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Thames River Sightseeing Cruise™: From Westminster

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  • Hop on this Thames cruise by Thames River Sightseeing Cruise and see London’s iconic sights like Big Ben, the London Eye, and Tower Bridge.
  • Choose between live English commentary or WiFi audio guides available in 6 languages. Learn fascinating facts and stories that bring London to life.
  • Whether you prefer a one-way trip or a round trip, enjoy more time onboard and make the most of your Thames cruise experience.
  • Pick the perfect drop-point for your adventure—either Tower Bridge or Greenwich, whichever suits you best!
  • Sail past Shakespeare's Globe, Tate Modern, and the Tower of London. Each landmark has its own captivating story waiting to be discovered.

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  • One-way or round-trip River Thames sightseeing cruise (as per option selected)
  • WiFi audio guide (English, German, French, Spanish, Italian, and Mandarin)
  • Don't forget to bring your smartphone to access the live audio commentary and enhance your cruise experience.
  • Please note that the exact cruise times might vary, so double-check before you set sail.
  • You can cancel these tickets up to 24 hours before the experience begins and get a full refund.
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Thames River Evening Cruise with Sunset Views, Sparking Wine & Canapés

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  • Enjoy a 2-hour cruise on the Thames during the sunset, which offers the city's best views at the best times of the day.
  • Check out the city's prominent landmarks from the water including the London Eye, Big Ben, London Bridge, and more.
  • Relish a selection of delicious canapes and sparkling wine as you relax on the Thames evening cruise.
  • Head indoors and witness the breathtaking cityscape while enjoying a live pop, rock, swing, or funk performance.

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  • 2-hour evening cruise on the Thames
  • Sparkling wine or soft drink on arrival
  • A selection of cold canapés served throughout the evening
  • Live music performances on board

Exclusions

  • Additional drinks
  • Transport to and from the pier
  • Children aged 13 and under are not allowed on the cruise.
  • Outside food and drinks are not allowed.
  • This cruise is not wheelchair accessible.
  • The staff can cater vegetarian food but is unable to cater for any other allergens or dietary requirements on this cruise.
  • Wear smart casual attire, and carry a windcheater as it gets pretty windy and chilly on the river.
  • These tickets can't be cancelled or rescheduled.
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Combo (Save 10%): London Eye Tickets + Thames River Cruise

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  • Save money and see London's must-sees with this combo ticket. Ride the London Eye and cruise the Thames River to see the city from two angles.
  • Reach heights of 135 meters high on a 30-minute London Eye ride. Upgrade for fast-track access and skip past the long queues!
  • A sports fan? Look out for the London Stadium or The Emirates Stadium, home to Arsenal FC, to the north side of the city.
  • Swap the concrete jungle for the River Thames on a 40-minute cruise, gliding beside landmarks like the Houses of Parliament and the Big Ben.
  • Hear tales of royalty, rebellions, and architectural marvels as you sail from the onboard live commentary or multilingual audio guide.

Inclusions

London Eye

  • Standard/fast-track entry to the London Eye (as per option selected)
  • 30-minute ride on the London Eye
  • London Eye guide (free download on iOS)

River Cruise

  • 40-minute Thames River cruise
  • English-speaking guide
  • Audio guide in English, French, German, Spanish, Dutch, Italian, Czech, Hindi, Polish, and Portuguese
  • British sign language guide on deck

Exclusions

River Cruise

  • Food and drinks (available to purchase on board)

London Eye

  • Tip: After your London Eye ride, visit the Jubilee Gardens nearby to see a variety of insects like butterflies and ladybugs.
  • Your London Eye ticket is valid for 90 days following your River Cruise.
  • Large bags, sharp objects, and items that can cause security hazards are not allowed.
  • Children under the age of 18 years must be accompanied by adults.
  • Children under the age of 2 years can go for free but require a ticket to enter.
  • This experience is wheelchair and pram/stroller accessible.
  • Guests with accessible needs are entitled to a free carer ticket with valid documentation.
  • Due to venue restrictions, pets cannot tag along for this experience.
  • Your guide dogs are welcome at the venue.

River Cruise

  • Tip: As you cruise past Butler's Wharf, be sure to look out for colorful murals adorning the warehouses, a haven for local street art.
  • This experience is wheelchair accessible.
  • These tickets can't be cancelled or rescheduled.
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Thames River Hop-On Hop-Off Uber Boat Tour

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  • Soak in the best sights of London as you travel on the River Thames by boat.
  • With over 18 piers across London and a fleet of 20 boats departing from Putney Pier in the west to Woolwich Royal Arsenal in the east, plan a hassle-free itinerary.
  • Navigate through the city safely and comfortably as your cruise past London’s best attractions.
  • Choose between a single river journey on the Thames or a River Roamer hop-on hop-off pass.
  • Some of the iconic sites you’ll see are the Houses of Parliament, Westminster Bridge, the London Eye, the Oxo Building, and St. Paul’s Cathedral.

