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"You absorb 2,000 years of history just by being near the Thames"

This is Martin Freeman's advice to you, and we couldn't agree more. Take a ride along the Thames River and see London from an entirely new perspective.

The River Thames flows through the heart of the British capital. Its 346-kilometer riverbank is lined with several spectacular sites. The simplest way to get your sightseeing done in one day is to take a Thames River Cruise and hop on and off at important areas; here's a guide to this whistle-stop cruise tour.

Navigate your Thames River Cruise guide

  1. Why go on a Thames river cruise?
  2. Things to know before booking your Thames river cruise
  3. Your Thames river cruise options
  4. Find your best Thames cruise match here
  5. Thames river cruise route map
  6. Your guide to boarding your Thames river cruise
  7. Going on a Thames river cruise? Here's all you need to know
  8. London at a glimpse; explore these attractions on your Thames River cruise

Things to know before booking your Thames river cruise

Before you book your Thames River cruise, here are some essential details to consider:

  • Consider the variety of cruises available, catering to different preferences and experiences. Opt for a Thames Sightseeing Cruise for a comprehensive tour of London's landmarks, or choose the for flexibility in exploration. For a romantic evening, indulge in the with sparkling wine and live music.
  • Each cruise offers varying durations and inclusions. Select from options ranging from 1 to 2 hours, with offerings such as meals, live commentary, and unlimited beverages(wine, tea or soft drinks!). For a leisurely experience, consider the , providing a delightful spread of tea-time treats as you cruise along the river.
  • Feast your eyes on the beautiful sights of London, but don't run on empty! If you'd like to have lunch while sightseeing, is for you! Choose from a delectable menu, consisting of Lemon Roasted Supreme of Chicken with Creamy Leek, White, Dark and Milk Chocolate Truffle Cake, Baked Field Mushroom, and Crème Fraiche wrapped in Lattice Pastry, along with the beverages!
  • Some cruises offer wheelchair accessibility, like the (All the 24 piers are step-free and wheelchair accessible except for Cadogan, London Bridge City, and Wandsworth Riverside Quarter piers.) so check specific details for accessibility options before making a choice.

Your Thames River Cruise options

Cruise on the Thames River, London

Sightseeing cruises

  • Go on a Thames river sightseeing cruise and experience iconic landmarks of London from a unique aquatic vantage point with live commentary available in multiple languages.
  • Duration: 2 hours (Westminster to Greenwich), 1 hour (Westminster to Tower Bridge Quay)

Recommended tours:

London eye from hop off hop on London tour bus

Hop-On Hop-Off

  • Explore London's best monuments at your own pace with our Hop-On Hop-Off Tours on the majestic River Thames. Enjoy convenient transfers and panoramic views from the water.
  • Check the detailed route map here
  • Duration: Flexible, depending on your chosen stops.

Recommended tour:

Thames cruise lunch, London.

Meal cruises

Sightseeing + Lunch/Dinner
  • Combine sightseeing with a delicious meal as you enjoy a Thames River Lunch Cruise. Savor a delightful selection of dishes while taking in the stunning views of London's skyline.
  • Quintessential English tradition of afternoon tea with panoramic views of London's landmarks. Unlimited tea and coffee.
  • For a truly romantic evening, opt for an evening cruise. Indulge in a gourmet meal accompanied by live music and entertainment, while the city lights sparkle around you.
  • Duration: 1 hour 45 minutes (Lunch Cruise), 1 hour 30 minutes (Afternoon Tea Cruise), 2 hours(Evening cruise)

Recommended tours:

Sights covered on your cruise

Thames river cruise map

Take a look at our comprehensive map, which will help you quickly understand all the sights you will see on your Thames River cruise!

