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Cruising along the River Thames – a guide to river cruises

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Going on a river cruise of the Thames is one of the best ways to explore London. Whilst you relax on board you get to see all of the capital’s iconic attractions including Canary Wharf, the Tower of London, St Paul’s Cathedral, the London Eye, Westminster Abbey and Big Ben. There are many different sightseeing packages available for you to choose from. In this article we will talk you through some of the packages available and explain how you can get the best deals on River Thames cruises.

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Cruising along the River Thames is a fantastic way to see all of the city’s famous sites.

Cruising the Thames

Your trip to London would be simply incomplete without a cruise along the River Thames. There are so many different routes to explore, enabling you to get a fantastic view of London’s most famous buildings and sites. Cruises usually depart every thirty minutes from various piers around the city including Westminster, the London Eye, Tower Pier and Greenwich. If there are particular attractions you would like to visit on your boat cruise, it is a good idea to check the cruise providers’ websites to ensure you choose the correct route!

Special cruises

If you fancy doing something special during your trip to the city, why not treat your loved ones to an afternoon tea cruise on the River Thames? Whilst viewing London’s most spectacular sites, you can sit back, relax and indulge in an assortment of delicious treats including sandwiches, pastries and scones. Alternatively if you prefer something a little more upbeat, then book a place on a Jazz night cruise. The costs of the ticket usually includes a three course meal, a glass of bubbly and an evening of live entertainment from London’s finest jazz bands. A jazz cruise on the River Thames is sure to make a special night out.

Riverboats can also be hired out for private parties. Whether you have a birthday, anniversary, or need no excuse for a party, a cruise along the River Thames will certainly be a memorable experience for you and your friends. Cruise boats are available to hire all year round. Make sure you check out the package deals available which often include boat hire, in house DJs and catering.

Ticket types

Like with other forms of transport, there are many different types of cruise tickets available to purchase. Single and return tickets are obviously self-explanatory, but you can also purchase all day passes that allow you to hop on and off the cruise whenever you like. This means you can get off and explore the attractions without having to worry about missing your ride back. Many cruise providers offer package deals which account for the cost of your travel and entry to various attractions.

Vouchers and deals

If you are looking to save money on London activities, then looking for vouchers and deals online is probably your best bet. As well as visiting voucher websites, it is a good idea to use comparison tools to ensure you are getting the best deal possible. It is also worth signing up for voucher website’s daily emails as it is the best way to make sure you do not miss out on any great deals. If you are planning on booking your River Thames cruise in advanced then take a look at the cruise companies’ websites, as many offer discounts to those booking online in advance.


Enjoy a relaxing afternoon on a cruise with a panoramic view of London.


If you are tired of exploring the city on foot, then why not hop onto one of London’s many cruise boats? They provide a fantastic way of seeing all of the iconic sites, without having to deal with the hustle and bustle of the thousands of other tourists visiting the city. You can simply sit down, relax and enjoy refreshments, whilst experiencing all the city has to offer.


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5 Great Tourism Videos on YouTube about London

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Whether you are visiting London for the first time or are simply looking to discover a few of the city’s hidden gems, here are five must-see tourism videos for you to check out.

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Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament are definitely worth a visit, especially if you are exploring London for the first time.

1)      Top 10 Attractions London – UK Travel Guide

If you are looking to learn about London’s top tourist attractions in as little time as possible, then you will love this top ten attractions video by geobeats. The friendly and charismatic presenter gives a rundown of the top ten London attractions, whilst showing images and video clips of each place. What’s great about the video is that information and facts are given about each attraction, telling you why you should visit it. This video will be extremely useful for first time visitors as it can help them to plan their itineraries.

2)      London – 10 Things You Need To Know

This informative and well-produced video teaches tourists ten things they need to know about London. It is extremely factual, not only about the various famous landmarks, but also about shopping in the city, nightlife and places to eat. Various different neighbourhoods are captured in the video including Shoreditch, Covent Garden, Soho and Camden Town. What we love about this video is that it provides information on budget-friendly things to do in London, such as visiting the free museums, galleries and royal parks. It also offers tips on how to save on travel costs, such as buying an Oyster Card to save money on the tube.

3)      London Travel Guide

This two minute travel guide is ideal for those looking to visit all of the top London attractions. It shows you the city’s must-see landmarks, whilst giving historical facts and information about each of them. If you are looking to make a quick itinerary for your trip to the big city, then this video will definitely give you a helping hand. At the end you will find a long list of the various London travel websites and resources that you may want to note down in order to book tickets and register for events.

