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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.
Address: London, England
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Cutty Sark and 24 Hour River Pass

Cutty Sark and 24 Hour River Pass

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Combine admission to the British clipper ship ‘Cutty Sark’ with a sightseeing cruise on the River Thames. See major London landmarks with your 24-hour pass to the hop-on, hop-off river cruise, departing from four piers every 30 minutes. Then step aboard the world’s last surviving tea clipper for an awe-inspiring look at the fastest ship of the 19th century.
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  • 1 day
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3 Hour Guided Private Walking Tour: The Best of London

3 Hour Guided Private Walking Tour: The Best of London

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Marvel over royal monuments, architectural masterpieces and iconic landmarks on this 3-hour walking tour of London. Enjoy the undivided attention of your private guide as you stroll around Covent Garden, Leicester Square and Piccadilly Circus; snap photos of Trafalgar Square, Westminster Abbey and Big Ben; and stand in awe before the magnificent Buckingham Palace. For the full experience, upgrade to include a visit to St Paul’s Cathedral, Tower Bridge and the Tower of London.
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  • 3 hours
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$202.04
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The London Eye with London Hop-on Hop-Off Tour and River Cruise

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The London Eye with London Hop-on Hop-Off Tour and River Cruise

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See London from the streets, water, and sky with this great-value package that lets you explore London at your own pace. Easily reach top sights without spending a fortune on cab fare with a hop-on hop-off bus ticket valid for 1, 2, or 3 days. You’ll also get an aerial view of the city aboard the London Eye giant observation wheel and glide past Parliament and Big Ben on a Thames River cruise.
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  • 1 to 2 hours
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$86.91
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Withlocals Highlights & Hidden Gems: Best of London Private Tour

Withlocals Highlights & Hidden Gems: Best of London Private Tour

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Checking off London’s top sights is one thing; but discovering its hidden gems independently is quite another. This private tour lets you do both, with a guide to show you the must-sees as well as tucked-away sights that many visitors overlook. View Westminster Abbey, Big Ben, and other landmarks, and go off-grid to find old prisons, cemeteries, and other secret places, all as your guide reveals their stories and secrets.
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  • 3 hours
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$84.42
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Thames River Cruise Including The View from The Shard

Thames River Cruise Including The View from The Shard

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Combine a ticket to The View from The Shard with a sightseeing cruise on the River Thames. You’ll see major London landmarks such as Tower Bridge and London Eye from these popular attractions. Gain admission to the city’s highest viewing platform atop the tallest building in Western Europe. Then use your 24-hour pass for a hop-on, hop-off the river cruise departing from four piers.
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  • 1 day
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The Original Tour - London by Night with River Cruise

The Original Tour - London by Night with River Cruise

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Experience the city as the sun begins to set and London lights up around you. A non-stop tour combining a live guided bus tour and a river cruise. A great tour to rediscover the city under a new light, the best of London by bus and boat. The city bursts into life at night and London looks spectacular with twinkling lights cutting through the darkness. Watch the city come alive as the sun sets and as famous monuments such as the Houses of Parliament and the London Eye light up. From the comfort of the top deck, to a tranquil seat on the river, don’t miss out on the perfect night experience. 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 and many more.
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  • 1 hour 15 minutes
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London Food Tour : Feast & Explore London's Southbank!!

London Food Tour : Feast & Explore London's Southbank!!

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We will explore 20+ of London’s major landmarks & the best of British foods. This will give you a good idea of the history & tastes of Europe’s best-loved city After the walking tour we will stop for an hour & taste the best of British foods in one of London's oldest food markets : Borough market. Its a bustling hub of smells and flavours Sights Include : Shakespeare’s Globe Theater London Bridge Southwark Cathedral The Shard (Tallest skyscraper in the EU) HMS Belfast (WW2 Battleship) Square Mile Tower Bridge Tower of London Winchester Palace The Clink Prison Old warehouses from the time of the empire Harry Potter filming locations Borough Market Tate Modern Gallery Foods you will try include : Fish & Chips (mushy peas/gravy), Ale, Pie & Mash (gravy) and a world famous dessert..
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  • 3 hours
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St. Paul's Cathedral Visit and 24 Hour River Pass