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Single River Journey on the Thames

  • Valid for a single journey between any two piers included
  • Service between 19 piers across London
  • One-way transfer
  • Air-conditioned vessel

River Roamer: Hop On Hop Off Pass

  • All-day hop-on-hop-off pass (valid from 6am until the end of service on the same day)
  • Service between 24 piers across London
  • Air-conditioned boats

Exclusions

  • Food and drinks (both available to purchase onboard from the fully licensed bar)
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel transfers

Weekday Westbound

  • First cruise is at 6:25am from Barking Riverside
  • Last cruise is at 10:57am from Putney
  • Frequency: approx. every 30 minutes

Weekday Eastbound

  • First cruise is at 6:30am from Putney
  • Last cruise is at 10:24am from Barking Riverside
  • Frequency: approx. every 20 minutes

Weekend Westbound

  • First cruise is at 8:20am from Barking Riverside
  • Last cruise is at 4:28pm from Battersea Power Station
  • Frequency: approx. every 30 minutes

Weekend Eastbound

  • First cruise is at 8:35am from Battersea Power Station
  • Last cruise is at 4:53pm from Barking Riverside
  • Frequency: approx. every 30 minutes

Please here for the detailed route map.

  • Tip: Opt for a cruise from March to October for the best weather.
  • Facilities: Wheelchair accessibility, Pram/stroller accessibility
  • You can bring a guide/assistance dog on board with you without charge.
  • These tickets can't be cancelled or rescheduled.
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Thames River Lunch Cruise with 2-course Meal, Coffee & Tea

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  • Enjoy an afternoon cruise along the River Thames and take in breathtaking views of London from the waters.
  • The friendly staff on board the cruise will serve up a delicious two-course lunch for your culinary pleasure.
  • Gasp in awe as you enjoy the 360-degree view of the river from the deck.
  • Cruise past various well-known sights including the Tower of London, the Tower Bridge, and gain a different perspective on them from the waters.

Inclusions

  • Admission to the cruise
  • 2-course meal with tea and coffee (menu here)
  • Live or recorded commentary

Exclusions

  • Transportation to the pier
  • If you wish to have the vegetarian option, please choose the relevant option at the time of checkout.
  • These tickets can't be cancelled or rescheduled.
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Thames River Afternoon Cruise with Tea & Scones

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  • Experience a classic English tea on a relaxing 90-minute Thames cruise starting from Tower Pier.
  • Indulge in scones with clotted cream, delectable pastries, and more, while savoring unlimited cups of tea and coffee. A treat for your taste buds!
  • See the Tower of London, the Houses of Parliament, and Big Ben, and learn the stories behind these historic sites via the pre-recorded commentary.

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  • Admission to the cruise
  • A selection of snacks and drinks (menu here)
  • Live or pre-recorded commentary

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  • Transportation to the pier
  • If an infant aged 2 and below would like to have a seat and be served a meal, they will be charged the child rate.
  • These tickets can't be cancelled or rescheduled.
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London Explorer Pass by Go City: Choose 2 to 7 Attractions

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  • Get ready for an amazing London adventure with the London Explorer Pass which covers top attractions and hop-on hop-off passes with maximum savings.
  • Unlock up to 50% savings on admission tickets for iconic attractions such as the London Eye, The Tower of London, Up At The O2, and Tower Bridge.
  • Explore the best of London including Kew Gardens, London Aquarium, Westminster Abbey, The London Dungeon, and other popular attractions.
  • Enjoy the flexibility and convenience of picking from different passes offering entry to 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, or 7 attractions in London.

Inclusions

  • Access to 2/3/4/5/6/7 attractions
  • Museums: London Transport Museum, Charles Dickens Museum, The Guards Museum & more
  • Zoos: London Zoo, SEA LIFE London Aquarium & more
  • Landmarks: London Eye, The Tower of London, Westminster Abbey & more
  • Bus tours and cruises: 1-Day Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour, Jason’s Canal Boat Trip, City Cruises Thames River Pass & more
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  • Airport transfers
  • Public transport
  • You can cancel your pass within 90 days of purchase and get a full refund if it hasn't been activated yet.
  • Some attractions require advance bookings.
  • You can visit each attraction only once daily.
  • The app is available in English, French, German, and Spanish.
  • Children under 5 get the pass for free.
  • First, download the Go City App. Follow the instructions on your order confirmation to sync your pass with the Go City app.
  • Once you visit your first attraction, your pass will be activated! Feeling old school? You can also print your pass at home using the link in your confirmation email. You can also show this version of your pass on your phone.
  • The Go City app has loads of handy features to help you plan your itinerary, check attraction opening times, and reserve (where required).

