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  • London: Madame Tussauds, London Eye & SEA LIFE Combo Ticket

    1. London: Madame Tussauds, London Eye & SEA LIFE Combo Ticket

    Begin at the iconic Madame Tussaud’s and make your way up the red carpet to see all your favorite stars. Get personal with A-list celebrities, sporting legends, political heavyweights and historical icons, as well as the Royal Family on the Royal Balcony. Join the ultimate party, mingling with the likes of Eddie Redmayne, Benedict Cumberbatch, and Tom Hardy. Then, visit The London Eye and get up close to Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament and Buckingham Palace; you can even see as far as Windsor Castle on a clear day. Experience London from a different angle on the world’s tallest cantilevered observation wheel, 135 meters above the city. Step into your capsule, enjoy the gradual rotation and just stand and stare at the hustle and bustle beneath you, the beautiful sunset over the city or the thousands of twinkling lights after dark. Finish at one of Europe’s largest collections of globa...

    Had a great time and a really good experience. Would definitely recommend to anyone!

  • Magical London: Harry Potter Guided Walking Tour

    2. Magical London: Harry Potter Guided Walking Tour

    Walk in the footsteps of your favorite wizards (and witches) around Muggle London. Your Harry Potter enthusiast guide will be armed with weird and wonderful trivia all along the way.  Meet your guide and start your adventure by finding out which Hogwarts’ House you belong in. Compete against other Houses in an interactive quiz as you see the sites that inspired J.K. Rowling, from Shakespeare's Globe to the London alleys that inspired Knockturn Alley.

    Highlights include passing The Leaky Cauldron, the secret wizarding inn. Explore the real Diagon Alley, where Harry buys his first wand. Even see the bridge destroyed by the Death Eaters in "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince".  For part of your guided tour, choose either a short boat trip down the Thames or take the world-famous London Underground. Both the boat and Underground options follow this itinerary:  1...

    I took my 8 year old son, who is a huge Harry Potter fan, and we both throughly enjoyed it. Some of the filming locations were as good as the inspirational sights.

  • London: Riverside History Self-Guided Discovery Game

    3. London: Riverside History Self-Guided Discovery Game

    An interactive city discovery experience across London’s South East. You’ll solve riddles via a web app in your phone’s browser. This is a self-guided tour, so you can enjoy your discoveries at your own pace. Your challenge starts at Rotherhithe Station. There are 9 riddles in total. Each riddle takes you from one hidden location to the next. You’ll unlock local recommendations and fun facts, as well as learn about the history of the city and the people that made it what it is today.  Discover local spots as well as popular sights in London’s South East. Wind along the River Thames learning about great engineers, Victorian politicians, and former slum areas. Suitable for friends, couples, families with kids and groups of friends or colleagues, this experience provides the opportunity to be creative and use your imagination to explore this lesser-known corner of London.

Planning Your Visit

  • 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?

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What people are saying about River Thames

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 21,860 reviews

Michael was an amazing tour guide (although he did say he wasn’t official and just a member of the boat crew). He made everyone feel safe and added some great commentary along the ride. Would definitely book again as we go a great view of either side of the Thames!

We enjoyed our little tour, really nice experience. I can recommend to all people visiting for the first time but even Londoners

Delicious dish and amazing guide. Great crew members, nice weather, 5 stars of 5.

A very cool and informative trip. Out guide Charlie was excellent and very fun.

Tour was great fun. The guide did a great job. Very entertaining.