The River Thames majestically weaves its way through the heart of our capital past palaces, cathedrals, parks and heaps of fantastic sites. Awash with history, the Thames is a beautiful river commanding some of the best views in London - and it has long been one of the capital's most colourful attractions. Hidden behind every bend is a cultural treat or architectural triumph. There are a number of ways to navigate the river from sightseeing trips to sophisticated dinner cruises. Whichever one you choose, you'll be spoilt with the magnificent, vast array of stunning London delights.
Hop-on, Hop-off boat trips are one of the most relaxed ways to explore the sights along the banks of the Thames. Navigate the Thames from Central London to maritime Greenwich and disembark at a number of piers on the way. You can jump on the next boat that comes past. It's flexible, fun and excellent value.
City Cruises run regular services between Westminster Pier and Greenwich Pier where customers can hop-on and hop-off at either Waterloo Pier or Tower Hill Pier. Alternatively, just sit tight and stay on for the whole 2.5 hour round trip which takes in The Houses of Parliament, London Eye, the South Bank, the Globe Theatre, St Paul's, HMS Belfast, Tower Bridge, Canary Wharf and the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich.
Crown River Cruises offers a similar circular hop-on hop-off trip that takes in all the famous sights between Westminster Pier and Tower Bridge - with the round trip taking one hour.London RIB Voyages provide a thrilling and alternative perspective of the Thames as up to 12 passengers are whisked up and down the river in a fast speed boat ride. Speed through the city at up to 35 knots as award-winning comedian guides provide definitive entertainment and information on the landmarks that you sail past.
The Ultimate London Adventure last 50 minutes and zip passengers along the Thames at top speed in special rigid inflatable boats, while the Thames Barrier Explorer Voyage power boats venture as far as the Thames Barrier in an 80-minute return trip from the London Eye.
Meanwhile London Duck Tours take visitors around town on the roads and along the river in bright yellow World War II vehicles that can drive as well as float. Departing throughout the day from Chicheley Street, Waterloo (behind the London Eye), they drive past famous London landmarks such as Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament and Trafalgar Square, giving a commentary on the history of the city as well as the vehicles. Finally, for the waterborne part of the 75 minute tour, the truck launches into the River Thames from a slipway at Vauxhall. It's great fun and an unusual way to see the sights.
Savour the romance of London by night with an evening of fabulous food and first class entertainment on a dinner cruise. As you glide downstream, you'll catch sight of London's shimmering lights reflecting in the Thames in a simply enchanting experience. City Cruises Showboat trip is one of our favourites. Passengers receive a welcome drink, dine on a superb four-course dinner, sip fine wine and dance the night away, while songs from the world's most famous musicals ring out into the night air. All in all, the evening is a ritzy accompaniment to London's fantastic sights. Alternatively, experience the excitement of London by night from one of the most sought-after seats on the river. Bateaux London's Dinner Cruise combines a magical blend of fine food, friendly service, superb entertainment and panoramic views. Passengers can either choose the Classic Dinner Cruise which includes a welcome drink and a four-course a la carte menu. The Premier Dinner Cruise includes a half bottle of house red and white while the Elite cruise offers exclusive seating, a champagne welcome drink, five-course a la carte menu, a bottle of wine from the menu and a liqueur to finish off with.
Brighten up your day and treat your loved one to a lunchtime or teatime cruise down the Thames. Bateaux London and City Cruises offer superbly good value set menu lunches from Monday to Saturday - with afternoon tea cruises and a special Saturday Jazz Cruise on offer. The quality is consistently excellent, and it's a great way to relax, dine in style and take in some magnificent views. Come Sundays, Bateaux London set sail on an utterly delightful Jazz Cruise where passengers can sample fine food with the accompaniment of the sweet sounds of gentle jazz. It's a wonderfully soothing way to spend a Sunday. The Afternoon Tea Cruise options give guests the opportunity to enjoy sandwiches, pastries and scones as well as an assortment of teas as they discover the magic of the city from the river.