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London: Westminster to Greenwich River Thames Cruise

1. London: Westminster to Greenwich River Thames Cruise

Admire the views of London's most iconic sights with a cruise on the River Thames. Cruise to Greenwich to see London's historical sights from the River Thames. Journey past iconic sights such as the Houses of Parliament, Tower Bridge, and the Tate Modern. Choose between either a one-way or round-trip journey, with skip-the-line entry, and avoid the queues at the ticket office as you go straight to board the boat. Listen to the downloadable audio commentary on your smartphone as you enjoy the comfort of a modern but traditional vessel. Admire the pyramid structure of The Shard and see other monuments from London's historic waterway. Head to the open deck for panoramic views of London's landmarks. Stop at Embankment Pier, Festival Pier, and Tower Bridge Quay before arriving at Greenwich Pier. Feel free to explore the charms of Greenwich on your own terms, and see sights such as Greenwich Market, the Cutty Sark, National Maritime Museum, Greenwich Park, and the Royal Observatory which are all within easy walking distance from the pier.

London: Westminster to Tower Bridge River Thames Cruise

2. London: Westminster to Tower Bridge River Thames Cruise

Climb aboard a sightseeing boat at Westminster Pier and cruise through the heart of London, admiring the many sights along the River Thames along the way. Stop at Embankment Pier, Festival Pier, and Bankside Pier before arriving at Tower Bridge Quay. Catch sights of St. Paul's Cathedral, The Shard, Tate Modern, Globe Theatre, and much more en route. Choose a 1-way trip to Tower Bridge Quay or opt for a round-trip cruise and return to Westminster. Listen to the live audio commentary from your captain and make use of the state-of-the-art facilities onboard the boat.   Benefit from regular departures from Westminster Pier every hour along with ideal viewing opportunities from the open top deck of the modern "Sapele" and "Mercuria" vessels or the open deck of the traditional "Sarah Kathleen." Each vessel features a bar serving light refreshments to purchase.

London: Afternoon Tea Cruise on the River Thames

3. London: Afternoon Tea Cruise on the River Thames

Experience an English tradition in style on this afternoon tea round-trip tour in London on board a comfortable river cruise vessel. Climb aboard the riverboat at Tower Pier near the Tower of London and set off downstream, passing sights such as Shakespeare’s Globe, the brand new Shard skyscraper and currently Europe’s tallest building, the London Eye, and Houses of Parliament. As you take in the sights, be served a fine array of delicious sandwiches, scones with clotted cream and strawberry jam, and a selection of traditional cakes. Enjoy unlimited tea and coffee with your meal. If you desire, treat yourself and purchase a glass of sparkling champagne. A bar is available throughout, offering a wide choice of soft and alcoholic drinks. Gain insight into new facts about London and its monuments from a sightseeing commentary as you enjoy a ringside seat from Old Father Thames.

London: Big Bus Open-Top Hop-on Hop-off Sightseeing Tour

4. London: Big Bus Open-Top Hop-on Hop-off Sightseeing Tour

Discover what London has to offer on a hop-on hop-off tour of the English capital. Pass iconic landmarks, including Buckingham Palace, London Eye, and Big Ben with audio commentary available on board (earbuds provided). Choose between a 24-hour ticket and a 48-hour ticket and discover London via 3 specially-designed routes covering over 45 stops: Red Route The Red route takes in the best of historic London including Big Ben, the London Eye, and St Paul’s Cathedral. Blue Route The Blue Route is a comprehensive route covering all of central London from Kensington Palace in the West to the Tower of London in the East. Stops include Harrods, the South Kensington Museums, and Madame Tussauds. Green Route The Green Route links the beautiful, revitalized areas of St Pancras and King’s Cross with the hustle and bustle of Covent Garden, making its way through Bloomsbury en route. Thames River Cruise Every ticket includes a 1-way river cruise from the Tower of London to Westminster in either direction. The river cruise includes live commentary in 8 languages. See top London attractions lining the Thames, including Tower Bridge, HMS Belfast, Shakespeare's Globe, and the Tate Modern. Departure times for the river cruise are approximately every 45 minutes. Guided Walking Tour Discover the heart of London on foot. Our walking tours, led by expert Big Bus tour guides, give you access to areas that you can’t visit by bus. Your guide will reveal historical facts and fascinating stories about famous London buildings and cultural institutions. Choose from one of three tour options. Panoramic Evening Tour Choose the option that includes a Panoramic Evening Tour to discover the magic of London as the city becomes illuminated in the evening. Hop on for a nonstop, panoramic tour of London's top landmarks as the sun begins to set.

