Sightseeing On The Thames – Explore London With A River Cruise

London is a city full of history, breathtaking sights and groundbreaking architecture. From legendary tourist spots like The Tower of London, Cutty Sark and Big Ben to modern marvels such as The London Eye, Tate Modern and The Strand, it’s a city full to the brim of spectacles that never lose their appeal. And the best way of seeing all of these sights is by avoiding the traffic and going on a Thames river cruise – you’ll be surprised by how much of London’s must-see sights you can see by boat.

Sightseeing On The Thames – Westminster

Hiring a boat from one of our piers in the west of the city is ideal for seeing both the historic and modern sides of London, with Westminster Abbey, Houses of Parliament and St Paul’s Cathedral all visible on north of the river and London Eye, Millennium Bridge and Tate Modern on the south side.


With so many landmarks around, a cruise from or to Westminster can be tied in with visits to the many galleries, museums and tourist attractions around for a chance to see the best that London has to offer in just one day. When cruising on the river you can be sure that there will be no shortage of sights to be seen.

Sightseeing On The Thames – Tower Pier

One of the big highlights for many people who book our boat trips is the option to go through Tower Bridge. It’s for this reason that we recommend our clients book either our Dutch Master or Sailing Barge Will boat from Tower of London so that they can pass by the Gherkin, the Walkie Talkie, City Hall, The Shard, HMS Belfast and London Bridge before then making their way to Tower Bridge itself, which will open up especially for you and your friends. Not a bad way to spend an afternoon eh?


With Christmas coming up we can think of few better ideas for a Christmas office party then hiring a boat from Tower of London and seeing the workforce cheer as Tower Bridge rises to let you all through. It will certainly be an office party to remember.

Sightseeing On The Thames – Greenwich

Booking a cruise from further west down the river is also highly recommended. Jumping on a boat at Greenwich will offer you the chance to see Cutty Sark, Royal Greenwich and Canary Wharf. What’s more it will allow you to see one of the secret beauties of London, which is the Naval College. Honestly, a cruise past the Naval College (or ORNC to use its popular acronym) is a must for anyone wanting to see the best sights London has to offer. You’ve also got the Royal Observatory and the Queens House to see, so no shortage of great London sights. Further along the river you will also find the O2, where we often take revellers on the way to the many club nights that happen there.


Booking an evening cruise in Greenwich has one big advantage, as you will get to see a landmark that has made a mark on the whole world. We are of course talking about the Greenwich Meridian laser which you will see firing across the river. It is this line that marks the path of the Greenwich meridian, so important for navigation and for time itself. Now that’s not a sight you see every day.

Sightseeing On The Thames – Pier Locations

Based by Tower Bridge, we operate from a huge range of piers on the Thames. We can arrange for river cruises from any of the following piers: Hampton Court, Kew, Putney, Chelsea Harbour, Cadogan, Millbank Millennium Pier, Westminster, London Eye Millennium Pier, Embankment, Festival, Blackfriars Millenium Pier, Bankside, London Bridge City, Tower Millennium Pier, St Katherine’s, Canary Wharf, Greenwich, North Greenwich and Woolwich Arsenal.

Booking A River Cruise

Our boats are available for groups and exclusive hire, and our trips can be tailed to fit your needs. If you’re interested in booking a Thames river cruise please let us know how many people there will be on the trip and what kind of trip you would like and, using our knowledge of the Thames and our experience of running boat trips, we can ensure you get the best experience possible.

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