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Thames River Tours

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Flowing right through the heart of central London, the Thames River offers a dramatic backdrop to the city's famous skyline with landmarks lining its shores. Walk along the riverfront from Westminster to Tower Bridge and you'll pass London icons such as the London Eye, Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament, the Tower of London, St Paul's Cathedral, Southbank, Shakespeare's Globe, and the London Bridge.

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.

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.

How to Get to the Thames River
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.

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.

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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London Sunset Bike TourMountain Bike Tours

London Sunset Bike Tour

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Explore London on two wheels during this nighttime bike tour. When its famous landmarks light up as the sun goes down, London comes to life with locals out for the evening. Pass by attractions like Tower Bridge and St Paul’s Cathedral, enjoying plenty of photo ops.
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Kid-Friendly Best of London Walking tour with River Trip along the Thames Half-day Tours

Kid-Friendly Best of London Walking tour with River Trip along the Thames

If you are visiting London with your family and you would like to see all the main highlights of the city accompanied by a fun and entertaining kid-friendly guide, this is the tour you are looking for! As we know that children don't like to be standing in long lines to enter churches or palaces, we have created a child-oriented walking tour where you will see the main attractions from the outside while the guide makes sure that the kids have an enjoyable time. And there is nothing better than a river trip on the Thames to enhance the kids enthusiasm! It will be an educational and memorable experience for all the family! Note: This is an outdoor sightseeing tour where you will see the attractions from outside. On occasion it will be necessary to use public transport to get from one attraction to another. The tour may run in a different order due to closures or special events.
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  • 6 hours
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Small-Group River Thames Bike TourMountain Bike Tours

Small-Group River Thames Bike Tour

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Explore the main attractions along London’s central riverside on this half-day Thames River bike tour. On this small-group excursion, see the world-famous sites that flank the river, including Big Ben, Shakespeare’s Globe Theater, and St. Paul’s Cathedral, cross the Tower Bridge and indulge in international delicacies at Borough Market. As you ride, enjoy interesting commentary about the city's rich and extensive history. 
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  • 4 to 5 hours
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Thames Rockets Sunset London Speedboat ExperienceJet Boating

Thames Rockets Sunset London Speedboat Experience

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Nights are made for chilling and chatting, and Thames Rockets renowned guides love nothing more than showing you the river when all the other boats have disappeared, and with just the winding Thames and London’s romantic sights between you and the sunset, you’ll feel like the most important people in town. With only the very best hand-picked guides at your service, you’ll soon be giggling past the Gherkin and tittering by the Tower. As Tower Bridge cruises into view hold on tight as your expert skipper opens the throttles and rockets you down the river! Find out why they're famous for their speedboat experiences as you twist and turn through Canary Wharf and listen to a medley of all the latest hits! This high speed ride is sure to take your breath away, so once back to Tower Bridge you'll receive a cocktail to calm your nerves and bobble back to the London Eye feeling fired up.
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  • 50 minutes
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Royal London Walking Tour: Early Access Tower of London & Changing of The GuardHalf-day Tours

Royal London Walking Tour: Early Access Tower of London & Changing of The Guard

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Discover London’s royal history and sights on a London tour by foot and boat. Start with an early access visit to the Tower of London to see the opening ceremony and Crown Jewels without the usual daytime crowds. Then, take to the water on a half-hour River Thames sightseeing cruise. Stroll to Horse Guard’s Parade or Buckingham Palace to see the famous Changing of the Guard ceremony, and learn all about the British Royal Family from a knowledgeable local guide.
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  • 4 hours
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London Super Saver: Royal Walking Tour Including Tower of London and Changing of the Guard plus London HighlightsFull-day Tours

London Super Saver: Royal Walking Tour Including Tower of London and Changing of the Guard plus London Highlights

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See the royal sights of London and save money at the same time on this day-long Super Saver tour—a combination of two popular sightseeing experiences. Start with early access to the Tower of London, and then take a cruise along the Thames River to central London to see the Changing of the Guard ceremony. In the morning, enjoy a royal-themed walking tour that takes in sights of Buckingham Palace and Big Ben.
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  • 7 hours 30 minutes
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Buckingham Palace and Vintage Bus Tour of LondonHalf-day Tours

Buckingham Palace and Vintage Bus Tour of London

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See London’s highlights by retro double-decker bus, cruise boat, and foot on this half-day tour. Take a seat on a vintage, red Routemaster bus and pass top London sights including Trafalgar Square, Big Ben, and Westminster Abbey. Then, soak in more London landmarks, such as Tower Bridge and the Tower of London, on a Thames River sightseeing cruise. Finally, crown your tour with a visit to magnificent Buckingham Palace. Take an audio tour of the ornate State Rooms, only accessible to the public for two months in the year.
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  • 5 hours 30 minutes
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Madame Tussauds London with Hop-on Hop-off Tour and River CruiseBus Tours

Madame Tussauds London with Hop-on Hop-off Tour and River Cruise

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Explore London your way with a popular hop-on hop-off sightseeing bus that takes you directly to dozens of top attractions like Westminster Abbey, the Tower of London, and Downing Street. Take in views from atop the double-decker bus and ride as often as you like with a 24-, 48-, or 72-hour ticket. This combo tour also includes admission to the legendary Madame Tussauds wax museum, where you can pose for selfies with models of your favorite celebs including Benedict Cumberbatch, Kim Kardashian, and the royal family.
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  • 1 to 2 hours
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The Original Tour London: Night TourHop on Hop Off

The Original Tour London: Night Tour

Discover another side to the city on our night tour bus in London. The city bursts into life at night and London looks spectacular with twinkling lights cutting through the darkness. You may have already visited top attractions during the day, but our London night tours give you the chance to see everything in a whole new light. Watch the sunset over the city and be dazzled as famous attractions such as the Houses of Parliament and the Coca-Cola London Eye light up. Join us on our night tour bus around London and watch the city come alive in the evening. Some of the landmarks on our night tour include: Buckingham Palace | Downing Street | Trafalgar Square | Big Ben | Houses of Parliament | Westminster Abbey | St Paul’s Cathedral | Tower of London There will be lots of photo opportunities from the bus or when you choose to get off. See another side to London as the attractions light up the night.
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  • 2 hours
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Madame Tussauds and 24 Hour River PassDay Cruises

Madame Tussauds and 24 Hour River Pass

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Enjoy a double dose of London sightseeing with this combined ticket for Madame Tussauds and a Thames River cruise, all for a money-saving price. With your prebooked ticket, enjoy faster entry to Madame Tussauds to see its 300 stunning wax figures independently. Meet Britain’s royals; cozy up with George Clooney and Benedict Cumberbatch; and get close to A-listers, Bollywood and sports stars. On the same day, step aboard a sightseeing boat and enjoy stellar views of landmarks such as Big Ben and Tower Bridge as you cruise on the Thames.
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SeaLife London Aquarium with 24 Hour River PassDay Cruises

SeaLife London Aquarium with 24 Hour River Pass

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Combine admission to two popular London attractions: Sea Life London Aquarium and a sightseeing cruise on the River Thames. Discover 400 species of sea creatures at 14 themed zones displaying different marine habitats. During a hop-on, hop-off river cruise, you’ll view major landmarks such as Big Ben and London Eye. Cruise pass is valid for 24 hours and cruises depart every 30 minutes from four piers.
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Combi Ticket: Westminster Walking Tour, River Cruise & The Shard Half-day Tours

Combi Ticket: Westminster Walking Tour, River Cruise & The Shard

Combine three of London’s top attractions without having to make multiple bookings with a combo package that includes a walking tour of Westminster; an admission ticket for The Shard; and a cruise on the Thames River. As well as seeing London from three different perspectives, you’ll receive personalized attention in a small group limited to 15 people.
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Combi Ticket: Westminster Walking Tour, River Cruise & Cutty Sark EntryFull-day Tours

