Festival Pier

 Festival Pier

Transport for London River Services Logo Thames River Services from Festival Pier

Cruise to the Royal Borough of Greenwich & the Thames Barrier*​

Thames River Services have been operating sightseeing tours on London’s River Thames for over 50 years. We cruise between Westminster Pier, St. Katharine Pier (for Tower of London) & Greenwich Pier throughout the year with extra sailings to the Thames Flood Barrier between April – October. The cruises take place on-board a fleet of modern & traditional vessels with indoor & outdoor seating. Departures are every 30-40 minutes

Passengers wishing to travel to Greenwich & the Thames Barrier can join Circular Cruise & change vessel at St. Katharine Pier. Passengers returning to Embankment Pier will need to change vessel at Westminster Pier.

Join a Circular Cruise to Bankside Pier, St. Katharine Pier, Westminster Pier & Embankment Pier

Circular Cruise Westminster operate regular cruises between Westminster Pier, Embankment Pier, Festival Pier, Bankside Pier & St. Katharine Pier. Passengers with a Thames River Services Riverpass can also travel with Circular Cruise, embarking & disembarking at the various piers along the route.

Tickets between Westminster Pier, Embankment Pier, Festival Pier, Bankside Pier & St. Katharine Pier are booked direct at www.circularcruise.london.

 48 Hour Ticket

Other Thames River Services & Circular Cruise Piers

Events & Cruises from Westminster Pier

Westminster Pier is only a 13 minute walk from Festival Pier and is the departure point for a number of our events & cruises.

For just £175 per person you can enjoy a 5 hour cruise with a finger buffet, free beer, cider, wine and soft drinks from the bar all night, a party atmosphere provided by our resident DJ and the best view of the London fireworks at midnight.
All Ages | £175

Our Battersea Park Fireworks Cruises are 2 hour sightseeing tours Departing Westminster Pier. The tour includes a live commentary and a river view of the spectacular firework display at Battersea Park.
Adult | £20
Senior | £16
Child | £10

Our Lord Mayor’s Fireworks Cruises are 2 hour sightseeing tours departing Westminster Pier. The tour includes a live commentary and a river view of the Lord Mayor’s fireworks display at Southbank.
Adult | £20
Senior | £16
Child | £10

Private Charters from Festival Pier

Our versatile party boats are a popular choice on the River Thames. Large open decks, heated saloons & fully licensed bars are just a few of the facilities to be found on-board.

We provide a wide range of catering & dining options, perfectly paired with our extensive wine menu. Our entertainment options & decorations can also make your event truly unique.

Near Festival Pier

Royal Festival Hall, South Bank Centre
Royal Festival Hall, South Bank Centre

Royal Festival Hall is the last remaining building from the 1951 Festival of Great Britain. The hall can seat 2,500 guests & is situated in the Southbank Centre, the largest arts centre in the United Kingdom. Over 5,000 events are held at the Southbank Centre each year including exhibitions, festivals & performances by some of the worlds most famous artists.

Royal National Theatre
Royal National Theatre

The Royal National Theatre was opened by Queen Elizabeth II in 1976. Three individual theatres occupy the site & over 20 different performances are shown each year. The Olivier Theatre is the largest theatre & seats 1,100 guests.  The Olivier Theatre takes its name from the National Theatre’s first artistic director, Sir. Laurence Olivier.

London Eye, Waterloo
London Eye, Waterloo
The London Eye opened in the millennium year and has become one of London’s busiest tourist attractions. The London Eye stands 135 metres tall and provides views as far as Windsor Castle.

County Hall

County Hall

County Hall
County Hall
County Hall was designed by the architect Ralph Knott & opened by King George V in 1922. The building served as the headquarters for the London County Council & then the Greater London Council. Today County Hall is home to the Sea Life London Aquarium, London Dungeon, Namco Arcade, hotels, restaurants, private apartments & conference & event spaces.
Stamford Wharf (OXO Tower Wharf)
Stamford Wharf (OXO Tower Wharf)
Stamford Wharf started its life as a power station before being converted into a cold store for the manufacturers of the OXO Beef Cube. Today “OXO Tower Wharf” is home to over 30 design studios, specialist shops & restaurants.

Festival Pier Gallery

*Transportation links are based on data from Transport for London, always check their website (tfl.gov.uk) when planning your journey.

Walking times & distances are average times based on data from Google Maps.