Top 10 Thames boat trips

A Thames river cruise is the perfect way to see London in style.

There are lots of options to choose from when it comes to getting on board a Thames boat trip. Enjoy a Thames lunch cruise or Thames dinner cruise, or for a thrilling ride along the Thames, opt for a London speedboat tour.

Browse our selection of the best Thames river boat trips below.

Thames cruise afternoon tea with City Cruises

City Cruises

Satisfy your desire for London afternoon tea with this Thames cruise. Afternoon tea is served with jam, a generous dollop of cream, plus plenty of finger sandwiches and cakes, and a welcome glass of champagne. Settle back and relax aboard this river cruise, and be part of this British tradition. Book now 

Bateaux London Classic Dinner Cruise 

A Bateaux London Classic Dinner Cruise is more than just a cruise; it’s an experience. Take a ride on the sleek, all-glass Symphony or Harmony Cruisers, and enjoy uninterrupted 360-degree views of some of London’s biggest sights, including the Houses of Parliament, the Coca-Coca London Eye, and The Shard. Tuck into dinner, enjoy live entertainment and dance along the Thames on a river boat. Book now

London Showboat

One of the best nights out in the capital is aboard London Showboat on the River Thames. Get your glad rags on and dance the night away on this boat cruise, with live cabaret performances until late and a free glass of champagne on arrival. Take a break from the dance floor and enjoy a delicious four-course dinner, including smoked salmon mousse to start, and roast chicken wrapped in Parma ham for mains. Book now

Speedboat tours


For those who love a high-octane adventure, speed along the Thames on a RIB (rigid inflatable boat) tour. Zoom under the capital’s famous bridges on a thrilling water-bound experience taking in many of London's famous landmarks.

Bateaux London Signature Dinner Cruise

Dine in fine surroundings aboard the Symphony cruiser, and enjoy a five-course meal of the highest quality, from the Bateaux London Signature menu. Enjoy a welcome glass of champagne, before tucking into a starter of confit rabbit and duck leg terrine, duck breast or sea bream fillet for mains, and a dessert list that includes a mouth-watering white chocolate crème brulee. Along the way, gaze out of the window to catch a glimpse of Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, the Tower of London, and other top London attractions. Book now

Bateaux London Premier Dinner Cruise

Take in the sights of London – including St Paul’s Cathedral and the Southbank Centre - from a Bateaux London cruiser, and enjoy a top-class meal with top-class entertainment. The Bateaux Premier Dinner Cruise comes complete with four-course meal, a free glass of champagne, liqueurs, and live after-dinner entertainment and dancing. Book now

Thames Lunch Cruise with City Cruises

Enjoy lunch on the Thames aboard this fine river cruise. Take a relaxed mini voyage through the heart of London and see Big Ben, London Bridge and other important London landmarks, whilst listening to audio commentary. Enjoy a two-course lunch that includes roasted chicken with creamy leek sauce and a dessert of chocolate truffle cake. Stroll on the deck afterwards and take advantage of the fully stocked bar. Book now

One-Day River Roamer boat trip ticket with MBNA Thames Clippers

MBNA Thames Clippers boat on river Thames outside St Pauls Cathedral under Millennium Bridge

River boat operators, MBNA Thames Clippers, leave every 20 minutes from piers all along the Thames, so you’re never too far away from a departure point. Purchase a river roamer boat trip ticket for unlimited river travel, and combine these tickets with tickets for riverside attractions, such as Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre and the Tower of LondonBook now

Classic Thames Lunch Cruise with Bateaux London

Hop aboard the luxury cruiser, and enjoy this classic lunch cruise on the river. Sample a delicious menu, which includes smoked and poached salmon roulade for starter and chicken en croute for main, all the while enjoying half a bottle of house red or white wine. An audio guide about the London attractions around you begins after lunch. Book now

Bateaux London Premier Lunch Cruise on the Thames 

All the food for a Bateaux London Premier Lunch Cruise is freshly cooked on board. Take advantage of this fresh three-course set menu, which includes a sumptuous dessert of vanilla pannacotta, and gaze out at the best London riverside attractions, with an uninterrupted 360-degree view on board the river cruiser. Book now

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