Are you considering booking a cruise down the River Thames? Not sure what is available or which one is best for you? We have you covered in our complete guide to the best London boat trips.

One of the most popular ways to experience London is to take a boat trip along the River Thames. With so many different Thames river cruises and boat trips to choose from it can be overwhelming picking the right fit for your needs. In this article, we compare the best London boat trips and provide a detailed breakdown to help you choose the right one for you.

We have divided the city cruises by theme including 8 different cruises (dinner cruises, lunch cruises and more) which offer food, drink and entertainment. There are also a number of speedboat tours available if you want the thrill of experiencing the Thames a la James Bond.

If you are planning to travel along the Thames to some of London’s popular landmarks and sights such as Greenwich, the Tower of London and the London Eye we recommend considering the hop-on hop-off sightseeing cruise which includes unlimited travel on the river for 24 hours.

River Thames Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Cruise

London boat trips on a clipper will take you past many sights such as St Pauls.
  • Duration – 24 hours
  • Wheelchair Accessible – YES
  • Leaves from – Westminster, north Greenwich Pier, London Eye, and the Tower Pier.

On this boat ride on the River Thames, you’ll get a chance to see London’s most famous attractions. The 24-hour river ticket allows you to hop on and hop off at any of London’s major piers for 24 hours, including Westminster, Greenwich, London Eye, and Tower Pier.

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Westminster to Greenwich River Thames Cruise

  • Duration – 30 minutes to 1 hour (choose one way or round trip)
  • Includes on-board commentary
  • Wheelchair accessible – Yes
  • Leaves from – Westminster Pier
  • Not included – Food and drinks (available to purchase on board)

See the sights of London along the banks of the River Thames on a sightseeing river cruise from Westminster Pier to Embankment Pier, Festival Pier, Bankside Pier, and Tower Bridge Quay.

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Westminster to Tower Bridge River Thames Cruise

Boat trip along the Thames near Tower Bridge.
  • Duration – 30 minutes to 1 hour (choose one way or round trip)
  • Includes on-board commentary
  • Wheelchair accessible – Yes
  • Leaves from – Westminster Pier
  • Not included – Food and drinks (available to purchase on board)

You have the option of purchasing a 1-way trip to Tower Bridge Quay or you can opt for a round-trip city cruise and return to Westminster. Listen to the live audio commentary from your captain and make use of the state-of-the-art facilities on board the boat.  

Regular departures from Westminster Pier every hour. The boats offer ideal viewing opportunities from the open top deck of the modern “Sapele” and “Mercuria” vessels or the open deck of the traditional “Sarah Kathleen.” Each vessel features a bar serving light refreshments available to purchase.

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Thames Cruise to Greenwich with Private Guide

  • Duration – 3 hours
  • Includes tour guide
  • Wheelchair accessible – Yes
  • Leave from – Meet your guide by the London Eye Waterloo Pier.

With a 3-hour cruise down the River Thames, enjoy seeing landmarks like the Tower of London and historic Greenwich while being guided by your private guide.

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Best London Canal Waterbus Tours

Canal boats near Little Venice in London.

Little Venice: Regent’s Canal Waterbus Boat Trip to Camden

Duration – 45 minutes

Guided commentary

Wheelchair Accessible – NO

Leaves from – The cruise will depart from Little Venice and end at Camden Lock

Travel the Regent’s Canal to Little Venice and enjoy a picturesque journey through London. This leisurely waterway is lined with quirky houseboats, while boats pass by on their way to Camden Town – an area bustling with culture!

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Canal boats in Little Venice London.

Camden Town: Regent’s Canal Waterbus Trip to Little Venice

Duration – 45 mins

Guided commentary

Wheelchair Accessible – NO

Leaves from – West Yard, Camden Lock Place, Camden Market, NW1 8AF

Take a journey through London’s Regent’s Canal and experience the city like never before on this 1-way waterbus trip. Sit back as you cruise along with your window seat facing out into beautiful natural scenery, enjoying views that are impossible to find anywhere else!

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LONDON-ITINERARY

London boat cruises with food (& entertainment)

London River Thames Lunch Cruise

Boats on the River Thames with Houses of Parliament and Big Ben in the background.

Duration – 105 mins

Live commentary

Wheelchair Accessible – NO

Leaves from – Tower Pier, Lower Thames Street. London EC3N 4DT.

Discover a new way to enjoy London on this fantastic 105-minute cruise along the River Thames! You’ll be treated to 2 courses from an expert chef, including tea or coffee.

Get spectacular views of some of England’s most famous landmarks while sipping your beverage and listening out for fun facts about each site’s history during our journey down the river

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Sunday Lunch Cruise on the Thames

Duration – 2.5 hours

Wheelchair Accessible – YES

Leaves from – Embankment Pier, Victoria Embankment, London WC2N 6NU

Included – A three-course set menu (starter, main course, and dessert) Live band

Relax on board of a luxury pleasure boat and enjoy live music as you cruise down river. Including a 3 course dinner and live entertainment performed by a jazz band this is the perfect cruise to celebrate that special occasion.

