London River Cruises

Escape the crowds and discover London from the river Thames on a relaxing river cruise.

With its rich history and iconic landmarks, including the Houses of Parliament and Tower Bridge, it’s a great way to see London from a different perspective. There are a variety of river tours available to suit all tastes, including sightseeing trips with commentaries, themed cruises and dining experiences.

Alternatively, explore London's historic waterways on a canal boat tour, taking in Little Venice and Camden Lock.

Tickets

You generally need to buy your ticket from a pier ticket office or from the tour operator’s website before boarding a boat. However, some services require you to buy it on board.

If you use a Travelcard, you can get a third off most River Tours fares.

Visit the TFL website for a list of river tours and operators.

  • Bateaux London Thames Dining Cruise Experiences

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    River Tour

    Embankment Pier, Victoria Embankment, Westminster, WC2N 6NU [map]

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    Bateaux London Dining Cruise Experiences combine fresh food, exclusive views of London and upbeat live entertainment to create a London must-do experience.

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    From £31.50
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  • City Cruises

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    River Tour

    Victoria Embankment, Westminster, SW1A 2JH [map]

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    Frequent sightseeing cruises on the River Thames between Westminster, Waterloo, Tower and Greenwich piers as well as breakfast, lunch and tea cruises.

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    From £12.25
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  • KPMG Thames Clippers

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    River Tour

    61 Trinity Buoy Wharf, E14 0FP [map]

    KPMG Thames Clippers provides Londoners with a hassle-free commute and also offers tourists and day-trippers a unique way of sightseeing from the river. Routes were recently extended to Putney.

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    From £4.50
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  • Thames RIB Experience

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    River Tour

    Victoria Embankment, WC2N 6NU [map]

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    Book a high-speed London RIB boat ride down the Thames. Tours depart daily from Embankment Pier.

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    From £36.00
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  • Bateaux London Elite Lunch Cruise

    River Tour

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    Bateaux London Thames Dining Cruise Experiences WC2N 6NU [map]

    Thames River lunch cruises are ideal for both business lunches or those wishing to relax with friends and family. Overseen by the executive chef, the three-course meal is prepared and freshly cooked on board.

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    From £45.00
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  • Thames Jazz Dinner Cruise with City Cruises

    River Tour

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    City Cruises SW1A 2JH [map]

    See some of London’s major riverside sights on a three-hour cruise along the Thames while being serenaded with jazz.

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    From £49.00
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  • Afternoon Tea Cruise Aboard City Cruises

    River Tour

    City Cruises SW1A 2JH [map]

    Take the river in style and savour the majestic sights of the Thames while indulging in traditional afternoon tea with all the trimmings.

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    From £25.00
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  • Bateaux London Elite Dinner Cruise

    River Tour

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    Bateaux London Thames Dining Cruise Experiences WC2N 6NU [map]

    The Symphony, with its glass-encased interior, will give exclusive panoramic views during your three-hour dinner cruise. The Houses of Parliament, London Eye, Tower of London, Tower Bridge and St Paul’s Cathedral are all part of the scenery.

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    From £130.00
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  • Bateaux London Premiere Dinner Cruise

    River Tour

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    Bateaux London Thames Dining Cruise Experiences WC2N 6NU [map]

    The Symphony, with its glass-encased interior, will give exclusive panoramic views during your three-hour dinner cruise. The Houses of Parliament, London Eye, Tower of London, Tower Bridge and St Paul’s Cathedral are all part of the scenery.

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    From £99.00
    (USD166.17)
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  • City Cruises - River Red Rover

    River Tour

    Victoria Embankment, Westminster, SW1A 2JH [map]

    Hop on and hop off City Cruises’ sightseeing boats with the River Red Rover day pass, which offers unlimited travel. Travel from Westminster to Greenwich, stopping off between the EDF London Eye and Tower Piers.

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    £17.00
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  • City Cruises - Westminster to Tower

    River Tour

    Victoria Embankment, Westminster, SW1A 2JH [map]

    The Westminster to Tower (or vice versa) sevice departs from 10.00am from Westminster and Tower piers. Services run approximately every 30 minutes.

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  • London Eye River Cruise Experience

    River Tour

    Waterloo Peir, Waterloo, [map]

    See London from a different perspective and enjoy a unique 40-minute circular sightseeing cruise on the river Thames with fascinating live commentary presented by trained guides.

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    From £32.40
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  • Woods' Silver Fleet

    River Tour

    Somerset House, South Wing, Strand, [map]

    Admire views of London's iconic riverscape aboard design-led vessels steeped in history, tradition and timeless elegance.

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  • Circular Cruise, Westminster

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    Blackfriars Pier, The Old Pump House, Paul's Walk, EC4V 3QR [map]

    Daily scheduled circular cruises lasting approximately one hour from Westminster Pier.

  • London Duck Tours

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    River Tour

    55 York Road London, SE1 7NJ [map]

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    London Duck Tours – Amazing Amphibious Adventure near the London Eye. It's the only way to experience the sights and sounds of Central London on land and river without leaving the comfort of your seat!

  • London RIB Voyages

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    River Tour

    The London Eye Pier, Boarding Gate One, Southbank, SE1 7NJ [map]

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    Edge-of-your-seat speedboat sightseeing on the iconic river Thames. These breathtaking, action-packed experiences depart daily from The London Eye. Come on board today!

  • Rib Tours London

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    River Tour

    Festival Pier, Belvedere Road, Southbank, Waterloo, SE1 8XZ [map]

    Exclusive with passenger numbers limited to a maximum of 12 passengers tour. Adventures on the Thames for everyone, suitable for all ages, interests and abilities; individuals,couples and friends.

  • Pukka Up

    River Tour

    Tower Millennium Pier, EC3N 4DT [map]

    Pukka Up, the world's biggest boat party organisers, regularly sail in London, Ibiza, Miami and Australia. Our Thames boat parties bring you the best clubbing experience the famous river has to offer.

  • Classic Sunday Lunch Jazz Cruise

    River Tour

    Recurring event

    Bateaux London Thames Dining Cruise Experiences WC2N 6NU [map]

    Music lovers will relish the change to see some of London’s best riverside sights while listening to a jazz band. Bateaux London’s two-and-a-half-hour Sunday Lunch Jazz Cruise features a three-course meal and entertainment.

  • City Cruises - The London Showboat

    River Tour

    Victoria Embankment, SW1A 2JH [map]

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    If you like musicals, you'll love this! City Cruises' London Showboat combines top tunes from West End shows with a superb four-course meal as part of its unique cabaret cruise.