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Thames River

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Address: London, England
Activities: Canoeing, Walking
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London Vintage Bus Tour and River Thames Cruise

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Head down the river for a nice half-day or so adventure

We got over not doing "those touristy things" a long time ago; they're usually pricey, but they are a terrific source of information. So we take a double-decker bus ride or a... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 19, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015 NEW

We got over not doing "those touristy things" a long time ago; they're usually pricey, but they are a terrific source of information. So we take a double-decker bus ride or a boat down the Thames and make notes of places we want to come back to on our own. This visit we rode a 'tourist' boat from Westminster Pier... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015 NEW via mobile

To take a cruise and hear the history of the Thames is amazing. This is a must do in London. We were lucky to do a cruise along the Thames on a cloudless day and get a perspective of the other attractions we wanted to see the next day. Very very good.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

We took one of the Clipper boats while in London. Saw the big wheel up close and had nice views of London landmarks from the water even though it was overcast.

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Rhondda, Wales, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

If you have nice, warm weather (like we did) then I would highly recommend a walk along the waterfront, especially around Tower Bridge area and from the Tate to Westminster. Plenty to see and do, loads of choices for food, lots of benches to sit and watch the world go by. Great, easy access plenty of crossings to go and... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

We were lucky and didn't have to wait too long to get our tickets and board the boat. I have been on the cruise several times already, and I always take my friends who are new to London on that cruise again. I don't get bored. The cruise is interesting and pleasant. The seats are not that comfortable and it... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

I went on one of the Thames Clippers boats to Greenwich, and also on one of the Duck Tours, which I would highly recommend. A boat trip on the Thames is a must if you have time whilst visiting London. :)

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

We booked this along side the London Eye. The boat was run by the same company. This was a Saturday in March and was not a busy as I expected. The boat was big, on time and clean. The young man doing the commentary was brilliant. Very knowledgeable and polite.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

not that great really, down to the tower of london. wouldnt recommend it , bus tour has more views and info.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015

Very pleasant trip from Westminster Pier, via the London Eye, the Tower Pier, to Greenwich and return. The crew gave a light-hearted commentary on the eastbound journey. We got off the boat at Greenwich, and there is lots to see in the town and the Royal Observatory. On the way back we chose to get off at the Tower, to... More 

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Overveen, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

Thames river is a beautiful sight, its a lovely place to take pictures, and a really nice place to take photographs, and a nice place to take your girlfriend.

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Southbank
Big time attractions such as the London Eye and a thriving theatre scene (compliments of the National Theatre and the Young Vic) are but a few of the reasons that Southbank is such a collectively cherished part of town. With plenty of family friendly activities and venues lined up along a pedestrianized river bank between Westminster Bridge and Waterloo Bridge, visitors can always expect a casual and festive atmosphere. On top of all the fun stuff to do at Southbank is the opportunity to simply sit back and admire photo-op views of iconic landmarks like Parliament and St Paul's Cathedral, just on across the Thames.
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