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Keeping you safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Gear/equipment sanitized between use
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Guides required to regularly wash hands
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Witness the enchantment of London at night on an evening cruise along the historic Thames River. Aboard the glass-encased boat, enjoy the city’s main attractions at dusk, including the Shard, Big Ben, and the HMS Belfast. Savor sparkling wine and canapés as you cruise the river and delight in the magic of London’s urban shoreline as night falls.
  • Thames sightseeing cruise at sunset
  • Listen to live music as you cruise between Westminster and Greenwich
  • Enjoy colorful canapés and a glass of sparkling wine
  • Pass top London attractions like Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament, and HMS Belfast
  • Cruise past the glass-faced Shard building – London’s tallest!
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Glass of sparkling wine
Sightseeing cruise
Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase)

Departure Point

London, UK

Departure Time

6:30 PM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Your journey along the Thames River begins in the evening at Westminster Pier where you board the ship. Stroll the open-air deck and help yourself to delicious canapés as you embark on a leisurely float along London’s famous waterway. Then find a seat in the indoor saloon, enjoy live jazz music and admire unobstructed views of passing city landmarks at sunset.

Heading first past Westminster, get great views of the Houses of Parliament and the iconic Big Ben, followed by the illuminated London Eye and Shakespeare’s famous Globe Theatre, a gorgeous Elizabethan playhouse that still runs regular performances. Sip on bubbly wine as your boat cruises under London Bridge and past the Tower of London and the monolithic Shard building—London’s tallest building at 1,016 feet (310 meters) in height.

The final leg of your cruise takes you by Canary Wharf and the HMS Belfast which is now the Royal Naval Museum. From here, your boat makes its way back to Westminster Pier, where you disembark with plenty of time for dinner or evening activities. 
Pass By:  
Tower of London
Board at Tower Pier which is a stones throw away from the Tower of London.
Pass By:  
Houses of Parliament
As you head towards Westminster, The Houses of Parliament will be on your right. Head to the upper deck and snap a picture.
Pass By:  
Big Ben
Like the Houses of Parliament, you will be able to see Big Ben as you head towards Westminster.
Pass By:  
London Eye
Head to the upper deck and get the perfect picture opportunity of the Coca- Cola London Eye
Pass By:  
Canary Wharf
Canary Wharf will appear on your left as you head down to towards Greenwich
Pass By:  
The Shard
As you cruise along the River Thames you will be in perfect position to see London's highest viewing platform
Stop At:  
City Cruises London Tower Pier
board at Tower Pier, please arrive 20 minutes before your departure time
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
HMS Belfast
Sail past the permanently moored former battleship, which is now a floating Royal Naval Museum.
Pass By:  
Tower Bridge
Pass under Tower Bridge and head to the upper deck to see the bridge in all of its glory
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Dress code is smart casual
  • Minimum age is 13 years
  • We do not guarantee that products are free from nuts or traces of nuts. For gluten-free tea give at least 24 hours’ notice. For any special dietary requirements please call Reservations on 020 77 400 400 or e-mail to
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • To adhere to government COVID-19 guidelines, background music will be played during the cruise instead of live entertainment.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 100 travelers
  • OPERATED BY City Cruises

All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What is the policy on sanitization during River Thames Evening Cruise?
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by River Thames Evening Cruise.
What is the social distancing policy during River Thames Evening Cruise?
The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by River Thames Evening Cruise.
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during River Thames Evening Cruise?
The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
See all safety measures taken by River Thames Evening Cruise.
What is the maximum group size during River Thames Evening Cruise?
This activity will have a maximum of 100 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by River Thames Evening Cruise.

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124 Reviews

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Overpriced and mis sold
, Jun 2021
Cruise states that it goes to Greenwich, it doesnt it goes to Tower bidge and turns around. It is advertised as two hours, it isnt-it lasts an hour and a half then the boat stops for ten mins near the pier whilst the entertainer keeps singing-if i wanted to see a concert i would do. Half of the tour involves sailing to Battersea power station and past appartments/ office blocks. You can do similar cruises for half the price. Avoid.
, Jun 2021
Amazing experience. Friendly staff. Lovely food and great vegan option. Live music was a lovely touch. Would 100% recommend to anyone visiting London.
, Oct 2020
Recommended tour. Enjoyable evening. Staff attentive and friendly. Canapés tasted good. Wine upon arrival. Extra drinks are chargeable. Top outdoor deck has amazing views by night. It’s quite expensive for what it is, but it is London. Nice to do once and thoroughly enjoyed.
A lovely night on the River Thames
, Nov 2019
This is a great way to see London at night. The boat was great with plenty of seating both indoors and out. The staff were attentive and it was a great way to relax and enjoy the sites after a busy day of site seeing. A definite must do!
Great Experience
, Nov 2019
This was lovely. it was wonderful to see the Thames and the London Eye lit up and the staff was lovely, lots of food and one glass of champagne - a little difficult to get to for my Mom who is 79 but we made it and it was great. The only change I would make is to turn the TV off - there were ads on loop that interfered with the experience.
, Sep 2019
Loved this cruise. Very relaxing and greast sites! Staff was great and the boad was clean and new. would recommend
River Thames evening Curise
Scott S
, Sep 2019
Overall the cruise was a little disappointing. The view and food were great, but expected it to be more informative. It was basically a trip down the river with food. It would have been nice to have someone putting out the points of interest.
Well organised tour
, Aug 2019
Everything was smooth. Good experience. Nice music. The food was good and a lot to skip the dinner in this day.
ver disappointing as we missed 45 miniutes due to staff error
, Aug 2019
we were directed in correctly to wrong cruise. so ended up missing 45 mins of cruise. The cruise itself when we ended up boarding it was fantastic. The communication between staff at departures needs to be better.
The River Cruise that never happened!
, Aug 2019
My husband and I were in London while on vacation. I booked an evening river cruise with City Cruise while at home. We were to meet at the pier at 6:15 pm. We checked in and got in line. The people working told us that our boat was delayed about 15 minutes. After waiting 45 minutes they finally said our trip was cancelled and to request a refund. In all of my travels this is the most disappointed in customer service I have been! I do not recommend this to anyone!

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