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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
$62.80 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Great high speed thrills
What a fab experience, starts off slowly with a bit of history from an entertaining guide, then when the speed limit is allowed to increase, you absolutely fly !! Shame in some ways that we had rain, but it did kind of add to the experience. Highly recommend.
PaulRundle, Sep 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in London

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.
star-5
Great day.
David_I, Sep 2021
Thames 24 Hour Hop-On Hop-Off River Cruise
Well organised. Easy to locate boarding points. Boat clean and tidy. Resreshments good and live commentary lively, informative and amusing. Well worth it.
star-5
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 👍🏾👍🏾
star-5
amazing time
lourdes_e, Jul 2021
Thames Lunch Cruise with 2-Course Meal
the whole cruise evrything was organized food was good clean toilet friendly accomodating staff and our group have the best seat on the cruise so worth the price
star-5
Yummy Food!
Debra_D, Jul 2021
The London Dinner Cruise on the Thames River
Lovely food, nice ambiance, probably would have been more enjoyable out of COVID restrictions though!
star-5
River and meal trip.
kay_F, Jul 2021
Thames Lunch Cruise with 2-Course Meal
My friend and I had an amazing day food and staff were fantastic, will defiantly do it again. The boat was very clean and the staff were on call when ever you needed anything.
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
Great boat trip
Pamela_M, Aug 2021
Thames 24 Hour Hop-On Hop-Off River Cruise
The crew were great and commentary by Jason added to the great experience aboard Loved it. Clean boat and facilities all good.
star-5
London eye trip
m_g, May 2021
London Eye River Cruise and Standard London Eye Ticket
AJ was amazing. He gave a very entertaining and informative talk. The boat was clean and the staff friendly. We wouldn’t do the eye again but would do the boat.
star-5
Highly recommended
kittycatcorn, Sep 2021
London Eye River Cruise and Standard London Eye Ticket
I have been to London before, but my daughter hadn't, so we were looking for some "full tourist experience" things to do, and this was one of her choices. The Eye was interesting and gave some great views over London, but, quite unexpectedly, it was the Thames cruise that was the highlight. Liam, the guide, was fantastic, the weather was gorgeous, and the views from the river were great. Very excellent experience overall, and very cost-effective!
star-5
Great high speed thrills
PaulRundle, Sep 2021
High-Speed Thames River RIB Cruise in London
What a fab experience, starts off slowly with a bit of history from an entertaining guide, then when the speed limit is allowed to increase, you absolutely fly !! Shame in some ways that we had rain, but it did kind of add to the experience. Highly recommend.

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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