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Thames River Tours

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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The London Showboat Dinner Cruise on the Thames River, London, null
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The London Showboat Dinner Cruise on the Thames River

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Enjoy a evening of food, wine and entertainment as you cruise down the River Thames. Glide past some of London's most spectacular landmarks including the ...  Read more

Location: London, United Kingdom
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $103.62
River Thames Sunset Sightseeing Cruise, London, Dinner Cruises
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River Thames Sunset Sightseeing Cruise

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Enjoy a different view with City Cruises!   Wind up your day in the best possible way on a sunset River Thames boat cruise! Lasting two hours, this ...  Read more

Location: London, United Kingdom
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $37.56
Thames Hop-On Hop-Off River Cruise, London, Sunset Cruises
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Thames Hop-On Hop-Off River Cruise

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Enjoy a different view with City Cruises!   The best way to see London's sights and splendor is from the deck of a boat. With this hop-on hop-off pass ...  Read more

Location: London, United Kingdom
Duration: 1 day (approx.)

From USD $24.29
Thames Lunch Cruise with 2-Course Meal, London, Hop-on Hop-off Tours
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Thames Lunch Cruise with 2-Course Meal

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Combine London’s waterfront sights with a 2-course lunch during a 1.5-hour Thames River sightseeing cruise! While cruising between Tower Pier and Westminster, ...  Read more

Location: London, United Kingdom
Duration: 90 minutes (approx.)

From USD $41.45
High-Speed Thames River RIB Cruise in London, London, Lunch Cruises
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High-Speed Thames River RIB Cruise in London

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Combine London sightseeing with a white-knuckle speedboat ride on a 50-minute Thames River cruise. Board your modern RIB (rigid-inflatable boat) and soak up ...  Read more

Location: London, United Kingdom
Duration: 50 minutes (approx.)

From USD $56.34
River Thames High-Speed Cruise from Embankment Pier, London, Day Cruises
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River Thames High-Speed Cruise from Embankment Pier

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Are you an adrenaline junkie? Then this high-speed Thames river RIB experience cruise tour is tailor made for you! London will truly come alive and kicking ...  Read more

Location: London, United Kingdom
Duration: Varies

From USD $55.70
Thames River Sightseeing Cruise with Afternoon Tea, London, Day Cruises
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Thames River Sightseeing Cruise with Afternoon Tea

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Take afternoon tea on the Thames during a 1.5-hour river sightseeing cruise in London. While enjoying the oh-so-British tradition of tea with cakes and ...  Read more

Location: London, United Kingdom
Duration: 90 minutes (approx.)

From USD $41.45
London Thames River Lunch Cruise, London, Day Cruises
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London Thames River Lunch Cruise

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Bateaux London combines fresh and delicious food, unique views of London and live entertainment. The luxury menus, cooked and prepared on board, are changed ...  Read more

Location: London, United Kingdom
Duration: 90 minutes (approx.)

From USD $46.63
London Vintage Bus Tour with Cream Tea at Harrods, London, Lunch Cruises
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London Vintage Bus Tour with Cream Tea at Harrods

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Discover London’s top attractions by vintage double-decker bus and Thames River cruise, and enjoy the Harrods cream tea with scones, too. Admire famous city ...  Read more

Location: London, United Kingdom
Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $69.94
London Thames River Afternoon Tea Cruise, London, Half-day Tours
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London Thames River Afternoon Tea Cruise

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Bateaux London combines fresh and delicious food, unique views of London and live entertainment. Enjoy a delicious English afternoon tea as you sail by ...  Read more

Location: London, United Kingdom
Duration: 90 minutes (approx.)

From USD $45.33

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