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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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Bond with 007 in London - A spy mysteries tour ‘Licensed to Thrill’

Bond with 007 in London - A spy mysteries tour ‘Licensed to Thrill’

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London without espionage is like tea without cake. Deceit woven in political conspiracies, thrilling car chases, gadget workshops spewing crazy innovations and double agents with looks to kill. So if you're a die-hard fan of Ian Fleming, this tour's “For Your Eyes Only”. Ride the mean streets of London and be part of a glorious 55-year legacy of spy thrillers. Relive your favourite spy flicks and their lead characters with an accredited London Private Driver Guide who's a pro at the 007 theme. Your mission ‘On Her Majesty’s Secret Service’, should you choose to accept, is to step into the shoes of Connery, Lazenby, Moore, Dalton, Brosnan and Craig with your very own Special Agent. Snoop in on many mystery locations with fact-filled commentary and stand-up presentations. Prowl around the real-life world of secret service on Westminster, Whitehall, Downing St, National Gallery. Get closer to the fictional legend that is James Bond. Play out your fantasy because “You Only Live Once”..
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  • 4 hours
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$395.04
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Private Full Day London Tour with Tower of London, London Eye with River Cruise

Private Full Day London Tour with Tower of London, London Eye with River Cruise

This is a Full day 8 hours tour of London , will take you on a historical journey through London's major sightseeing's with required photo stops as per your choice, The major attraction along with Panoramic London will be : change of guard, Tower of London, River Cruise and a flight of London Eye.
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  • 8 hours
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$967.85
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English Culture, Science, Sports, One Week English Language Course in London

English Culture, Science, Sports, One Week English Language Course in London

Our London short term package programs involving science, art, culture, sports, fashion, trade, finance and fun, include 15-hours of active English Training in our language school which received the award for the best language school in London in 2015, and through which we host our students with English host families. In the programs, our students are accompanied for 24 hours, we include a different West End Musical every year; we integrate our students with socio-cultural life of the city. Our program includes visits to the most important attractions of London such as Petticoat Lane, Holborn, Covent Garden, Buckingham Palace, St. James's Park, Downing Street No:10, Trafalgar Square, St. Martin-in-the-Fields, Marble Arch, Hyde Park, St.Serpentine Lake, Knightsbridge, Harrods, Thames River, London Eye, Royal Festival Hall, London Dungeon and many many more.
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  • 8 days
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$4,774.53
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Whisky Adventure with a Scotsman

Whisky Adventure with a Scotsman

Let's explore some great London pubs as we go on our scotch adventure! Learn how whisky in Scotland was first produced, who started making it, the illicit trade and what made it the drink it is today. Discover the different whisky producing areas of Scotland and learn how each has it's own particular history and taste profile. Don't worry though the experience is also about enjoying a drink and friendship as well as some history and facts! Find out if you prefer Lowlands, Speyside or maybe you're a fan of the smoky Islay's? Each person will be given a whisky tasting map to take notes if they wish. Don't worry if you have a friend or partner that wants to join in but whisky isn't their thing. In the pub they can exchange their included whisky for a beer or wine!
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  • 3 hours
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$59.26
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Private Guided Walk of London with Thames River Cruise

Private Guided Walk of London with Thames River Cruise

Infusing gorgeous architecture, fascinating history and the relaxation and serenity of a river cruise, this tour covers London’s most unmissable sites in a comfortable 3 hours. You'll begin outside the notorious Tower of London, a 1000 year old royal fortress on the banks of the Thames. Enjoy expert narration and storytelling by your guide, hear of the executions that took place here and learn about Kings’ and Queens’ who lived and died within its walls Next embark on a beautiful 45 minute river cruise through the heart of London. See some of London’s most beautiful palaces, cathedrals, bridges and buildings as you make your way upstream Disembark at Westminster and explore London’s governmental quarter, walking past the Houses of Parliament, Big Ben and Westminster Abbey at your own pace. Discover where Prince William and Kate Middleton were married while your guide tells you stories about royal splendour and scandal alike. Slowly amble through the Royal Parks to Buckingham Palace
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  • 3 hours
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$144.85
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Thames Lunch Cruise with 2-Course Meal

Thames Lunch Cruise with 2-Course Meal

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Partake in a unique sightseeing excursion on this delightful lunch cruise along the Thames River. See the best of London’s riverside attractions on a cruise from Tower Pier to Westminster. Stroll the deck, savor a delectable 2-course meal, and admire great views of the London Eye, the Tower of London and more. An onboard bar offers additional drink options for spicing up your afternoon (own expense).
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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Thames River Jazz and Dinner Cruise

