5 Best Thames Boat Trips London and Cruise Trips 2016

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If you are visiting London then you have got to visit Thames River too. The best way to have fun at Thames River is with “Thames boat trips London”. There are a lot of companies that offer “Thames Boat Trips London“. However before you go with any company, you should know what kind of service they are offering, what qualities they have and of course how much they charge for these services. The scenes and view on boat while traveling in Thames River is really breathtaking but for that purpose, you need to be on the right boat with right people. Below, you will find information about some of the best Thames boat trips London services. You can pick any of the mentioned and described companies to have a better experience of “Thames River in London“.

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Thames Boat Trips London

Thames Boat Trip # 1 : Tate to Tate Boat

This boat service runs every 40 minutes and the concept behind this “Thames Boat Trip London” is to connect two Tate galleries in London. The boat travels between “Tate Modern” and the “Tate Britain“. The journey will take you through the heart of the London city and of course, there will be plenty of things to see on the both banks of Thames River. If you want to get the best views, you should be at the outdoor deck because this is the place where you will be able to enjoy the thrill of this voyage. One interesting thing that must be mentioned here about these boats is that, the design of these boats has been prepared by “famous artist Damien Hirst“. The only thing missing on these boats is the commentary so if you want to know anything about a place, you should have a map with you.

Smartphones have made it easy for people to carry maps but if you want a map, you can easily find it at any bookstall on the way. If you want to go from one Tate to another than this boat service is definitely the best option for you. You can pick your favorite gallery, visit it in the first place and then sit on the boat to go to the other Tate gallery. The same boat will bring you back to the place from where you started your journey. In both galleries, there are small lawns on the outside where you can sit to have some fresh air.

Tate to Tate Boat Photo

Tate to Tate Boat Photo

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Tate to Tate Boat Timing

The Tate Boat runs seven days a week (except for 24–26 December inclusive).

Tate Modern Timing
Monday 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Tuesday 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am – 10:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am – 10:00 pm
Sunday 10:00 am – 6:00 pm

Tate Modern Address

Bankside, London SE1 9TG
Phone: 020 7887 8888

Tate Britain Timing

Monday 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Tuesday 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Sunday 10:00 am – 6:00 pm

Tate Britain Address

Millbank, London SW1P 4RG
Phone: 020 7887 8888

Tate to Tate Boat Website

Tate to Tate Boat Website

# 2 : Thames Rockets

Boarding Gate One, London Eye Millennium Pier, SE1 7PB If you want to have a thrilling and high speed ride on the Thames River then you should choose Thames boat trips London services offered by London RIP Voyage (Thames Rockets). The RIB in this name stands for Ridged Inflatable Boat. These are extremely comfortable yet high speed boats that will give you real thrill of the journey. If you want to travel with them, you can easily book over the phone, use their website for online booking or if you are in the city, visit London Even Millennium Pier and get the tickets. You should make sure to show up at least 20 minutes before the leaving time of boat because then they will equip you with a life jacket, water proof jacket and goggle-style visors.

This entire costume will also make the journey really fun for you. Once the “Thames boat trips London” will start, you will start having fun too. The guides on the boat will try their best to keep you and your friends entertained. These guides are specially trained to deal with kids and adults in a different way and find a way to amuse them. You will be told fun facts about Thames River and of course, the high speed voyage will add more thrill to the trip. In the beginning, you will be thinking when the boat will speed up but you will have to wait for the Tower Bridge.

Once Tower Bridge will be crossed, the boat will start gaining speed and before you know, you will be talking with the air. The guide will shout, “Put your hands up in the air if you want us to slow down”. At such high speed and under tremendous noise of water splashing beneath the boat, you will not able to get your voice heard so the best option is to raise your hands if you need anything. If you are really a thrill loving person, hold up your hand with a £20 note in it and the boat will start moving even faster. The boat will be zigzagging to give you more thrill and adventure and then it will turn around by Canary Wharf.

After taking this turn, the boat speeds back to the original starting speed. Of all the Thames boat trips London services, Thames Rockets are the best.

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Thames Rockets Timing

Monday 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Tuesday 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Sunday 10:00 am – 6:00 pm

Thames Rockets Address

Elizabeth House, 39 York Rd, London SE1 7NJ

Phone: 020 7928 8933

London Rib Voyages Map

London Rib Voyages Map

London Rib Voyages Website

London Rib Voyages Website

Thames Boat Trip # 3 : Thames Clippers

Another great Thames boat trips London service is known as Thames Clippers. This is also known as River Bus service in London too. They operate between Royal Arsenal Woolwich and ST George Wharf Vauxhall. Once you will hop onto the boat, you will notice a commentary service. This commentary services will keep telling you about different places that are along the way. I would say that this is a bit different yet exciting experience for anyone who wishes to see Thames River in a boat.