St. Paul's Cathedral Visit and 24 Hour River Pass

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Combine two of London’s top experiences with an entrance ticket to St Paul’s Cathedral and a Thames River sightseeing cruise. With your 24-hour cruise pass, you can hop on or hop off your boat at three conveniently located piers. See iconic London sights like the Houses of Parliament and the London Eye from the water, and then pay a visit to St Paul’s Cathedral. Admire the elaborate beauty of the cathedral floor, see the tombs of historic figures in the crypt, and ascend to the Golden Gallery for spectacular views.
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The Painted Hall and One Way journey on Uber Boat by Thames Clippers

The Painted Hall and One Way journey on Uber Boat by Thames Clippers

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The Painted Hall is the magnificent centrepiece of the Old Royal Naval College in Greenwich, designed by legendary architect Sir Christopher Wren. This flexible entrance ticket lets you visit the Painted Hall at a time of your choosing and spend as long as you like admiring the masterpiece of English baroque art—known as the ‘Sistine Chapel of the UK’. Also included is a one-way ticket for the MBNA Thames Clipper, so you can travel between Greenwich and central London by high-speed boat.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes to 2 hours 30 minutes
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London by Night Private Taxi Tour

London by Night Private Taxi Tour

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See London’s sights come alive after dark on this private, taxi tour of the city. Meet your guide at a location of your choosing and climb aboard: your driver has passed the infamous Knowledge of London exam, and can share all kinds of stories and trivia with you as you go. Discover London’s key landmarks lit up after dark, from Buckingham Palace and Trafalgar Square to the London Eye and Houses of Parliament. Your driver can also accommodate custom sightseeing stops.
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  • 3 hours
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$313.87
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Thames High-Speed Zone RIB Cruise in London

Thames High-Speed Zone RIB Cruise in London

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Appease an appetite for adventure during a high-velocity cruise on London’s Thames River. Greet your professional guide, climb aboard a state-of-the-art RIB (rigid inflatable boat) and prepare for the ride of a lifetime. Feel your adrenaline levels surge as you reach speeds of up to 35 miles (56 km) per hour, and then catch a glimpse of iconic landmarks like Tower Bridge, the O2 Arena, and Canary Wharf as you zoom past at high speeds. Receive personalized attention from your guide on this small-group tour, limited to 12 people.
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  • 40 minutes
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Go London Explorer Pass: Up to 40% Off Top Attractions

Go London Explorer Pass: Up to 40% Off Top Attractions

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Save big on combined admission prices to top London attractions with this London Explorer Pass. You choose whether to get a pass that grants you access to three, four, five, or seven attractions. Choose where to redeem your Explorer credits from a list of London’s most popular spots visited by tourists and locals alike such as the London Eye, Madame Tussauds, London Dungeon, and SEA LIFE London Aquarium. Please note: Enjoy the extra flexibility in case your travel plans need to change: All passes are valid for one year from purchase date and only become activated with your first attraction visit. After activation your pass will be valid for 30 days and/or the remaining number of attraction choices purchased.
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  • 60 days
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London River Cruise & Westminster Walking Tour

London River Cruise & Westminster Walking Tour

See London's most famous landmarks with a half-day tour that combines a city walking tour with a Thames River sightseeing cruise. Hear live commentary on a walking tour with your entertaining guide who takes you past attractions including Buckingham Palace, Trafalgar Square, Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, and more. The walking tour ends with drop-off at the Thames River cruise, which provides another perspective on London from the water.
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  • 4 hours
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Shakespeare’s Globe Guided Tour and 24 Hour River Pass

Shakespeare’s Globe Guided Tour and 24 Hour River Pass

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Combine admission to two popular London attractions: Shakespeare's Globe Theatre and a sightseeing cruise on the River Thames. Learn about Elizabethan London on a guided tour of the reconstructed theater and see how Shakespeare's plays were staged at the Globe Exhibition. During a hop-on, hop-off river cruise, you’ll view major landmarks such as Big Ben and London Eye.
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Christmas Lights and Markets Tour in London

Christmas Lights and Markets Tour in London

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England’s capital goes all out for the holidays, and this tour takes you to see the city’s Christmas light displays and markets to get you into the spirit of the season. Follow your guide through Leicester Square and Trafalgar Square as you snap pictures of the Christmas lights along the way. You’ll also see Big Ben and the London Eye, and make a stop at Charles Dickens’ favorite London pub as your guide tells you stories about the fictional character Ebenezer Scrooge. Then, end your delightful night at the River Side Christmas Market.
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  • 2 hours
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Crown Jewels of London Afternoon Private tour

