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.

Viscount Cruises St. Katharine Pier

Transport for London River Services Logo Daytime Cruises from Westminster Pier

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

Available Cruises

  • 2 Day Riverpass (Hop-On Hop-Off)

    £12.75£19.50
  • St. Katharine Pier to Greenwich (via Thames Barrier)

    £7.00£17.00
  • Greenwich to St. Katharine Pier

    £7.00£16.00
  • St. Katharine Pier to Greenwich

    £7.00£16.00
  • Greenwich to St. Katharine Pier (via Thames Barrier)

    £7.00£17.00

Other Stops On This Route

* Cruises to the Thames Flood Barrier will only operate between 1st April 2019 – 27th October 2019 inclusive.

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.

Cruise to Westminster Pier, Embankment Pier, Festival Pier & Bankside 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.

Available Cruises

Other Stops On This Route

Evening Cruises from St. Katharine Pier

Our popular Sunday Evening Cruises & London Christmas Cruises depart Greenwich Pier (near the Cutty Sark & Old Royal Naval College). The cruises travel up-river to central London passing beneath Tower Bridge & past a number of London’s famous landmarks before turning & cruising back to Greenwich.

The cruises take place on-board one of our Class V passenger boats with indoor & outdoor seating, heating, a fully licensed bar & toilet facilities.

Our Shared New Year’s Eve Boat Parties are the best place to see in the New Year. Taking place on-board a Class V passenger boat with a fully-licensed bar, heating & toilet facilities.

Available Cruises

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.

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 St. Katharine Pier**

Tower Bridge
Tower Bridge

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.

Tower of London
Tower of London

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 (The Walkie Talkie) & The Sky Garden
20 Fenchurch Street (The Walkie Talkie) & The Sky Garden

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
The Monument to the Great Fire of London

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 Mills a restaurant, bar & deli is also due to open on the 14th floor on 11th November 2019.

St. Katharine Pier Gallery

* Cruises to the Thames Flood Barrier will only operate between 1st April 2019 – 27th October 2019 inclusive.

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.

**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.