Find your best Thames River Cruise match here

Boarding point
Food & Drinks
Book Tickets
Westminster To Greenwich River Thames Sightseeing Cruise
Sightseeing Cruise
Westminster Pier, Boarding point B
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Daily departures, starting from 10am
2 hrs
London Eye, National Theatre, Tate Modern, Shakespeare's Globe, Tower of London, Tower Bridge, Canary Wharf
No meals included, but available for purchase onboard
Multilingual audio guide
Westminster To Tower Bridge Quay Thames Cruise
Sightseeing Cruise
Westminster Pier, Boarding point B
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Available daily, 30-minute intervals from 10:30am to 6pm
1 hr
London Eye, National Theatre, HMS Belfast, Tower of London, Tower Bridge
No meals included, but available for purchase onboard
Live English commentary, WiFi audio guides
Uber Boat By Thames Clippers Hop-On Hop-Off Tour
Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Cruise
Single River Journey on the Thames: 19 piers, River Roamer: Hop On Hop Off Pass: 24 piers
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Available daily, 24hr. Hop on Hop off
London Eye, Tower Bridge, Tower of London, London Bridge, Canary Wharf, Greenwich
No meals included, but available for purchase onboard
Evening Cruise on River Thames
Evening Cruise
Tower Pier (EC3N 4DT)
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Daily departures at 7pm
2 hrs
Tower of London, London Eye, Tower Bridge, Canary Wharf
Sparkling wine, canapes, and live music included
Live music performance
Thames River Lunch Cruise
Dining Cruise
Tower Pier (EC3N 4DT)
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Daily departures at 11:45am
1 hr 45 mins
Tower of London, Tower Bridge, London Eye, Houses of Parliament, Big Ben, St. Paul's Cathedral
Two-course lunch included with tea and coffee
Live or recorded commentary
Thames Afternoon Tea Cruise
Dining Cruise
Tower Pier (EC3N 4DT)
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Daily departures at 3:30, boarding at 3:15
1 hr 30 mins
Tower of London, London Eye, Tower Bridge, Houses of Parliament, Big Ben, St. Paul's Cathedral
Afternoon tea included with unlimited tea and coffee

Your guide to boarding your Thames River Cruise

While there are multiple boarding piers, these are some of the most easily accessible and scenic piers you'd want to hop on from

Westminster Pier (Boarding Point B)

  • Famous for its proximity to iconic landmarks such as the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben, Westminster Pier offers stunning views of London's historical heart.
  • Nearest attractions: Big Ben, London Eye

Tower Pier (EC3N 4DT)

  • Tower Pier serves as a gateway to London's past, with the historic Tower of London nearby, along with the famous Tower Bridge.
  • Nearest attractions: Tower of London, Tower Bridge

Embankment Pier

  • Located near the vibrant Embankment Gardens and within walking distance of Trafalgar Square and the West End theatres.
  • Nearest attractions: Victoria Embankment Gardens, Cleopatra's Needle, Somerset House, Southbank Centre, London Eye

Greenwich Pier

  • Situated in the picturesque Greenwich area, known for its maritime history and the Royal Observatory.
  • Nearest attractions: Cutty Sark, Greenwich Market, Royal Observatory Greenwich, and National Maritime Museum.

London Eye Pier

  • Adjacent to the iconic London Eye, offering panoramic views of the city skyline.
  • Nearest attractions: SEA LIFE London Aquarium, Southbank Centre, Jubilee Gardens, Big Ben, Westminster Abbey.

Bankside Pier

  • Close to cultural hotspots such as Tate Modern and Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, offering a glimpse into London's artistic scene.
  • Nearest attractions: Explore the vibrant South Bank district.

Thames River cruise route map

To plan your Thames River cruise, review the routes of various cruises. This will help you identify the nearest underground, overground, or railway line stops for convenient boarding.

Thames river cruise route

5 easy steps to a smooth & stress-free boarding

  • Choose your cruise: Select the Thames River cruise that best suits your preferences and schedule. Whether you're seeking a sightseeing adventure, a romantic evening, or a dining experience, there's a cruise option tailored to your needs.
  • Receive your voucher: After booking, you'll receive an instant confirmation email with your voucher. Make sure to check your email inbox, including the spam or promotions folder, for this important document.
  • Prepare for onbarding: Familiarize yourself with the boarding point, which is typically Tower Pier (EC3N 4DT) for most Thames River cruises. Plan your journey to the pier using public transportation options like buses or the metro. Arrive 10-15 minutes before the scheduled boarding time to avoid any delays.
  • Board the cruise: Upon arrival at the boarding point, display your mobile voucher on your phone and present a valid photo ID for verification. Follow the instructions provided to locate your designated boarding area. Once onboard, enjoy the scenic views and amenities offered during your chosen Thames River cruise.

