City Cruises

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City Cruises

City cruises operate on a hop-on, hop-off basis and run from Westminster, Waterloo, Tower and Greenwich Piers with commentary along the way. All the departure points are convenient for the city's various sights, with Greenwich Pier ideal for the Cutty Sark and the National Maritime Museum and the Royal Observatory. The River Red Rover ticket allows unlimited one-day cruising, there's also the Rail and River Rover ticket allowing unlimited one-day travel by river and on the DLR and single or return tickets are available for shorter journeys.

In addition, there are a variety of speciality cruises including Lunch and Tea cruises; the first, an hour-and-45-minute trip which includes a two-course lunch, the second a 1.5-hour afternoon meander down the Thames with tea, cakes, scones and sandwiches. Later on, the Riverlights and Sundowner cruises allow you to admire the city's skyline from the comfort of the river, while enjoying live music and complimentary sparkling wine and canapés.

Or, for something even more extravagant, try the Thames Jazz cruise, a three-hour trip down the river accompanied by a swing and latin jazz band. As well the entertainment, there's a three-course meal, and you'll be welcomed aboard with a free glass of fizz. And if that's not enough, try the Showboat cruise, a three-and-a-half hour voyage along the river, which includes a four-course dinner, live show tunes, a free half bottle of wine per passenger and –if you feel so inclined – dancing.


Venue name: City Cruises
Address: Westminster Pier
Victoria Embankment
Opening hours: Until Mar 31 2012 10am-6.10pm daily
Transport: Tube: Westminster
Price: Until Mar 31 2012: River Red Rover ticket £13.50, £6.75 5-16 years; Rail and River Rover ticket £15/£7.50; single tickets from £8.40/£4.20
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A perfect and unusual way to see the amazing sights of London. Definitely beats traipsing around the streets with sore feet. You'll be able to see all the major sights from the boat cruise so don't forget your camera. Plus you can hop on and hop off at whichever dock you like - very handy indeed. Another bonus is that you can use your oyster card too, so no need to buy tickets beforehand.


What a fantastic way to explore the city. Even if you are a tourist or a city worker. It's a great way to travel on the Thames. The staff are veg friendly and you can use your Oyster card! The service is regular and there are great views of the city from the river Thames and cross lots of Londons iconic bridges! Top tip Don't forget your selfie stick

Kritt N

City Cruise is an open top hop-on-hop-off river cruise service on the river Thames.

There’s more to it than just a simple cruise along the river, however. It’s a great way of seeing much of London in one fell swoop. 

If you’re visiting London for a short period and keen to take in as much of London as you can, the river is the best way to do that. So many of London’s popular attraction is close to the river. You have the bonus of onboard commentary of all the sights along the river too. It's informative and insightful with a sprinkle of humour added to boot.

It's runs from Westminster all the way to Greenwich. Every pier is conveniently located close to some of London’s biggest attraction including Big Ben, Tower of London and Cutty Sark in Greenwich.

City Cruises also run speciality cruises too. This means not only can you cruise along the river to get from A to B, but you make a luxurious experience out of it. These speciality cruises serve afternoon tea and lunch. You’ll have to look up their website to find out more details. 

The best time to cruise the river is the summer. You’ll be grateful for the breeze in the height of summer. But avoid going in the winter. It will be freezing and worse case scenario, London fog’s could descend at any time to ruin your view. 

It’s the most enjoyable way of getting around London and offers a different point-of-view of all London’s popular landmarks. Just see my pics below. It’s the perfect experience for the whole family.


No better or faster way to see all the Iconic London landmarks in one sitting, there is even champagne on board to assist anyone suffering from seasickness (like me).

Sarah J

I took my friend for her 26th birthday to a showboat cruise with live singing, and it was a really special evening. I wasn't sure how much I liked the food, and they came around quite quickly with cocktails that were kind of pushed on us. But the staff in general were really friendly, and the singer did a great job :) It was lovely to see London at night and the boat had an open top so you had the opportunity to go up and take pictures on the upper deck with completely unrestricted views. Going under Tower Bridge in the open air is an amazing experience - everyone should do it!!

Tiago Almeida

As part my touristic weekend we went to the river cruise.

It's nice to see all the beautiful monuments from the river.

It was pretty relaxing.


If you are tourist with limited time to spend in London, City Cruises is a good choice in order to see (quite close) many London's monuments on a boat. It is too touristic, I know, but even if you are a Londoner you would really enjoy seeing all the usual buildings along Thames from a distance, while being on Thames :) Try the 24hour ticket that allows you to hop-on/hop off as much as you like. You can take tickets from Tower Bridge Pier, go to Greenwich, spend some time to Greenwich park, Prime Meridian etc and return back towards the opposite direction to see the most popular monuments like the Shard, Westminster, London Eye etc. `


We went on the river Thames cruise. it was relly fantastic. The commentary was informative and funny. We enjoyed the cruise as well as had a good laugh. Brilliant. We will definitely do it again

Pauline Lee

l can imagine the gentle slap of water as we glide along the great River Thames in a ladylike way, the hip smacking comes later after enjoying an excellent dinner and listening to the show tunes. l love musicals and would be unable to resist dancing to the music most of which l will probably know extremely well and should my legs hold out on me, thats what l would do. Thats what l conjure up in my minds eye after reading your description,so thankyou for the brief respite.