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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
$63.07 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Would definitely recommend
Bill the guide was very entertaining and informative. He gave us a unique experience along the river and told us some great info about London. The speed boat part was awesome. Was just as expected with a few more twists and turns though. Overall great experience
James_W, Oct 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in London

star-5
Excellent from arrival to...
Kim_R, Oct 2021
Thames Lunch Cruise with 2-Course Meal
Excellent from arrival to leaving. Great food. Good safety measures. Great view of sights and informative commentary. Would definitely recommend
star-5
A brilliant tour !!!!
Elaine_B, Sep 2021
Thames Lunch Cruise with 2-Course Meal
The eating area on the boat was spotlessly clean and well laid out. The waiting staff were immaculate , professional and courteous. The 2 course lunch was fabulous. The commentary was very interesting, delivered by someone with a super sense of humour. I can't recommend this tour highly enough
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
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
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
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
Would definitely recommend
James_W, Oct 2021
High-Speed Thames River RIB Cruise in London
Bill the guide was very entertaining and informative. He gave us a unique experience along the river and told us some great info about London. The speed boat part was awesome. Was just as expected with a few more twists and turns though. Overall great experience
star-5
Simply amazing experience for the price
Leon_B, Oct 2021
Thames Rockets Sunset London Speedboat Experience
The whole experience was amazing. Me and my girlfriend loved it. The skipper and host, both excellent
star-5
First time in London for...
Madeline_B, Oct 2021
Tootbus Must See London: Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour and Thames River Cruise
First time in London for my parents and my second time! The bus was a lovely way to see the city in a brief overview. Our guide on the bus was very pleasant and insightful. My mom and I sat in the front of the bus and enjoyed to sites.

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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