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.

London Corporate helicopter hire

Whether rewarding your workforce for meeting the company target, impressing your clients with a day out they will never forget or organise a morale boosting team away day, The London Helicopter Corporate tour and Team Building flight offer one of the most exclusive corporate days in London – a helicopter ride along the Thames, showcasing the city’s historic sights and iconic skyline!

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.


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.

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