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Taste of Britain Cruise

Duration – 2 hours

Live music performance

Wheelchair Accessible – NO

Leaves from – Tower Pier

Start your evening with a Taste of Britain Cruise that will take you on a relaxing journey along the River Thames. As you take in the sights, enjoy traditional British-themed bowl food, and musical hits created by British artists.

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Boats on the Thames with the Gherkin in the background.

Afternoon Tea Cruise on the River Thames

Duration – 1.5 hours

Sightseeing commentary

Wheelchair Accessible – YES

Leaves from – Tower Pier

Enjoy a delicious afternoon tea of finger sandwiches, savouries and cakes as you cruise down the Thames past some of London’s most iconic sights and landmarks.

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Boats on the River Thames in London with the London Eye behind them.
View of the London Eye

River Thames Dinner Cruise

Duration – 3 hours

Cabaret

Wheelchair Accessible – YES

Leaves from – Westminster Pier

Step aboard for a wonderful 3-hour dinner cruise on the River Thames and a 4-course meal. Enjoy a live cabaret performance and dance into the night as you cruise past London’s illuminated monuments as far as the Thames Barrier and back.

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River Thames Evening Cruise with Bubbly and Canapés

Duration – 2 hours

Live music

Wheelchair Accessible – NO

Leaves from – Tower Millennium Pier

Set sail after sunset and enjoy London on a river tour down the Thames. Start your evening with a glass of bubbly and delicious canapés. Enjoy a selection of jazz and chill-out pop songs from live performers.

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Cruise boat on the Thames near Tower Bridge.

River Thames Luxury Dinner Cruise with Live Music

Duration – 2 hours 45 minutes

3 or 5-course meal

Wheelchair Accessible – YES

Leaves from – Embankment Pier

See the sights of London illuminated for the night on a dinner cruise down the River Thames. Enjoy a 3 or 5-course menu of delicious food, with live music and professional service, as you pass iconic views of the city.

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River Thames London Dinner Cruise with Live Jazz

Duration – 3 hours

3-course meal with tea and coffee

Wheelchair Accessible – YES

Leaves from – Westminster pier

If you’re looking for a sophisticated night out in London with fine food, great live music, a friendly atmosphere, and some of the most stunning sights in London, this 3-hour Thames jazz dinner cruise is the ideal solution for you!

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Best London speetboat tours

Skyline of London with a speedboat on the Thames.

50-Minute River Thames Speedboat RIB Tour

Duration – 50 minutes

Not suitable for pregnant women, people with back problems, people with heart problems or children under 33 lbs

Wheelchair Accessible – NO

Leaves from – Embankment Pier 

Get the ultimate adrenaline rush aboard a high-speed RIB boat and see the sights of London as you speed along the River Thames on a 50-minute round-trip from Embankment Pier to Tower Bridge.

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Family-Friendly Speed Boat Tour of the River Thames

Duration – 50 minutes

Wheelchair Accessible – NO

Leaves from – London Eye Pier 

Experience a wild and fantastic River Thames boat cruise that is fun for all ages. Informative banter is provided by an award-winning comedian guide, whose cheery anecdotes include narration about the history of London.

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Speedboat Tour Through Heart of the City

Duration – 50 minutes

Wheelchair Accessible – NO

Leaves from – Tower Bridge Quay

See the sights of London aboard a high-speed powerboat and ride past the Tower of London, HMS Belfast and other sights on the River Thames. Blast through Wapping and Canary Wharf to the O2 Arena at Greenwich and back.

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50-Minute River Thames Speedboat Ride

Duration – 50 minutes

Wheelchair Accessible – NO

Leaves from – Westminster Pier

Enjoy a fun-filled, adrenaline-packed experience as you cruise down the River Thames on the fastest boats in London. You’ll enjoy sightseeing, speed and awesome aquabatics.

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75-Minute Thames Barrier RIB Speedboat Tour

Duration – 75 minutes

Wheelchair Accessible – NO

Leaves from – Embankment Pier

Board a speedboat from Embankment Pier and enjoy a round trip experience right up to the Thames Barrier, including guided commentary and high-speed action.

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Terrible Thames

Duration – 40/45 minutes

Wheelchair Accessible – Contact for more information

Leaves from – Tower Bridge Quay

Prepare to experience a Horrible Histories tour of the Thames. Terrible Thames is the new hit Thames river cruise for those interested in the history of the city and the river that runs through it.

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I am sure this post will have helped you choose the right boat tour from the many London river cruises the city has to offer! You can find out more to help plan your trip to London in these articles: