London River Tours

Enjoy a tour along the River Thames with London River Services

Thames Clipper Catamaran Docking at Embankment Pier
Thames Clipper Catamaran Docking at Embankment Pier

In addition to the London River Bus service London River Services provides a variety of River Tours along the River Thames.

These scenic tours are a relaxing way to see the city of London from a different perspective while travelling along London's oldest thoroughfare, the River Thames. Services are provided by several companies which, together, under the banner of London River Services, operate a large fleet of boats and high speed catamarans up and down the Thames. This is a fairly inexpensive and fun way to do some sightseeing while visiting London.

There are a number of different tour options to choose from including an all day Hop-on, Hop-off tour, Lunch Cruises with live commentary, Dinner Cruises with live entertainment and more.

Presenting a valid Travelcard, or an Oyster card with a valid Travelcard loaded on it, will get you a discount of 33% on most services. An Oyster card without the Travelcard will get you a 10% discount on some services. You can also enjoy a free all day hop-on/hop-off Thames River Tour with the London Pass. Check out the very helpful video under the Photos & Video Tab for an excellent overview of using the river services.

Facts For Your Visit

Official Website: City Cruises

Fee: Yes

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Regular Hours:
Hours may be subject to change. Please verify on the official website, especially where Covid restrictions are in effect.

  • Monday: 8:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Tuesday: 8:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Wednesday: 8:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Thursday: 8:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Friday: 8:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Saturday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Sunday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Category: Boat Charters Tours

Address: Westminster Pier
Victoria Embankment
London SW1A 2JH
United Kingdom

Phone: +44 20 7740 0400


Yelp Rating:
3.5 out of 5 3.5 Star Rating
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4 Star Rating Pleasant experience looking at the town from the river. Suggestions- Check the time table so, you don't have to wait awhile. Also, purchase the London... Read More

Josiah G. Nov-17-2019

4 Star Rating A City Cruise was one of the things included on our London pass and it was a great way to see the city on a sunny afternoon. This boat company stops at... Read More

Joanna T. Jun-03-2019

4 Star Rating Very convenient locations. Close to lots major tourist destination. The boats they use is very comfortable with snacks bar and drinks available! City... Read More

Michael W. May-18-2019

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Tube Line Nearest Station Walking Time
District, Circle and Jubilee LinesWestminster5 Minutes
District, Circle, Northern and Bakerloo LinesEmbankment10 Minutes

How to get to City Cruises by Tube

Most River Tours begin at either Westminster-Millennium or Embankment Piers. Some can be started from other piers, however these are the 2 closest to the centre of London. Please download the brochures from the official site link to view schedules and rates for the various services.

Directions to the piers are clearly indicated with signs from the corresponding Tube Stations.

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