If you don’t know already, let me tell you that there are special event nights at O2 and on those nights, the River Bus Express services operates a direct and fast shuttle service from different destinations including; London Eye (Waterloo), Canary Wharf and London Bridge. You can opt for a champagne upgrade too. If you want to use the Tate services, keep in mind that it runs every 40 minutes and if you are late, you will miss the boat. This services operates only during gallery hours and the destinations include; Millbank Pier and Bankside Pier also known as Tate Britain and Tate Modern respectively. If you are a Tate member, you will be able to enjoy a 25% discount on Tate Travel services which is really amazing.

Another Thames boat trips London services offered by Thames Clippers is called River Roamer and that is basically a hop-on, hop-off based services. You don’t need any advanced booking or tickets to use this services. These boats travel between famous points like Aquarium, London Eye, Globe, Tower of London and HMS Belfast.

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Thames Clippers Timing

Monday 9:00 am – 5:30 pm
Tuesday 9:00 am – 5:30 pm
Wednesday 9:00 am – 5:30 pm
Thursday 9:00 am – 5:30 pm
Friday 9:00 am – 5:30 pm Saturday 9:00 am – 5:30 pm
Sunday Closed

Thames Clippers Address

Unit 12, The Riverside Building, Trinity Buoy Wharf, 64 Orchard Pl, London E14 0JY

Phone: 0870 781 5049

Thames Clippers Map

Thames Clippers Map

Thames Clippers Website

Thames Clippers Website

Thames Boat Trip # 4 : Meridian Duck Tours – London Cruise Trips

Cutty Sark DLR Station, Greenwich Church St, SE10 9BL If you want to have a different and unique Thames boat trips London then you should consider the services offered by “Meridian Duck Tours“. This is basically a sightseeing tour that not only cover the river area but you will also be traveling by road too.

In water, you will be cursing in a 1944 DUKW style vehicle which will definitely make the experience worth while. The voyage starts from Cutty Sark DLR that is situated at the corner of Greenwich High Street and along the way, you will be shown different splash downs. The boat will travel around different locations like Canary Wharf, Docklands and Greenwich. If you want to buy the tickets, you can visit the O2 arena office and get the tickets. Alternatively, you can also buy these tickets from the online website too.

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Meridian Duck Tours Address

Unit A/V I P Trading Estate/50 Anchor & Hope La – London SE7 7RY

Phone : 07565 213242

Meridian Duck Tours Timing

Mon 10:00 – 18:00
Tue 10:00 – 18:00
Wed 10:00 – 18:00
Thu 10:00 – 18:00
Fri 10:00 – 18:00
Sat 10:00 – 18:00
Sun 10:00 – 18:00

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Thames Boat Trip # 5 : City Cruises / River Cruises London Thames

If you are looking for such Thames boat trips London service that operate on hop-on and hop-off basis then City Cruises is the best option for you. They have got different operating destination and you can join them from any of the locations that is near to you. You can join them from Westminster, Tower, Waterloo and Greenwich Piers.

The best thing about this boat trips is that, they offer commentary along the way too. It means that you will be guided about different locations and places that you must see while on the boat by the commentator. By getting River Red Rover ticket, you can enjoy the boat trip for an entire day. If you want to have more fun than you can opt for Rail and River Rover Ticket. This ticket will allow you all day trip through boat in the river, you can also travel on DLR.

The return tickets are also available for those who are on a shorter journey and want to return back home soon. To make your evening romantic, you can use their London Showboat service. This special boat runs from Westminster Pier and on this boat, you will be able to enjoy romantic dinner and of course, the dancing comes as part of the package too.

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City Cruises Timing

Monday 9:00 am – 7:30 pm
Tuesday 9:00 am – 7:30 pm
Wednesday 9:00 am – 7:30 pm
Thursday 9:00 am – 7:30 pm
Friday 9:00 am – 7:30 pm
Saturday 9:00 am – 5:30 pm
Sunday 9:00 am – 5:30 pm

City Cruises Address

Tower Millennium Pier – Canary Wharf Pier, London EC3R 5BT

Phone: 020 7740 0400

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City Cruises Website

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Thames boat trips London is an important part of “sightseeing in London“. If you are visiting London for the first time and you don’t go on Thames Voyage, you have truly done nothing great in this city.