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Thames River Sightseeing Cruise | A journey down London's liquid lifeline

What better way to describe London, if not an enchanted forest? If you stand anywhere in the middle of the city and do a 360-degree spin, you’ll see the burg don a different attire at every angle- a cloak of dreams, a motley of royalty, a gown of beauty and so much more.

In Ralph McTell’s words, “So how can you tell me you’re lonely,
And say for you that the sun don’t shine?
Let me take you by the hand and lead you through the streets of London.
I'll show you something to make you change your mind”

That’s exactly what a sightseeing cruise of the Thames River offers! Instead of the streets, you’ll be cruising down London’s artery. Encounter the city’s proud landmarks such as the London Eye, Big Ben, National Theatre, Tate Modern, Tower Bridge, and more, dotting its shore, all in the span of a few hours!

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So, sightseeing on the Thames? Got you! Just click on the links below to jump straight to what you're interested in, on your Thames River Sightseeing Cruise. This guide is all about you, so take your time reading through it to make the best decision!

  1. Which Thames River Sightseeing Cruise is the right one for you?
  2. Thames River Sightseeing Cruise | Route map
  3. Want more options?
  4. London from the water | Must-sees on a Thames River Cruise
  5. 6 most famous bridges you can see on the Thames River Sightseeing Cruises
  6. Tips if you are planning to get on a Thames Sightseeing cruise
  7. Frequently asked questions about Thames River Sightseeing cruise

Which Thames River Sightseeing Cruise is the right one for you?

Covers the most famous London attractions
If you're short on time
Explore at your pace
  • Cruise:
  • Starting from: €18.47
  • Boarding point: Find on Maps
  • Sights and attractions: Houses of Parliament, London Eye, Palace of Westminster, Lambeth Palace, Chelsea Royal Hospital, The Shard, Tower Bridge (from a distance). You won't see much of East London or the riverside areas.
Starts at 10am
30 mins
1 hr (one way) - 2 hrs (round trip)

⭐ Most popular

  • Cruise:
  • Starting from: €15.08
  • Boarding point: Find on Maps
  • Sights and attractions: Houses of Parliament, Big Ben, London Eye, Tower of London, Southbank area, Shakespeare's Globe, Tate Modern, St. Paul's Cathedral, Tower Bridge (up close). You won't see Greenwich or any of the eastern riverside areas.
10:30am to 6pm
30 mins
30 mins (one way) - 1 hr (round trip)

⚡Quickest option

  • Cruise:
  • Starting from: €11.98
  • Boarding point: Find on maps
  • Sights and attractions: Putney Bridge, Kew Gardens, London Eye, St. Paul's Cathedral, Thames Barrier (the world's second-largest movable flood barrier) & more. Those interested in downtown London's sites may find this journey too long.
10am to 11pm
Hop on and off anytime between 10am-11pm

💵 Pocket friendly

Thames River Sightseeing Cruise | Route map

Get a sound understanding of what attractions you can see and what pier is best and the most convenient for you using this map. For ease of access, download the map below.

Which seat is best for you?

Most cruise boats have both indoor and outdoor seating with two-by-two seats.

For the best selfie-spots, pick an outdoor seat for uninterrupted views and perfect photo sessions if you don't mind the somewhat-harsh weather. However, it's a good idea to wear clothes that dry quick if you fear you might get wet.

If you are picking an indoor seat, pick a window seat, especially if you are travelling solo, for a great view. Indoor seats are also great if you think it may rain but still want to go on a cruise. These indoor spaces are also heated and most cruise boats are equipped with a full-licensed bar.

Want more options?

Combine sightseeing with lunch, afternoon tea or an evening pre-dinner meal! As you cruise down the heart of London, enjoy a savoury British spread while listening to your audio guide letting you in on interesting facts and stories about the beautiful attractions dotting the skyline.