Combi Ticket: Westminster Walking Tour, River Cruise & Cutty Sark Entry

A great day out for the family! This combi tour includes : 1. 3 hour Westminster Walking Tour : See 20+ amazing & iconic London Sights 2. River Cruise Ticket (From Westminster to the Historical Area Greenwich) 3. Entrance to the Historic Cutty Sark (Meet the Crew and explore the ship) Sights you will see on the walking tour include : Buckingham Palace Trafalgar Square Changing of the Guard (Daily during the summer months) Big Ben Downing Street Westminster Abbey Whitehall Houses of Parliament London Eye Parliament Square Queens Horse Guard After the walking tour: go on a river cruise on the River Thames. See London from the River Thames At Greenwich pier you will disembark and head to the Cutty Sark. You will go on a exciting tour around the ship and get to meet the crew!!
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Harry Potter Film Location Walking Tour & River Cruise Half-day Tours

Harry Potter Film Location Walking Tour & River Cruise

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This is a great tour for families & die-hard fans of Harry Potter This walking tour of London unfurls the movie set locations of the world's most famous Wizard (you know who he is) Great day out for the family You will see the famous movie set locations and several locations that inspired JK Rowling. We will visit the actual filming locations in London! The tour starts at King Cross Train station: Platform 9 3/4!! We then head to Leicester square area to see some of the film locations & visit 2 famous shops. The first: inspired & made all of the paper props for the films and the second a very nice treat for the kids (We keep this one a secret!) We then go to the London Bridge where we see more film locations. These include the Millennium (aka Wobbly) Bridge & the Leaky Cauldron. We will also see sights & buildings that inspired JK Rowling when she wrote each of the books And finish off on a Thames Cruise: where you can some of the Potter filming locations from the River Thames!
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London by Night Sightseeing Tour with Private ChauffeurPrivate Sightseeing Tours

London by Night Sightseeing Tour with Private Chauffeur

Experience the magic of London after dark on a private 3-hour sightseeing tour custom-made for you! Drive through the illuminated city, stopping to marvel at Tower Bridge, the London Eye and Piccadilly Circus. Along the way, hop out to stroll around Trafalgar Square, soak up the electric atmosphere of the West End, Chinatown and Soho or admire the views along the River Thames.
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London Super Saver: London City Sightseeing Including Tower of London plus Jack the Ripper and Ghost Walking TourHalf-day Tours

London Super Saver: London City Sightseeing Including Tower of London plus Jack the Ripper and Ghost Walking Tour

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Experience some of London’s most spectacular and spine-chilling sights on a full-day Super Saver tour; enjoy two popular tours and pay a discounted price to maximize your time in England’s captivating capital. Gaze at legendary landmarks like St Paul’s Cathedral and Trafalgar Square on an afternoon tour of the city then set out on a Jack the Ripper and Ghost tour to discover London’s turbulent and terrifying past. Feel the unnerving atmosphere of Theatre Royal Drury Lane, the city’s most haunted theater, and tremble as you listen to the violent tales of Jack the Ripper’s bloody reign.
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  • 6 hours
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The Original Tour London: Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour & Madame TussaudsAttraction Tickets

The Original Tour London: Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour & Madame Tussauds

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Sightsee in London with a money-saving ticket that combines a hop-on hop-off Original Tour bus with entry to Madam Tussauds, the iconic waxwork museum. The family-friendly combo ticket lets you discover the capital with ease: Explore with three different hop-on hop-off bus routes, see the sights from the water on a Thames River cruise, and brush shoulders with celebrities at Madam Tussauds.
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Private Guided Evening Tour of East LondonPrivate Sightseeing Tours

