Thames Clippers

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Thames Clippers

River Bus services operate daily between Royal Arsenal Woolwich in the east and St George Wharf Vauxhall in the west. In April 2013, a new Putney–Blackfriars route was added. A daily commuter service operates every 20 minutes, calling at all major central London piers.

On event nights at the O2, the River Bus Express operates a fast direct shuttle service from the London Eye pier, London Bridge and Canary Wharf, with optional champagne upgrades.

The Tate service runs every 40 minutes during gallery hours between Tate Britain (Millbank Pier) and Tate Modern and the Globe (Bankside Pier) via the London Eye (Waterloo Pier). Tate members get 25% off travel on this route.

River Roamer tickets are also available, offering unlimited hop-on, hop-off travel between major attractions including the London Eye, the Aquarium, the Globe, HMS Belfast and the Tower of London.

 

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Venue name: Thames Clippers
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Address: Head Office: Unit 12, The Riverside Building, Trinity Buoy Wharf
64 Orchard Place
London
E14 0JY
Opening hours: 6am-9pm Mon-Fri; 8.30am-9pm Sat, Sun, with additional late-night services
Transport: Tube: East India DLR
Price: £6.50 single (£7.50 O2 Express), £3.25 5-15s. River Roamer £13.10, £6.75 5-15s. Free under-5s, reductions for Oyster and Travelcard holders
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Neil K
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Jumping on a boat and powering down the Thames is a great way to see London, and these things can get up to a pretty impressive speed. Just down river from Tower Bridge, and all the way to the O2, they can go even faster and on a sunny day you can't beat watching London whizzing past from the water, and they have a bar onboard too. You can pay with your Oyster and the £6 is pretty reasonable, especially if you are travelling the full length of the river while sightseeing and commuting at the same time. If you're reading this and you haven't been on one, there's a whole new perspective of London awaiting you.

Kritt N
Tastemaker

The Thames Clipper is more than just a way of getting around the city. It’s quite rightly an attraction in itself.

A unique way of seeing many of London’s many attractions in a short space of time, Thames Clipper operates service between Royal Arsenal Woolwich in the east and St George Wharf Vauxhall in the west. In other words, you can to get to the best bits of London along the river.

River roamer tickets are the rivers answers to the Underground travelcard - you can hop-on-hop-off throughout the day as many times as you like and there are piers (or stops) at most major attractions including The London Eye, The Towers of London, Cutty Sark and the 02.

The Thames Clipper’s fleet is pretty spacious, modern and seats are comfy but I recommend spending your time on the outer deck to see London speed by, catch the breeze, and get a thrill from the speed as you pass by the landmarks - it goes surprisingly fast.

If you're visiting  London with your young family and you’re worried about missing out on all the major landmarks, then the river with Thames Clipper is the way to see it all. The best time to hop on is the summer where you can spend your journey outside rather than in.

@rattyboom
tastemaker

Whether you are a London resident or visiting tourist, a trip along the Thames on the Thames Clipper is the perfect way to unwind and escape the chaos of the city. Personally I think that the £6 price tag for a single journey makes this too expensive for a commuting route (even with the cheaper monthly pass), but for the one off journey, the ability to board a boat in central London, leave your stress on the shore and to whizz past and under some of the city's most treasured sight-seeing spots, makes for a very special and worthwhile payout.


For some reason, no one ever seems to sit on the very back row outside, on which you can swivel yourself in the seat, dangling your legs through the lower back gap so you are sat facing the world as you sail away down the beautiful city river.


My absolute favourite.


P.S. The queues are quite long at times, especially from Embankment, so I suggest tubing it to Greenwich, having a fun day there and then heading back to Central on the Clipper. If you can catch the sunset, then even better!



JamesBarker82
tastemaker

My number one top thing to do in London - you get to see all the main sites AND get to travel across London without a tube or bus!! It stops in 5/6 places a long the river and is not super expensive - at £6 with an oyster or contactless payment. 


I have taken all types of people on the clipper and all of them have thoroughly enjoyed it. 


My favourite part is when it pulls under Tower Bridge and then speeds off onto Greenwich. 


Do try and go at Sunset as it is BEAUTIFUL!! 

Ruth J
Tastemaker

Always a better alternative than the train, the clipper reminds you what an amazing city you live in and at a small price!

