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London Thames River Evening Cruise

Greater London, United Kingdom
  • 2 hours (approx.)
  • Mobile ticket


Experience bustling London at twilight with a 2-hour evening cruise along the historic River Thames! Delight in the glittery cityscape as you pass contemporary attractions like the Gherkin, the London Eye and the Shard, and historic sites such as St Paul’s Cathedral and the haunting Tower of London. Indulge in sparkling wine and canapés as you cruise the river and take in London from this romantic vantage point. 
  • 2-hour Thames River evening cruise in London
  • Cruise by top London attractions such as the London Eye, Big Ben and Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre
  • See London's famous sights illuminated against the night sky as the sun sets
  • Savor a glass of complimentary sparkling wine and enjoy a selection of delicious canapés
  • Listen to live music from an onboard musician

What's Included

  • Glass of sparkling wine
  • Live entertainment
  • Selection of canapés
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Gratuities

Departure & Return

Departure Point

  • Westminster Pier

Departure Time

  • 6:30pm with boarding at 6:15pm

Return Details

  • Returns to original departure point at approximately 8:30pm

What To Expect

Your luxurious evening cruise departs from Westminster Pier. Make your way there with plenty of time for the early evening departure, and stroll the open-air deck as you embark on a leisurely float along London’s historic River Thames. Find a seat in the indoor saloon, enjoy live music and help yourself to a glass of sparkling wine and delicious, hand-passed nibbles. Then relax and admire dazzling views of the city landmarks at dusk.

Heading first past Westminster, you’ll witness the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben bathed in a sunset glow. Glide past the London Eye and Shakespeare’s famous Globe Theatre, a historic Elizabethan monument and active events venue. Then spot the city's distinctive glass towers, the Gherkin and the Shard – London’s tallest building at 1,016 feet (310 meters) in height. Across the river, the mystery-laden Tower of London offers stark juxtaposition to these modern constructions, reminding viewers of London’s rich and colorful history.

The final leg of your cruise takes you to Greenwich Pier, passing Canary Wharf and the magnificent Cutty Sark, one of the world’s last intact clipper ships. From here, your boat will make its way back to Westminster Pier. As you cruise through the descending night, treat yourself to a drink from the onboard bar (own expense).  Your 2-hour tour returns with plenty of time to hit the town.

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Dress code is smart casual
  • Minimum age is 18 years
Operated by City Cruises

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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52 reviews
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We loved this cruise. They provided...
renes, Apr 2018
We loved this cruise. They provided one glass of champagne and appetizers all night, cash bar after the initial glass of champagne. Beautiful view of various sites along the Thames. Would highly recommend this cruise.
Great tour!!! We picked the perfect...
shannaaugust, Oct 2017
Great tour!!! We picked the perfect night. There was a full moon and we were even able to witness tower bridge raising
Too many people packed onto the boat...
Kathleen B, Sep 2017
Too many people packed onto the boat. Difficult to find somewhere to sit as it was raining. Had to face inwards and couldn't really see. Once the rain cleared we could go up on deck and had some space.
Lovely to see the Thames at night...
Linda M, Apr 2017
Lovely to see the Thames at night. Enjoyed the sparkling wine and tasty canapes as well as the jazz music..
Absolutely beautiful way to see the...
Teshome M, Mar 2017
Absolutely beautiful way to see the city on the River Thames. Drinks were inexpensive, sights were amazing. Would definitely do this again.
We did this on our last night in London...
Julie W, Mar 2017
We did this on our last night in London and it was the perfect ending to our trip! Even our two sons 21 and 18 enjoyed it very much. We were lucky and had beautiful weather that night, so we sat up top. We came prepared with hats, jackets, scarves and gloves, but it was surprising to us how many people stayed below. It was very nice inside with live music and canapes, but even with the large windows it seemed hard to see the beautiful London skyline. And the glass of sparkling wine was a wonderful touch!
We had a really great time and enjoyed...
carmanton, Feb 2017
We had a really great time and enjoyed it to the full. We went on this in January and it was a really cold night so you couldn't resist more then few minutes on the open deck. I would recommend to take this tour in Summer if possible although we still had a great time.
The staff was very friendly and...
Leah F, Jan 2017
The staff was very friendly and engaging, and the trip was much longer than I had anticipated! My boyfriend and I had plenty of time to enjoy a bottle of wine and the many rounds of canapes. I planned this for his birthday, as the London Eye was closed for annual maintenance, and it proved to be the perfect thing! Although it was the 20th of January, we spent the entire return route on the open air deck above, snuggling up and enjoying the lights.
A really nice experience. The boat in a...
macha, Jan 2017
A really nice experience. The boat in a excellent conditions with all the crew aboard with a smile in their faces and a very good service. We enjoy passing though all the best spots in London: The Elizabeth Tower with its Big Ben Clock, The Parliament, Tate Modern Museum and specially The London Bridge that we admire it thoughtfully and the best thing: we took great pictures in a different perspective. Very nice ride!
Not amazing, we cruised at night so the...
Vanessa B, Dec 2016
Not amazing, we cruised at night so the sites were beautiful however we were disappointed with the layout of the vessel and the 'selection of delicious canapés'. There was nowhere near enough for everyone on the cruise and a lot of us walked off starving. One of the crew members was quite rude to an older disabled individual which didn't sit right with us.
The tour was nice, however, the boat...
Maria B, Dec 2016
The tour was nice, however, the boat was far too late and on board the windows were steamed. For a good view you had to go to the upper deck, but because of the temperature it was too cold to stay outside on this deck. The snacks were fine and plenty. The bubbles too. Because of Christmas time the river Thames cruise was okay. The crew was kind.
Absolutely incredible. The London...
David J, Oct 2016
Absolutely incredible. The London skyline at night was so beautiful. As we travel the world these past several years, we always go on an evening cruise, and this was the best by far. We chose the cruise with no dinner. A dinner cruise takes too much away from the reason you are there. The evening lights cruise was perfect in every way.
The boat was OK but we had to contend...
James W, Sep 2016
The boat was OK but we had to contend with a very loud party next to us that ruined the experience.
Very well organised and safe...
Michael R, Jul 2016
Very well organised and safe. Marvellous weather added to the experience!
Quite good but obviously no sunset in...
Pervy, Jul 2016
Quite good but obviously no sunset in summer months as cruise gets back hours before sunset
Well worth it and very good way to see...
Wes R, May 2016
Well worth it and very good way to see London from the river perspective
Rain caused made visibility...
mary jo k, Apr 2016
Rain caused made visibility issues...very nice tour!
I enjoyed the tour. We were on the...
Elizabeth P, Mar 2016
I enjoyed the tour. We were on the inside with live jazz music, snacks, and glasses of wine being served seeing the most beautiful lights/sights London has to offer. What is not to like?
Not bad. We went in winter so we...
Imaan C, Feb 2015
Not bad. We went in winter so we couldnt sit at the top for very long. The inside was overheated so it made you really sleep. The music was bit too loud.
I really enjoyed this experience, I...
Naomi Louise W, Jan 2015
I really enjoyed this experience, I brought it for my boyfriends Christmas present and it was way better than I thought! Would definately recommend it


Product code: 3542RIVERLIGHTS