Westminster To Tower of London River Thames Circular Cruise

From £12.40


  • Catch stunning views some of London’s most famous monuments from the River Thames
  • Enjoy live audio commentary from your captain and purchase refreshments at the on-board bar
  • Choose between a one-way or return trip

See the city on a relaxing Thames circular cruise

Riding a boat along the Thames is a fun and exciting way to explore London. See the city like never before from England’s second-longest river, giving you plenty of time to take in the sights. The captain provides live audio commentary, introducing you to London’s history and giving insight into the monuments you pass. What else makes the Thames circular cruise awesome? There are state-of-the-art facilities installed in every sightseeing boat. With onboard bars stocked with plenty of refreshments, you won’t have to worry about touring the city on an empty stomach. So, get comfortable and prepare for a fantastic time filled with splendid architecture and attractions along the banks of the Thames.

London’s iconic riverside attractions

The River Thames sightseeing cruise is popular for its alternate vantage point. Board the boat to enjoy unmatched views of the capital’s most spectacular landmarks from the open deck. Because you are below ground level, from aboard the Thames circular cruise, the already gigantic monuments look even bigger! The London Eye, Houses of Parliament, The Shard, and the Globe Theatre are but a few you will see. The open deck allows room for everyone to get the best possible views of the capital. Learn about London and discover years of history, complemented by a feeling of serenity as the waters of the Thames pass you by.

Thames circular cruise - A view of The Shard from a River Thames sightseeing boat
A view of The Shard from a River Thames sightseeing boat

A One-Way or Return Ticket – the choice is yours

Choose between two ticket variants for this experience. Boats depart from Westminster Pier. On the way, they stop at Embankment Pier, Festival Pier and Bankside Pier before reaching St Katherine’s Pier. With a one-way ticket, you can take a single boat ride from Westminster Pier to St Katherine’s Pier – a one-way trip that takes around thirty minutes to complete.

On the other hand, a return ticket offers more – hop on, hop off. This ticket variant is valid for 24 hours. It lets you alight at all the stops mentioned above, allowing you to explore them at your own pace. So, you can easily discover London by stopping at each pier before catching your return cruise. For the round trip, boats start a non-stop journey from St Katherine’s Pier every thirty minutes. Make sure you have your fill before taking the return trip though because it comes back to Westminster Pier without stopping.

Thames circular cruise - The Houses of Parliament and Big Ben as seen from the River Thames
The Houses of Parliament and Big Ben as seen from the River Thames

The Thames circular cruise is an excellent choice for both Londoners and tourists alike. The flexibility and comfort they offer make both ticket choices a bargain. Whether you are with a group or by yourself, you are in for a treat.

Upon booking, you will receive your tickets via email. Save them on your phone and, on the day of the tour, show them with a valid photo ID before boarding.


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  • Departure Times

    Currently, boats depart every 30 minutes from each of the stops at the following times:

    Westminster Pier: 11:00, 11:30, 12:00, 12:30, 13:00, 13:30, 14:00, 14:30

    Embankment Pier: 11:05, 11:35, 12:05, 12:35, 13:05, 13:35, 14:05, 14:35

    Festival Pier: 11:10, 11:40, 12:10, 12:40, 13:10, 13:40, 14:10, 14:40

    Bankside Pier: 11:25, 11:55, 12:25, 12:55, 13:25, 13:55, 14:25, 14:55

    St. Katharine’s Pier: 11:30, 12:00, 12:30, 13:00, 13:30, 14:00, 14:30, 15:00

    If you choose a return ticket, cruises will depart from St. Katherine’s Pier for a non-stop trip back to Westminster every 30 minutes, starting from 11:30 with the last departure at 15:00.

  • Directions

    The meeting point is at Westminster Pier. The easiest way to reach it is by London Underground. Simply take the Circle, District, or Jubilee line to Westminster Station. It is roughly a two-minute walk from the station.

  • Getting your tickets

    You will receive your Thames Circular Cruise tickets via email shortly after booking. On the day of your experience, please show your tickets on your mobile phone along with a valid photo ID. Please note, your cruise tickets are only valid for the date selected when booking.

  • Reduced Price Tickets

    Tickets for children between five and fifteen years old, seniors over sixty, and students with a valid student ID card are available for a reduced price. A family ticket (for up to two adults and three children) can also be purchased. Children below five years can board the cruise free of charge.

  • Accessibility

    The sightseeing cruise is wheelchair accessible.

  • Flexible Cancellation Policy

    You may cancel your tickets up to 24 hours in advance for a full refund.

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