1. United Kingdom
  2. South East England
  3. London
  4. River Thames

Hop-on Hop-off Cruise and The View from the Shard Entry

Product ID: 78956
See the iconic sights of London with a 24-hour ticket for a hop-on, hop-off River Thames sightseeing cruise and admission to the View from the Shard for astonishing views of London from two remarkable and different perspectives.
About this activity
Duration: 24 hours
Starting time 12:00 AM
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Audio guide/headphones
Spanish, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Russian
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  • See the best of London from a hop-on, hop-off River Thames sightseeing cruise
  • View London from above from the highest building in Western Europe
  • Enjoy your choice of times for regular and frequent departures for the River Thames cruise
Full description
Enjoy London's stunning landscape from two unique perspectives! First from the River Thames, then make your way up to the platform of Western-Europe's tallest building for another stunning view of the city below.

The View from the Shard is Western Europe’s tallest building and dominates the London skyline, standing 1,016ft (310m) above street level. After a high-speed elevator ride you'll enjoy an astonishing view of London from almost twice the height of any other viewing platform in the city. Multimedia displays bring the vista to life and you are free to stay and enjoy the view as long as you like.

Your 24-hour sightseeing cruise ticket allows you to hop-on and hop-off the boat at any of the 4 conveniently located piers throughout London. From Westminster Pier, Tower Pier, London Eye Pier and Greenwich Pier you will have access to some of London's most famous attractions such as Westminster Abbey, Big Ben, the Tower of London, the Royal Observatory, the London Aquarium and more!

Cruises depart every 30 minutes throughout the year. Sights to be seen include but are not limited to:
• Big Ben
• Houses of Parliament
• London Eye
• HMS Belfast
• St. Paul’s Cathedral
• Golden Hinde
• Tower of London
• Tower Bridge
• City Hall
• Savoy Hotel
• RAF Memorial
• RS Hispaniola
• Old Scotland Yard
• London Bridge
• Westminster Bridge
• Oxo Tower
• The Shard
• The Gherkin
• Tate Modern
• Cleopatra’s Needle
• Portcullis House
• Traitor’s Gate
• Southwark Cathedral
• Millennium Bridge
• Northern & Shell Building
• London Television Centre
• Cutty Sark
• Old Royal Naval College
• County Hall
• Hays Galleria
• National Theatre

All boats are equipped with toilets, bars where you can buy refreshments, confectionary and snacks, and an outside/upper viewing deck for once-in-a-lifetime photo opportunities. Most vessels are wheelchair accessible.
  • 24-hr ticket for hop-on, hop-off river cruise
  • Entry to The View from the Shard
What’s Not Included
  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
  • Gratuities (optional)

Prepare for the activity

Meeting point

Westminster Pier, Tower Pier or Greenwich Pier.

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Important information
Know before you go
• Customers must first present their voucher at Westminster Pier, Tower Pier, or Greenwich Pier to collect their attraction ticket
• Vouchers cannot be exchanged at London Eye Pier
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.2 / 5

based on 67 reviews

Review summary

  • Service
    4.3 / 5
  • Organization
    4.1 / 5
  • Value for money
    3.9 / 5
  • Safety
    4.6 / 5
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It was good apart from problems with the speaker system so didn’t get much of a guide. The engineers cane to fix it so would have been okay for the next day Also due to the Tides being high the boat had to avoid part of the journey for a few hours., as there wasn’t enough clearance under the bridges . This is rare so not much to worry about .

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December 6, 2019

Enjoyed a great day out.

The weather was great, the river cruise(s) were great, and the view from the Shard was great. Information at booking stage was very sketchy, all I knew was the date (12/09/19) and ticket pickup time, 10am, at one of the piers mentioned. No timetable or suggested order. I decided to make for Tower Pier at 10am, successfully exchanged the printed ticket for cruise tickets and Shard tickets, plus a boat timetable. The operative suggested we do the cruise(s) first, followed by the Shard in the evening (more romantic) - then found out for the first time that these tickets were valid for 3 days (if I'd known in advance would have gone yesterday instead), anyway, just as well we didn't take his advice, we went to the Shard first, got there about 10.30am, gained entry ok and were then told we had to be out by midday because there was a private function booked (perhaps the guy at Tower Pier should have been informed??!!), so, it all worked out fine, but could have been really disappointing!!

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September 14, 2019

Cruise view of the Thames was fab but the view from the Shard just puts you on a high! ''Pardon the pun'' Could have stayed up there for much longer. Every time you walked round 360 degrees you just kept on picking out the views. Would do it again. Downside - the price of a single ''Single Malt'' at £10! Will take my hip flask next time! Must be a ''Scotsman'' I hear you all say but lets be realistic, by the time you have enjoyed 3 wee drams up there you could have bought a full bottle of ''The Water of Life'' up here in Scotland. Don't go for the fast track Que. They want another £10 per head just to take the same lift up. Just faster getting through the Que. That all said, it was an amazing view. Oh, one more thing, little did we know that the IDIOT that climbed it must have been doing so whilst we were on our way down!

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July 22, 2019

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City Cruises Plc

Product ID: 78956