Going on a Thames River Cruise? Here's all you need to know

Best time to go on a cruise
Getting there
Food & drink options
What to wear
Rules & regulations
Visitor tips
Thames River Cruise, London
  • Sightseeing cruises:
    Duration: Typically 1 to 2 hours.
    Timings: Available throughout the day, with multiple departure times starting from early morning to late afternoon.
  • Hop-On-Hop-Off cruises:
    Duration: Flexible, usually valid for 24 hours.
    Timings: Offered from early morning to evening, with boats departing every 30 minutes.
  • Meal Cruises:
    Duration: Ranges from 1.5 to 2 hours.
    Timings: Typically scheduled during lunch or dinner hours, with afternoon tea cruises also available.
London Eye, Thames River Cruise
  • For sightseeing: If you want to get the best views of the London landmarks, then aim for a cruise during the daytime, ideally between 10am and 4pm. This will give you plenty of sunlight for capturing photos.
  • For a romantic experience: An evening cruise (around sunset) can be very romantic, especially if you choose a dinner cruise with drinks and scenic views.
Canary Wharf Pier, London
  • Westminster Pier: Accessible by metro. Take the Circle, District, or Jubilee line to Westminster Station. It's a short two-minute walk from the station to the pier.
  • Tower Pier: Closest subway station is Tower Hill, a four-minute walk to the boarding point. Metro lines Circle and District will bring you here.
  • Canary Wharf Pier: Nearby metro station is Canary Wharf, accessible by the Jubilee line.
  • Greenwich Pier: Accessible by the Docklands Light Railway (DLR). Alight at Cutty Sark for Maritime Greenwich Station, which is a short walk to the pier.
Evening Cruise on the Thames, London
  • Westminster to Tower Bridge Quay Thames Cruise: Food and drinks available for purchase onboard from the fully licensed bar.
  • Evening Cruise on River Thames: Includes sparkling wine and canapes onboard.
  • Thames River Lunch Cruise: Includes a delicious two-course lunch onboard.
  • Thames Afternoon Tea Cruise: Includes a selection of pastries, sandwiches, scones with clotted cream and jam, and unlimited tea and coffee.
Wheelchair accessibility Thames River
  • Wheelchair accessibility: Many Thames River cruises offer wheelchair-accessible facilities, including ramps for boarding and designated wheelchair spaces on board.
    Most piers are step-free and wheelchair accessible, ensuring ease of boarding and disembarking.
  • Food and drinks: Dining cruises often cater to various dietary preferences, including vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options. However, it's advisable to notify the cruise operator of any specific dietary requirements when booking. Meals are served onboard, and passengers can expect a range of delicious dishes, including afternoon tea, two-course lunches, canapes, and more.
  • Restrooms: Restrooms are available on most vessels, with larger boats equipped with accessible toilets and baby changing facilities.
  • Commentary: Live or recorded commentary is often provided during sightseeing cruises, offering insights into London's history, landmarks, and points of interest.
  • Guide dogs: Guide or assistance dogs are usually welcome on board at no extra charge. Passengers with service animals can enjoy the cruise with their trusted companions.
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The dress code on most Thames River Cruises is smart casual attire. However, feel free to dress more formally for any special occasion. Opt for comfortable attire that allows freedom of movement. It's also advisable to dress in layers as London's weather can be quite unpredictable. This way you can add on more layers if the weather gets chilly. Don't forget hats and sunscreen if you are opting for a cruise during the day, especially in the summer.

