Thames River Services Route

Westminster Bridge

Westminster Bridge

Westminster Bridge
Westminster Bridge

New Palace of Westminster (Houses of Parliament)

New Palace of Westminster (Houses of Parliament)

New Palace of Westminster (Houses of Parliament)
New Palace of Westminster (Houses of Parliament)

Known as the ‘Houses of Parliament’, the new palace was built between 1840-1870 after the original palace was damaged during a fire. The palace is the home of UK Parliament & the iconic Elizabeth Tower (known as Big Ben).

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.

London Eye

London Eye

London Eye, Waterloo
County Hall
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.

Charing Cross Railway & Golden Jubilee Bridges

Charing Cross Railway & Golden Jubilee Bridges

Charing Cross Railway & Golden Jubilee Bridges​
Charing Cross Railway & Golden Jubilee Bridges​

Royal National Theatre

Royal National Theatre

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.

Waterloo Bridge

Waterloo Bridge

Waterloo Bridge
Waterloo Bridge

Royal Festival Hall

Royal Festival Hall

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.

Somerset House

Somerset House

Somerset House
Somerset House

Somerset House was designed by William Chambers & completed 1801. The house has been home to the Royal Academy of Arts, the Royal Society, the General Register Office & the Inland Revenue. Today Somerset House is open to the public and regularly hosts concerts & other public events.

Cleopatra's Needle

Cleopatra's Needle

Cleopatras Needle
Cleopatras Needle
Cleopatra’s Needle was erected in Heliopolis around 1450 BC. The needle was already over 1,300 years old when Cleopatra became Queen. The needle was presented to the United Kingdom in 1818 to commemorate British military victories at the Battle of the Nile & Battle of Alexandria but it was not moved to London until 1877.

The Yacht (M.V St. Katharine)

The Yacht (M.V St. Katharine)

The Yacht at Temple Pier (M.V St. Katharine)
The Yacht at Temple Pier (M.V St. Katharine)

HQS Wellington

HQS Wellington

HQS Wellington
HQS Wellington

HQS Wellington is a Grimsby Class Sloop launched in 1934. She escorted convoys in the North Atlantic throughout the Second World War. She is now permanently moored on Victoria Embankment and is the livery hall of the Honorable Company of Master Mariners.

Temple Stairs Arch

Temple Stairs Arch

Temple Stairs Arch
Temple Stairs Arch

Stamford Wharf (OXO Tower)

Stamford Wharf (OXO Tower)

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.

Savoy Hotel

Savoy Hotel

Savoy Hotel
Savoy Hotel

The Savoy Hotel was built by Richard D’Oyly Carte & opened in 1889. The Savoy proved popular with tourists & was the first hotel in Britain to utilise electric lifts & be lit entirely by electric lighting. The Savoy boasts numerous bars & restaurants & is adjacent to the Savoy Theatre.

Sion College & Library

Sion College & Library

Sion College & Library
Sion College & Library

City of London School

City of London School

City of London School
City of London School

Blackfriars Road Bridge

Blackfriars Road Bridge

Blackfriars Road Bridge
Blackfriars Road Bridge

Blackfriars Railway Bridges

Blackfriars Railway Bridges

Blackfriars Railway Bridges
Blackfriars Railway Bridges

St. Paul's Cathedral

St. Paul's Cathedral

St. Paul's Cathedral, Ludgate Hill
St. Paul's Cathedral, Ludgate Hill

St Paul’s Cathedral was designed by Sir Christopher Wren and construction started in 1675. Construction took 35 years and the finished cathedral boasts the second largest cathedral dome in the world.

Tate Modern

Tate Modern

Tate Modern & The Shard
Tate Modern & The Shard
The Bankside Power Station was designed by Sir Giles Gilbert Scott & constructed in two stages between 1947 & 1963. The power station closed in 1981 & is now home to one of the largest museums of modern & contemporary art in the world, the Tate Modern.

Millennium Bridge

Millennium Bridge

Millennium Bridge, Bankside
Millennium Bridge, Bankside

The Millennium Bridge links Bankside on the South Shore to the City of London on the North. The bridge opened in June 2000 & gained its nickname the “Wobbly Bridge” after an unexpected swaying motion caused it to close. After almost two years of modification the bridge re-opened.

Shakespeare's Globe

Shakespeare's Globe

Shakespeare's Globe, Bankside
Shakespeare's Globe, Bankside

The Globe Theatre at Bankside is an authentic replica of a 16th century theatre. Shakespearean plays are regularly performed & guided tours of the theatre are also available. The Swan bar & restaurant at the Globe serves breakfast, lunch, dinner & a “Midsummer Nights Dream Afternoon Tea” inspired by the Characters of Shakespeare’s plays.

