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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
$58.66 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Speedboat thrill ride on the Thames
Incredible experience. My teenagers enjoyed the ride. Great music which includes a James Bond tune. The skipper added some fun twists and turns. Entertaining Scottish guide. We all had great fun. Highly recommend.
Rajiv_M, Jun 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in London

star-5
Amazing river cruise
Patricia_H, Jun 2022
London Thames River Dinner Cruise
Amazing cruise down the Thames River. The service was great and we all loved the food. The evening cruise was on my bucket list and it was worth the wait.
star-5
Great experience at an affordable price
Esmeralda_S, May 2022
Thames Lunch Cruise with 2-Course Meal
The boat was clean. The staff welcoming. The food delicious and the tour guide really funny 😄. Great experience at an affordable cost. Would highly recommend it. In fact, I've already booked for the next one😂
star-5
Good service...
Julie_B, Apr 2022
Uber Boat by Thames Clippers River Roamer: Hop On Hop Off Pass
Good service Plenty of drop off points Clean and tidy boats Good value Helpful staff Good variety of refreshments
star-4
Relaxing, good food and value for money
Lesley_S, Mar 2022
Thames Lunch Cruise with 2-Course Meal
Relaxing cruise, lovely food and good service. Friendly staff. Nice views and well kept and clean boat.
star-5
Love the big bus
Julia_T, Mar 2022
Big Bus London Hop-On Hop-Off Tour and River Cruise
It was a great experience and love the hop on bus. The bus is clean the information os great N the driver were kind
star-5
The whole thing was...
chelsea_b, Mar 2022
The London Dinner Cruise on the Thames River
The whole thing was amazing, the food was outstanding the boat was clean and well presented, the singer was great, sailing down the Thames looking at all the amazing sights was fantastic.... I would highly highly recommend this trip.
star-4
Great
Fatimah_A, Feb 2022
The London Dinner Cruise on the Thames River
Very nice atmosphere , the singer was very nice , creating pleasant experience . Just the food was below average . Sears were comfortable and clean .
star-4
High Adrenaline and can cause BRUISES
Lisa_G, Jun 2022
High-Speed Thames River RIB Cruise in London
We experienced the RIB Boat with your good selves on Saturday 11th at 12, as a party of 4. Whilst it was great fun, we did experience a moment on the ride whereby the boat crashed heavily on a wave…. We thought no more of this until we got off… I have a bruise on my thigh, my partner has a bruise on her ribs and her thigh and my sister in law ended up in hospital with thankfully, internal bruising….. So, whilst a high adrenaline ride, it does come with bumps and bruises….
star-5
This was a great ride- we...
Christine_S, Jun 2022
Big Bus London Hop-On Hop-Off Tour and River Cruise
This was a great ride- we started on the blue line and changed to the red, so got the entire tour. The narration was funny and informative, with much better music selections than a competitors bus we had tried to take (and had left) several days prior.
star-5
Great day! Incorrect description overview
Celina_M, Jun 2022
The Big Day out - London Eye Ticket, London Hop-on Hop-Off Tour & River Cruise
We had a wonderful time! I just wish it was clearer that the Big Bus tickets all include the River Cruise. I struggled to book this because the description overview says that the river cruise only runs Fri-Sun and that is incorrect. We rode on Wednesday and it was already included with the bus. We had a wonderful time anyways but would’ve appreciated to have the correct information.
star-5
Exciting Ride
Marie_U, Jun 2022
High-Speed Thames River RIB Cruise in London
Highly recommend, fun and very knowledgeable guide. Operator is very understanding and accommodating to reschedule due to my flight being delayed.
star-4
Good experience
Andrew_B, Jun 2022
London Vintage Bus Tour Including River Thames Cruise with Optional Lunch
The trip was really good but unfortunately the PA system was not working so commentary was hit and miss
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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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Trip ideas


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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