We love London at night, when the streets are alive with activities and the city's iconic monuments are gloriously lit. Nowhere does the city look better than from a boat cruising along the Thames River.
Thames River cruises give you an insight into how important the river is to the life of the city. They also give you amazing views of those famous attractions and sights. Wait until you see Tower Bridge or the London Eye all aglow and reflected in the calm waters of the Thames. Here are our fave nighttime cruises.
As the lights of the city come on, you're at Westminster Pier in central London to jump aboard your specially-fitted cruise boat for a 2-hour cruise along this mighty river.
As the cruise boat pulls away from the pier you take in the inspiring view of the Big Ben tower and the Parliament Buildings. That's just the beginning! Still to come is the London Eye and the Millennium Bridge and Canary Wharf and the Globe and the Shard… all of them lighted for their evening showing!
The cruise includes a selection of tapas and a glass of bubbly. Is this the best way to travel, or what?
I enjoyed the tour. We were on the inside with live jazz music, snacks, and glasses of wine being served, seeing the most beautiful lights & sights London has to offer. What is not to like?"
– 5-Star Review
Here's another River Thames evening activity we like, that also includes complimentary wine. This also takes off from Westminster Pier, but just as the sun is beginning to set.
The views from the river when everything is lit by the golden rays of the evening sun are inviting, to say the least! It's fun to see how the shadows play on the attractions you've already seen in the daylight. We like to stay on one side of the boat for the whole trip so that, when the boat turns around for its home run, we get to see both banks of the river. Wednesday through Sunday.
Great evening of relaxation on the Thames. Drinks and plenty of appetizers available throughout the trip. Lots of wonderful photo opportunities. With the good weather we were able to stay up in the open air the entire time."
– 5-Star Review
We mention elsewhere that our favourite Paris river cruise company is Bateaux Parisiens. Well, the bateaux folks have brought their boats and their food to London for nighttime dinner cruises along the River Thames.
The London dinner boats specialize in the best of modern British cuisine using top-notch chefs. The on-board service is unsurpassed on the river and we love the glass walls that let you see everything as you dine. The 4-course meal includes drinks, and there is live entertainment every evening. Bookings are available nightly.