Riverside London Tour

Reserve this tour now on the Bookings & Enquiries page.Just 215 miles (or 346km) long, the Thames is hardly the world’s mightiest river. But size doesn’t always matter when it comes to things geographical, and ‘Father Thames’ enjoys a very special place in the hearts and minds of Londoners for many reasons. The best way to appreciate it and its long history is from a front-row seat in a boat or strolling along the South Bank. View slideshow ↓

Millennium Bridge and Tate Modern
South Bank
Once considered the ‘wrong’ side of the Thames, this area has developed beyond anyone’s expectations – from the renovated Southbank Centre complex of theatres and concert halls, and Bankside, with the stunning Millennium Bridge pushing off from between the Tate Modern and Shakespeare’s Globe, to Borough, with London’s most popular food market and Europe’s tallest building, the iconic 1016ft (310m) Shard, now open to the public. Creative Commons | Nana B Agyei
London Eye
London Eye
What was originally meant to be a temporary attraction to mark the Millennium in 2000, this `Ferris wheel' standing 443ft (135m) is as popular with locals as with visitors for its unimpeded views of the flat British capital. The 32 gondolas, one for each London borough, go full circle in a gracefully slow 30 minutes. Creative Commons | Greg Knapp
London RIB Voyages
River Thames Cruise
With the drive to make more use of London’s ‘liquid artery’, companies running boats on the river have been sprouting up in recent years. Choose from a leisurely circular tour, an amphibious vehicle that will take you from road to water or a James Bond-style high-speed inflatable boat. Creative Commons | Garry Knight
Hampton Court Palace
Hampton Court Palace
England’s largest and grandest Tudor structure, knee-deep in history, was Henry VIII’s favourite residence. As memorable as a tour of the sumptuous state apartments is a stroll through the stunning riverside gardens and losing yourself in the 300-year-old maze. Creative Commons | David Howard
Cutty Sark
A short train or boat ride away and packed with splendid architecture, Greenwich has strong connections with the sea, science, sovereigns and – of course – time. Highlights on our tour are the restored Cutty Sark clipper ship, the National Maritime Museum and the Royal Observatory. Creative Commons | Mike Knell

Did you know?

The level of the tidal Thames can vary by up to seven metres, depending on the date and time of day.