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London: Family-Friendly Speed Boat Tour of the River Thames

London: Family-Friendly Speed Boat Tour of the River Thames

From US$ 57.22 per person

Experience a wild and fantastic River Thames boat cruise that is fun for all ages. Informative banter is provided by an award-winning comedian guide, whose cheery anecdotes include narration about the history of London.

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About this activity

Free cancellation
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Covid-19 precautions
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Duration 50 minutes
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  • Get an adrenaline fix on London's original speedboat tour of the river Thames
  • Cruise at speeds of up to 30 knots past London landmarks such as Canary Wharf, the London Eye and Globe Theatre
  • Discover interesting facts about London from an award-winning comedian guide
  • Get exclusive views from a unique vantage point
Full description
Experience a wild and fantastic River Thames boat cruise that is fun for all ages. You will climb aboard a high-speed vessel that offers non-traditional views of England's capital at speeds of up to 30 knots. You will be given a full safety briefing and a life jacket - just in case! Named by leading listings magazine Time Out as a "must-do" experience, both visitors and residents of London will be thrilled with this outing. Speed under the capital’s bridges, and marvel at landmarks such as the London Eye, Houses of Parliament and South Bank from an exclusive vantage point. Music floats through the air via the onboard sound system, as you power out toward the Docklands. High-brow banter is provided by an award-winning comedian guide, whose cheery anecdotes include narration about the headquarters of MI5 and the modern skyscrapers of Canary Wharf.
  • Access to River Thames
  • Live tour guide
  • Transport for activity duration: Speedboat, sightseeing cruise
  • Life vest
    Not suitable for
    • Pregnant women
    • People with back problems
    Covid-19 precautions

    You must book this activity online because the ticket office is closed

    Safety measures in place
    • All required protective equipment is provided
    • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
    • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds

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    Meeting point

    Tour starts from Boarding Gate 1, Waterloo Millennium London Eye Pier (directly underneath, and part of the London Eye)

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    Important information

    What to bring

    • Rain gear

    Know before you go

    • This tour is suitable for infants aged 6 months upwards.
    • If you have confirmed your booking, if for some reason the supplier is unable to accommodate you on board, then a cancellation is granted
    • Expectant mothers are not permitted on-board at any stage of their pregnancy
    • If you have any historical or current backbone conditions or complaints, you are recommended to not participate in this tour
    • Children under 14 years old must be accompanied by a parent or guardian
    • Disabled guests are welcomed but wheelchairs cannot be take on-board the vessels, so this experience is not suitable for wheelchairs users
    • All passengers must be able to sit unaided on-board
    • A minimum of 8 passengers is required for each sailing, tours with less than 8 passengers will be rescheduled
    Customer reviews

    Overall rating

    4.8 /5

    based on 257 reviews

    Review summary

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    We had a brilliant time on the speedboat. We are a family of 5 with kids aged 7, 12 and 14 and we all absolutely loved it. Our guide Mark was knowledgeable and hilarious, and the driver Roddy gave us a huge Adrenalin boosting ride!! We would highly recommend this ride to anyone!

    October 28, 2021

    Bill and Simon took us on an amazing speedboat tour! We had a smile on our faces the whole time with their humour, the speed, the music and the facts we learnt about London were really unique! It was great fun speeding along with a fantastic view. We'd highly recommend waving at people on the way - on the bridges, pub gardens, even the police boat waved back! It's chillier than you'd think on the water so definitely add an extra layer or two. What a lovely way to get out in to the world again with the wind in your hair and some lovely company (covid-safe measures in place). Thank you to Bill and Simon for a fantastic afternoon!

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    May 17, 2021

    Geoff was an amazing guide. Not only did he provide a mountain of information but he did in a way that was all fun and attractive at the same time. he interacted with every single passenger on his boat and made us laugh and have fun all together. Nick was our driver and he made sure experienced high levels of adrenaline... thank you both

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    May 3, 2021

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