There’s plenty to do on & around the River Thames during half term. Thames River Services operate cruises between Westminster, St Katharine Pier (for Tower of London) & Greenwich linking some of London’s top destinations & attractions. Below we’ve listed five ideas & events for the August Half Term from sightseeing cruises on the River Thames to family experiences at the National Maritime Museum & Tower of London. If your looking for an exciting evening in Greenwich then an Unlocked Tour or Halloween Tour at the Old Royal Naval College is not to be missed. Half Term Top 5 1. Take a cruise through the Thames Flood Barrier This week is our last week of cruises to the Thames Flood Barrier. Five barrier boats depart Westminster Pier, St. Katharine Pier & Greenwich Pier everyday. The final sailing of the season is on Sunday 28th October. After departing Greenwich Pier the cruise travels downriver past the Old Royal Naval College, the O2, under the Emirates Airline Cable Car & through the Thames Barrier before turning & cruising back to Greenwich. Westminster Pier: 10:30, 11:30, 12:30, 13:30, 14:30 St. Katharine Pier: 10:50, 11:50, 12:50, 13:50, 14:50 Greenwich Pier: 11:30, 12:30, 13:30, 14:30,
This winter join us for a festive Sunday Evening Cruise from Greenwich Pier. Our London Christmas Cruises depart at 18:00 & cruise upriver through Central London passing the cities famous landmarks & under the River Thames’ iconic bridges. About our London Christmas Cruises Our popular Sunday Evening Cruise returns at the end of November for four weeks of Thames Christmas Cruises. Our London Christmas Cruises are 2-hour Thames circular sightseeing tours departing Greenwich Pier at 18:00. The cruises operate on Sunday evenings for four weeks between Sunday 25th November & Sunday 16th December 2018. The cruise will take you from the Royal Borough of Greenwich upriver past some of London’s riverside sights before passing under a floodlit Tower Bridge to view the Tower of London. The cruise continues through the city travelling as far as time and tide will allow before turning and returning back to Greenwich to view the tea clipper Cutty Sark and if time allows, the Old Royal Naval College and the O2. On the journey up-river we will pass more than 20 of London’s iconic landmarks including the Tower of London, HMS Belfast, the Shard, the Globe Theatre, St. Paul’s Cathedral, Royal Festival Hall, the London Eye & the
The festive season is fast approaching, we are currently taking bookings for Christmas charters & we also have a number of public cruises running throughout the winter months. Christmas Parties & Charters Christmas & New Year are just around the corner & we still have dates available for Christmas charters. Our fleet boasts a range of tastefully decorated, versatile party boats perfectly suited for private & corporate events on the River Thames. Our bespoke hospitality & delicious seasonal menus combine to create the perfect Christmas atmosphere on-board. From festive finger food like our Grilled Turkey & Stuffing Pitta to fine dining options like our Roast Norfolk Turkey or Wild Mushroom Strudel we really do have a dish for every occasion. All of our menus use locally sourced, freshly prepared & delicious ingredients which are perfectly complemented by our fine wine collection. Poached Salmon Rillettes with Keta Caviar Roast Norfolk Turkey with Traditional Trimmings, Cranberry Gravy Wild Mushroom Strudel with Oregano & Plum Tomato Sauce (v) Christmas Pudding with Brandy Sauce During the Christmas season our vessels are decorated with festive garlands, twinkling Christmas lighting & can accommodate up to 128 guests for seated dinners or 180 guests for standing receptions.
The Great River Race 2018 Great River Race Pier Closures Today is the 30th Great River Race. A number of river closures are in place throughout the day. Approximate closure times include: St. Katharine Pier | 10:25-11:25 Westminster Pier Pier | 11:05-12:05 There will be no departures from these piers during these times. After the race has passed Westminster Bridge services should return to the usual time table. About Thames River Services Thames River Services (TRS) have been operating daily sightseeing tours since 1986, our current service operates between Westminster Pier, St. Katharine Pier (for Tower of London) & Greenwich Pier. During the summer months we operate the only river tours to the Thames Flood barrier, departing Westminster Pier, St Katharine Pier & Greenwich Pier five times a day. Our vessels M.V London Rose & M.V Avontuur IV operate on these services along with M.V Thomas Doggett (owned & operated by TRS) and a collection of other modern & traditional vessels owned by our partners. Read More about Thames River Services Visit the Thames River Services Website Destinations Westminster Pier & the City of Westminster Westminster Pier is situated on the North shore next to Westminster Bridge & the Palace of Westminster.
