London Sightseeing cruises

Our most recommended London Sightseeing cruises

London: New Years Eve 3-Course Dinner and Thames Cruise

1. London: New Years Eve 3-Course Dinner and Thames Cruise

Welcome in the New Year in London on an exclusive combined dinner and cruise of the River Thames. Tuck into a 3-course dinner at the Minster Exchange, and then board the Hurricane Clipper to set sail on the Thames. Enjoy a grandstand seat of the breathtaking fireworks at Midnight. Experience the excitement of London on New Year’s Eve as the city fills with a special kind of atmosphere. On what can be one of the busiest nights in London’s calendar, the tour promises a smooth evening of delicious food and world-class entertainment. Begin with a welcome glass of Prosecco at the elegant bar and restaurant of the Minster Exchange. Sit down to a scrumptious 3-course meal in the Minster Exchange’s festive surroundings. Enjoy a menu of seasonal British and continental favorites. Then, take a short 10-minute stroll to Tower Pier. Board the Hurricane Clipper. You will be welcomed on board with a drink before you set sail down the River Thames and the party gets started. Enjoy live music as you cruise towards the Houses of Parliament and London Eye, the focus of the Midnight fireworks. Toast the arrival of 2023 at Midnight, and then carry on celebrating at the cash bar (available throughout the evening). Enjoy one of the best views of the fireworks in the city, before cruising back to Tower Pier to dock.

London: Westminster to Greenwich River Thames Cruise

2. London: Westminster to Greenwich River Thames Cruise

Admire the views of London's most iconic sights with a cruise on the River Thames. Cruise to Greenwich to see London's historical sights from the River Thames. Journey past iconic sights such as the Houses of Parliament, Tower Bridge, and the Tate Modern. Choose between either a one-way or round-trip journey, with skip-the-line entry, and avoid the queues at the ticket office as you go straight to board the boat. Listen to the live audio commentary as you enjoy the comfort of a modern but traditional vessel. Admire the pyramid structure of The Shard and see other monuments from London's historic waterway. Head to the open deck for panoramic views of London's landmarks. Stop at Embankment Pier, Festival Pier, and Tower Bridge Quay before arriving at Greenwich Pier. Feel free to explore the charms of Greenwich on your own terms, and see sights such as Greenwich Market, the Cutty Sark, National Maritime Museum, Greenwich Park, and the Royal Observatory which are all within easy walking distance from the pier.

London: Regent’s Canal Waterbus Trip to Little Venice

3. London: Regent’s Canal Waterbus Trip to Little Venice

Travel between vibrant Camden Market and picturesque Little Venice along the Regent's Canal on this scenic 1-way waterbus trip. Sit back and relax as you cruise on a calm waterway through London, navigated by leisure boats and lined with quirky houseboats. Departing from West Yard, Camden Market, pass by Regent’s Park, the grounds of London Zoo, and through the echoey depths of the 249-meter Maida Hill Tunnel. Take advantage of slide-opening windows throughout the boat, so everyone gets a picture-perfect view. As you pass through London Zoo, keep an eye out for warthogs and African hunting dogs, which can often be seen as the boat passes their canal-side enclosure. Cruise past the homes of well-known musicians, actors, and celebrities. See the expansive and landscaped back gardens of grand houses used by ambassadors and visiting international diplomats. End your boat trip in Little Venice, where you can get off and continue your adventure on your own.

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

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

Travel from picturesque Little Venice to vibrant Camden Market along the Regent's Canal on a relaxing sightseeing cruise. This waterway is a leisurely corridor through London, navigated by leisure boats and lined with quirky houseboats. You'll pass by Regent’s Park, the grounds of London Zoo and through the echoey depths of the 248 meter Maida Hill tunnel. Each boat has slide opening windows throughout, so everyone gets a view. As you pass through London Zoo, keep an eye out for warthogs and African hunting dogs, which can often be seen as the boat passes their canal-side enclosure. Travel past the homes of well-known musicians, actors and celebrities. You will also be able to see the expansive and landscaped back gardens of grand houses used by ambassadors and visiting international diplomats. Arrive in the heart of Camden Market, home to a vast array of world class traders and international cuisines.

London: Westminster to Tower Bridge River Thames Cruise

5. London: Westminster to Tower Bridge River Thames Cruise

Climb aboard a sightseeing boat at Westminster Pier and cruise through the heart of London, admiring the many sights along the River Thames along the way. Stop at Embankment Pier, Festival Pier, and Bankside Pier before arriving at Tower Bridge Quay. Catch sights of St. Paul's Cathedral, The Shard, Tate Modern, Globe Theatre, and much more en route. Choose a 1-way trip to Tower Bridge Quay or opt for a round-trip cruise and return to Westminster. Listen to the live audio commentary from your captain and make use of the state-of-the-art facilities onboard the boat.   Benefit from regular departures from Westminster Pier every hour along with 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 to purchase.

