River Cruises with Thames River Sightseeing

Cruising from Westminster Pier, Embankment Pier, Festival Pier, Bankside Pier, St. Katharine Pier & Greenwich Pier

Thames River Sightseeing 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.

Why Choose Thames River Sightseeing

  • Modern & traditional sightseeing boats with open decks, heated saloons & toilet facilities.
  • Regular departures: Every 30-40 Minutes (Currently every 60 Minutes).
  • Scenic cruises between Westminster Pier, Embankment Pier, St. Katharine Pier (Tower of London) & 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. (Selected Dates: April-October)

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. Our vessels are not calling at Festival Pier or Bankside Pier. Currently we are not cruising to the Thames Barrier. Click on the links below to explore the destinations on our route.

Westminster to Greenwich (Blue Route)
Westminster Pier (Houses of Parliament)
St. Katharine Pier (Tower of London)
Greenwich Pier (Cutty Sark)

Hop On Hop Off (Pink Route)
Westminster Pier (Houses of Parliament)
Embankment Pier (Charing Cross, Villiers Street & Strand)
Festival Pier (Royal Festival Hall & South Bank Centre) (No Services From Festival Pier)
Bankside Pier (Globe Theatre & Tate Modern)(No Services From Bankside Pier)
St. Katharine Pier (Tower Bridge & Tower of London)

Sightseeing by Boat

Our two services call at six piers across London providing a unique link between London’s top attractions.

Travel London by Boat

Our cruises aren’t just perfect for sightseeing. If you are travelling in or out of London our services may make a practical alternative to the train, tube or river bus. With services every 30-60 minutes & large, open passenger boats we provide a stress-free experience travelling across London.

Our Westminster to Greenwich Route (Blue Route) only calls at St. Katharine Pier providing an almost direct route between Westminster Pier & Greenwich Pier. A cruise from St. Katharine Pier (Tower of London) to Westminster Pier is a direct service with no stops on the journey upriver. The journey between Westminster & Greenwich is between 40-60 minutes*. The journey from St. Katharine Pier to Westminster is between 20-30 minutes*.

All of our boats have outdoor seating in the fresh air on the open deck & plenty of space to social distance.

Thames River Sightseeing operate services between Westminster Pier, Embankment Pier, Festival Pier, Bankside Pier, St. Katharine Pier & Greenwich Pier.

Between April – October Thames River Sightseeing also cruise through the Thames Barrier offering a unique view of London’s movable flood barrier.

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Departures are currently every 60-minutes from Westminster Pier, Embankment Pier, St. Katharine Pier & Greenwich Pier. We are not operating from Festival Pier or Bankside Pier until further notice.

Destinations

We operate cruises from six piers across our two routes. The Westminster to Greenwich (Blue Route) calls at Westminster Pier, St. Katharine Pier & Greenwich Pier while the Hop On Hop Off (Pink Route) calls at Westminster Pier, Embankment Pier, Festival Pier, Bankside Pier & St. Katharine Pier.

Westminster Pier is located on the North shore of the River Thames in the City of Westminster. The pier is a short walk from the Palace of Westminster (Houses of Parliament), Westminster Abbey & St. Margaret’s Church (A UNESCO World Heritage Site). Numerous museums & landmarks are within walking distance of Westminster Pier including the Banqueting House, Household Cavalry Museum, the National Gallery & the London Eye.

Embankment Pier is located on the North shore of the River Thames next to Charing Cross Railway Bridge and Embankment Station.

Embankment Pier is just a short walk from Westminster Pier, Villiers Street, the Strand and a number of famous landmarks.

Festival Pier is located on the south shore of the River Thames next to Royal Festival Hall in the heart of the Soutbank Centre. The National Theatre, London Eye, OXO Tower Wharf, & County Hall (Home to the London Aquarium, London Dungeon, Shrek’s Adventure and more) are only a few minutes from Festival Pier. Festival Pier is popular with corporate & private charters, our daytime sightseeing cruises with Thames River Sightseeing also call at Festival Pier.

Bankside Pier is located on the south shore of the River Thames next to the Millennium Bridge within the London Borough of Southwark. Bankside stretches from Blackfriars Railway Bridge to the edge of London Bridge City & is one of London’s newer tourist hot spots. Bankside & the surrounding area is home to a variety of historical & contemporary attractions including Borough Market, Southwark Cathedral, the Clink Prison Museum, Golden Hinde II, Shakespeare’s Globe, the Tate Modern, Bankside Gallery & the Millennium Bridge. Bankside is also home to numerous riverside restaurants, pubs, bars & is just a short walk from London Bridge City, the City of London & the South Bank.

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.

Greenwich Pier is located on the South shore of the River Thames in Maritime Greenwich, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The pier sits between the famous tea clipper Cutty Sark & Sir Christopher Wren’s Riverside Masterpiece, the Old Royal Naval College. Today the Royal Borough of Greenwich is an eclectic mix of historical & modern buildings. Greenwich town centre is home to a collection of museums, pubs, restaurants, markets & shops.

Thames River Sightseeing Enquiries

Please note our sailing times can vary due to the weather, tides & traffic on the River.

Thames River Sightseeing operate services between Westminster Pier, Embankment Pier, Festival Pier, Bankside Pier, St. Katharine Pier & Greenwich Pier.

Between April – October Thames River Sightseeing also cruise through the Thames Barrier offering a unique view of London’s movable flood barrier.

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Please note our sailing times can vary due to the weather, tides & traffic on the River.