London: Tootbus Must-See Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour with Cruise

5. London: Tootbus Must-See Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour with Cruise

Discover all of London's top attractions and landmarks on the Must See London tour. With the flexibility to hop on and off at any of the stops, you can explore each destination in more depth. The open-top deck offers some of the best views of the city, allowing you to plan your itinerary with ease. See iconic landmarks such as Tower Bridge, Westminster Abbey, London Eye, Buckingham Palace, and St. Paul's Cathedral, among others. Complete your London experience with a Thames River cruise that takes you from Westminster to Tower Pier. Take your time time and explore the famous sights, enjoy a relaxing walk in one of London's parks, and visit charming neighborhoods like Notting Hill, Shoreditch, and Brick Lane. Your pass is valid for 24, 48, or 72 hours from the first validation, allowing you to hop on and off the bus as many times as you want during that period.

London: River Thames Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Cruise

6. London: River Thames Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Cruise

Explore the River Thames as it weaves through the heart of London and discover fascinating history around every bend. Today, you can experience the splendor of this great city from the relaxed comfort of a modern, all-weather and wheelchair-friendly sightseeing boat. Informative commentary interlaced with colorful tales of the city's past will keep your mind engaged as you cruise down the Thames! Cruises depart frequently from Westminster Pier, Greenwich Pier, London Eye Pier, and Tower Pier, sailing every day of the year except Christmas Day. With a regular timetable, and evening cruises all summer, you can enjoy a full-day on the river in comfort. Hop on and off the boat as many times as you wish to explore sights such as the Cutty Sark, the Royal Observatory, Tower of London, St. Paul’s Cathedral, Tate Modern, Borough Market, South Bank Centre, and the London Eye. Or grab a refreshment from the on-board bar and relax as you sail past Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament, Westminster Bridge, the Royal Festival Hall, Cleopatra's Needle, Somerset House, the Millennium Footbridge, Shakespeare's Globe, Monument, H.M.S.Belfast, and much more. During the festive season from December to January, all boats will be decorated and kids will get Christmas coloring sheet and pencils to keep them entertained while parents relax by sipping on a cup of mulled wine and a mince pie from our fully stocked bar. 'Tis the season to be jolly!

Tate Modern Official Discovery Tour

7. Tate Modern Official Discovery Tour

Discover the Tate Modern collections with the guidance of a Tate expert on one of the brand new Discovery Tours. Expect to be inspired and informed on this one hour tour of the main collections at Tate Modern. Encompassing the most famous works of art, this tour ensures you will explore the 'must see' artists and displays. Steeped in history, the Tate Modern has over a hundred years of art, from modernism in the early 1900s, to exciting works created today. This includes paintings, sculptures, and more made by famous artists from all over the world. Your expert guide will ensure that you see the most iconic pieces of work and displays from the most world famous artists. You will also be offered remarkable insights about the architecture and history of the gallery itself. Not to be missed, the Discovery Tours at Tate Modern are a great way to get the most out of your visit to London.

London: Harry Potter Tour, Hop-on Hop-off Bus, and Cruise

8. London: Harry Potter Tour, Hop-on Hop-off Bus, and Cruise

Join this enchanting experience combining the wonders of Harry Potter with the historic landmarks of London. Visit filming locations from the series, such as Diagon Alley, Downing Street, and Old Scotland Yard. As you walk through the streets of London, you'll feel as though you're walking in the footsteps of Harry, Ron, and Hermione. Along the way, your guide will be on hand to share fascinating insights and facts about the world of Harry Potter and the rich history of London. Learn about the city's famous landmarks, royal history, and the making of the Harry Potter films, all in one unforgettable day. Hop on at any of the 20 and more stops around the city on your bus tour to explore London's iconic landmarks. With the flexibility to hop on and off the bus at your leisure, you can take your time to explore each attraction in depth. See Buckingham Palace, the Tower of London, the London Eye, and much more, as you travel around London in style. Next, enjoy London's iconic waterway, as you board a 30-minute sightseeing cruise. Sail along the River Thames and past the Tate Modern, Tower of London, and Tower Bridge. You can begin the one-way cruise from either Westminster Pier or Tower Pier. Finally, your pass includes complimentary access to an escorted e-tricycle and a sightseeing app with many self-guided features. This tour is ideal for Harry Potter fans and sightseers alike, combining the magic of the Wizard World with the must-see attractions of London. Whether you're a die-hard Potterhead or simply looking to see the best of London, this tour is not to be missed.

