_D, Jun 2021
The London Dinner Cruise on the Thames River
What more could you want a 4 course dinner whilst travelling down the River Thames. Even though we did this during a Pandemic the food was terrific, the staff fantastic and the whole experience was fabulous. One of the many things we loved was travelling one way in daylight and the other way under the lights of London. The bridges looked spectacular. This trip is highly recommended.
star-5
Fun and facts.
Steve_H, Jun 2021
High-Speed Thames River RIB Cruise in London
Great fun with lots of interesting facts by Mark (with a K) Brilliant driving by Simon. Very well organised. Very safe and stable RIB. Good weather too.

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.

Show all

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.

Show all

Trip ideas

Inside the Historic Royal Palaces of England and Ireland

Inside the Historic Royal Palaces of England and Ireland

Virtual 360° Experience of London's Royal Albert Hall

Virtual 360° Experience of London's Royal Albert Hall

London Rock Music Tour: A Virtual Audio Experience

London Rock Music Tour: A Virtual Audio Experience

Top 5 Royal Palaces in London & How to Visit

Top 5 Royal Palaces in London & How to Visit

Royal Museums Greenwich in London: Online Stories and Collections

Royal Museums Greenwich in London: Online Stories and Collections

British Museum Virtual Tour

British Museum Virtual Tour

Fortnum & Mason Employee Ryan Almeida’s Guide to London

Fortnum & Mason Employee Ryan Almeida’s Guide to London


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.

Show all

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.

Show all

Thames River