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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
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High-Speed Thames River RIB Cruise in London
$60.96 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Best ride in London
Bill our Captain was funny and entertaining, he made the whole experience very enjoyable and Roddie our pilot was excellent
Mark_P, Nov 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in London

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Night trio on the Thames
Yvonne_C, Nov 2021
The London Dinner Cruise on the Thames River
Service and food was fabulous- singer was very entertaining- great value for money - very clean and welcoming
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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
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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.
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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 👍🏾👍🏾
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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!
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Fantastic, great fun
Catherine_I, 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
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Adrenaline buzz
Jason_B, Nov 2021
High-Speed Thames River RIB Cruise in London
So good, such a adrenaline rush and really funny commentary from our guide Bill. Would definitely recommend this to everyone
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Amazing birthday experience shared with Sue and Lesley
Julia_P, Nov 2021
Thames Barrier Speedboat Experience to/from Embankment Pier - 75 minutes
Booked this trip for a birthday treat with friends. The organisers were friendly and due to a slight delay getting there because of tube cancellations they pulled the boat back to collect us. This was really good of them Amazing sights....such a brilliant way to see Lindon and good commentary by our host. It was exciting to be zooming up the Thames in the boat. Dress warmly as it gets cold half way through the ride.
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Thames trip
Sean_W, Nov 2021
London Thames River Dinner Cruise
Stunning views of London’s landmarks lit up fantastically, and great food and drinks. Lovely live music that’s creates and great vibe.

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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