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City Cruises - River Thames, London Sightseeing Trips
You can enjoy many of London's famous landmarks whilst enjoying a leisurely River Thames cruise.
City Cruises have four River Thames cruise start points:
Westminster Pier on the Victoria Embankment, Westminster - Start your River Thames cruise at Big Ben!
London Eye Pier, Jubilee Gardens, Waterloo on the south bank of the River Thames - Start your River Thames cruise after your trip on the London Eye!
Tower Pier, Lower Thames Street, Tower of London - Start your River Thames Cruise after your Tower of London visit!
Greenwich Pier, King William Walk, Greenwich - A great way of getting to the FREE ENTRY National Maritime Museum, Greenwich Park and The Royal Observatory, Greenwich.
Not all City Cruises boats call at all the piers so River Thames round trips may not be possible on a particular vessel, particularly towards the end of the working day. There are around 20 day time cruises year round and 4 evening cruises during summer months (July to September). A round trip from Westminster Pier to Greenwich takes around 3 hours.
We found the most economical and convenient way of seeing London by way of River Thames cruises was to buy a 'Red Rover' ticket; which allows unlimited trips all day between the four piers above.
There is either a live or recorded commentary on each of the River Thames cruises.
We can certainly recommend River Thames cruises for seeing the city from a different angle!
You get great river views of the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben tower; Close up view of the London Eye; Great camera angle on the London Aquarium; View of Westminster Bridge from the Thames; The Royal Air Force Memorial ' Per Adua Ad Astra' and the Ministry of Defence; The Royal Festival Hall; Cleopatra's Needle and sphinxes from the water; Somerset House; the Millennium Footbridge that connects the FREE ENTRY Tate Modern Art Gallery and (expensive to enter) St Paul's Cathedral; The copy of Shakespeare's Globe (Round) Theatre; London Bridge; The Great Fire of London Monument; H.M.S. Belfast and other permanently moored ships; The Tower of London and the iconic Tower Bridge; and lots more!
The City Cruise boats we saw had all weather options, with a panoramic enclosed deck and open deck areas. The boats have refreshment bars serving hot and cold drinks and snacks as well as full toilet facilities.