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London: River Thames Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Cruise

1. London: River Thames Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Cruise

Explore the River Thames as it weaves through the heart of London and discover fascinating history around every bend. Today, you can experience the splendor of this great city from the relaxed comfort of a modern, all-weather and wheelchair-friendly sightseeing boat. Informative commentary interlaced with colorful tales of the city's past will keep your mind engaged as you cruise down the Thames! Cruises depart frequently from Westminster Pier, Greenwich Pier, London Eye Pier, and Tower Pier, sailing every day of the year except Christmas Day. With a regular timetable, and evening cruises all summer, you can enjoy a full-day on the river in comfort. Hop on and off the boat as many times as you wish to explore sights such as the Cutty Sark, the Royal Observatory, Tower of London, St. Paul’s Cathedral, Tate Modern, Borough Market, South Bank Centre, and the London Eye. Or grab a refreshment from the on-board bar and relax as you sail past Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament, Westminster Bridge, the Royal Festival Hall, Cleopatra's Needle, Somerset House, the Millennium Footbridge, Shakespeare's Globe, Monument, H.M.S.Belfast, and much more. During the festive season from December to January, all boats will be decorated and kids will get Christmas coloring sheet and pencils to keep them entertained while parents relax by sipping on a cup of mulled wine and a mince pie from our fully stocked bar. 'Tis the season to be jolly!

London: River Thames Speed Boat Tour

2. London: River Thames Speed Boat Tour

Experience a wild and fantastic River Thames boat cruise that is fun for all ages. You will climb aboard a high-speed vessel that offers non-traditional views of England's capital at speeds of up to 30 knots. You will be given a full safety briefing and a life jacket - just in case! Named by leading listings magazine Time Out as a "must-do" experience, both visitors and residents of London will be thrilled with this outing. Speed under the capital’s bridges, and marvel at landmarks such as the London Eye, Houses of Parliament and South Bank from an exclusive vantage point. Music floats through the air via the onboard sound system, as you power out toward the Docklands. High-brow banter is provided by an award-winning comedian guide, whose cheery anecdotes include narration about the headquarters of MI5 and the modern skyscrapers of Canary Wharf.

London: Thames Sunset Speedboat Experience with Drink

3. London: Thames Sunset Speedboat Experience with Drink

Escape the hustle and bustle of the city as you enjoy a night cruising along the River Thames. See famous sites light up as you whizz through the heart of London. Meet your guide just after sunset and board the speedboat. Enjoy London's night skies, one of the most famous skylines in the world, as you surf through the waves at a nerve-inducing 35mph. Listen as your guide provides commentary and tells you all about the city. Marvel at the London Tower Bridge from a distance as you see the evening light show. Hold on tight as you rock and roll down the river. Enjoy the music as you reach high speeds that will take your breath away.  Set sail back to London Tower Bridge, where you can unwind and enjoy a seasonal drink.

London: Peppa Pig Afternoon Audio-Guided Tea Bus Tour

4. London: Peppa Pig Afternoon Audio-Guided Tea Bus Tour

Enjoy the best views of Central London on a double-decker Routemaster bus while enjoying a Peppa Pig-themed afternoon tea. Listen to a Peppa Pig audio guide full of fun games and sing-a-long songs the whole family will love. Meet your host at the Somerset House. Hop on the double-decker red bus and get ready for a unique adventure. Take your seat, where your unique built-in tablet provides a Peppa Pig guided animation of the London tour itinerary and sing-a-long songs that the whole family will enjoy. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the ride as your driver takes you past Peppa’s favorite landmarks, such as Big Ben and Piccadilly Circus. Listen as Peppa will tell you about some of her exciting adventures. Tuck into your delicious afternoon tea served to you on board; you will have a choice of sweet and savoury British treats that you and the kids will love.

London: Private Walking Tour in Spanish

5. London: Private Walking Tour in Spanish

Traveling with a Spanish-speaking guide, visit Picadilly Circus before moving on to Buckingham Palace to see the famous Changing of the Guard. Following that, travel along St. Jame's Park before encountering the houses of Parliament and being passing by Big Ben. You then continue to Trafalgar Square before finding the National Gallery and arriving to Leicester Square. After a stop for lunch you will walk through Chinatown and Covent Garden, a market filled with stalls, shops, and vibrant restaurants. Do not miss Somerset House, located on the banks of the River Thames where you will stop to admire another of the most emblematic icons of the city, the amazing London Eye. This magical location is the perfect place for your experience to end.

Private Fictional & Film Spy Tour of London

6. Private Fictional & Film Spy Tour of London

Zig-zag across central London, from the stately Somerset House to the luxurious Savoy hotel, Trafalgar Square to Whitehall. Savour sumptuous sites from hit films, books, tv shows and even the odd stage production and uncover real-life spy secrets. See how art imitates life and vice versa through the lens of Ian Fleming's James Bond as well as other famous spy books, films, and comics. Start at Somerset House, a filming location for the films Goldeneye and Tomorrow Never Dies. You will discover how this historic building in the heart of central London was transformed into Russia through clever set dressing and props and how its history has links back to the running of the British Navy. After a short walk to the Savoy, discover the identity of one resident, a secret but well-known spy who was Fleming's friend, and leave shaken and stirred. Next, visit another iconic London landmark, Rules, London’s oldest restaurant. Learn how the site is linked not just to real-life spies but also to fictional film spies. Visit locations in and around Trafalgar Square. Then it's over to Whitehall, where your guide will explain how the film crew managed to film securely in the throbbing heart of central London. In Whitehall, listen to your guide explain how Fleming’s work in the intelligence community inspired the world’s most famous fictional spy. Final stop: the exterior of the MI6 headquarters in London. Discover all that the public knows about the Secret Intelligence Service. Learn how the IRA attacked the building in a very fanciful and filmic style, and how the makers of one of the world's most famous spy film franchises managed to get permission to use the real Mi6 headquarters in their films!

