Boats crossing the Thames River in London, England
Boats crossing the Thames River in London, England

Thames River

London, Greater London

The basics

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.

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High-Speed Thames River Speedboat in London
High-Speed Thames River Speedboat in London
$70.76 per adult
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Great fast trip on the river.
It was great to see London from the river, giving a completely different perspective. We were booked for 3.00, but were advised by phone that the weather was clearing later and were rebooked on the 5.00, when it wasn’t raining. Great customer service. Our 10 year old son loved it when the boat accelerated.
Richard_C, Feb 2024

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.

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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.

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Trip ideas


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.

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Where to find the best views of the River Thames

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.

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Boats crossing the Thames River in London, England
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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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What are the nearest attractions to Thames River?
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