Guided Tour of Tate Modern

9. Guided Tour of Tate Modern

Embark on a captivating journey through the awe-inspiring Tate Modern, a remarkable museum that breathes life into a grand former power station overlooking the majestic Thames. Prepare to be enchanted as you step into this captivating blend of history and modernity, near the iconic St. Paul's Cathedral, accessible via the stunning Millennium Bridge. During the tour, immerse yourself in a world of extraordinary artworks by renowned artists who have left an indelible mark on the artistic landscape. Marvel at the visionary genius of Marcel Duchamp, the emotional depth of Mark Rothko, and the vibrant abstraction of Wassily Kandinsky. Discover the iconic works of Pablo Picasso, the haunting creations of Francis Bacon, and the timeless masterpieces of Auguste Rodin. Afterwards, if you desire, unwind at one of Tate Modern's charming cafes, savoring a breathtaking view of the Thames.

Skip-the-Line St Paul’s Cathedral Private Tour in London

10. Skip-the-Line St Paul’s Cathedral Private Tour in London

St Paul’s Cathedral is the most important place of prayer and worship in London, a real architectural masterpiece filled with soul-inspiring artworks that attract thousands of visitors daily. This 2-hour tour is the ultimate way to experience the wonders of St Paul’s Cathedral. We provide skip-the-line tickets .This 17th-century church is one of the greatest examples of treasure trove of British history and culture. Your Private Guide will help you uncover its story, from the construction of the original church on this site in 609 AD, through its rebuilding after the Great Fire of London, to the 2019 terrorist plot to attack the cathedral. Step inside to get amazed by the grand scale and beauty of this architectural masterpiece. Walk down the aisle to admire the apse and High Altar adorned with beautiful sculptures and paintings. Visit the ornate crypts with tombs and monuments of notable figures like the Duke of Wellington. Climb up one of the largest domes in the world and explore the Stone Gallery and the Golden Gallery. Enjoy phenomenal views of the London skyline, with highlights such as the scenic River Thames, Tate Modern and Shakespeare's Globe Theatre. Choose the 3,5-hour option to take advantage of a private car transfer between your accommodation and St Paul’s Cathedral. London is huge and difficult to navigate, so this is the easiest and most convenient way to join this tour. We will organize a private driver and car to pick you up directly from your London accommodation so you do not have to worry about getting lost. Join the 4-hour option to visit St Paul’s Cathedral and enjoy a walking tour of the City of London. See historic buildings and monuments, such as the elegant Mansion House, which is the official residence of the Lord Mayor of London, and the Monument to the Great Fire of London, which is the tallest freestanding stone column in the world. Follow your Expert Guide along the Thames river embankment and hear the disturbing origin story of the “London Bridge is Falling Down” nursery rhyme and other interesting facts and urban legends, such as the one about Jack the Ripper. This is your chance to discover hidden gems of London, such as the ancient All Hallows-by-the-Tower church and ancient roman wall remains. See also the Tower Hill Memorial to learn about the history of England during WWI and WWII, and explore the centuries of bloody history around the medieval castle and stronghold Tower of London. Enjoy the benefits of your Private Guide, who can help you find the best spot to take a selfie with the iconic Tower of London! The 5,5-hour includes a round-trip transfer, skip-the-line tickets to St Paul’s Cathedral and a walking tour of the London City Center and its highlights. Save time and effort by booking transfers in advance to avoid using public transport or overpriced taxis. Take advantage of a pickup and drop-off service directly at your accommodation and enjoy sightseeing London from your seat!

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4.4 / 5

based on 15,255 reviews

The tour guide was so informative and funny - making it fascinating to be told all the facts as we passed the many landmarks. I honestly think his cockney commentary made the trip!! In one tour - we got to see and learn so much about London. Thankfully we had lovely weather and we all thoroughly enjoyed our excursion to Greenwich.

Die Bootsfahrt mit Afternnon Tea war fanatisch! Sowohl das Essen als auch der Service waren klasse!

It was wonderful and everyone was very polite!! A beautiful experience!

food lovley guy speaking was fantastic and learned a lot about London

Great trip and good value - terrific commentary from the crew