4)      London Travel Guide – Cheap Tips and Sightseeing

Looking to explore London on a budget? Then check out this fantastic video by Hostel Bookers. Along with showing you some of the most iconic places to visit in London, it also gives an insight into the city’s most interesting neighbourhoods. If you have visited London a number of times before and are looking for alternative things to do, then this is a great video to watch. The video explores a wide range of free and budget-friendly things to do, from relaxing on the royal parks, to watching a film at the Saturday cinema session at the National Gallery. There are also various tips about cheap travel thrown in, including where to hire bicycles and what bus to get on if you want to see the sights without paying the premium tour bus prices.

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The Tube is the best way to travel in London. Purchase an Oyster Card to help keep costs to a minimum.

5)      London Vacation Travel Guide | Expedia

If you are looking for a high quality, professionally produced London tourism video, then look no further than this fantastic travel guide by Expedia. It is a must-watch for all holiday goers taking a trip to the capital. Like the other videos mentioned in this article, it gives details about the city’s most famous landmarks, however it takes it a step further, offering interesting historical facts and information about how the city has changed from medieval times to the present day.

If you are interested in London’s places of worship, then this is a great video to watch as it provides information on both Westminster Abbey where many royals have been crowned, married and buried and St. Pauls Cathedral which was built after the great fire in 1666. If visiting the theatre is more your idea of a day out, then this video offers all the information you need to know about London’s West End which just so happens to be one of the biggest theatre districts in the world.


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10 Amazing Flickr Images of London

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London is a cosmopolitan city with something to offer people from all walks of life. If you can’t get enough of the capital, take a look at these ten amazing Flickr images that capture some of the city’s must-see landmarks.

1. Canary Wharf

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This magnificent image shows an overview of Canary Wharf at night time. It was taken from the window of a bar nearby and beautifully shows off the city’s lights. Canary Wharf is one of London’s two main financial districts. It boasts stunning modern architecture and is also home to many of the country’s tallest buildings.

2. China Town

china town

One of the best things about London is its cosmopolitan landscape. If you fancy heading out for an oriental experience, then why not take a trip to China Town? This photograph beautifully captures China Town’s vibrant atmosphere, along with its many authentic shops and restaurants. We love that the huge orange lanterns give the image a warm tint, making it look like a welcoming place to visit.

3. London Bus

london bus

This unique photograph captures two of London’s most iconic trademarks, the red double decker buses and telephone boxes. We love how the photographer has edited this black and white shot to pick out the red of the phone box, bus and traffic cone. We can imagine this image in a sleek black photo frame on the walls of stylish contemporary homes.

4. Houses of Parliament

houses of parliament

Don’t you just love this enchanting image of the Houses of Parliament? The light dust of snow covering the building makes it look even more regal and grand, almost like something out of a fairy tale. London looks simply beautiful in the snow, visit early on in the year to see for yourself!

5. Big Ben

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This night time image of Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament has a real sinister feel to it. We love that the photographer has played around with the lighting and shadow to give it this effect. It stands out amongst other images of the buildings and captures an alternative view.

6. The London Eye

the london eye

This magical image features the London Eye in all of its glory. Although it looks like a large Ferris wheel in the day time, at night it looks simply enchanting. The London Eye is the largest Ferris wheel in Europe and the most popular paid attraction in the UK. It stands a whopping one hundred and thirty five metres tall and has a diameter of one hundred and twenty metres.

 7. London Underground

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The underground sign is one of the capital’s trademarks and therefore had to be included in this article! Like with the bus and phone box image, the photographer has picked out the red in the underground sign to make it stand out against the rest of the black and white image.

8. Buckingham Palace

buckingham palace

No your eyes are not deceiving you, this is not a modern day photograph of Buckingham Palace, but it sure is an interesting one! This photograph was actually taken just before World War I. As you can see the palace looks every bit as elegant as it does in the present day.

9. Trafalgar Square Lion

trafalgar square lion

This stunning image features a close up of one of the four lions found in Trafalgar Square. The four lions are found at the base of Nelson’s column and are made from bronze. They caused a lot of controversy when they were first revealed, with many people disliking the design of the cast bronze animals.

10. Primrose Hill

primrose hill

This unusual fish eye style image shows members of the public chilling out on Primrose Hill with a beautiful view of the city in sight. The hill has a height of two hundred and fifty six feet, but is well worth the climb when you see the stunning views it has to offer.

Image credits: Alexander KachKaev, Az1172, Lemsipmatt, Paolo Camera, josangel_ap, mostaque, JULIAN MASON, Leonard Bentley,, [Duncan]

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