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Experience the River Thames

Running 215 miles from sea to source, the Thames is the heart of London and beyond. Spending a day on or along the banks of the River Thames will leave you wishing you could stay in this fine city a little longer. Here are some ways to make a splash.

Boat Tours

From the Houses of Parliament to the Tower of London, get London’s best views during a leisurely tour along the Thames, while getting the facts on the city’s history.

Lunch Cruises

Book a noontime cruise. The only thing better than taking in London on the Thames is doing it in style, relaxing with lunch, a glass of wine, or a hot cup of tea.

Dinner Cruises

See London and its sites sparkle at night while enjoying a 4-course meal with wine in hand. You can book a boat with panoramic windows, and even a live band if you fancy that.


If being on the water isn’t for you, enjoy the Thames on dry land. The walking paths can’t be beat. You can join a tour; a guide will point out London’s landmarks along the way.


The Thames is the only river in Europe to have a national trail follow it’s whole length. You can join a bike tour and enjoy a panoramic view of London along its beautiful banks.

River Thames: Our Tips

Fun Facts

Londoners and tourists alike enjoy the Thames. Home to 25 species of fish, you’ll see fisherman as you dine in the many cafes and restaurants along the way. Cross its many bridges for a great view and a picture perfect postcard of London. During various times of year, you can even stumble upon a festival, such as Totally Thames in September.

How to Book Tours

Head online and read about bike tours or the best of the best Thames river cruises. Whether you cruise around for lunch or dinner, or stroll with a friend on the banks, London’s panorama awaits.

Where Do Boat Tours Leave From?

Many River Thames boat cruises leave from Westminster, Tower, and Greenwich Piers. The tour operator will include this information.

Good to Know

  • When to visit
    It's always open, naturally.
  • What is the price?
    Free to visit, however tour prices vary.
  • Will I need a guide?
    Not compulsory but recommended.
  • How to get there
    You can get to the Thames in many parts of London. But why not take the tube to Westminster and enjoy the view from Westminster Bridge or Lambeth Bridge?
  • Additional tips
    • Make sure to check the weather forecast before setting off on a stroll along the river.
    • The best way to enjoy the river is by boat, so why not book onto a boat tour?

What People Are Saying About River Thames

Great excursion trip out in the country.

Our guide and driver were very well organised. The guide was very knowledgeable about our tour destinations and made sure to let us know to pick up a lunch to eat on the ride between Windsor Castle and Bath. highly recommend, would do another tour with this company.
Windsor Castle, Stonehenge, and Bath Day Trip Reviewed by Peter, 10/14/2016

Get rid of the silver tins lads, its expensive enough

Great Thames trips love it, the narration from the crew was funny, though obviously very well rehearsed, only real gripe is the silver buckets being pushed forward on exiting the boats, the trips are priced high enough, if you use the boat all day, its really good exiting value, but the silver bucket could add £10 to £20 to your day, as a Cornish pensioner I can tell you that this a lot to give away.
River Thames Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Cruise Reviewed by Alan, 10/02/2016

really enjoyed, a great relaxed atmosphere.....

My partner and I were one of the first on but got served our food last, the boat was full up which was great to see, we waited along time, would have been nice to have at least been served with a cup of tea while we had to wait last for our sandwiches/scones, mind you when it finally arrived it was lovely, a few more staff would have been better. Have to say though the girls who served us were smashing, smiley and very friendly. We enjoyed the commentry from the captain, he said he had only talked on 2 trips before but did a great job, we could hear better on the way back after most people decided to go up on deck as before it was hard to hear with everyone chatting. Yes we would recommend to our friends, we picked a fab day with the weather.Thank you
London: Afternoon Tea Cruise on the River Thames Reviewed by Juliette, 10/01/2016

Wonderful afternoon tea in very pleasant surroundings

Booked this as a special treat for my wife on her birthday. The whole experience was excellent, with the food and staff helping to make the event memorable.
London: Afternoon Tea Cruise on the River Thames Reviewed by Peter, 09/26/2016

A must for anyone from the British Commonwealth.

Brush up on the Parliamentary System and British History before the visit. There is a lot of information presented. The Guide was excellent, moving our group around to our best advantage.

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