High-Speed Thames River RIB Cruise in London

Greater London, United Kingdom
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From $69.77

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You will not receive a refund if you cancel.
  • 50 minutes (approx.)
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


Let your adrenaline levels go through the roof during a white-knuckle ride on the Thames River. Climb aboard a modern RIB (rigid-inflatable-boat) and satisfy an appetite for adventure as you soar past iconic landmarks like Big Ben, St. Paul’s Cathedral, and the London Eye. Enrich your knowledge of English history as you listen to illuminating onboard commentary, and experience the exhilaration of super-fast speeds up to 35 miles (56 km). Enjoy an intimate atmosphere on this small-group tour, limited to 12 people.
  • Glide past premier sights such as Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament in a modern RIB
  • Listen to your guide’s entertaining commentary and iconic British songs as you cruise
  • Choose the departure time most suited to your schedule
  • Numbers limited to 12 people, ensuring a small-group experience

What's Included

  • Professional skipper
  • Expert guide
  • Lifejacket
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Gratuities
  • Food and drinks

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • Thames Rockets
    Boarding Gate One, The London Eye Millennium Pier, London SE1 7PB, UK

    The London Eye Pier is located directly underneath the London Eye, the ‘Boat ticket sales and entrance’ is on the right hand-side. Please do not queue at the ticket office as you have already pre-booked tickets, head straight down onto the floating pontoon towards Boarding Gate One.

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

Select a start time convenient to you and then make your own way to the London Eye Pier in central London. Greet your expert guide and skipper, don a waterproof lifejacket and listen to a short safety briefing before stepping on board your modern RIB. 

Feel your excitement heighten as the boat’s engine roars into life and propels you toward iconic London landmarks like Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament, and St. Paul’s Cathedral. Gaze at the sharp spire of the Shard as you reach speeds of up to 35 miles (56 km) per hour.

Listen to fascinating commentary during slower periods of sailing and glide under the monumental Tower Bridge as your skipper yanks back the throttle and accelerates to high-velocity speeds. Gasp as your skipper performs break-neck turns and wave jumps, and then catch your breath during a brief interlude at Canary Wharf. 

Enjoy a leisurely cruise back to the boat’s original departure point and capture photographs of legendary sites during the return sail.

London Eye (Pass By)

Thames River (Pass By)

Houses of Parliament (Pass By)

Big Ben (Pass By)

St. Paul's Cathedral (Pass By)

Shakespeare's Globe Theatre (Pass By)

30 St Mary Axe (The Gherkin) (Pass By)

The View from The Shard (Pass By)

Tower of London (Pass By)

Tower Bridge (Pass By)

Canary Wharf (Pass By)

HMS Belfast (Pass By)

SEA LIFE London Aquarium (Pass By)

The London Dungeon (Pass By)

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Children under 14 years must be accompanied by an adult, minimum age is 6 months
  • All seats must be pre-booked with the supplier, refer to voucher for further details
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers

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 a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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    Featured review
    We really enjoyed this trip on the Thames. The crew were really helpful and made the trip fun and informative. The boat was really fast and so much better than being on a normal boat sight seeing trip. Highly recommend it to anyone looking for something that bit different


