London Thames Cruises Tours

Enjoying a tranquil Thames River Cruise ranks among the top things to do in London. As one of the world’s major metropolises, London suffers from all of the maladies common to big cities like congested traffic and there’s nothing better than Thames Cruises to get relief from the chaos on the streets, leaving only you, the water, and London’s best attractions.
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Our tips for Thames River Cruises

  • Ditch the heels. Although the waters of the Thames stay quite calm, you’re still on a boat that will pitch and roll at times. Don’t break an ankle!
  • Layer up. Regardless of the season, the weather in London seems to vary by hour. Wear layers that you can remove quickly and easily.
  • Table for two. If you plan to eat somewhere along the Thames before or after your Thames Cruise, make reservations. Reservations fill up fast in the big city!
  • Save extra bucks. You can save even more money by combining a cruise with admission to one of London’s most famous landmarks. Pair a Thames Cruise with admission to the SEALIFE London Aquarium, London Dungeon, London Eye, St. Paul’s Cathedral, and many more!

Good to know

The Thames is a 346-kilometer river starting in Gloucestershire, flowing through the heart of London, and emptying into the North Sea. Nearly 70% of London’s drinking water comes from the River Thames. So, you can safely drink it!

The Crown Estate owns the riverbed of the Thames and has leased most of it to the Port of London Authority. Just a couple of centuries ago, the Thames would freeze over regularly, allowing for various winter sports to be played on the ice.

The Thames river path is 296 km long and is the longest river walk in entire Europe. It has more than 80 islands and is home to over 120 species of aquatic animals. On rare occasions, both dolphins and porpoises have been spotted searching for food in the heart of London. The river is guarded by over 5 different police forces as it runs through 7 counties - Wiltshire, Oxfordshire, Gloucestershire, Berkshire, Surrey, Buckinghamshire, and Greater London.

According to archaeological records, humans have been settling by the river since 10,200 BC. It is also famous for rowing competitions in the UK with over 200 active rowing clubs.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Q: What is the best time to book Thames river cruise tickets?

    If you want the best weather, then you should take a Thames Cruise in the summer. But keep in mind that this is when London is teeming with tourists. If you want better value for your accommodations in this expensive city, arrive during the winter. It’s quite chilly, but not unbearable. Spring and Fall bring milder weather and fewer tourists.

  • Q: How do I get there?

    If you want to sit on the banks near London Bridge, then take the Jubilee or Northern underground line to the London Bridge station. If you fancy a picnic on the Thames near Big Ben, take the Jubilee, Circle, or District underground line to Westminster station.

  • Q: What are the other attractions to include in a one-day itinerary for Thames River cruise?

    The best way to experience other top London attractions in your one-day itinerary is by booking a hop on and off Thames River Cruise. You can get off at piers near St. Paul’s Cathedral, Big Ben, the Tate Modern Museum, Shakespeare’s Globe, the Tower of London, and more for a flexible sightseeing experience.

  • Q: How far is the Thames river from the London City Center?

    Thames river is situated around 47 km away from the City Center of London.

  • Q: What are the best places to eat near the river Thames?

    You can check out the most popular eating options near the river Thames like Blueprint Café and The Bingham to enjoy delectable English cuisine with mesmerizing views.

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