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The most lavish activities on the river Thames

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The river Thames is part of the longest river in England and flows through southern England and most famously – London.

The river Thames is where the royal family, the wealthy, the opulent and the ‘who’s who’ of society have been drawn to for entertainment for hundreds of years – from boat trips to regattas to the opulent grand country houses along the banks.

London’s river Thames has always been an integral part of the City’s long history and these days you can celebrate with world class restaurants, bars and galleries along the banks.

What landmarks are there along the river Thames?

The river Thames offers so much to see, whether you choose to take a private helicopter tour in the air above its winding path or a river cruise on the water.

Some famous sights and landmarks along the Thames include:

  • Hampton Court Palace
  • Big Ben
  • Palace of Westminster
  • The Tower of London
  • The London Eye
  • Tower Bridge
  • Shakespeare’s Globe
  • The Oxo Tower
  • Lambeth Palace
  • Westminster Millennium Pier
  • Westminster Abbey
  • Buckingham Palace

With these iconic sights lining the banks, there is no doubt that the Thames provides the perfect backdrop to a unique range of activities with a spectacular view.

Discover the hidden gems with VIP tours and try something new. Enjoy Michelin-starred meals, relax in a vintage boat or treat yourself to a special day of pampering and champagne afternoon tea with a river view.

Treat yourself to a luxury experience along the Thames with:

The London Max helicopter tour

With the London Max helicopter tour of the Thames you can fly 1,000-feet in the air to view the river from above, travelling the route of the Thames across central London from east to west. The ultimate helicopter ride in London, your group will have our helicopter all to yourselves.

Vintage boating experience

Vintage Days Out offer luxury days out on and along the river Thames. Experience the glamour of a different era with a vintage boating experience, travelling serenely along the Thames whilst sipping champagne.

Henley rowing experience

Looking for something more active, but still with a feeling of exclusivity? A Henley rowing experience offers a totally unique opportunity to row on the Regatta Course with an Olympian rower. After rowing the famous Henley Regatta course, you can then have a tour of the famous Leander Club and lunch at Leander with your Olympian host. Other packages available include ‘champagne rowing’ taster sessions.

Thamesjet

You’ll feel like you are in a scene from a James Bond film with an adrenaline filled ride passing under London’s bridges with Thamesjet. This is the most extreme ride on the river. You will be able to see all the iconic sights along the river – at high speed.

Champagne afternoon tea at Cliveden

For true decadence, enjoy a glass of Taittinger champagne with your afternoon tea at Cliveden. A trip to Cliveden would not be complete without a leisurely stroll around the beautiful 376 acre estate. The Walled Garden Spa offers a riverside oasis of tranquility hidden away behind the brick walls of the garden which are screened from view by tumbling scented roses and jasmine. You can also hire a luxurious boat from Cliveden, with champagne and a picnic.

The Oakley Court

Another luxurious venue for champagne afternoon tea on the river in Windsor, The Oakley Court even has a Gentlemen’s Afternoon Tea with a bottle of Windsor & Eton Brewery Beer. Alternatively, hire out The Sitting Room for your own private dinner party in sumptuous riverside surroundings.

The most exclusive private sailing charters

Experience London’s landmarks from on the Thames itself, with a private sailing charter.

The Thames Boat Hotel

‘Down the Hatch’ from the Thames Boat Hotel offers an exclusive private charter on a wide-beamed river cruiser. On this boat you’ll be the only guests and your boat is skippered and meals prepared.

Magna Carta

There is a heated spa pool on board the luxurious Magna Carta so that you can sit and sip champagne in the ultimate luxury.

Chartered yachts

Take your pick from some stunning chartered yachts including the gentleman’s motor yacht, complete with a Michelin starred chef to prepare gourmet meals on board.

Where are the best luxury party houses along the Thames?

See the sights of the Thames from its banks with an evening or weekend as a lavish party house.

Riverside penthouses

Choose the most lavish party venue where state-of-the-art river penthouse interior meets the stunning views of the river Thames with ceiling to floor glass windows. You can even find penthouses for hire with a jacuzzi for the ultimate 5-star experience.

Winchester House, Putney

Putney party venue Winchester House is a luxurious London house that is situated on the banks of the River Thames, close to Putney Bridge. Party guests can relax outdoors, socialise and soak up the sunshine whilst sipping champagne overlooking the river.

Where is the best boat party on the Thames?

