Thames River

  • The London Dinner Cruise on the Thames River

    The London Dinner Cruise on the Thames River

    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 Houses of Parliament, St. Paul’s Cathedral and Tower Bridge, as you cruise from the center of London to the Thames River barrier and back.

  • Tootbus Must See London: Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour and Thames River Cruise

    Tootbus Must See London: Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour and Thames River Cruise

    Must See London allows you to see all of London’s major attractions and landmarks by land and water, while giving you the flexibility to hop on and off at any of the stops to explore further. Get on the bus and start your journey by touring around central London in the open air. The open-top…

  • Royal London Sightseeing Tour and Thames River Cruise

    Royal London Sightseeing Tour and Thames River Cruise

    This fantastic half-day tour provides the perfect introduction to London’s major landmarks. See the best bits of London in only half a day and learn all about London’s history with your Expert Tour Guide. Plus, watch the Changing of the Guards at Buckingham Palace, an event steeped in tradition and ceremony. Enjoy a River Cruise…

  • Thames River Sightseeing Cruise with Afternoon Tea

    Thames River Sightseeing Cruise with Afternoon Tea

    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 sandwiches, cruise through the heart of central London on a round-trip route from Tower Pier to Westminster to see several of the city’s best-known sights. Gaze out at the London Eye,…

  • Tootbus London by Night: Sightseeing Bus Tour & Thames River Cruise

    Tootbus London by Night: Sightseeing Bus Tour & Thames River Cruise

    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…

  • London Thames River Dinner Cruise

    London Thames River Dinner Cruise

    Escape without leaving city and enjoy a London less ordinary with Bateaux London’s restaurants on the water.

  • Easy Access Tower of London & Crown Jewels with Thames River Walk

    Easy Access Tower of London & Crown Jewels with Thames River Walk

    To enjoy the best visit to the Tower of London – this easy access fully guided tour will offer timed entrance to enter the Tower of London without any hassle to enjoy the highlights of the 11th century Tower of London and its incredible highlights including the Crown Jewels and world-famous Beefeaters. The tour will…

  • Cruise on the Thames River with Hotel Pick Up

    Cruise on the Thames River with Hotel Pick Up

    London offers a great public transportation system to commuters as well as tourists who visit the city. The greatest point is that transportation on the river, which has been used for almost 2000 years from Roman times, like the sightseeing buses in every major capital cities of the world, London sightseeing cruises offer you a…

  • Thames River Jazz and Dinner Cruise

    Thames River Jazz and Dinner Cruise

    Enjoy an unforgettable evening of music and food on this 3-hour Thames River jazz cruise with 3-course dinner. Cruise on the Thames River with friends or your special someone, and admire sweeping views over top London attractions such as the National Theatre, the Oxo Tower, Shakespeare’s Globe, the Tate Modern, Tower Bridge, and the Tower…

  • 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…

  • High-Speed Thames River RIB Cruise in London

    High-Speed Thames River RIB Cruise in London

    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 the unparalleled views of top city attractions including Big Ben, the London Eye and St Paul’s Cathedral. Learn about the city’s history from your entertaining guide, and then feel your adrenaline rush…


A boat trip 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 Uber Boat by 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 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 longest river in England, it meanders for 215 miles (346 km) from the Cotswolds in the west, through the Thames Valley past Oxford and London, all the way to the coast at Southend-On-Sea and into the North 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 Thames River

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.