Horrible Histories Live Onboard - Terrible Thames

Tower Bridge Quay

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Tower Bridge Quay

St Katharine’s Way


All Abord! Horrible Histories' Terrible Thames makes its comeback for another season in London after a successful run in 2022. 

After experiencing great success in many forms, from TV programs to the theatre stage, Horrible Histories is taking its unique brand of learning to the river Thames in a new show combining sightseeing with theatre. No details are spared, with grisly stories making it to the centre stage.

What is Terrible Thames?

This one-of-a-kind tour offers a fun and engaging way to learn about the darker side of London's iconic river, from its role as a dumping ground to its use as a transportation route for prisoners and criminals. Take a dive into the deepest secrets the famous river holds and tremble as you approach the Tower of London where heads rolled on execution day! 

Two actors portraying a student and a teacher delve into the history and fun facts as you cruise the Thames. Hear about the Gunpowder Plot, the Great Fire of London, and the time the river was used as a football pitch during a harsh winter.

As you travel along the Thames, you'll be treated to a series of entertaining performances that cover a wide range of historical periods, from the Roman occupation of Britain to the Victorian era, full of tales that don't shy away from the more gruesome and disturbing aspects of the river's past.

The Horrible Histories Terrible Thames cruise is also a great way to see some of London's most iconic landmarks from a unique perspective. As you cruise along the river, you'll pass famous sites such as the Tower of London, the Houses of Parliament, and the London Eye, all while learning about their historical significance.

Whether you're a history buff or are just looking for a unique way to see the city, this tour is sure to be a memorable experience. So, climb aboard and set sail on a journey through London's grisly past.

Where is the play showing?

Terrible Thames is a sightseeing cruise combined with a theatrical experience. The cruise departs from Tower Bridge Quay, on St Katharine's Way. Tower Hill (Circle and District lines) is the closest tube station.

How to get tickets?

Book your tickets for Terrible Thames now.

How long is the cruise?

The show lasts 45 minutes.

When are the performances taking place?

Weekend trips start at the end of June from Tower Bridge Quay, with daily sailings throughout the summer until 17 July. Terrible Thames has a departure every hour from 10.45am to 3.55pm. Make sure to check your ticket in advance and allow enough time to board the cruise.

What is the cruise itinerary?

Terrible Thames is a round-trip on the river Thames. You will return to the same departure point, Tower Bridge Quay.

What age is the play suitable for?

The show is recommended for anyone aged five and above. Children of all ages are welcomed abord, however, those under 15 years old must be accompanied by an adult.

What other shows can I see in London?

Discover history from the perspective of Henry VIII’s wives told via pop songs with Six at the Vaudeville Theatre. Or follow larger-than-life Henry VIII and other iconic characters from the Tudor period with the humorous adaptation of Terrible Tudors on the stage of the Garrick Theatre.