There are a whole convoy of party boats along the Thames. Have fun on a floating dance floor to the sounds of some of the best DJs in town. Combine London’s love of partying with its spectacular sights:

  1. Amor Boat Parties – the best DJs play your favourite tunes, while the boat takes you through some of the most iconic locations in the city
  2. West End on the Thames offers something extra special for your summer boat party
  3. Thames Lates Speedboats  – sip cocktails while watching the sun go down on the water

London’s most deluxe party venue hires with a river view

What could be better than a river-front setting with a jaw-dropping view? Take a look at some of these for a luxury party venue on the river:

  • Greenwich Yacht Club, Greenwich
  • The Jetty, Greenwich
  • Absolute Pleasure Yacht, Canary Wharf
  • Gallery @ Oxo, Southbank
  • View 94, Putney
  • The Sky Bar, St Pauls
  • Champagne Terrace, Wandsworth

Further along the river you can find Amber Lakes, Wraysbury and The River and Rowing Museum, Henley – both offering spectacular party venue hires on the river Thames.

Unique ways to propose in London

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We are a romantic lot in the UK. The number of weddings has started to rise – with 2.7% annual growth in the latest figures – after a steady and dramatic decline in the past 50 years. The number of divorces is also at its lowest level since 1971. An increasing number of weddings is preceded by an increasing number of proposals.

The most popular place to propose in the UK is at home and the most popular place in London to propose – the London Eye – comes down at number 9 on the global list. Booking a pod on the London Eye is romantic, but also a little unimaginative, with far too many London Eye proposal videos on YouTube.

Clearly, we need to up our game on original proposal ideas. If you are looking to propose in future, check out the most creative ways to propose that will all have your partner saying ‘yes’.

The best places to propose in London

If you really want your proposal to take your partner’s breath away, a proposal in a private helicopter as you soar high over one of the most beautiful cities in the world while the sun sets in the distance is hard to beat. After you land, you can have the option of including champagne in your package – head to one of London’s most glamorous bars for a glass or bottle of the best champagne.

The London Helicopter also offer private helicopter tour packages such as a picnic at Kew gardens with a luxury picnic hamper, including everything you need for a sophisticated picnic dining experience – fizz and gourmet food all beautifully packaged in a traditional wicker hamper containing crockery, cutlery, wine glasses, napkins, a bottle opener and a Kew picnic rug, which are yours to take home and keep.

For a truly individual proposal, choose a hidden gem in the city – a secret Bedouin tent which sits in the courtyard behind St Ethelburga’s in Bishopsgate, surrounded by a Lebanese fountain, bedouin-style lamps and an olive tree. So romantic, this is a rare secluded spot in the middle of one of the busiest cities in the world.

Known for its enchanting blossom trees, the Kyoto Garden in Holland Park is also home to a romantic waterfall, a pond with some graceful koi carp and stunning peacocks. This captivating garden in Holland Park is a sanctuary of peace and calm and is brimming with romantic charm. You could send your partner a romantic invitation on an ornate card to rendezvous in front of the cascading water.

Bend down on one knee under a canopy of stars at the The Royal Observatory Planetarium. With an entire 132-seat venue to yourselves, the astronomer will begin a normal planetarium show, before handing the show over to you to create your surprise. A range of spectacular astronomical sights can be displayed on the dome, including the constellations and a fly-out from the Milky Way.

A proposal on a boat makes for another different experience from the norm! This is one of the most important moments of your life, fittingly it needs to be somewhere special. HMS President at Victoria Embankment stands majestically on the river Thames and the President’s deck offers a stunning vista to get down on one knee.

Romeo and Juliet is the greatest love story of all time, so proposing at The Globe theatre is the perfect location. Keep an eye out for magical performance like A Midsummer Night’s Dream to create a dreamy atmosphere to propose after the show.

Romantic restaurants with a view

The sky’s the limit when it comes to proposing at the Sky Garden’s luxurious Fenchurch restaurant. Even if you just have drinks at Sky Pod, the views in this sky-scraping destination will provide the perfect backdrop for that all-important social media shot of your proposal. The staff can even organise private proposals over a bespoke candlelit meal.

The views of the cityscape are stunning from Aqua Shard, especially at night. You’ll get nil points for originality in location as it is a popular place to propose, but you can make it unique by adding your own touches. One way to make your restaurant proposal personal is to have special mementos delivered to your partner throughout your meal. These could include love notes, a photograph or any other objects that have special meanings to you.

