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Enjoying a tranquil, relaxing Thames 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: congested traffic, a crowded underground, and exorbitant taxi fares. Thames Cruises provide relief from the chaos on the streets, leaving only you, the water, and London’s best attractions. As, the main, arterial waterway of London, it makes sense that most of the well-known and popular attractions either sit directly on the Thames or a short jaunt from the docks. On a Thames Cruise, you can even hop on and off at piers near St. Paul’s Cathedral, Big Ben, the Tate Modern Museum, Shakespeare’s Globe, the Tower of London, and much more! So, think outside the box and experience London’s best attractions from the waters of the Thames!

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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 season, the weather in London seems to vary by the 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!

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Best time to visit
Choosing the best time for a Thames Cruise tour depends on what you value most. 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. It’s your chance to wear a peacoat. Spring and Fall bring milder weather and less tourists. But, pack an umbrella for the frequent showers.
Getting there
The Thames is a 346-kilometer river starting in Gloucestershire, flowing through the heart of London, and emptying into the North Sea. So, it’s easy to find. With that said, most travellers first enjoy the Thames while in the capital. And, getting there depends on where you’d like to experience the Thames. Want to sit on the banks nears the London Bridge before your Thames cruise? Then, take the Jubiliee or Northern underground line to the London Bridge station. Fancy a picnic on the Thames near Big Ben? Take the Jubilee, Circle, or District underground line to the Westminster station.
Money saving tips
Low on dough? No problem! Although a Thames Cruise already represents a great value when compared to other London attractions, 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!
Did you know?
Quick Trivia – Impress your fellow travellers with these River Thames factoids.
  • Dolphin watching on the Thames? On rare occasions, both dolphins and porpoises have been spotted searching for food in the heart of London.
  • 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.
  • Nearly 70% of London’s drinking water comes from the River Thames. Don’t worry, you can safely drink it!

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