Thames River Jazz and Dinner Cruise

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Watch the Thames River light up at night on a dinner cruise with live jazz. Kick-off your night with a glass of sparkling wine as you glide into the current, and spot the iconic Houses of Parliament, Big Ben, the London Eye, and Tower of London. Enjoy jazz classics along with swing and Latin tunes, then relax over a 3-course dinner in a heated cabin. Savor dishes like cheese and charcuterie, chicken escalope, and rich berry cheesecake, with plenty of time to take in the sights between courses.
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  • 3 hours
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$92.18
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The London Showboat Dinner Cruise on the Thames River

The London Showboat Dinner Cruise on the Thames River

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Enjoy a memorable evening of food, wine, and entertainment on this showboat dinner cruise on the Thames River in London. Feast on a 4-course dinner aboard your sightseeing boat as you sail past London attractions such as the Tower of London, the London Eye, and Tower Bridge, all illuminated at night. While you eat and admire the sights, enjoy live entertainment from a cabaret singer, and, if you wish, take to the dance floor.
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  • 3 hours
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$106.66
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London Super Saver: Stonehenge Express and London by Night Sightseeing Bus

London Super Saver: Stonehenge Express and London by Night Sightseeing Bus

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View the best of royal London and Stonehenge with this Super Saver, combining two tours at a discounted price. See some of London’s top landmarks on a morning coach tour, including Kensington Palace and the Mall. Learn about the city’s royal history from your professional guide as you go, and watch the Changing of the Guard outside Buckingham Palace. Then, take an afternoon trip to UNESCO-listed Stonehenge. Leave London by coach, and enjoy an independent, 1-hour audio tour of this stunning prehistoric monument.
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  • 8 hours
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Stonehenge Express Half Day Tour with London Hop-on-Hop-off Tour

Stonehenge Express Half Day Tour with London Hop-on-Hop-off Tour

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With a $35-million visitor center tailored to the independent traveler, you really don’t need a guide to visit the ancient stone circle at Stonehenge. Save time and money with a handy shuttle service direct from central London, complete with interactive map and audio tour. The next day, explore the city at your leisure with a 24-hour hop-on hop-off bus ticket including commentary in 11 languages.
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  • 6 to 10 hours
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London In One Day Private Car Tour

London In One Day Private Car Tour

Discover the very best of London in just eight hours on a private sightseeing tour. The excursion is perfect for travelers who want to see everything, but are short on time. A personal Mercedes E or V class vehicle chauffeurs you to the city’s most iconic landmarks. See the crown jewels at the Tower of London, watch the changing of the guard outside Buckingham Palace, experience the excitement of Trafalgar Square, and much more.
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  • 8 hours
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$678.15
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Magic of Film Tour with Quizzes - with Boat Ride

Magic of Film Tour with Quizzes - with Boat Ride

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Walk through the same London as Harry Potter with this engaging tour which uses projections and quizzes. Move into the magical world with a guide who offers quizzes and spells as you walk through London. See some of London’s most iconic landmarks and hidden corners with a Harry Potter twist, then glide down the River Thames for another perspective.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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The Painted Hall and Uber Boats by Thames Clippers Hop On, Hop Off pass

The Painted Hall and Uber Boats by Thames Clippers Hop On, Hop Off pass

Enjoy two essential London experiences in one when you book this combination sightseeing package. Your purchase includes round-trip tickets on the Thames Clippers: a fleet of high-speed catamarans that glide regularly down the Thames. Admire the riverside scenery before disembarking at Greenwich, where you can visit the Painted Hall: often called “the UK’s answer to the Sistine Chapel,” the remarkable landmark is part of the Maritime Greenwich UNESCO World Heritage Site.
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  • 16 hours
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Emirates Airline Cable Car and One Way Uber Boat by Thames Clippers journey

Emirates Airline Cable Car and One Way Uber Boat by Thames Clippers journey

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See London from two spectacular perspectives with a combo ticket for the Emirates Air Line Cable Car and the Thames Clipper river bus. A great way to avoid the notorious traffic jams of England’s capital city, this hassle-free package saves you time waiting in line on the day and includes an admission ticket to the Emirates Aviation Experience.
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  • 1 to 4 hours
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$21.20
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PRIVATE THAMES BARRIER BUBBLE EXPERIENCE TO/FROM EMBANKMENT PIER - 75 minutes

