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The London Eye and Big Ben may be the first sights that come to mind when you think of London, but the true heart of United Kingdom’s capital lies in its waterways; the River Thames. Spawning one of the world’s leading cities, the River Thames brought early trade and lifeblood to old London town, and remains at the heart of Britain today. With the Tower of London, Westminster Abbey, iconic Southbank, and more than 100 key bridges at its helms, the River Thames remains a popular draw card for business and leisure. Tourists and locals alike travel far and wide to meander down the river, and it’s easy to see why. A cruise along these murky waters will convert you for life.

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  • Our tips for Thames Cruise

    Our tips for Thames Cruise
    • Set sail. Tours along the spectacular River Thames are plentiful. Opt for a night cruise to experience the Thames in all it’s glory, or take a day cruise tour to see historic sights of London in detail.
    • Don’t take a dip. It may look pretty, but under the surface of the River Thames lies a host of dirty nasties as well as more than 100 fish species! Authorities enforce strict no swimming laws for health and safety reasons, so keep above the water.
    • Festive markets are always a good idea. Have yourself a merry little Christmas at the Southbank Christmas Markets on the Thames’ edge. It’s a magical way to see the River Thames of an evening, but be sure to rug up; London in December is chilly!
  • Good to know

    Good to know
    Best Time To Visit If you’re walking bankside, be sure to keep outside of peak tourist times and opt for a quieter weekday visit. The River Thames is best experienced in the quieter months of late August and early September, when most tourists have left the capital and pleasant weather remains.
    Getting There Spanning 346 kilometres of Britain, there’s no one way to visit or make your way to the River Thames. For a truly iconic London experience, get a London Underground train and alight from Westminster to see the River Thames, Big Ben, and the London Eye align.
    Money Saving Tips Exploring the river itself is, of course, free. Complement your stroll with a cruise along the river for a London experience to remember. Book your riverside experiences in advance to get great deals and save yourself some extra pennies.
    Did you know? Impress your fellow travellers with these interesting titbits about London’s River Thames…
    • The River Thames is 346km long. It is crossed by 104 bridges, and has 80 islands and 45 locks. 200 rowing clubs sail its waters each year.
    • The River Thames was the city’s dumping ground for sewage and waste until 1865. The stench of the river reached its peak in 1858 when Parliament had to be suspended because of the overpowering and unhygienic smell festering from the Thames.
    • Dubbed ‘the Dead River’, on average one body is fished out of the River Thames each week.