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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