River Thames Evening Cruise

Greater London, United Kingdom

From USD 40.36

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You will not receive a refund if you cancel.
  • 2 hours (approx.)
  • Mobile ticket


Witness the enchantment of London at night on an evening cruise along the historic Thames River. Aboard the glass-encased boat, enjoy the city’s main attractions at dusk, including the Shard, Big Ben, and the HMS Belfast. Savor sparkling wine and canapés as you cruise the river and delight in the magic of London’s urban shoreline as night falls.
  • Thames sightseeing cruise at sunset
  • Listen to live music as you cruise between Westminster and Greenwich
  • Enjoy colorful canapés and a glass of sparkling wine
  • Pass top London attractions like Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament, and HMS Belfast
  • Cruise past the glass-faced Shard building – London’s tallest!

What's Included

  • Glass of sparkling wine or soft drink
  • Snacks
  • Sightseeing cruise
  • Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase)

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • City Cruises London Tower Pier
    Tower Millennium Pier, London EC3N 4DT, UK

    Boarding at: 18.15 Cruising: 18:30 to 20:30

Start time

06:30 pm

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

Stroll the open-air deck and help yourself to delicious canapés as you embark on a leisurely float along London’s famous waterway. Then find a seat in the indoor saloon, enjoy live jazz music and admire unobstructed views of passing city landmarks at sunset.

Heading first past Westminster, get great views of the Houses of Parliament and the iconic Big Ben, followed by the illuminated London Eye and Shakespeare’s famous Globe Theatre, a gorgeous Elizabethan playhouse that still runs regular performances. Sip on bubbly wine as your boat cruises under London Bridge and past the Tower of London and the monolithic Shard building—London’s tallest building at 1,016 feet (310 meters) in height.

The final leg of your cruise takes you by Canary Wharf and the HMS Belfast which is now the Royal Naval Museum. From here, your boat makes its way back to Westminster Pier, where you disembark with plenty of time for dinner or evening activities.

City Cruises London Tower Pier

20 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Tower of London (Pass By)

HMS Belfast (Pass By)

The Shard (Pass By)

Shakespeare's Globe Theatre (Pass By)

Big Ben (Pass By)

Houses of Parliament (Pass By)

Tower Bridge (Pass By)

Canary Wharf (Pass By)

London Eye (Pass By)

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Dress code is smart casual
  • Minimum age is 13 years
  • To adhere to government COVID-19 guidelines, background music will be played during the cruise instead of live entertainment.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 100 travellers

Cancellation Policy

This experience is non-refundable and cannot be changed for any reason. If you cancel or ask for an amendment, the amount you paid will not be refunded.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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Featured review
Recommended tour. Enjoyable evening. Staff attentive and friendly. Canapés tasted good. Wine upon arrival. Extra drinks are chargeable. Top outdoor deck has amazing views by night. It’s quite expensive for what it is, but it is London. Nice to do once and thoroughly enjoyed.