The Galvin brothers’ seductive Galvin at Windows restaurant is on the twenty-eighth floor of the Hilton Park Lane and boasts luxurious food and stunning views, ensuring you can pop the question in style. Fred from ‘First Dates’ is the restaurant’s general manager, which adds to the novelty factor! You can arrange for staff to take you to the elegant balcony for a private, romantic proposal.

The best views of London from above

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Seeing London’s famous landmarks from above is an experience you won’t forget, with panoramic views across the city.

The London skyline is ever changing due to rapid building – and the plethora of cranes signal that this trend isn’t slowing. It seems like every time you look up there’s a new building battling for attention on London’s skyline.

Some of the best views of London can be seen from above – London is truly a magnificent city to see from the sky.

Some of the best views in London to see from above include:

The Shard

The Shard instantly became an icon as the tallest building in Western Europe and is seen by many as a modern symbol for the city of London. Surely nothing can be as glamorous as flying around The Shard’s glittering facade on a private helicopter tour.

Big Ben

A British cultural icon and symbol of Great Britain, Big Ben is just breathtaking to see from the sky. You will feel like you are on the set of a James Bond film as you look down on the world famous clock tower.

The London Eye

Europe’s tallest ferris wheel, The London Eye has become a London landmark since opening in 1999. This famous landmark now provides the backdrop to London’s New Year fireworks, with images of the wheel being projected across the world during the breath-taking display. The London Eye is already positioned for stunning views of the city, but you can take that one step further in a private helicopter with unrivalled views from above on a London Buzz private helicopter tour.

Vertigo 42

Vertigo 42 is a 360-degree champagne bar in the City – seats are perched at more than 400 ft high, at the top of Tower 42. This bar quite literally offers the height of luxury with sweeping views of the skyline. Now imagine looking down on this  spectacular building from a helicopter – in a helicopter the views really are paramount and superior to even the most luxurious sky bar.

Primrose Hill

The summit of this grassy hill offers some spectacular views across London. In a helicopter you will be able to view all the people sat at the top of the hill taking in the view while you look across at the view from the vantage point of a much higher angle.

Tower Bridge

What better way to see the most famous bridge in the world than from the sky? Feeling like you are in the middle of chase scene straight out of a film, swoop past the bridge towers on a London Sights tour. Maybe you will be lucky enough to fly over the bridge when the bascules are raised – on one of the of the 1,000 times per year this happens.

OXO Tower

The iconic South Bank landmark, the OXO Tower offers panoramic views of the London skyline. Look down on the red neon letters of the OXO sign from a private helicopter and make sure you have your camera at the ready take some impressive photos!

Sushi Samba

Located on the 38th and 39th floors of the Heron Tower, Sushi Samba offers 360 degree panoramic views of London. Look out for the floor to ceiling glass windows and glass lifts. Sushi Samba think their views are unparalleled, but we would argue they are beaten in a helicopter!

Sky Garden

The Sky Garden is located at 20 Fenchurch Street, a sky-scraper also known as ‘the walkie talkie’ due to its unique shape. Visitors can wander around the exquisitely landscaped gardens, observation decks and an open air terrace of what is London’s highest public garden. This skyscraper also features top-floor restaurant with enormous panes of glass for a breathtaking view. Looking down at the greenery of the Sky Garden from a private helicopter in an otherwise concrete skyline will certainly be a novelty.  

Up at the O2

Up at The O2 is an experience that takes you on a guided expedition over the roof of The O2 arena via a fabric walkway. At the summit, there is an observation platform where you can take in spectacular views of London. This is clearly an exhilarating experience, but we can take you one step further as you look down on those people climbing the famous structure from the sky.

ArcelorMittal Orbit  

The ArcelorMittal Orbit is the UK’s tallest sculpture and the world’s longest, fastest and tallest tunnel slide. The Orbit is an iconic symbol of Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and the London 2012 Games. Flying above it you can view the sweeping panorama of the city and the local area with its meadows, wetlands and waterways. The red super-structure, the spiral stairs, steel canopy and the highly polished steel mirrors in the upper viewing platform make up a spectacular sight to see from the sky.

A unique, exhilarating tour of London from the sky will leave you with memories that will stay with you long after you have landed. There really is no better way to view the London skyline than in a private helicopter.

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