Thames River Sightseeing

River Thames Cruises with Thames River Services

About Thames River Sightseeing

Thames River Sightseeing have been operating public cruises on the River Thames for over 50 years. Our current services call at six piers across London & operate a fleet of modern & traditional passenger boats. Our all weather boats have interior seating & open decks making them perfect for sightseeing or just transportation. We operate 361 days a year & operate extra services during the Summer.

Why Choose Thames River Sightseeing

  • Modern & traditional sightseeing boats with open decks, heated saloons & toilet facilities.
  • Regular departures: Currently every 60 minutes. Departures will be every 40 minutes from the 22nd May 2021.
  • Scenic cruises between Westminster Pier, Embankment Pier, Festival Pier, Bankside Pier, Tower Bridge Quay (St. Katharine Pier) & Greenwich Pier passing more than 44 London landmarks.
  • Wi-Fi Audio Guide available in English, Spanish, French, Italian, German & Mandarin. (Smart device & headphones are not provided, Read More)
  • Cruises to the Thames Flood Barrier. (Returning in 2022)

Thames River Sightseeing Routes

We are currently operating one route calling at Westminster Pier, Embankment Pier, St. Katharine Pier & Greenwich Pier. Departures from each pier are every hour.

From Saturday 22nd May 2021 we will be operating 7-days a week calling at Westminster Pier, Embankment Pier, Festival Pier, Bankside Pier, Tower Bridge Quay (St. Katharine Pier) & Greenwich Pier. Unfortunately we are unable to offer our cruises to the Thames Barrier this year.

Piers on our Routes
Westminster Pier (Houses of Parliament)
Embankment Pier (Charing Cross, Villiers Street & Strand)
Festival Pier (Royal Festival Hall & South Bank Centre) (Services return on the 22nd May 2021)
Bankside Pier (Globe Theatre & Tate Modern)(Services return on the 22nd May 2021)
Tower Bridge Quay (St. Katharine Pier)
Greenwich Pier (Cutty Sark)

Cruise Highlights

  • Modern & traditional sightseeing boats with open decks.
  • Regular departures: Every 30-40 Minutes.
  • Scenic cruises between Westminster, Tower of London & Greenwich passing more than 44 London landmarks.
  • Wi-Fi Audio Guide available in English, Spanish, French, Italian, German & Mandarin. (Smart device & headphones are not provided, Read More)
  • Cruises to the Thames Flood Barrier. (Selected Dates: April-October)

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News

Summer Holidays 2019

Summer Holidays 2019

There’s plenty to do in London during the Summer Holidays including sightseeing cruises & family events at London’s top attractions.

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2019 Events & Cruises on London's River Thames

2019 Events & Cruises

We operate daily sightseeing tours & trips throughout the year. Trips include our Greenwich Sunday Evening Cruises & Firework Cruises for New Year’s Eve.

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February Half Term with Thames River Services & Viscount Cruises

February Half Term 2019

Include: 15th February 2020- 23rd February 2020 February Half Term 2019 There’s plenty to do along the River Thames during the February Half Term. Knight School returns to the Tower of London, the crews of Cutty Sark (played by actors) & HMS Belfast (HMS Belfast’s actual crew!) will be on-board telling stories of the historic vessels pasts. What’s on during February Half Term? 1. Climb Aboard Cutty Sark Cutty Sark Visit the last remaining tea clipper, Cutty Sark. Originally built at Dumbarton, Scotland in 1869 she spent her working life transporting cargo including tea from China and wool from Australia. She has now been fully restored and is an award winning visitor attraction. Cutty Sark, Royal Borough of Greenwich Cutty Sark, Royal Borough of Greenwich Visit the famous Tea Clipper Cutty Sark & meet the crew who sailed her. Discover stories from her sailings & learn about life on-board the fastest tea clipper of her time. During February Half Term Royal Museums Greenwich are also hosting a number of Engineering & Art themed workshops for families. Activities include winch building & craft making.  1 Min / 358 Feet from Greenwich Pier 18th-23rd February, 11:30-13:30 & 14:00-16:00 Visit Website 2. Explore

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The Tower of London

Winter Events in London

Winter Events Beyond the Deepening Shadow: The Tower Remembers* Beyond The Deepening Shadow is a display of thousands of flames in the Tower of London Moat. This artistic tribute was designed by Tom Piper with sound artist Mira Calix & will run for 8 nights from the 4th November 2018 until the 11th November 2018. The commemoration will unfold during the four hour display, starting with a procession led by the Yeoman Warders of the Tower of London. The Yeoman Warders are distinguished service men & women & will ceremonially light the first flame before a team of volunteers light the rest of the installation.  4th-11th November 2018 – 17:00-21:00 *This photo is the property of Bex Walton on Flickr & is licensed by Creative Commons & has been resized. *This photo is the property of Bex Walton on Flickr, is licensed by Creative Commons & has been resized. Visit Website Tower Skate  23rd November 2018-6th January 2019 Tower of London Visit Website Skate at Somerset House The ice rink returns to Somerset House on the 14th November & will be open day & night. Skate Lates will feature music nights throughout the festive season & the Fortnum’s Lodge is the perfect

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Royal Borough of Greenwich

Autumn Half Term

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,

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Open House London 2018 (Photo by Colin on Flickr!)

Open House London 2018

Throughout Open House London Weekend explore builidings which are usually closed to the public. Travel between historic & modern buildings by river.

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