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    Amazing experience!
    Jennifer_V, Jun 2023
    We had such a great time on this boat ride! Ed is an exceptional host - funny, engaging, incredibly knowledgeable! I believe that our Captain’s name is Simon, and he was amazing! The “high-speed” portion of the tour was super fun - we all loved it!” I couldn’t possibly recommend this experience more.
    A blast on the Thames!
    Eric_L, May 2023
    The high speed boat was so much fun. It offered great views of of London from the Thames river. We would definitely do it again.
    Great experience. Really fun
    Marcos_G, May 2023
    It was really fun the experience, both Jeff and Mike were great. We’ll repeat next time in London. I’ll recomend to everyone
    Katie_W, May 2023
    STACEY AND MIKE were absolutely fabulous ! We had the best time with our boys,, we surprised them for their 18th birthday. Thanks so much! Great memories for us all.
    Must do experience
    Sam_M, May 2023
    Absolutely amazing experience! Geoff was awesome and knew so much about everything and Nick was a great skipper. Got us all back in one piece! Definitely recommend 👍
    Best time EVER!
    Serina_C, May 2023
    Geoff and Nick were amazing! We had the absolute best time and plan to come again and also refer friends and family.
    Cray rainy speedy trip
    Brian_H, May 2023
    The trip started with crazy rain and challenging passengers - but both the SPEED and the staff turn it around to a really great experience!
    Thames Rapid River trip
    Rodney_S, May 2023
    We really enjoyed this trip on the Thames. The crew were really helpful and made the trip fun and informative. The boat was really fast and so much better than being on a normal boat sight seeing trip. Highly recommend it to anyone looking for something that bit different
    Underwhelming, personally though
    Sagar_V, Apr 2023
    Slightly underwhelming. Had expected more tour guide talking over just the experience of a speedboat.
    Fred_P, Apr 2023
    Ross and the Skipper were totally awesome! Ross had the "off the norm trivia" and the ride was done very safe.... both made for a perfect motor boat tour of an industrial river!!
    The kids loved it!
    Beth_S, Apr 2023
    We took our 11 and 15 year old children on the Rocket Thames cruise and they loved it. Our guide, Ed, was outgoing and funny. Our driver, John, was a pro. It was one of the kids favorite activities in London.
    Fast and Furious
    Yesenia_T, Apr 2023
    Best way to sight see and get a thrill ride at the same time!!! We absolutely enjoyed this experience and had smiles from ear to ear!!!
    The Thames Rocket.
    Karen_K, Apr 2023
    All four of us had an absolute fantastic ride. We were extremely well looked after and felt very safe. Such. Brilliant way to spend an hour.
    Fun ride!
    Amy_C, Apr 2023
    Really fun! We really enjoyed the trip, both the speedy part and the slow ride, i.e. the tour. Our guide Ross, was very engaging and funny. Definitely recommend it!!
    Amazing, Amazing Fun
    Penelope_H, Apr 2023
    Although the weather was wet and windy and the Thames very rough we had a great ride. Probably even better as water to rough we had super time. Thank You, Thoroughly recommend to All.
    Wow speed and fun
    Hayley_L, Apr 2023
    The best experience we have had in London. We are booking to come in the summer to do this again. The crew were excellent, very knowledgable and funny. This made the trip.
    Great alternative for...
    Alan_Y, Apr 2023
    Great alternative for cruising the Thames; thanks for the sharing of history and stories along both sides of TBR Thames by Stacey and Brad. A super fun ride for 45 mins
    Joey and Nathan were the...
    Kayla_H, Apr 2023
    Joey and Nathan were the best hosts. They were funny and made sure we had a great experience. It was the perfect weather and loved getting the little tour about a lot of buildings on the way back
    Thames speedboat
    DeborahLeighty, Apr 2023
    Loved it!!!! Great way to see London Sights speeding down the Thames a great trip. I highly recommend .
    Must do!
    Dawn_B, Mar 2023
    Geoff, Tom and Geoff were awesome, making the trip fun! The boat ride was exciting and absolutely a must do!!
    Weather Dependable
    Ryan_K, Mar 2023
    Rained the entire morning. The trip itself is very dependent on weather. Miserable time if the sun isn’t out.
    Making the most out of Thames river with the mind-blowing experience of the Rocket Speedboat
    George_M, Feb 2023
    Making the most out of Thames river with the mind-blowing experience of the Rocket Speedboat with the stunning crew guiding us through Thames' riverbanks history and literally coming through the great embrace of Great Britain's most beloved river that London Town is jewelled with!
    Amazing experience :)
    Alex_M, Feb 2023
    Really enjoyed the speedboat tour down the Thames, great fun with the spin turns and bouncing over the waves, thanks to Nathan our skipper :) And a bit more educational on the way back with our excellent guide (I think it was Robbie?) pointing out some of the sights and history, adding a bit of fun and humour along the way :)
    Daniel_K, Feb 2023
    Wow just wow. Goosebumps while on this tour. Incredible speed great driver I recommend it to everyone.
    Great Thames experience
    Matt_B, Feb 2023
    Geoff with a ‘G’ was a very funny guy, interaction with all on board was second to none, Nathan the skipper also great at handling the boat. Will definitely book again, great value and smiled from the minute we boarded to the minute we left the boat. Would definitely recommend these guys.
    Great fun! Adventurous...
    Rasa_Z, Feb 2023
    Great fun! Adventurous and with adrenaline boat trip. Definitely recommend to anyone looking for different way to explore historic London landmarks.
    Terrific Thames Tour
    Hazel_M, Feb 2023
    Absolutely amazing experience. Phil and Jazz were so knowledgeable and made the experience fun. Speeding through the Thames with music in the background. Will definitely book this experience again.
    Amazing adrenaline rush!
    Jocelyn_C, Dec 2022
    So much fun!!! I surprised my friend with this gift for her birthday and she absolutely loved it!!! The boat does go extremely fast once you pass the tower bridge . I was crying of laughter and screaming super loud! I would hand down book this again . Bill was our tour guide that day and John was driving the boat ! I hope we get them next time I come back to London! So worth it !
    Brilliant, well worth it.
    Damaris_H, Nov 2022
    Absolutely brilliant, better than I had anticipated. Stacey our tour kind was just absolutely brilliant. Shout out to Brad our boat driver too!
    Don’t miss out!!
    Gavin_B, Nov 2022
    Myself and my daughter had a fantastic time. Our guides Stacey and Brad made this trip special with Stacey’s great northern humour and brads boating skills. I would throughly recommend this as a great alternative way to see the city from the water.

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