Validity

  • Before activation: Valid for 60 days from the date of purchase.
  • After activation: Your pass is activated as soon as you visit your 1st attraction. The pass can be activated within 2 years from the date of purchase.
  • You can cancel these tickets up to 90 days before the experience begins and get a full refund.
  • These tickets are valid for 24 months from the date of purchase.
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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 cruise 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 cruise along the Thames and hop on and off at important areas; here's a guide to this whistle-stop cruise tour.

Navigate this River Thames cruise guide

  1. Why go on a Thames river cruise?
  2. Things to know before booking your cruise
  3. Your Thames cruise options
  4. Sights covered on your cruise
  5. River Thames cruise route map
  6. Find your best Thames cruise match here
  7. Hop-on hop-off River Thames cruises
  8. Your guide to boarding your cruise
  9. 5 steps to a smooth & stress-free boarding
  10. Going on a Thames cruise? Here's all you need to know

Things to know before booking your Thames 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 Uber Boat By Thames Clippers Hop-On Hop-Off Tour in London for flexibility in exploration. For a romantic evening, indulge in the Evening Cruise on River Thames 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 Thames Afternoon Tea Cruise, 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, Thames River Lunch Cruise Ticket 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 Uber Boat By Thames Clippers Hop-On Hop-Off Tour in London. 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

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  • Go on a Thames sightseeing cruise and experience the iconic landmarks of London from a unique aquatic vantage point with live commentary available in multiple languages.
  • Duration: 1-2 hours

Recommended tours:

  • River Thames Sightseeing Cruise: From Westminster
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Hop-On Hop-Off

Convenience + Comfort
  • 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.
  • Duration: Flexible, depending on your chosen stops.

Recommended tour:

  • Uber Boat By Thames Clippers Hop-On Hop-Off Tour in London
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Meal cruises

Sightseeing + Lunch/Dinner
  • Combine sightseeing with a delicious meal on a cruise with meals. Savor a delightful selection of dishes while taking in the stunning views of London's skyline. Enjoy the English tradition of afternoon tea or indulge in a gourmet meal accompanied by live music and entertainment on an evening cruise.
  • Duration: 1 hour 45 minutes (Lunch cruise), 1 hour 30 minutes (Afternoon Tea cruise), 2 hours (Evening cruise)

Recommended tours:

  • Thames River Lunch Cruise Ticket
  • Thames Afternoon Tea Cruise
  • Evening Cruise on River Thames

River Thames cruise route 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 cruise match here

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River Thames Sightseeing Cruise: From Westminster
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
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
Flexible
London Eye, Tower Bridge, Tower of London, London Bridge, Canary Wharf, Greenwich
No meals included, but available for purchase onboard
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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
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Hop-on hop-off River Thames cruises

Uber Boats HOHO

Uber Boat Hop-on-Hop-off

Uber Boat by Thames Clippers, a collaboration between Uber and Thames Clippers, provides a unique way to explore London via the River Thames. Offering Single River Journeys and the River Roamer Hop-On Hop-Off Pass, passengers can travel between 24 piers, including the London Eye, Bankside, and Greenwich stops. High-speed catamarans feature climate-controlled cabins, outdoor decks, and on-board cafés. Accessibility is prioritized with wheelchair and pram-friendly boarding ramps, step-free access at most piers, and accommodation for guide and assistance dogs. Uber Boat ensures a comfortable, inclusive, and efficient sightseeing experience along London’s iconic riverside landmarks.

Your guide to boarding your River Thames 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.

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 onboarding: 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 cruise? Here's all you need to know

Timings
Best time to go on a cruise
Getting there
Food & drink
Facilities
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: The 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: The 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
  • 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.
thames river cruise

The dress code on most Thames 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 traveler: 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 River Thames 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 cruise?

The best times to go on a Thames 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 the cruise?

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

How long are the cruises?

Thames 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 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?

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?

Facilities 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 €10.25 for a hop-on-hop-off tour to €52 for an afternoon tea cruise.

Are the 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?

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

Can I bring luggage on the cruise?

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

Are there any accessibility considerations?

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.