The Best Way to Capture London – Take a Thames River Cruise

by Gavin Darvell

Cruising down the river, watching the world pass you by, it’s one of travel’s great delights and a wonderful way to see what a city offers. London is without doubt, one of the great capitals of the world, and fortunately it’s river, The River Thames runs right through it.

There are many ways to explore London, bus, walk, tube, bike and on foot. Take a Thames river cruise, however, and you are capturing the very best this city can offer. Not convinced, then let us take you on a cruise down the Thames to Greenwich. Hurry! The boat leaves soon and we don’t want to be late.




Starting Point: Westminster Pier

We start our journey at Westminster pier. It’s where you’ll find many cruises begin. The pier is easily reachable from Westminster underground station. Also, it’s just down from the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben. So, wonder around there first, then hop aboard. On the other side, you’ll see the London Eye and the old London Assembly building. Already you have ticked off two or three of the great London landmarks. Right, grab your seat as we’re about to set sail!

Top tip: If you can, and the weather is playing ball, try to sit outside. You’ll get the true London atmosphere sitting outside.


Towards Tower Bridge

As you meander your way downstream, you’ll get a commentary onbaord that will reveal many of London’s secrets. Listen in and scan the shoreline for attractions. You’ll pass by the iconic and very 60s looking South Bank Centre and the National Theatre. The OXO tower is also close by, and what remains of the London bridge. One of many bridges you’ll pass by on your journey today.

Look to your right and there’s the Tate Modern art gallery, and quick turn to the left for a view of St Pauls Cathedral as you head under the Millennium bridge (thankfully not wobbling now!) Then it’s turn right again as you see Shakespeare’s Globe theatre.

Top tip: You can get cheap standing tickets for performances, like they did when it was originally constructed. Well worth an evening out.

You’ll notice as we continue down the unique architecture and the modern skyscrapers of the city of London. Especially the Shard as it’s point pierces the sky! Not long until we pass under Tower Bridge, but before then you have the HMS Belfast moored on the right side and The Tower of London on the other. Give the watching crowd a wave as you head under the stunning, and much photographed Tower Bridge. One of the most iconic London landmarks.


London cruises in Greenwich

Photo by Lison Zhao on Unsplash


Finish point: Greenwich is near

The next segment takes us through some of the residential areas along the river. The Wharfs make for fascinating viewing and as we turn the corner, you’ll see the docklands re-development area, Canary Wharf. Our final destination isn’t far off, and you’ll see the Greenwich observatory peeking over on the distant hill. Once docked at Greenwich pier, you have the Maritime Museum and the Cutty Sark ship to see along with the observatory and park. And the town itself has quirky stalls in the market, so make sure to spend a few hours exploring. Then it’s back onboard the boat for the trip back, keeping your eyes peeled for all those places you missed on the way up. Or is it back down?


There’s no denying that a Thames river cruise is a great way to capture the best of London. And with a range of options and alternatives available to you, such as dinner cruise, power boats trips for the adrenaline junkies, well, it’s a London tour you really can’t miss out on.

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