No Smoking sign
  • Safety first: Life jackets are provided and must be worn if instructed. Crew members will brief you on safety procedures before departure.
  • Smoking restrictions: Most cruises have a no-smoking policy indoors, including cabins and enclosed areas. Smoking might be allowed on designated outdoor decks, so check signage.
  • Mind the gap: Be cautious when moving around the boat, especially between decks or when disembarking. Wear sturdy shoes with good grip.
  • Keep it clean: Bins are provided for waste disposal. Help maintain the cleanliness of the boat by disposing of rubbish responsibly.
  • Evening Cruise on River Thames: Children aged 13 and under are not allowed on the cruise. Outside food and drinks are not allowed and it is not wheelchair accessible.
Aerial view of the Thames
  • Dress for the weather: Pack layers! London's weather is notoriously fickle. A light rain jacket, a scarf, and sunglasses (even in cloudy skies) are your allies. If it's a scorcher, a hat and sunscreen are essential. Opt for comfy shoes – you might be tempted to explore once you disembark.
  • Pick your pier on HOHO: Consider your cruise's direction. Greenwich Pier offers a glimpse into maritime history, while Westminster Pier puts you near Big Ben. Research your starting point for nearby restaurants or pubs for a pre-cruise bite.
  • Pack like a seasoned traveller: Bring a reusable water bottle and a tote bag. Plastic is a foe on the Thames! Pack snacks if you're on a longer cruise, but don't forget – most cruises offer food and drinks for purchase. Cameras are a must, and binoculars add an extra layer of swashbuckling fun!
  • Capture the golden hour: For stunning worthy for the ‘gram photos, go for sunset cruises, when the sky explodes with vibrant colors.

Frequently Asked Questions about Thames River Cruises

What are the different types of Thames river cruises?

The different types of Thames river cruises include sightseeing cruises, hop-on-hop-off tours, evening cruises, lunch cruises, and afternoon tea cruises.

What are the best times to go on a Thames river cruise?

The best times to go on a Thames river cruise vary depending on personal preference. Sightseeing cruises are typically available throughout the day, while evening cruises offer stunning views of London's illuminated skyline. Lunch cruises and afternoon tea cruises are perfect for enjoying a meal while cruising along the river.

What can I see on a Thames river cruise?

On a Thames river cruise, you can see iconic landmarks such as the Tower of London, Tower Bridge, London Eye, Big Ben, Houses of Parliament, Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, and more.

How long are typical Thames river cruises?

Typical Thames river cruises can vary in duration, ranging from 1 hour to 2 hours, depending on the type of cruise chosen.

Which pier should I choose for my Thames river cruise?

The pier you should choose for your Thames river cruise depends on the specific cruise option selected. However, popular boarding points include Westminster Pier, Tower Pier, and Greenwich Pier.

What kind of food and drinks are offered on Thames river cruises?

Thames river cruises offer a variety of food and drinks depending on the type of cruise. Options may include afternoon tea with sandwiches, scones, and pastries, as well as lunch options and evening cruises with canapes and sparkling wine. Tea, coffee, and soft drinks are typically available onboard.

What facilities are available on Thames river cruises?

Facilities on Thames river cruises may include indoor and outdoor seating areas, restrooms, onboard commentary or live music, and access to refreshments such as a fully licensed bar.

How much do Thames river cruises cost?

The cost of Thames river cruises varies depending on the type of cruise, duration, and inclusions. Prices typically range from €11.37 for a hop-on-hop-off tour to €63.80 for an afternoon tea cruise.

What are some popular Thames river cruise options?

Popular Thames river cruise options include Westminster to Greenwich sightseeing cruise, Westminster to Tower Bridge Quay sightseeing cruise, Uber Boat by Thames Clippers hop-on-hop-off tour, evening cruises, lunch cruises, and afternoon tea cruises.

Are Thames river cruises suitable for children?

While some Thames river cruises may be suitable for children, it's essential to check the specific cruise details and any age restrictions before booking.

Is there any dress code for Thames river cruises?

There is typically no strict dress code for Thames river cruises. However, smart casual attire is often recommended, especially for evening cruises or special dining experiences.

Can I bring luggage on a Thames river cruise?

Luggage is generally not permitted on Thames river cruises unless otherwise specified. It's best to check with the cruise provider for any restrictions before boarding.

Are there any accessibility considerations for Thames river cruises?

Some Thames river cruises may offer wheelchair accessibility, including step-free access and accessible facilities onboard. However, accessibility options may vary, so it's advisable to inquire with the cruise provider beforehand.