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City Cruises - London's leading operator of River Cruises

London sightseeing cruises by river, hop-hop off river tickets, dinner cruises, speedboat rides...

City Cruises sightseeing boat London

Hop-on, hop-off: City Cruises sightseeing boat

City Cruises are the leading river sightseeing and leisure operator in London for the visitor. City Cruises' most high profile services are the sightseeing cruises between Westminster and Greenwich with stops including the London Eye and Tower of London. The red and white boats (see image right) of City Cruises are part of the river scene in London, providing frequent services all year round.


You can purchase single tickets or hop-on, hop off style day tickets. The two main hop on, hop off sightseeing buses in London, the Original London Tour and Big Bus also use City Cruises for their river cruises.


City Cruises also provide various river trips combining a London sightseeing experience from the river with dinner, tea or other themed cruises including jazz, party cruises even Elvis Presley makes an appearance in London on some cruises.

If dinner cruises are too sedate and you want an adrenaline rush then City Cruises also operate jet-boat tours for the ultimate high speed experience on the river in London.


The River Thames Sightseeing Cruise

Cruises depart every 30 minutes, every day of the week, all year round!


City Cruises gives you the freedom to explore the many sights of the River Thames from four river piers near popular attractions: Westminster, London Eye, Tower of London and Greenwich.


What is so good about City Cruises?

There are several river operators available but City Cruises have a number of facets that when combined make a compelling choice:

- The frequency of the City Cruises boats are only rivalled by the Thames Clipper river service

- The design of the City Cruise boats are geared to the needs of the tourist. Large open viewing areas on the top deck with commentary. The Thames Clipper Service is geared towards being a river bus service with speed in mind and very limited exterior viewing areas.

- A wide choice of different ticketing and cruise options.

There are many ticket formats and cruise formats to suit your needs ...

- Single or Return Tickets: the most convenient, picturesque way to travel between London landmarks by water. Make a quick hop between piers with a single ticket, or take in a round tour with a return and make the most of the informative and entertaining live commentary.

- River Red Rover: See more for less with River Red Rover, hop-on, hop-off sightseeing ticket! 24 or 48 hour tickets give you unlimited travel between the four piers. There is a family ticket as well.

- Thames Circular Cruise: Sailing from Tower Pier to Westminster and back, the 45 minute sailing offers views of 45 of London’s most famous landmarks.

- Sightseeing Ticket Combinations: You can easily combine a river cruise with a visit to one of twelve top London attractions, including The London Eye.


City Cruises London River Thames Sightseeing Boats

Hop-on, Hop-off sightseeing buses (with free City Cruises River Cruise)

Original London Tour Open Top Sightseeing Tour

The ever popular open hop hop on, hop off tour buses offer a free cruise with City Cruises as part of their day ticket. This covers a river cruise in the centre of London giving a different and informative perspective to London's delights.


These buses offer comprehensive coverage covering nearly all the main sights in London and operate at very high frequencies. In the peak summer months just stand at any of the key attractions and there will probably be one in sight.


In addition to the bus tour and river cruise free walking tours are part of the deal. Tickets last for a 24-hour period on an unlimited ride basis for a flat fee.

Original London Tour hop-on, hop-off bus more details

Day Time Lunch & Tea Cruises

On a Riverdays cruise you are treated to the best views of London from the river from Westminster to Greenwich. Combine that with a full traditional English afternoon tea or lunch.


- The lunch cruise leaves mid-day from Tower Pier in front of the Tower of London returning 105 minutes' later.

- The afternoon tea cruise leaves mid-afternoon from Tower Pier returning 90 minutes' later.

Evening Showboat Cruises

The showboat cruise departs Westminster Pier opposite Big Ben in the evenings from 7.30pm, returning before 11pm.


A full four course dinner starts as the boat slips moorings. You’ll be enjoying your delicious first course as the music starts and the sights of London glide past the panoramic windows. Shortly after you will see the world famous Tower Bridge.


The cruise heads downriver, passing Canary Wharf and Greenwich, arriving at the Thames Barrier in time for dessert and coffee. As you turn back your singer starts the second set and then it’s time to hit the dance floor.

City Cruises London River Thames Sightseeing Boats

ThamesJet speedboat experiences

ThamesJet! A full-on, adrenaline-fuelled ride on the only jet boat fleet on the river (apart from police and military boats which patrol the Thames).


There are two experiences to choose from: ThamesRush; a 50 minute experience which starts and ends at Westminster Pier. Your jet heads down-river past the riverside landmarks, then passes beyond Tower Bridge to Canary Wharf - full speed showcasing the capabilities of the jet boat, before turning to head back to Westminster.


Then there's ThamesMax; a longer 75 minute experience which also starts at Westminster but then after Tower Bridge takes you for a full on blast all the way to the Thames Barrier.

City Cruises London River Thames Sightseeing Boats

Discover great value at:

London Eye - Amazing panoramic flight on the world's highest observation wheel (fast track tickets available).

The Shard - Tallest building in Western Europe with viewing of London from the top.

St Paul's Cathedral - Cathedral of the Diocese of London famous dome & venue for royal weddings.

Westminster Abbey - Along with St Paul's, England's main religious building.

Tower of London - Home of the Crown Jewels and a rich thousand year history.

Madame Tussauds - See wax statues of the most famous people in the world (fast track tickets available).

London Dungeon - The creepiest attraction in town, the London Dungeon (fast track tickets available).

Hampton Court Palace - Henry VIII Medieval Palace set in vast grounds.

The London Zoo - World class zoo in the centre of London (fast track tickets available).

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