The Illuminated River Project
The Illuminated River Project is an extensive art project incorporating fifteen of London’s iconic bridges. Leo Villareal have designed elegant lighting to adorn each bridge & bring overlooked features to life such as the Vauxhall Bridge’s bronze statues & Westminster Bridge’s intricate design. The first four bridges (London Bridge, Cannon Street Railway Bridge, Southwark Bridge & the Millennium Bridge) were officially lit in 2019 & the following five (Blackfriars Road Bridge, Waterloo Bridge, Golden Jubilee Footbridges, Westminster Bridge & Lambeth Bridge) were lit earlier this year.
See the Illuminated River By Boat
During the winter months our later sailings are the perfect opportunity to marvel at the Illuminated River. All of our sailings take place on comfortable passenger boats with outdoor decks, heated saloons & comfortable seating. Select sailings also have licensed café bars selling refreshments.
Our sailings do not run in the evening during the winter months, we advise checking our timetable to find a time that suits you. We also advise checking sunset times to ensure that your chosen day is dark enough for the bridges to be lit. For the best experience we recommend travelling after the 25th November & before the 23rd December 2021. We also recommend travelling on our last sailing from Greenwich Pier to Westminster Pier (a one-way sailing) or our last sailing from Westminster Pier to Tower Bridge Quay & back.
There has been a bridge across the River Thames on the site of London Bridge since Roman Britain. The current bridge is the fifth bridge to stand on this site and was opened by the Queen in 1973.
Cannon Street Railway Bridge
The Millennium Bridge links Bankside on the South Shore to the City of London on the North. The bridge opened in June 2000 & gained its nickname the “Wobbly Bridge” after an unexpected swaying motion caused it to close. After almost two years of modification the bridge re-opened.