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Flowing right through the heart of London, the Thames River is both the city's lifeline and its dividing point, with Londoners traditionally falling into two camps: those who live north of the river and those who live south of the river. Visitors to the capital will find that the scenic riverfront is impossible to miss on any tour and is also home to many of the city's landmarks—walk from Westminster to Tower Bridge and you'll pass the London Eye, Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament, the Tower of London, St Paul's Cathedral, Shakespeare's Globe and the London Bridge.

A boat ride along the Thames River is a quintessential London experience, with sightseeing rides, dinner cruises and hop-on, hop-off boat tours all serving as popular choices. Many tours even run all the way to Greenwich, passing Canary Wharf and the magnificent Cutty Sark. For the most atmospheric views, opt for a night cruise along the Thames or catch sight of the waterway from above at the London Eye, London Shard or even on a helicopter tour.

Insider's Tip: The River Thames has been seen on-screen in numerous movies—James Bond, Harry Potter, Sherlock Holmes and Indiana Jones have all crossed its famous waters. Keep an eye out for spots along the water that have made big-screen appearances.

Practical Info

The Thames River runs for 215 miles (346 km), from the Cotswolds in the west, through Oxford and London, to the coast at Southend-on-Sea. In London, river bus services run daily between Putney and Woolwich, stopping at 19 piers throughout the city, while sightseeing tours and cruises typically leave from Embankment, Tower, Westminster or Greenwich piers.

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Big Bus London Hop-On Hop-Off Tour, London, null
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Big Bus London Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

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See the sights of London aboard an open-top, double-decker Big Bus as you admire 360-degree views of top attractions and listen to captivating commentary. Use ...  Read more

Location: London, United Kingdom
Duration: Varies

From USD $23.75
The Original London Sightseeing Tour: Hop-on Hop-off, London, Hop-on Hop-off Tours
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The Original London Sightseeing Tour: Hop-on Hop-off

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Discover top London attractions at your leisure on this flexible open dated hop-on hop-off sightseeing tour of London. With three family-friendly routes and ...  Read more

Location: London, United Kingdom
Duration: 1 day (approx.)

From USD $34.31
London Thames River Dinner Cruise, London, Hop-on Hop-off Tours
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London Thames River Dinner Cruise

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Dine in style aboard a luxury sightseeing boat on a 2.5-hour Thames River dinner cruise! Choose to travel aboard the elegant ‘Harmony’ or ‘Symphony’ at one of ...  Read more

Location: London, United Kingdom
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $108.22
Thames Hop-On Hop-Off River Cruise, London, Dinner Cruises
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Thames Hop-On Hop-Off River Cruise

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The best way to see London's sights and splendor is from the deck of a boat. With this hop-on hop-off pass you can cruise up and down the Thames, alighting at ...  Read more

Location: London, United Kingdom
Duration: 1 Day Pass

From USD $24.41
The London Showboat Dinner Cruise on the Thames River, London, Hop-on Hop-off Tours
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The London Showboat Dinner Cruise on the Thames River

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Enjoy a evening of food, wine and entertainment as you cruise down the River Thames. Glide past some of London's most spectacular landmarks including the ...  Read more

Location: London, United Kingdom
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $105.58
High-Speed Thames River RIB Cruise in London, London, Dinner Cruises
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High-Speed Thames River RIB Cruise in London

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Combine London sightseeing with a white-knuckle speedboat ride on a 50-minute Thames River cruise. Board your modern RIB (rigid-inflatable boat) and soak up ...  Read more

Location: London, United Kingdom
Duration: 50 minutes (approx.)

From USD $57.41
London Vintage Bus Tour with Afternoon Tea, London, Day Cruises
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London Vintage Bus Tour with Afternoon Tea

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Discover London’s top attractions by vintage double-decker bus and Thames River cruiser, and enjoy a traditional afternoon tea with scones, too. Admire famous ...  Read more

Location: London, United Kingdom
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $64.67
River Thames High-Speed Cruise, London, Half-day Tours
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River Thames High-Speed Cruise

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Are you an adrenaline junkie? Then this high-speed Thames river RIB experience cruise tour is tailor made for you! London will truly come alive and kicking ...  Read more

Location: London, United Kingdom
Duration: Varies

From USD $52.79
Thames River Sightseeing Cruise with Afternoon Tea, London, Day Cruises
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Thames River Sightseeing Cruise with Afternoon Tea

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Take afternoon tea on the Thames during a 1.5-hour river sightseeing cruise in London. While enjoying the oh-so-British tradition of tea with cakes and ...  Read more

Location: London, United Kingdom
Duration: 90 minutes (approx.)

From USD $40.91
London Thames River Lunch Cruise, London, Day Cruises
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London Thames River Lunch Cruise

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Escape London's hustle and bustle, and combine lunch with a sightseeing cruise on the River Thames. You'll cruise in style and enjoy a three-course lunch, ...  Read more

Location: London, United Kingdom
Duration: 90 minutes (approx.)

From USD $47.51

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