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Immerse yourself in the magic of the season with a festive Christmas cruise along the River Thames! For a whimsical 1.5 hours, savor a delicious Christmas-themed lunch or afternoon tea – complete with spicy mulled wine! – as you take in the dazzle of London's riverside sights. From your comfortable seat, shut out the winter chill and delight in prime views of attractions like Big Ben and the London Eye bedecked in color and light.  


  • Christmas cruise in London with afternoon tea or 2-course lunch
  • Cruise along the River Thames seeing top London attractions decked with Christmas lights
  • Pass sights such as Big Ben, the London Eye and Houses of Parliament
  • Learn about the sights from the onboard audio commentary
  • Enjoy a Christmas-themed menu for your choice of lunch or afternoon tea

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

There's no better way to see the sights of London than from the river! Enjoy cruising underneath the iconic Tower Bridge while getting into the festive spirit.

What You Can Expect

River Thames Christmas Cruise with Lunch or Afternoon Tea

Enjoy a traditional mince pie on your Christmas cruise!

Head to Tower Pier in central London, where your magical Christmas cruise departs at midday for the lunch excursion or late afternoon for afternoon tea. Board the glass-encased boat and find a seat in the cozy, indoor saloon, aglow with Christmas ornamentation. Shrug off the wintery chill with a warm drink and enjoy panoramic views of London as you set off on the River Thames.

Delight in the sparkle of Christmas lights as you drift past elegant riverside attractions like the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben, the illuminated London Eye and Shakespeare’s famous Globe Theatre, running performances every season of the year. As you cruise, enjoy live commentary full of fascinating facts and anecdotes about these historic sites.

Your 1.5-hour dining cruise includes either a rich 2-course lunch or afternoon tea (depending on your selection). Savor piping hot mulled wine and roasted delights as you soak up the magic of the season! Your cruise ends back at the departure point at Tower Pier with plenty of time to sightsee (and walk off your hearty meal).


Customer Reviews

Glorious family United Kingdom

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2014

The River Thames Christmas Cruise was a most exciting outing for the family. The afternoon tea was good with the cakes and cookies. All the children had interesting and unforgettable experience cruising on the boat. Thank you Viator.

Wayne H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2013

Extraordinary service and experience. A highlight of our visit to London.

Giselle P

4 star rating: Recommended January 2016

What a wonderful cruise the food was excellent, the other passengers were very excited and sadly , we couldn't hear the commentary very well which was a shame , the times we could hear him, he seemed really knowledgable and witty.

Helen S

2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better December 2015

Having read the description of the afternoon tea river cruise, I was disappointed that the cruise did not live up to what was described. For example, there was no live commentary at all. We did not 'drift' past the houses of parliament or big ben as the cruise turned around at the London eye. There was no mulled wine and the christmas decorations were minimal and if i hadn't have known, i would have never called it a festive cruise. There was a cheap looking metal tree on the table and 2 garlands on the ceiling but no baubles or lights or even a christmas tree. The afternoon tea itself was nice and filling and there was plenty of helpful staff. Overall the cruise didnt live up to my expectations.

Haydon M

1 star rating: I do not recommend this December 2013

When we arrived we were greeted on the quay by a guide who checked our Viator voucher and showed us to the boat. Then the problem. We were told by the person checking the groups aboard on the boat we were not on her 'schedule' and couldn't come aboard. The seven of looked at her as she tried to turn us away. So we argued and waived our booking form. Finally she relented and let us aboard as another group arrived and encountered the same issue. They were not allowed on the boat and went angrily away. We had to wait while they laid more places. This is definitely not a trip to book. Where do you go when your party is upset in this way. Absolutely terrible.

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