York: River Ouse City Cruise

6. York: River Ouse City Cruise

The York City Cruise provides an entertaining and informative tour of the historic city as seen from the River Ouse. Enjoy the sights from a different perspective as a friendly and knowledgeable team guides you leisurely up and downstream. Your cruise departs from the King's Staith landing. Admire the scenery from the comfort of the enclosed saloon or the upper deck and treat yourself to a refreshing drink from the bar. The duration of the cruise is either 45 minutes or 1 hour and is determined by the weather on the day and by demand. Your ticket will be valid for whatever duration is offered on the day of your visit. Typically the 1-hour cruise follows a route that heads upstream to Clifton Bridge on the northern outskirts of York city and then downstream as far as the Millennium Bridge on the city’s southern outskirts, before returning back upstream to the original landing stage. The 45-minute cruise operates in the same area without going quite as far in either direction, passing through the center of the walled city. During the cruise, the captain will keep you entertained with live commentary about the sites you pass. Learn about York’s history of flooding and its prosperity as an inland port, as you sail along the river that brought the Romans and the Vikings to this site. You’ll sail on a vessel that features an enclosed and heated saloon, restrooms, and a fully stocked bar serving beers, wines, spirits, soft drinks, hot drinks, and snacks.

London: Thames River Cruise and London Eye Ticket

7. London: Thames River Cruise and London Eye Ticket

Enjoy a cruise on the River Thames with live commentary that brings the city to life, presented by expert guides. Admire the views along the shorelines, passing some of London's most famous landmarks. The circular cruise offers both covered and sun deck seating and departs from the London Eye pier directly underneath the London Eye. It goes as far as Tower Bridge and returns 40 minutes later having cruised past the Houses of Parliament, St Paul’s Cathedral, the Tower of London, Shakespeare’s Globe as well as Westminster, Millennium and Tower Bridges.

London: Ghost Walk and River Thames Boat Ride

8. London: Ghost Walk and River Thames Boat Ride

Feel shivers down your spine on a ghost walk around the haunted and historic sights of London. Follow the shadows to some of the darkest corners of the city on a walking tour and boat ride. Cruise in luxury along the River Thames aboard a boat with an onboard bar. See London's legendary attractions illuminated for the evening against the black night sky. Continue on foot as you discover the site of the most haunted house and creep through parks rich with horrific history. End the night at the royal castle and former prison of the Tower of London.  

From London: Luxury Paris Full-Day Trip

9. From London: Luxury Paris Full-Day Trip

Enjoy a full-day tour of Paris, with round trip transfers from London by Eurostar. Upon arrival at St. Pancras international in London, a representative will escort you to your reserved seat on board the 06:55 train to Paris. They will be available as your guide throughout the day. Relax on the train journey. Then, take a panoramic bus tour to see some of the most iconic landmarks of the "City of Lights," such as the Notre Dame cathedral, Napoleon’s triumphal Arc de Triomphe, and the luxury hotels and stores of the Champs-Elysees. Next, you’ll be treated to a special tour of the Eiffel Tower. Skip the lines and go straight to a reserved lunch at the newly opened Madame Brasserie on the first floor.  Reopened in June 2022, the 1st floor fully renovated brasserie is run by a two Michelin stars chef Thierry Marx, offering contemporary brasserie cuisine.  The restaurant opens 360 degrees onto the Iron Lady’s metal structure for you to enjoy its beauty, and offers a breathtaking view of the Trocadero and the Palais de Chaillot. Enjoy panoramic views of the city and feast on a delicious 3-course meal of French cuisine. Continue after lunch with a cruise down the River Seine, gliding through the heart of Paris for spectacular views of Place de la Concorde, the Musée D’Orsay, and much more.  Complete your experience by exploring the streets at leisure. A guided tour of the Louvre is available for those who prefer to see the “Mona Lisa” and other magnificent art works. Return to the Gare Du Nord for your 19:13 Eurostar departure back to London, with check-in closing 45 minutes before departure. Arrive in London at approximately 20:30 for the end of tour services.

London: Tootbus Must-See Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour with Cruise

10. London: Tootbus Must-See Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour with Cruise

Hop on board the Must See London bus tour, sit back, relax, and discover the city from a whole new perspective. See the best bits of London on this tour designed to see the most famous sights and experience incredible views of the city with an included cruise on the River Thames. Enjoy a tour past London's top attractions and landmarks including; Tower Bridge, Tower of London, St Paul’s Cathedral, London Eye, Big Ben, Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey, Buckingham Palace, Piccadilly Circus, Trafalgar Square, National Gallery, and Downing Street. Start the tour at any of the bus stops. Be welcomed on board whether you are a first-time visitor with just a few hours in town and want to get a taste of London or a Londoner who wants to experience the city differently. Make your way to Tower Pier or Westminster Pier when you've finished your bus tour to jump on the cruise. Drift along the River Thames seing iconic London landmarks like the Globe and Tower Bridge from the water. Download the Tootbus app to easily find your way around, follow the buses in real-time, and enjoy self-guided walking tours to help you explore more of London.

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What people are saying about London

Prompt pickup at the hotel. Enjoyable ride with a stop for the toilet and coffee. Information about the region and Stonehenge from our guide. The museum is very well done and did a wonderful job explaining the site.

Noen venner og jeg tok turen fra Lille Venezia til Camden Marked. Det var en fantastisk opplevelse med en veldig flink og underholdende guide. Kan anbefale alle som besøker London å ta denne båtturen.

Excellent trip, very informative. Guide was amusing and had some great info on the surrounding area. Boat was clean and well kept. Very well organised and would recommend

Great tour guide called Stephanie on the boat who was fun and entertaining.

We loved Marvin! Thanks for the great gruesome tour :)