PRIVATE THAMES BARRIER BUBBLE EXPERIENCE TO/FROM EMBANKMENT PIER - 75 minutes

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Are you an adrenaline junkie? Then this high-speed PRIVATE Thames river RIB experience cruise tour is tailor made for you! London will truly come alive and kicking with the fastest, most exciting River Thames cruise you could ever experience.
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  • 1 hour 15 minutes
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$788.76
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Best of Greenwich and St Paul's Cathedral Guided Tour

Best of Greenwich and St Paul's Cathedral Guided Tour

Take a stroll through London’s captivating history on this walking day trip to some of the city’s most notable landmarks. You’ll also get to cruise along the Thames! Highlights of the day: * Visit some of London’s most historical buildings * See what’s inside St Paul’s Cathedral * Cruise along the Thames on our River Thames Boat Ride * Discover the Royal Observatory in Greenwich * Free time to find a great spot for lunch
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  • 9 hours
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$88.23
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The Spirit of London on Christmas Eve with Complimentary Lunch Pack

The Spirit of London on Christmas Eve with Complimentary Lunch Pack

Discover the most entrancing aspects of London this Christmas with a remarkable and extensive day out. Enjoy a panoramic tour of London’s celebrated landmarks and view the colourful ceremony of the Changing of the Guard**, an unforgettable experience. Bask in the magnificence of St. Paul’s Cathedral followed by a complimentary lunch pack. See the magnificent Tower of London (entry not included) before taking to the water on a river Thames boat ride.
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  • 9 hours
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The Total London Experience on Christmas Eve with Complimentary Lunch Pack

The Total London Experience on Christmas Eve with Complimentary Lunch Pack

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Experience the magic of London on Christmas Eve by going on a Total London Experience tour. You’ll take the stress out of waiting in Christmas shopper crowds for public transport, and instead travel in an air-conditioned luxury vehicle. Save time and see multiple dispersed sites in one trip such as St Paul’s Cathedral, London Eye, Buckingham Palace, and Horse Guards Parade.
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  • 10 hours
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Total London Experience with London Eye, Tower of London, St Paul's

Total London Experience with London Eye, Tower of London, St Paul's

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Visit some of London's most iconic landmarks on this full-day tour, including a Thames River cruise and a ride on the famous London Eye. Take a tour of St. Paul’s Cathedral and admire panoramic views of the capital from your air-conditioned coach. There’s a chance to get a taste of Royal London too, as you tour the notorious Tower of London, view the Crown Jewels and watch the traditional Changing of the Guard ceremony at Buckingham Palace.
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  • 10 hours
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Lockdown Breakout

Lockdown Breakout

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Thames Tigers operate the largest speedboats on the River Thames. Don't worry about being thrown around as we have the latest in suspension seating as used by the police and military! Thames Tigers will fully refund your booking if you need to cancel for any reason up to 24 hours before the departure time, or if changing regulations prevent the trip from taking place. If you have any concerns in this regard please contact Thames Tigers before booking.
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  • 1 hour
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$783.50
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Thames Rockets Private London Speedboat Experience

Thames Rockets Private London Speedboat Experience

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Thames Rockets are committed to ensuring social distancing becomes the new norm, so they've got the perfect ‘pick me up’ balancing safety and enjoyment in equal measure. Bring your nearest and dearest, friends, housemates, pals or family out for a truly unique London adventure for truly unique times! Come together this summer on board your very own exclusive charter experience just for you and your guests all for a very special price. You will have the speedboat all to yourselves as they whisk you out for a breathtaking blast of fresh air fun! Their comedian guides will be ready to ensure you make the most of every second. Feel the wind on your face and the sun on your skin as you soak up every second cruising through central London once more. Your guide will be your very own fountain of knowledge, keeping the banter flowing and offering teasers, facts and tales along the way. This will be accompanied with a brand new trademark soundtrack celebrating this great reunion.
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  • 50 minutes
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$625.48
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Private Tour: Night Photography Tour in London

Private Tour: Night Photography Tour in London

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Discover the enchantment of London at night, and learn to take evening photos using professional techniques. Explore iconic London landmarks and examine unique architecture while learning to capture the perfect shots. Enjoy the personalized attention of an experienced photographer on a private night photography tour.
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  • 3 hours
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$216.47
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