Crown Jewels of London Afternoon Private tour

Tour London's top sights with a private guide during this comprehensive outing in a luxury vehicle. You'll take a Thames River cruise and get personalized tours of both the Tower of London and St. Paul's Cathedral. This is a great way to do London in a day for first-time visitors or those short on time.
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  • 4 hours
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$441.13
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Combi Ticket : Westminster Walking Tour, River Cruise & Tower of London

Combi Ticket : Westminster Walking Tour, River Cruise & Tower of London

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Go on the ULTIMATE LONDON TOUR! This combi tour includes : River Cruise Ticket (From Westminster to the Tower of London) Entrance to the world famous Tower of London (Plus free Beefeater tour) 3 hour Westminster Walking Tour : See 20+ amazing & iconic London Sights These 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. At Tower pier you will disembark and head to the Tower of London. You will go on a exciting tour around the castle and get to see the Queens Crown Jewels!!
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  • 7 hours
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Hampton Court and Windsor Tour from London

Hampton Court and Windsor Tour from London

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Visit two of England’s most magnificent royal palaces on a full-day tour of Hampton Court and Windsor from London by luxury coach. First up is King Henry VIII’s lavish London retreat, Hampton Court, where you can explore the State apartments, Great Hall and landscaped gardens. After lunch, head to historic Windsor, where the star attraction is the mighty Windsor Castle (entry not included), the Official Residence of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth, set amid vast parklands.
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  • 10 hours
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5-Day Best of England & Scotland Tour: London, Edinburgh, Manchester and more

5-Day Best of England & Scotland Tour: London, Edinburgh, Manchester and more

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See the best of England and Scotland, and leave all the planning to someone else, when you book this comprehensive, 5-day tour package. On the first day, discover London’s top highlights, from the Tower of London and the British Museum to St. Paul’s Cathedral and Buckingham Palace. Next, venture to academic Cambridge and continue north to York to see its famous Minster. From there, you’ll journey to Edinburgh and Glasgow, Manchester and the Lake District, and will explore Stratford-upon-Avon and Bicester Village. Accommodation, transit, tours, and select meals all included.
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  • 5 days
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Central London Helicopter Flight- Shared flight

Central London Helicopter Flight- Shared flight

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Take in London’s famous skyline from above on this 10- or 20-minute helicopter flight over the capital. Follow the route of the Thames River and gaze down at Buckingham Palace, the Shard, Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament, along with several other world-famous landmarks. As you fly, your pilot will point out the big-name sights, so you don’t have to worry about missing a thing. The helicopter seats a maximum of six people, not including the pilot.
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  • 20 minutes
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Tower of London Storytelling Tour with Thames River Cruise

Tower of London Storytelling Tour with Thames River Cruise

Do you want to see London without the lines? Did you know that the Tower of London is older than the English Monarchy? Are the crown jewels authentic? Your guide will lead you through London on a journey of royal storytelling and luxury. One of the world's largest and most visited cities, London is as famous for its crowds as its sites. Join us for your day in London to skip the lines and see the city's highlights on our carefully built itinerary for the ultimate English experience.
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  • 3 hours
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Private London Tour by Traditional Black Cab: City Sights from Above and Below

Private London Tour by Traditional Black Cab: City Sights from Above and Below

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See London’s iconic sights from a variety of vantage points on a black cab tour that goes above and below ground. With a knowledgeable driver, descend to the city’s subterranean tunnels and climb to vertiginous viewing platforms offering sweeping vistas of the English capital. Climb the spiral stairs of the Monument to the Great Fire of London; gaze at the glittering River Thames as you travel over it on a cable car; and marvel at the elegant dome of St. Paul’s Cathedral, an architectural masterpiece by Sir Christopher Wren. Receive the undivided attention of your guide on this private tour.
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  • 4 hours
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Wartime London with Spy & Espionage small group tour

Wartime London with Spy & Espionage small group tour

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Step back in time to a London of another era—and learn all about the city’s espionage and wartime histories—on this full-day tour. Set off from a convenient location in Central London. You’ll visit Whitehall’s memorials, see where Churchill delivered a pivotal speech, and discover the building where D-Day was planned. Then, follow in the footsteps of famous spies, learn about double agents, and see the MI5 and MI6 headquarters.
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  • 7 hours 30 minutes
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Bottomless Sunday Brunch Thames Cruise

Bottomless Sunday Brunch Thames Cruise

Avoid the stress of finding a table at one of London's crowded brunch hotspots and book in for a few hours of good food, quality champagne, Ibiza-style chillout tunes and some of the best views of London. Instead of tucking into a small plate masquerading as culinary art, eat as much as you feel like as you take in the best views the River Thames has to offer.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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