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Experience the River Thames

Running 215 miles from sea to source, the Thames is the heart of London and beyond. Spending a day on or along the banks of the River Thames will leave you wishing you could stay in this fine city a little longer. Here are some ways to make a splash.

Boat Tours

Boat Tours

From the Houses of Parliament to the Tower of London, get London’s best views during a leisurely tour along the Thames, while getting the facts on the city’s history.

Lunch Cruises

Lunch Cruises

Book a noontime cruise. The only thing better than taking in London on the Thames is doing it in style, relaxing with lunch, a glass of wine, or a hot cup of tea.

Dinner Cruises

Dinner Cruises

See London and its sites sparkle at night while enjoying a 4-course meal with wine in hand. You can book a boat with panoramic windows, and even a live band if you fancy that.



If being on the water isn’t for you, enjoy the Thames on dry land. The walking paths can’t be beat. You can join a tour; a guide will point out London’s landmarks along the way.



The Thames is the only river in Europe to have a national trail follow it’s whole length. You can join a bike tour and enjoy a panoramic view of London along its beautiful banks.

Our insider tips

Fun Facts

Londoners and tourists alike enjoy the Thames. Home to 25 species of fish, you’ll see fisherman as you dine in the many cafes and restaurants along the way. Cross its many bridges for a great view and a picture perfect postcard of London. During various times of year, you can even stumble upon a festival, such as Totally Thames in September.

How to Book Tours

Head online and read about bike tours or the best of the best Thames river cruises. Whether you cruise around for lunch or dinner, or stroll with a friend on the banks, London’s panorama awaits.

Where Do Boat Tours Leave From?

Many River Thames boat cruises leave from Westminster, Tower, and Greenwich Piers. The tour operator will include this information.

Good to know

  • When should I visit?
    It's always open, naturally.
  • Is it expensive?
    Free to visit, however tour prices vary.
  • Will I need a guide?
    Not compulsory but recommended.
  • How to get there
    You can get to the Thames in many parts of London. But why not take the tube to Westminster and enjoy the view from Westminster Bridge or Lambeth Bridge?
  • Additional information

    • Make sure to check the weather forecast before setting off on a stroll along the river.

    • The best way to enjoy the river is by boat, so why not book onto a boat tour?

What people are saying about River Thames

Enjoyable and fun tour with Hagrid aka John

John was a very engaged tour guide and it was great fun to get the whole group sorted into groups and answer quizzes along the way. The guide was very thorough and had many film facts. All in all it was a great tour while also exploring London.

Magical London: Harry Potter Guided Walking Tour Reviewed by Jennifer, 01/22/2019

absolutely outstanding tour. Our guide George was fantastic

My daughter and I went on the Harry Potter walking tour and our guide was George. Right from the start he made everyone feel at ease. Most of our group were foreign and I was impressed with the way he dealt with the language barrier by using translation on his I pad. The tour was very informative and fun. George was very easy to talk to and took the time to answer any questions that the group had. I would definitely recommend this tour to anyone.

Magical London: Harry Potter Guided Walking Tour Reviewed by Angela, 01/20/2019

our absolut highlight... the kids loved it...

We had a great time with our guide... George was brilliant, funny and he knew some real secrets about London ;) It was quiet a long walk but it was worth it!!! Absolutely! I can strongly recommend this tour. Even if you are not a Harry Potter fan...

Magical London: Harry Potter Guided Walking Tour Reviewed by Nicolai, 01/05/2019

Your was excellent - great for kids too!

George our guide was excellent. Tour was really fun and informative. Great for kids ages 8-14 too as he talked about scenes from Harry Potter movies but also London history in a cool way!

Magical London: Harry Potter Guided Walking Tour Reviewed by Kathleen, 01/05/2019

Great experience, can strongly recommend

Superbe Organisation with allocated seats ( we were a party of 10), plenty of delicious food, and great tour along the sightseeing highlights of London in the comfort of a boat trip. Particularly good across different ages (our group from 5-85 years old).

Thames Lunch Cruise Reviewed by Barbara, 12/30/2018

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