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Thames river afternoon tea cruise
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London from the water | Must-sees on a Thames River Cruise

St Stephen's hall at the Houses of Parliament

The Houses of Parliament (Right Bank)

London Eye from the Thames
The Shard
St. Paul's Cathedral
Tower of London view from Cruise in Thames river
Shakespeare's Globe Theatre
Canary Wharf
The O2 Arena
Cutty Sark
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6 most famous bridges you can see on the Thames River Sightseeing Cruises

Tower bridge

Tower Bridge

This is undoubtedly the most iconic bridge in London. Built in 1894, it's known for its twin towers, Gothic Revival architecture, and bascules (the middle section that raises to allow large ships to pass). You can even walk across the walkways high above the Thames for stunning views!

Blackfriars Bridge

Blackfriars Bridge

This bridge holds historical significance. First built in Roman times, the current version dates back to the late 18th century. It's known for its elegant design with five elliptical arches and its artistic connections - featuring statues of famous figures like William Shakespeare and Queen Victoria.

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Westminster Bridge

Opened in 1862, it's the first major wrought-iron Thames bridge known for its seven arches and its lamp standards designed by famous gas engineer Isambard Kingdom Brune. You can see it on all three cruises. Its green color is said to match the leather seats in the House of Commons, located nearby.

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Waterloo Bridge

This is the longest of the central London bridges, spanning the Thames at a whopping 1,230 feet. Opened in 1817, it played a significant role in the Battle of Waterloo, hence the name. It was also the first bridge across the Thames to be lit by gas lamps.

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Lambeth Bridge

This suspension bridge is known for its classy design and eight massive towers. Opened in 1862, it replaced an earlier ferry service and offered a crucial north-south link across the river. Lambeth Bridge is a popular spot for film and television appearances.

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London Bridge

Despite its name, Tower Bridge isn't the most famous one in London (often confused with Tower Bridge). The first bridge on this site was built by the Romans in the 1st century AD! The current bridge, opened in 1971, is a modern concrete and steel structure. You can see it on the hop-on hop-off cruise.

Frequently Asked Questions about Thames River Sightseeing cruise

What are the different types of Thames River Sightseeing cruises available?

There are two types of sightseeing cruises available. One is a one way or a round trip cruise on the River Thames, for example- Westminster to Tower Bridge Quay and Westminster to Greenwich, while the other is a Hop on Hop off cruise, offering the flexibility of getting on or off at any of the 19 piers available.

What is included in the price of a Thames River Sightseeing cruise?

Thames River Sightseeing cruise are extremely easy on the pocket. At only €11.98, you can hop on and off at any of the piers near numerous famous London attractions. Audio commentary, wheelchair and other facilities are also provided on board.

Are there any additional fees I should be aware of?

While food is not include in the ticket price, a wide range of delectable English cuisine is available for purchase onboard.

Which is the best Thames River Sightseeing cruise for me?

Choose the hop-on hop-off cruise if you want the most flexibility, want to explore a wider range of areas along the Thames, and have a full day to spend sightseeing. Choose the Westminster to Greenwich cruise if you're particularly interested in Greenwich's maritime history and want to see a good mix of central London landmarks and Greenwich in a shorter amount of time. Choose the Westminster to Tower Bridge Quay cruise if you're on a budget and want a concise tour focused on central London's most iconic sights, with a close-up view of Tower Bridge.

What can I see on the Thames River Sightseeing cruise?

You can see the following London attractions and more: Houses of Parliament, Big Ben, London Eye, Palace of Westminster, Lambeth Palace, Chelsea Royal Hospital, The Shard, Tower Bridge (from a distance). Cutty Sark (historic tea clipper ship), Royal Observatory, National Maritime Museum, etc.

How far in advance should I book the cruise?

Peak Season (June-August): If you're visiting during peak summer months, booking a day or two in advance is recommended, especially for weekend cruises. This ensures you get a spot on your preferred cruise time. Shoulder Seasons (April-May, September-October): During these times, it's usually safe to book the day before or even on the day of the cruise, especially for weekday cruises. However, if there's a specific route or time you have your heart set on, booking a day in advance might be a good idea for peace of mind. Off-Season (November-March): The Thames cruises operate year-round, but during the off-season, they tend to have less frequent departures. Booking online a day in advance is still recommended to confirm availability and secure your spot, especially if you're traveling during weekdays when there might be fewer departures.