The Start of the Fire The Great Fire of London started on Sunday 2nd September 1666 in the King’s bakery in Pudding Lane. The fire raged for almost five days destroying over 13,200 houses, 87 parish churches, the Royal Exchange, Guildhall & St. Paul’s Cathedral. Despite the devastation caused by the fire only a small number of Londoners perished in the fire. Rebuilding London On Thursday 5th September all of the major fires had been extinguished & the task of rebuilding London was given to Sir Christopher Wren. Wren’s new design for London featured new wider streets leading from spacious piazzas & a new St. Paul’s Cathedral as the centrepiece. The new street layout was not accepted & the City was hastily rebuilt following the original medieval street layout. Sir Christopher Wren was responsible for building the Monument for the Great Fire of London (finished in 1677) & the new St. Paul’s Cathedral. The Monument to the Great Fire The Monument to the Great Fire of London was designed by Christopher Wren & Robert Hooke. The Monument stands 202 feet tall & is located exactly 202 feet from the bakery of Thomas Farriner where the Great Fire of London started in
It’s National Afternoon Tea Week so why not indulge with an afternoon tea & a glass of Prosecco with a river view. Below are just a selection of afternoon tea’s available along the River Thames. Palace of Westminster (Houses of Parliament) Combine a tour of the home of British politics with afternoon tea in one of the riverside rooms of the House of Commons. Audio Tours & Guided Tours of Charles Barry & Augustus Pugin’s Gothic masterpiece are available followed by a tradition afternoon tea with a modern twist. New Palace of Westminster (Houses of Parliament) Visit Website The Swan at Shakespeare’s Globe Visit the Swan restaurant at Shakepeare’s Globe & choose between two inspired afternoon teas. ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream Afternoon Tea’ features a selection of savoury & sweet items inspired by the characters from Shakespeare’s plays. The ‘Gentleman’s Afternoon Tea’ offers beef sliders, croque monsieur, smoked salmon & more, all washed down with a tankard of Pale Ale or Lager. Shakespeare’s Globe, Bankside Visit Website The Cutty Sark Café Treat yourself to an afternoon tea beneath the copper-plated hull of the China tea trade’s famous tea clipper, ‘Cutty Sark’. Cutty Sark Café’s afternoon tea is £27 & includes
About the Royal Hospital for Seamen & Painted Hall The Royal Hospital for Seaman at Greenwich was built under the instructions of Mary II. Mary had been inspired by the sight of injured sailors returning from the Battle of La Hogue in 1692 & wanted to provide a naval counterpart to the Chelsea Hospital for soldiers. The new hospital was designed by Sir Christopher Wren & his assistant Nicolas Hawksmoor. The original design featured a large structure topped by an enormous dome, Mary II ordered that the buildings be split to preserve the view from the Queens House (completed in 1935 by Inigo Jones). The new design for the Royal Hospital featured four main wings & two smaller domes. Queen Mary Court housed the hospitals Chapel & King William Court housed the painted hall. James Thornhill & the Painted Hall The young artist James Thornhill was commissioned to decorate the painted hall, the agreed price for the work was £1 per square yard for the walls & £3 per square yard for the ceiling. After 20 years Thornhill had finished one of the largest painted ceilings in Northern Europe at 40,000 square foot. The masterpiece earned him a fortune &
There’s plenty to do along the River Thames during the Summer holidays. Our regular sightseeing cruises link London’s most popular attractions & tourist hot spots. Westminster Pier Westminster Pier is situated on the North shore next to Westminster Bridge & the Palace of Westminster. The pier sits directly opposite the London Eye & County Hall providing outstanding views from one of our party boats. Kings Reach, City of Westminster London Eye, Waterloo M.V Avontuur IV at Westminster Pier County Hall Explore Westminster St. Katharine Pier & St. Katharine Docks St. Katharine Pier is situated nearby to Tower Bridge & the Tower of London. Originally a dock build for cargo, St. Katharine Docks are now a haven for yachts with bars, restaurants and shops. St. Katharine Docks St. Katharine Docks St. Katharine Docks Tower Bridge | Viscount Cruises Explore St. Katharine’s Events Near St. Katharine Pier St. Katharine Docks, Floating Film Festival St. Kat’s floating film festival takes place on a floating pontoon in the dock. The pontoon is weatherproof (protected by a tent) & deckchairs & beanbags are also available. There’s a wide range of films being shown throughout the Summer & a pop-up bar serving drinks & snacks. Find
Our popular Sunday Evening Cruise has been operating from Greenwich Pier for over 30 years. To celebrate this milestone we are starting the cruise on Sunday 6th May, three weeks earlier than last season. Tickets are already on sale through our online store & cost just £10 per adult, £8 for seniors & £6 for children. Families of four can take advantage of our great value family ticket which costs just £27 for two adults & two children! About Sunday Evening Cruise Sunday Evening Cruise is a 2-hour Thames circular sightseeing cruise departing Greenwich Pier at 19:00. The cruise operates every Sunday during May, June, July, August & September. The cruise will take you from the Royal Borough of Greenwich up-river past some of London’s riverside sights before passing under Tower Bridge to view the Tower of London. The cruise continues through the city travelling as far as time and tide will allow before turning and returning to Greenwich to view the tea clipper Cutty Sark and if time allows, the Old Royal Naval College and the O2. On the journey up-river we will pass more than 20 of London’s iconic landmarks including the Tower of London, HMS Belfast, the