Southwark Road Bridge

Southwark Road Bridge

Southwark Road Bridge
Southwark Road Bridge

Canon Street Railway Bridge

Canon Street Railway Bridge

Canon Street Station & Canon Street Railway Bridge in the evening
Canon Street Station & Canon Street Railway Bridge in the evening
The Cannon Street Railway Bridge was designed by Sir John Hawkshaw for the South Eastern Railway. The bridge was completed 1866 at a cost of £193,000.

Golden Hinde II

Golden Hinde II

Golden Hinde II
Golden Hinde II

The Shard

The Shard

Golden Hinde II & The Shard
Golden Hinde II & The Shard

Fishmongers Hall

Fishmongers Hall

Fishmongers Hall
Fishmongers Hall

London Bridge

London Bridge

London Bridge
London Bridge

There has been a bridge across the River Thames on the site of London Bridge since Roman Britain. The current bridge is the fifth bridge to stand on this site and was opened by the Queen in 1973.

The Monument

The Monument

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.

20 Fenchurch Street

20 Fenchurch Street

20 Fenchurch Street (The Walkie Talkie)
20 Fenchurch Street (The Walkie Talkie)

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.

Hays Galleria

Hays Galleria

Hay's Galleria, London Bridge City
Hay's Galleria, London Bridge City
Waterguard House
Waterguard House
HMS Belfast
HMS Belfast 1938 (C35)
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.
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.

St. Katharine Docks
St. Katharine Docks
St. Katharine Dock was constructed in 1827 by Thomas Telford and officially opened in 1828. The docks became popular with expensive cargo’s from around the world including ivory, perfumes, marble, tea, spices & rum. Today St. Katharine’s is a haven for yachts with bars, restaurants and shops.
Mayflower Pub
Mayflower Pub, Rotherhithe
Limehouse Dock
Limehouse Dock
Canary Wharf
Canary Wharf & Docklands
The Prospect of Whitby
The Prospect of Whitby, Wapping

There has been a pub on this site since 1520 making the Prospect of Whitby London’s oldest riverside pub. The original pub was called The Pelican but was locally known as the Devil’s Tavern because it was popular with pirates & thieves.

Cutty Sark
Cutty Sark, Royal Borough of Greenwich | Viscount Cruises

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.

Royal Observatory
Royal Observatory

The Royal Observatory Greenwich was founded in 1675 by King Charles II. The Observatory sits on the hill in Greenwich Park and is the location of the Historic Prime Meridian (Greenwich Meantime). The Royal Observatory is also home to the Greenwich Time Ball which has marked 13:00 Greenwich Meantime everyday since 1833.

Old Royal Naval College
Old Royal Naval College, Royal Borough of Greenwich

The Old Royal Naval College is Sir Christopher Wren’s riverside masterpiece, built in the 17th Century as the Royal Hospital for Seamen the on the site of the Tudor Palace of Placentia. The Old Royal Naval College boasts beautiful surroundings & the Chapel of St Peter & St Paul in Queen Mary Court. The Painted Hall in King William Court is home to the largest painted ceiling in Europe, a masterpiece by Sir James Thornhill depicting over 30 years of English aristocracy & British Naval Power.

The Queens House
aThe Queens House, Royal Borough of Greenwich
The Queens House was the first classical building in England, built by Inigo Jones for Queen Anne of Denmark, wife of King James I. Now over 400 years old the house has been extensively refurbished and is home to an internationally renowned art collection.
Trinity Hospital
Trinity Hospital, Royal Borough of Greenwich

The first Trinity Hospital was built in 1613 by the Earl of Northhampton, Henry Howard. The current building dates from 1812, is home to 41 sheltered apartments & is supported by the Worshipful Company of Mercers.

Optic Cloak
The Optic Cloak

The Optic Cloak, by Conrad Shawcross

West India Dock
West India Dock
Isle of Dogs Pumping Station (Temple of Storms)
Isle of Dogs Pumping Station (Temple of Storms)
A Slice of Reality
A Slice of Reality

A Slice of Reality, by Richard Wilson

Virginia Quay Settlers Monument
Virginia Quay Settlers Monument
Trinity Buoy Wharf
Trinity Buoy Wharf
The O2
The O2, North Greenwich

The O2, designed as the Millennium Dome by Richard Rogers

Quantum Cloud
Thames Flood Barrier
Thames Flood Barrier, Woolwich

The Thames Flood Barrier is one of the largest movable flood defences in the world. Since its completion in 1986 the barrier has been closed 596 times (accurate as of June 2019). 184 of these closures were to defend London from flooding. 97 closures were to protect against tidal flooding & 87 closures were to protect against tidal/fluvial flooding.

Thames Refinery (Tate & Lyle Sugar)
Thames Refinery (Tate & Lyle Sugar)