It always feels like an event and especially with a glass of bubbles in hand. Some of the best views of Tower Bridge are from the clipper and I never tire of it! Not to mention that it is a great way to get back to the city, especially coming from Greenwich. The tube would take just as long but isn't half as fun!

jutney
Tastemaker

I’m aware a lot of people use just as an alternative mode of transportation, but I’d specially recommend for a tourist (or a touristic day). The trip from London Bridge to Greenwich took around 30 minutes, in which you can see some of London famous sights; and you can add drinks to the occasion, making it a truly London experience ;-)

Nice, fun, reasonably cheap way to view the city in a rather unusual way: but do it in a beautiful day – sunset for an extra dramatic colour!

GP
Staff Writertastemaker

I was super impressed with this service. We passed by one of the pick up points and decided to jump on on a whim. there are regular boats and the price is really reasonable (we paid about £6 each from central to Greenwich) and you can use your oyster so its so easy to board.

The journey we took was about 30 minutes and felt like a super lux way to see London without being amongst the crowds, so relaxing so I'd really recommend for any out of town visitors (although lots of the passengers seemed to be commuting too and a bit confused why we were loving it so much!).

If you time this right with sunset as we did on a nice spring/summer evening its absolutely beautiful. Highly recomend.

retroashlat
tastemakerTastemaker

My dad came to visit me just a few days ago, and I wanted to give him a river tour of some type - well, if you're in the same boat (sorry), look no further! The Thames Clippers are comfortable and efficient, with lots of places to board and alight along the Thames. There are even a few different lines, as with the Underground. We boarded at the London Eye and took it all the way to the O2, passing Tower Bridge and Canary Wharf along the way. It was lovely and definitely worth the 5-6 quid it cost on our Oyster cards. I highly recommend it!

Chelsey C
Tastemaker

The staff on board the clipper were friendly and helpful and the journey made even better with a free glass of wine in hand!

Once we got the 02, we were led around and inside the building to find Brooklyn bowl at the end of 'Entertainment Avenue'.

The interior is a bit mish mashed with industrial pipe work alongside giant disco balls but it still works in this huge space.

The free frozen margarita was delicious and the portion was very generous too. I event forked out another £8.50 for another one as they were so tasty!

The issues started to arise when ordering food when there was confusion regarding the menu. Two different menus were on the table with one including a free drink and the other (the Timeout one) not. A few groups managed to order from the former but when my friend questioned this, we were met with a very rude response and the menu snatched out of our hands.

The food system is flawed as you have to order your food and wait for it at the bar, which can be anything up to 15 minutes. When my burger and fries finally arrived, I was left disappointed by what was probably the worst burger I have ever had. It was dry and full of gristle and I would have complained but at this point I had lost the will for another conversation with the unprofessional bar staff.

Thankfully, the Old Dirty Brasstards were there to keep spirits high with their music; playing songs spanning many decades and also throwing in a few unexpected numbers such as 'Doo Wop' by Lauryn Hill and 'Don't Let Go' by En Vougue. This is the second time that I've seen them and they always manage to get people on their feet!

Alex F

Thames Clippers are a better way to see the sights of London as you travel down the Thames. They have modern comfy seats, alcohol served onboard so can grab a glass of something before getting to the O2, great views from either side of the boat and even though I travelled during the winter it was nice and cosy onboard. The only down side is that the cruise was too fast and I would have liked it to go a little slower to take in the view for a little longer.

Seraphina E

A great way to see London! Cruising down the Thames was lovely and of course there is an amazing view. It is warm and comfortable inside and there is a little seating area outside where you can take some pictures of the sights! It took 30 minutes to travel from Westminster to Greenwich, I would definitely use MBNA Thames Clippers again and would recommend for anyone looking for a relaxing way to take in the sights of London.

Joanne A

Great night! Started off with a fast pace cruise on the clipper and then off we went to have a night full music and laughter. Time out once again put on a great night! Roy was a great host!

Betina L

Great way to get around London, so much more relaxing than cramming on to the tube and you have an amazing view while you travel in comfort.

The Man on the Street

Last night I attended the Time Out Card event hosted by Thames Clippers and The Brooklyn Bowl. From start to finish the accent was on fun ! Thames Clippers proved to be the most amazing way to see London by night as well as travel from Westminster to Greenwich in just 30 minutes. Once at The O2 we headed into The Brooklyn Bowl where a band names The Old Dirty Brassteads and the place jumping. What a good night - I took the last clipper back to London,and loved the stops at intermediate piers. A great way to travel.