We've said it before and we'll say it again — Thames River boat cruises are fantastic ways to see London. It's the river, after all, that is the reason London is there at all! And, since so many monuments and sights are so close to the river (think Big Ben and the London Eye), you see a lot of the city in one leisurely activity.
But, even better are activities that combine a Thames River boat cruise with another experience. Like a city tour on a vintage double-decker bus. Or a visit to the Tower of London. Or even a tour of Shakespeare's Globe Theatre. Let's find you why we like these…
Here's a way to see the best of London from two different perspectives — the top of a double-decker bus and the silvery surface of the Thames.
It all starts with an exciting city tour on a vintage red Routemaster double-decker bus. Then, to see things differently, you're dripped off at the river where you hop aboard for a cruise on the Thames.
By the way, one of the places the bus tour takes you is to Buckingham Palace, where you experience the Changing of the Guard Ceremony. Here's another idea — choose the Stonehenge option that includes entrance tickets and a round trip shuttle from Victoria Coach Station to this legendary ancient stone monument.
Absolutely fantastic!! Our tour guide was extremely entertaining and knowledgeable. I wish our history teachers were this much fun when I was in school. Our driver was a magician! I'm still in awe of how he was able to get us in such tight spaces. What a great experience! We saw all the major landmarks and then some on this awesome tour! Highly recommend for first timers."
– 5-Star Review
This uber-convenient one-day pass gives you access to two of London's most popular attractions.
Wander through the Tower of London with your guide and discover its 900-year history as a royal palace and fortress, prison and place of execution and jewel house.
Then, on your Thames cruise see all the sights on the Riverliner with open upper decks and panoramic windows. Cruises depart frequently from Westminster Pier, Waterloo Pier (London Eye), Tower Pier, and Greenwich Pier.
Great!! The boat trip was a good way to get an up-close look at the bridges as well as some of the more interesting sites. The Tower of London tour was the best. Our guide was excellent. He made history sound like fun and engaged the group all the way through."
– 5-Star Review
This is a hop-on hop-off Thames boat cruise that lets you explore the riverside at your leisure — the boat pass lasts a full day, 24 hours. There are four drop-off piers at strategic places along the river that make it easy to explore Big Ben & the Parliament Buildings, Trafalgar Square, the Tower of London & Tower Bridge, and even the areas around the London Eye.
But that's not all. This activity also gets you access to the accurately-reproduced Shakespeare's Globe Theatre. It's magical and even spine-tingling (if you're so inclined) to be in the (rebuilt) space where the Bard's plays were first performed. Beneath the theatre is the Globe Exhibition where Elizabethan theatre is brought to life in displays that explain the life of the playwright and how the played were actually staged.