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Loved it…
Lydia_K, June 2023
Amazing views of London and very friendly staff, would definitely book again! We had so much fun, the food and complementary drink was a nice touch.
We got to see things we...
Mellissa_P, June 2023
We got to see things we didn’t have time to schedule individual tours of. Smooth ride, beautiful weather and nice staff.
Elizabeth_P, May 2023
Great views for the price. Should have someone onboard that tells you exactly what you’re looking at-what building, landmark etc
Enjoyable cruise in good weather…
MichaelE_K, May 2023
Came off as advertised. Had our 1 complimentary sparkling wine and what turned out to be fairly unlimited hors d’oeuvres. Young lady sang along to her favorite tunes while partaking in multiple glasses of said sparking wines. One ambitious passenger joined her in an impromptu dance!
London river cruise
Christine_S, May 2023
The cruise was relaxing, food good, photo opportunity great - part after dark would have been good fir city lights
Excellent time!!
Tom_F, May 2023
Nice trip up and down the river. Nice sampling of food and beverages. Great value and a nice trip. Will do this again next time we are here
Lovely time
Amanda_S, May 2023
Lovely trip down the Thames. The music was great and loved the finger foods. My only suggestion would be to check the times and the sunset for the time of year you book, we were hoping to see the river and the city at night but the sun didn’t set until nearly 9pm! As the tour states it’s an evening cruise, our fault for thinking it would be sunset and/or dark at the time of the tour.
Silent Cruise
eriksenbp, May 2023
Very nice cruise; however, there was no commentary on this sightseeing cruise. Therefore, having traveled from the US the interesting sites we were hoping to identify were not pointed out.
Highly recommend
Liam_E, May 2023
Lovely way to end the day after a long day of sight seeing, weather was perfect. You have the option of sitting upstairs in the open on downstairs where it is enclosed. Complimentary glass of champagne or soft drink is offered when boarding. Canopies are also offered through out the first half. There is also a bar where you can purchase further drinks and snacks. The only disappointing thing is if you sit upstairs in the open deck you are unable to enjoy the live performance of the singer. It would have been nice to of has music to listen to while sat on the open deck. The cruise is for two hours and it is very peaceful and calming. The boat was lovely and clean and staff very friendly and accommodating. We absolutely loved this experience and would recommend it to everyone.
Most beautiful stunning cruise ever wow.
Charlotte_B, May 2023
The evening boat cruise was absolutely amazing me and my fiancé really enjoyed it and the views was stunning we giggled all evening and took some amazing pictures even saw the bridge open the staff was so friendly would really recommend we are planning to book again! Thank you
Fun atmosphere
Megan_G, May 2023
We loved the cruise! The music was great and it was just the right amount of time. It was the perfect way to end our time in London.
Thames river cruise
Donna_S, May 2023
It was awesome but the canapés and person serving them looked like she wanted to be else where. Cruise was great though
Party of 8
Loyda_C, May 2023
Very nice experience… would highly recommend it. We enjoyed out champagne/Prosecco and of course yummy salmon canopes.
Terrible Experience
Ray_R, May 2023
The boat was old and dirty. We ran into a bridge! Terrible experience. Would NOT recommend. Would prefer a refund.
Paige_B, Apr 2023
I started off my visit to London from the United States with this like for river cruise. It was two hours of pure joy with a professional, friendly, attentive staff! The talented singer entertained us all while canapes were passed around. There was plenty of seating and room to move about for the stunning views. I thoroughly enjoyed this experience! <3
Good time
Penny_M, Apr 2023
We booked on line, that went well. Access to the boat was easy. The lady doing the entertainment was very good with a nice selection of songs. The staff were friendly and we met some very nice people who were guests of the River cruise. Thanks to you all.
Great time
Jonathan_A, Apr 2023
Had a really good time, would definitely recommend it was a really cool way to see London. Staff were lovely too.
Average cruise with no commentary of the sights
Louise_B, Apr 2023
This was a really average experience for us. Boat staff were all friendly and there was plenty of space but there was no commentary of the sights at all, and instead there was a musical performer. While he was great, there were quite a few drunk people on the boat such that for most of the trip, it felt like we were attending a bad wedding with all the terrible singing and dancing that goes along with it. We escaped to the top deck to avoid the noise and cringey atmosphere on the main indoor deck. Food was generic and not too tasty. Not really worth the money overall.
Fire the man who checks guests in!
Shannon_P, Apr 2023
While the crew and everyone working on the ship were professional and friendly, the same cannot be said about staff on the dock. The gentleman who was responsible for checking us in was terribly rude. Despite everyone in our party having booking references and electronic tickets (with QR codes!), he tried to stop 4 people from our group of seven from boarding. He claimed he couldn’t find our reservations, refused to scan our e-tickets, tried to force us to purchase additional tickets, and was incredibly loud and rude throughout the process. He literally yelled at our group for listening to another staff member - then shouted at her when we pointed out we were following instructions she provided. He never apologized for his errors or behavior. I have never experienced such rudeness on a tour, it was embarrassing for my friends and uncomfortable for everyone else. Again, this is particular to the man on the dock responsible for checking guests in. The captain and boat staff were lovely and tried to make things enjoyable. But the sour taste left by getting yelled at (when we were not even in the wrong) made it such that I could never recommend this tour.
Mom & Daughter Trip
Alyssaervenka, Apr 2023
The complementary champagne was nice and the canapes were pretty good. I didn't expect the live singer, which added a really nice to touch. The boat was not packed at all so it was really easy to move around and see different sights both inside the main part of the boat and upstairs which was outside. Really great views and the boat moves slow.

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