Private Guided Evening Tour of East London

See a side of London that many visitors miss—and explore the sights lit up after dark—when you embark on a private, nighttime tour of East London. Following pickup from your accommodation, travel in a luxury vehicle to the East End: one of the city’s most diverse and eclectic areas, and now also host to London's financial district and former Olympic grounds. See the ArcelorMittal Orbit, Canary Wharf, the O2 Arena, and more, and choose to stop for dinner at St. Katharine Docks (own expense).
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London Day Tour Including Lunch CruiseDay Trips

London Day Tour Including Lunch Cruise

See more of London with a full-day city tour and lunch cruise along the River Thames, including hotel pickup and drop-off. Start with free entry to Madame Tussauds and the London Eye, then set sail on the Thames for a 1.5-hour round-trip journey from Tower Pier to Westminster. Savor a delectable 2-course meal, and admire riverside sights such as the Tower of London and Parliament. Finish with a private bus tour of London’s key attractions, including Westminster Abbey, Princess Diana's Memorial Fountain and Trafalgar Square. Pricing is per group, based on a maximum of six passengers.
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Hampton Court Palace Grounds Bike TourMountain Bike Tours

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Hampton Court Palace Grounds Bike Tour

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The magnificent Hampton Court Palace is the former home of Henry VIII, set along the banks of the River Thames in the London Borough of Richmond. On this tour, enjoy stunning views of the historic palace as you cycle around the palace grounds, explore the royal Bushy Park and Hampton Court Park, and stop at landmarks including Eisenhower's WWII base and Long Water.
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The Crown! Royal London and Windsor Route of Monarchy (Private Tour)Day Trips

The Crown! Royal London and Windsor Route of Monarchy (Private Tour)

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Discover London’s most important royal landmarks—and even venture beyond city limits to see Windsor Castle—on this royal-themed, private tour. Meet your guide at your Central London hotel, and hop aboard your private vehicle. You’ll see highlights ranging from the Tower of London, Houses of Parliament, and Westminster Abbey to the illustrious Buckingham Palace. In the afternoon, head out of town to see Windsor Castle (the world’s largest and oldest inhabited castle) and Eton College before returning to London.
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  • 7 hours
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The Wizards Tour: Harry Potter World LondonHalf-day Tours

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The Wizards Tour: Harry Potter World London

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Visit different Harry Potter film location sites and see buildings that inspired the books by JK Rowling on a walking tour of London. Attempt to enter the Ministry of Magic, shop for chocolate frogs and butter beer, and much more. Discover more than 10 movie locations and several sites that inspired JK Rowling's famous Harry Potter books on a small group or private walking tour of London. Take souvenir photos of Platform 9¾ at King's Cross Train Station, and then head to Leicester Square to visit a shop that made all the paper props used in the films. Learn about the different location sites of the area. Continue to London Bridge to discover the Leaky Cauldron and Millennium Bridge – nicknamed the Wobbly Bridge – that crosses the River Thames from St. Paul's Cathedral to the Tate Modern. Along the way, see buildings that inspired JK Rowling when she was writing the best-selling books.
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2-Hour Private Photography Walking Tour in GreenwichFull-day Tours

2-Hour Private Photography Walking Tour in Greenwich

Hone your photography skills as you explore UNESCO-listed Greenwich and capture the atmospheric neighborhood on camera. Embark on a private 2-hour tour and receive expert tips on composition, camera settings and lighting from a professional photographer. Then, put your skills to the test as you take in the views along the Thames Path and snap photographs of landmarks like the Cutty Sark Clipper, the Lord Nelson statue and the Royal Naval College.
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Half-Day Guided City Tour with a Bluebadge GuideHalf-day Tours

Half-Day Guided City Tour with a Bluebadge Guide

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Make the most of your layover at Heathrow when you embark on a seamless, half-day tour of London. After landing, meet your chauffeur at any Heathrow terminal, and set off in a luxurious private vehicle. Your sightseeing is up to you: choose to explore the highlights of Westminster, drive along the Thames, glimpse the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace, and more. Disembark where and when you please (entrance fees at landmarks are an additional expense) before returning to the airport.
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