London: South Bank Self-Guided Mobile Audio Tour

7. London: South Bank Self-Guided Mobile Audio Tour

Stroll along the south side of the famous river Thames to discover a more funky side of London. The Southbank has become synonymous with art, culture, food, drink and fun. Start this 60 minute self guided audio tour on the north side of the river at the beautiful Somerset House, cross to the south going over the famous Waterloo Bridge and wander the southbank of the river taking in its sights and sounds. The tour's last stop is Borough Market and now favourite with foodies where you can delight in flavours from around the world. Discover the view of London from the other side of the river on this personal favourite self guided audio tour.

London: The Courtauld Gallery at Somerset House Entry Ticket

8. London: The Courtauld Gallery at Somerset House Entry Ticket

Discover the Courtauld Gallery's diverse treasures, from Impressionist gems by Manet and Van Gogh to Renaissance masterpieces in the Blavatnik Fine Rooms. Explore Medieval and 20th-century art in a stunning setting at Somerset House. Begin your visit at the Courtauld Gallery with a journey through time. Marvel at the iconic Impressionist and Post-Impressionist masterpieces that grace the LVMH Great Room. Manet's "A Bar at the Folies Bergère" and Van Gogh's "Self-Portrait with Bandaged Ear" await, alongside a UK treasure trove of Cézanne's works. Ascend to the Blavatnik Fine Rooms on the second floor, a haven of Renaissance to 18th-century art. Be captivated by Lucas Cranach's "Adam and Eve" and Rubens' "The Descent From The Cross." Admire Botticelli's "The Trinity with Saints" and Pieter Bruegel the Elder's "Landscape with a flight into Egypt." Explore the Ruddock Family Gallery dedicated to Medieval and Early Renaissance art. Wander through 20th-century art and the Bloomsbury Group's world in ever-changing displays. At the Courtauld, art history unfolds in a magnificent setting, a captivating journey through the ages.

London: Pedicab Bike Tour with Afternoon Tea

9. London: Pedicab Bike Tour with Afternoon Tea

Explore London with this one-of-a-kind tour. Hop into a pedicab and allow your guide to show you around this historic city while enjoying fresh cakes, pastries, and sandwiches. Meet your friendly driver at Brigit's Bakery in Covent Garden and head off on a journey that takes in the most iconic parts of the city, including The London Eye, Big Ben, Houses of Parliament, Trafalgar Square, and more. Get comfortable and listen to the city’s history and some fun stories via the onboard multilingual commentary. Enjoy your traditional afternoon tea of tasty sandwiches and delicious cakes and pastries, prepared daily by Brigit's Bakery, accompanied by tea and coffee, or you can choose to upgrade to a boozy afternoon tea with a glass of Prosecco. With space for two, this is the perfect way to celebrate any occasion, in a private and intimate setting.

London: Christmas Day Sightseeing Cruise

10. London: Christmas Day Sightseeing Cruise

Enjoy a 1 hour circular cruise on the River Thames past historic riverside sights in the comfort of a fully heated modern river boat that also has an open upper deck. Informative and entertaining commentary will be provided live by the crew (recorded commentary in 8 languages) while a variety of drinks and snacks will be available for purchase from the on-board bar, including mulled wine and mince pies. With under 5s travelling free, this is something the whole family can enjoy. The perfect stocking filler! Marvel at some of London's wonderful sights lit up for the season’s festivities. Enjoy panoramic views of the Tower of London and Tower Bridge before heading up river towards Westminster and the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben. Along the way, expect to see a great number of famous attractions, including the London Eye, Cleopatra's Needle, Shakespeare's Globe, the Golden Hinde, St. Paul's Cathedral, Tate Modern, and Somerset House. Admire Renzo Piano’s Shard up-close, and pass the recently refurbished Savoy Hotel.

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What people are saying about Somerset House

Great experience. Very organised. Clean boats with plenty of choice for seating upstairs and covered downstairs. Staff gave a live commentary which was informative and entertaining. All staff encountered were friendly and polite. Cafe on board and toilets. Children enjoyed it so a good value way to travel and spend the day sightseeing.

Brilliant. Fun funny commentary by Bill who was fantastic. Exciting and interesting. It was pouring with rain but made no difference to the trip. Well organised and informative. An absolute must if you are visiting and want a thrilling experience. Bill & Nick ran our trip and they were fabulous. Worth every penny.

It was awesome! Mark and Nathan made it extra fun, the little bits of London history added to the whole experience, I highly recommend this activity!

Great way to see the sights around the Thames - exhilarating experience with enthusiastic and entertaining crew!

First Class Trip Friendly & Helpful Staff Great Way To See The Sights From The Thames !! Must Do !!