Thames river cruises

Whether you opt for a luxurious dining cruise or an adrenaline-pumping speedboat experience, see London's famous sites on a top river Thames cruise.
Woman on Thames boat ride in front of Tower Bridge
  • 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

Thames speedboat tours

Get the adrenaline flowing with an exciting London speedboat experience. 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! Thamesjet, which also operates speedboat tours, will resume its services in April 2021.

Circular Cruise

circular cruise boat on Thames in front of Tower of London

Travel between Westminster Pier and St Katharine Docks on the hop-on hop-off Circular Cruise, which is run by Thames River Sightseeing. Spot 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. 

Tate Boat

If you're planning a cultural day out, take a leisurely Thames boat ride between Tate Modern and Tate Britain on the Tate Boat (also known as Uber Boat by Thames Clippers' RB2 service). 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. 

Uber Boat by Thames Clippers to Greenwich

You can also venture outside of the city centre by boat. Travel to Greenwich via one of the Uber Boat by 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 Sightseeing

Marrying style with insight, Thames River Sightseeing provides tours along the river on spacious boats such as the 524-seat 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, during a round-trip between Kingston and Richmond. Pass historic Hampton Court Palace as you meander along the river, without getting off. Choose the Sundown Cruise for some epic riverside sunsets.

Clipper and cable car

Travel on an Uber Boat by 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 ParkThe O2 and the iconic city skyline.

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.

Kayak tour

Navigate your own path and paddle on the Thames or around London's canals via kayak with the London Kayak Co. Led by qualified instructors, navigate your way between Battersea and Greenwich at day or night, embark on a round trip from Greenwich to the Thames Barrier, or take a leisurely trip between Poplar and Tower Bridge.

Booking London river cruise tickets

Pre-booking tickets is the best way to guarantee a place on board your river Thames cruise, and some operators now require you to do so as part of new procedures in place following the coronavirus outbreak.

You can pick up tickets at pier ticket offices for some services, while other operators require pre-booking via an app or contactless payment when boarding  – 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 Uber Boat by 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.

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