10 Of Best London River Cruises You Have To Experience At Least Once

10 Of Best London River Cruises You Have To Experience At Least Once


London is such a beautiful city and sometimes can be overwhelming choosing the perfect method to explore. So today I thought I would walk you through one of the best ways to see London by way of best London river cruises you will have to experience at least once on your visit to London. With some of the cruises, you not only get views of London’s best tourist sights but most of the cruises also include lunch, dinner or afternoon tea.


I have shared posts on some of the cruises I have samples such as the London dinner cruise on Bateaux Cruise. I have also gifted family members with the afternoon tea cruise which have been well received. You get to explore London’s Westminister, Southbank, London Bridge and London Greenwich, another beautiful place in London that you need to add to your places to visit in London.



10 Of Best London River Cruises You Have To Experience At Least Once


Best London River Cruises To Check Out


What could be cooler than experiencing tourist sights via the best London river cruises London has to offer. There is a wide range of cruises to choose from, from river boat dinner cruises in London riding across the Thames to river boat trips from London to Hampton Court where you can check out the beautiful Hampton Court Palace. There are also riverboats from London eye to Greenwich which is another cool part of London with amazing views of London from Greenwich Park.


There is also plenty to see in the area, from Queen’s House’s spiral staircase, Greenwich Maritime museum to the Observatory, markets and much more. You can read about that in my post on Greenwich. If you are visiting London for Christmas, you can also usually find Christmas river cruise as well as river boat party cruises in London to River Thames boat party on new years eve. For more on these checkout Viator Tours or Get Your Guide. You can also get combined London Pass with a cruise.

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  1. London Thames River Dinner Cruise

This is one of the best London river dinner cruises. It’s is a 2.5-hour Thames River dinner cruise in London with a welcome cocktail. Relax and cruise along the Thames aboard the luxurious Harmony or Symphony boats. Then listen to music from a live jazz band as you enjoy a 4-course meal on the dinner cruise. You get to pass top London attractions such as Tower Bridge, St Paul’s Cathedral and Big Ben and finish the Thames River night cruise with after-dinner dancing. If you love cruising while dining and enjoying city sights then also consider checking out the Viking grand European tour which takes yours through European cities on a rather chic cruise.


10 Of Best London River Cruises You Have To Experience At Least Once



  1. London Thames River Lunch Cruise

Combing tourist sights and Thames River boat dining with this 1.5-hour London river cruise with lunch on the River Thames offers a wonderful three-course meal freshly prepared on-board. The sightseeing cruise takes you past London’s famous attractions and provides on-board commentary.


  1. Royal Observatory and Thames River Cruise in London

If you want a river boat from London to Greenwich then this is perfect! This cruise offers a combined visit to the Royal Observatory Greenwich and River Thames where you can explore London’s only planetarium and straddle the Prime Meridian and also view major landmarks from the water and listen to the informative commentary with a hop-on hop-off cruise. Cruises depart every 30 minutes from four piers in central London.




  1. London Eye and Thames River Sightseeing Cruise

The perfect boat tour on London River Thames. This is a perfect trip as you get combined tickets to the London Eye and Thames River. Enjoy mesmerising views of London from one of the world’s tallest observation wheels.  Get on a Thames River sightseeing cruise make yourself comfortable on the open upper deck or lower saloon. Live commentary is provided on-board.

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10 Of Best London River Cruises You Have To Experience At Least Once



  1. London Thames River Afternoon Tea Cruise

Have a fantastic trip on this 1.5-hour Thames River sightseeing cruise. Soak up great views of London’s iconic landmarks from the water as you drift by the Houses of Parliament, Big Ben, the London Eye and the Tower of London Admire other attractions such as St Paul’s Cathedral, the ‘Gherkin’ and The Shard. Then enjoy a selection of freshly made finger sandwiches, cakes and scones served with high quality tea and coffee as you cruise. What better way to spend your day?


10 Of Best London River Cruises You Have To Experience At Least Once


  1. London Ghost Tour with Thames River Cruise

This is a perfect way to spice up your vacation. Go on this evening ghost tour of London with Thames River cruise. It promises a spooky experience and is ideal for history junkies. Get to explore dimly-lit parks and historic buildings while listening to spine-chilling stories. Then finally, take a Thames River cruise that concludes at the Tower of London, London’s most haunted landmark.


10 Of Best London River Cruises You Have To Experience At Least Once


  1. London Tour and a River Cruise

This cruise lasts for approximately four hours and allows you to enjoy a leisurely stroll through the Royal city of Westminster, passing by historically important buildings while being led by your well informed guide. After taking in the sights and sounds of Westminster and the changing of the guard (subject to the day), next is to take a 30 minute river Thames cruise passing by the City of London ending the day at the Tower of London.




  1. London Thames River Evening Cruise

Make your evening perfect with this 2-hour Thames River evening cruise in London. Cruise by top London attractions such as the London Eye, Big Ben and Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre and see London’s famous sights illuminated against the night sky as the sun sets.

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  1. Day Trip to London from Paris including Thames River Cruise

Thames river boats don’t come and sweeter than a combined Paris trip. Sit back and enjoy this independent day trip to London from Paris. On this cruise, you get a comfortable ride in a reserved seat on the Eurostar train. You can take an open-top bus tour to see London’s top attractions, including Buckingham Palace, the Palace of Westminster, Big Ben, the London Eye and Tower Bridge after which you can go on an optional free walking tour and then enjoy a cruise on the River Thames. At the end of the cruise, you receive a complimentary map of London.


10 Of Best London River Cruises You Have To Experience At Least Once


  1. London Vintage Bus Tour Including River Thames Cruise

On this half-day London city sightseeing tour, you get to see London on a vintage double-decker bus and see attractions like Westminster Abbey, Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre and the London Eye during your Thames River sightseeing cruise. You can also watch the Changing of the Guard ceremony at Buckingham Palace.



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  1. As you probably saw elsewhere Bianca, I went to London last summer and had a blast. I thought about doing a river cruise but didn’t get around to it. Next time, I’m going to either do the ghost cruise or the cruise from Paris (which is on my travel agenda). What could be more fun than cruising down the Thames, enjoying good food and drink while taking in the majesty of London? How exciting.

    1. Hi Roman, there are a couple of links above. Viator and Get Your Guide will have plenty of offers for 2 for 1 deals as well as London cruise for new years eve.

  2. You have so many great articles about London on your site that it makes going there so easy. I have bookmarked everything and will try to create a guide to places I’d like to visit next month when I’m going.

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