See some of London's most iconic sites from the river.
Choose from hop-on-hop-off tours, speedboat tours, dinner cruises and more.
Away from the Thames, take a tour along London's canals.
The river Thames is the perfect vantage point for some of London’s most iconic sites. From sightseeing trips with expert guides to fun dining experiences, find out about some of the best river cruises and canal tours in London.
City Cruises hop-on hop-off tour
Travel to tourist hotspots including the Houses of Parliament, the London Eye and Tower Bridge on one of City Cruises’ regular sightseeing boats. Explore the city at your own pace and hop on and hop off as often as you like with a 24-hour pass offering unlimited access. Book now
Bateaux London dining cruise
Experience a dining river cruise in London aboard one of Bateaux London’s luxurious glass-fronted vessels. See the sights lit up at night on its Thames dinner cruise, try an elegant lunch cruise, savour afternoon tea or tuck into a hearty Sunday lunch; all while enjoying live entertainment from talented musicians. Book now
Thames speedboat tours
Get the adrenaline flowing with an exciting London speedboat experience. Zoom around the Thames at breakneck speeds with Thamesjet, whizz along to the soundtrack of James Bond on a Thames RIB Experience, or feel the wind whip through your hair on a Thames Rockets ride. Speedboat tours of the Thames are sure to induce FOMO among your friends!
Travel between Westminster Pier and St Katharine Docks on the hop-on hop-off Circular Cruise, spotting many attractions along the way, including Somerset House, the Southbank Centre and Tate Modern. Soak up the stunning views of London as you listen to commentary from the captain on the non-stop return back to Westminster.
If you're planning a cultural day out, take a leisurely Thames boat ride between Tate Modern and Tate Britain on the Tate Boat. It’s a relaxing alternative to the Tube and a handy way to see some of London's finest classic and modern artworks in one day. Look out for other landmark buildings en route.
Thames Clippers to Greenwich
You can also venture outside of the city centre by boat. Travel to Greenwich via one of the Thames Clippers and arrive in appropriately nautical style at the historic maritime area. Download its app to make use of an audio guide during the 30-minute journey from central London.
Thames River Services
Marrying style with insight, Thames River Services provides a brilliant tour along the river on the Thomas Doggett. Soak up some history with a multilingual audio system, which delivers commentary about iconic landmarks along the leisurely route from Westminster to the Thames Barrier.
Turks Launches tour
Turks Launches riverboats have been travelling the Thames for 300 years. Cruise past picturesque stretches of south-west London and disembark at historic Hampton Court Palace or get off at leafy Richmond for a stroll around Richmond Park, before meandering back to catch the sunset over the river.
Clipper and cable car
Travel on a Thames Clippers River Roamer to North Greenwich pier before taking to the skies in an Emirates Air Line cable car for stunning views of Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, The O2 and the iconic city skyline. Book now
Canal boat tour
Discover a different waterway route north of the Thames on a narrowboat trip along Regent’s Canal. Begin at Jason’s Wharf in Little Venice and find yourself in lively Camden's Lock Market by the end of the gentle hour-and-a-half-long return cruise.
Navigate your own path and paddle on the Thames or around London's canals via kayak. Led by a qualified instructor, see the Queen's residence at Windsor, kayak past Hampton Court Palace or make friends with the inhabitants of the Giraffe House and Snowden Aviary as you pass ZSL London Zoo!
Booking London river cruise tickets
Pre-booking tickets is the best way to guarantee a place on board your river Thames cruise. You can also pick up tickets at pier ticket offices – if you have a Travelcard, you can get a third off some fares. Touch in and out with your pay as you go Oyster card for a discounted fare on Thames Clippers services.
Browse through the London river cruises in the "All River Tours" link below, or find out how to use river bus services.