London by River
Discover London's iconic landmarks along the River Thames
The Thames River spans 215 miles and is an iconic landmark of London flowing straight through the heart of the city. One of the best ways to explore the city is along this heart line, winding its way through the capital on a boat ride on the Thames River Cruise. You’ll see some of the best landmarks and attractions in London along the banks of the river, giving you a unique perspective of the city.
Don’t forget to pack your camera and look out for the key sights along the way…
One of the best ways to see London is on the Thames River Cruise with City Cruises which offers unparalleled views of the city from the water. With four hop-on, hop-off points you can travel the length of the river, from Greenwich, to Tower Hill, Westminster and the London Eye.
The boat trips run all year long, with timetables dependent on the season – more tours run in the summer months and later into the lighter evenings for that perfect sunset experience. You can choose to stay on the cruise for a round trip, lasting 3 hours, or you can get off at one of the piers to explore the London attractions nearby. Tours depart every 30 minutes from each pier:
- Westminster Pier
Just down from the Houses of Parliament, Westminster Pier is perfect to see a more historic side of London. From here, you can get a great photo shot of Big Ben, you can visit the Horse Guards, Whitehall and the Churchill War Rooms just behind the Embankment and you can’t miss the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Westminster Abbey. The wedding church of Prince William and Kate and the coronation church of the Royal Family since William the Conqueror, it’s one of London’s finest historic attractions and well worth a visit with your London Pass.
- London Eye Pier
You’ll find this pier right beside the London Eye, along from the London Aquarium and down from Big Ben. This pier is good to get off to explore the cultural hub of the Southbank, every Londoner’s favourite place. Lined with pop-up eateries, rooftop bars and theatres, not to mention the British Film Institute and National Gallery Theatre, the Southbank is iconic for its cultural offering, least to mention its unforgettable location. Along the way down Bankside you will also pass the historic Shakespeare’s Globe, a replica of the one that burnt down in the 17th century, as well as the Tate Modern art gallery.
- Tower Pier
The Tower Pier is a hot spot to get off to see the Tower of London and Tower Bridge. Enter one of London’s most popular historic attractions and learn about the kings and queens who ruled, from the scandals of the past to the secrets of the court. Next walk along Tower Bridge, one of London’s most iconic bridges and monuments. As a Victorian landmark, it marks the first ever bridge across the Thames and is in use to this day. Take in the breath-taking views across the capital on the new Glass Walkway, too.
- Greenwich Pier
Travel east down the River to Greenwich to behold an open, greener space nestled in the city. Greenwich is the answer to all things maritime, with the National Maritime Museum and historic Cutty Sark. Step over the meridian line at the Royal Observatory and take in the views over Greenwich Park before walking down to the market for some freshly produced picnic food.
Exploring London by river is a great way to see all the different sides of this fascinating city. What is guaranteed is that you’ll pass some great London landmarks along the way, from the Houses of Parliament to the iconic Shakespeare’s Globe.
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