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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.

Walking

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.

Cycling

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.

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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

Fantastic service! Very helpful and extremely disabled friendly!

The staff were so helpful and kind. They got a chair for my disabled mum and made sure she got on the boat first. Very friendly and extremely relaxing. Would definitely recommend

Cockney commentary made for a hilarious trip.

A great way to see many of the top tourist sights in London. Relaxed & very entertaining commentary told us new facts about the area that we were unaware of. Highly recommend!

Very interesting tour with an excellent guide

Enjoyed the guided tour of The Globe Theatre. Well worth a visit. Lots to see in the museum area.

Shakespeare's Globe Exhibition & Theatre Tour Reviewed by Margaret, 11/16/2016

service excellent, boat comfortable, guide professional, weather fine

the instruction ran it was optional I may only add that we enjoyed all of our activities

River Thames Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Cruise Reviewed by Olga, 11/15/2016

Great trip with a very entertaining and knowledgeable guide.

It was a long day but very much worth the cost. I feel that we were given enough time in each venue. The drawback being that by the time we arrived in Bath all the sites were closed as well as many stores.

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