St. Katharine Pier & St. Katharine Docks
About St. Katharine Pier
St. Katharine Pier is located on the North shore of the River Thames at St. Katharine Dock, a short walk from the UNESCO World Heritage Site at the Tower of London. The dock opened in 1828 & was once popular with expensive cargo’s from around the world including ivory, shells, sugar, marble, wines, fragrant spices & perfumes. Today St. Katharine’s is a haven for yachts & historic vessels including traditional Thames sailing barges. A wide range of cafes, bars & restaurants are located at St. Katharine’s & regular food markets also take place throughout the week.
St. Katharine Dock was designed by the Scottish engineer Thomas Telford (known as the Colossus of Roads due to his extensive experience building roads) & completed in 1828. St. Katharine Dock takes its name from “St. Katharine’s by the Tower”, a medieval hospital which stood on the site.
Extensive bomb damage during the Blitz limited the capacity of the dock & with the increasing size of cargo vessels during the industrial revolution the dock eventually closed.
Just on the edge of the City of London St. Katharine Dock is closely situated to a number of landmarks including Tower Bridge, the Tower of London & the Monument.
Docklands Light Railway
St. Katharine Pier Location
Daytime Cruises from St. Katharine Pier
Thames River Sightseeing
Thames River Sightseeing (formerly Thames River Services) have been operating cruises on the River Thames for over 50 years. All of our sightseeing vessels are operated by experienced crew & feature indoor seating, outdoor seating & open decks.
Thames River Sightseeing Routes
Westminster to Greenwich (Blue Route)
Travel between the City of Westminster, City of London & the Royal Borough of Greenwich. Between April & October you can extend your cruise and travel through the Thames Flood Barrier.
Hop-On-Hop-Off (Pink Route)
Book at 2 Day Riverpass & enjoy unlimited travel between 6 piers on both Thames River Sightseeing Routes.
St. Katharine Pier to Greenwich£7.00 – £16.00
* Cruises to the Thames Flood Barrier will only operate between 30th March 2020 – 1st November 2020.
The last boat to the Thames Barrier departs Westminster Pier at 14:30, St. Katharine Pier at 14:50 & Greenwich Pier at 15:30.
The Thames Barrier Cruise is a 1-Hour round trip with no stops. Pre-booked groups can arrange to be dropped off or collected from Barrier Gardens Pier near the Thames Barrier Information Centre.
Evening Cruises from St. Katharine Pier
We do not currently have any evening cruises planned from St. Katharine Pier. Click the link below to view our evening cruises from other piers.
Private Charters from St. Katharine 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.
Near St. Katharine Pier**
Tower Bridge is one of the most famous bridges in the world & was designed by Sir John Wolfe Barry & Horace Jones. The bridge opened in 1894 & the centre span is split into two bascules which open to allow ships to pass through to the Upper Pool.
The Tower of London takes its name from the White Tower which was constructed in around 1078 by William the Conqueror. Over the last 900 years the Tower of London has served a number of uses including a fortress, armoury, royal palace, royal mint, treasury, menagerie, prison & more recently the home to the crown jewels. The Tower is guarded by the Yeoman Warders who were formed by King Henry VII in 1485.
20 Fenchurch Street, nicknamed The Walkie Talkie was designed by Rafael Viñoly & completed in 2014. The top floors of 20 Fenchurch Street are home to the Sky Garden, an award winning garden landscape with restaurants, bars & a viewing area.
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 1666.
One Fen Court is a modern office complex located at 120 Fenchurch Street. Designed by Eric Parry Architects & completed in 2019 the building stands 15 storeys high & features London’s largest rooftop garden. The Garden at 120 is a spacious, open air rooftop garden which is open to the public free of charge between Monday – Friday. 14 Hills, a restaurant, bar & deli is located just below the garden on the 14th floor.