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Lunch River Cruise on the Thames with 2-Course Meal
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Lunch River Cruise on the Thames with 2-Course Meal

By City Cruises
About
A Thames River sightseeing cruise is a must when visiting London. With a delicious 2-course lunch included and a licensed bar on board, this is one where you can really relax, sit back, and watch the world go by. See the London Eye, the Tower of London, the Houses of Parliament, and so much more as you cruise from Tower Pier to Westminster and back again.
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$62.26
per adult
Lowest price guaranteeFree cancellation

Ages 2-99, max of 60 per group
Duration: 1h 30m
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Live guide: English
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Highlights
  • Cruise through London on a round trip between Tower Pier and Westminster
  • See top London attractions including the London Eye and the Shard
  • Savor a delicious 2-course lunch—vegetarian options available
  • Choose to purchase drinks at the licensed onboard bar, if you wish

  • River Thames cruise
  • 2 Course Lunch
  • Live or recorded commentary
What's not included
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Drinks

Board your craft at Tower Pier and sit back as panoramic views of one of the world’s great shorelines drift past. See the Tower of London, the 95-story Shard, Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, and the mighty London Eye. Cast your eye over the tourists on the South Bank, and capture shots of the Houses of Parliament and iconic Big Ben before you turn around. Tuck into your sumptuous lunch which includes an entrée and dessert with coffee and tea—feel free to purchase wine, beer, or other beverages from the licensed onboard bar. Stroll the outside deck as your cruise returns to base.

Start:
  • City Cruises London Tower Pier, Tower Millennium Pier, London EC3N 4DT, UK
    Located a few minutes away from Tower Hill Underground Station. Please go directly to the boarding gate.
End:This activity ends back at the meeting point.

    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Stroller accessible
    • Service animals allowed
    • Near public transportation
    • Infants must sit on laps
    If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 3542LUNCHCRU

    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Vegetarian option is available; if you require this, or have any other dietary needs, make a note in the 'Special Requirements' field when booking
    • Your seat on board is guaranteed and will be allocated to you before the cruise takes place. When you board you will be shown to your table. Please note tables are fixed and within close proximity. Our panoramic windows provide great views from all angles of the passing sky-line, regardless of your table location.
    • Most travelers can participate
    • We do not guarantee that products are free from nuts or traces of nuts. For gluten-free tea give at least 24 hours’ notice. For any special dietary requirements please contact us after booking.
    • Please note that as part of the relaxed atmosphere of this cruise experience, your table may be situated in close proximity to other guests.
    • Please ensure you arrive 20-minutes prior to departure time
    • 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
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 60 travelers

    • If you cancel within 3 days of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.
    • If you cancel at least 4 days in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.

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    How much is Thames Lunch Cruise with 2-Course Meal?
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    What is the Thames Lunch Cruise with 2-Course Meal cancellation policy?
    Thames Lunch Cruise with 2-Course Meal cancellation policy: If you cancel at least 4 days in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee. If you cancel within 3 days of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee. Discover and book Thames Lunch Cruise with 2-Course Meal on Tripadvisor
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    If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 3542LUNCHCRU

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    Itinerary
    • You'll start at
      City Cruises London Tower Pier
      Tower Millennium Pier, London EC3N 4DT, UK
      Located a few minutes away from Tower Hill Underground Station. Please go directly to the boarding gate.
      See address & details
    • Pass by
      Tower of London
      Houses of Parliament
      Big Ben
      London Eye
      The View from The Shard
      Canary Wharf
      Tower Bridge
      City Cruises London Tower Pier
      HMS Belfast
      Thames River
    • You'll return to the starting point
    About the operator
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    • City Cruises
      6,113
      London, England
      Joined in October 2013
    • paigesS1882RC
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Lovely afternoon tea cruise
      Real special afternoon treat. I took my mother in law for her birthday. (70th). The staff were friendly and directed us to our seat. The food was amazing and really tasty. We both had tea. The only negative would be that we never got offered more drinks. We had window seats which was worth the extra pay. Despite the rainy grey London weather still had great views! Would definitely recommend.
      Written April 12, 2024
    • J4926ZDpeterb
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Thames River
      Excellent Thames river cruise. Commentary from crew members made the trip from Westminster Pier to Greenwich Pier (and back) even more enjoyable.
      Written April 11, 2024
    • 897muddy
      0 contributions
      3.0 of 5 bubbles
      Lovely on board staff but annoying boat cancellation that spoiled the experience
      We bought a Go City explorer pass and this was one of the trip options. Four stops are advertised, though one is not really a different destination as Westminster and London Eye are just on opposite sides of the river at the same location. Great on board commentary though not a full “tour guide” type, which wasn’t part of the advertised package but funny and interesting never the less. Staff were lovely on board. Irritating that a boat was cancelled but the person scanning our ticket at the London Eye stop didn’t tell us so we wasted 30 mins hanging out on the cold pier when we could have been walking around taking photos etc or sat in the park with a drink. This meant our time was cut short and we couldn’t do the Greenwich part of the trip because we were going to the theatre and the children had got fed up with the extra waiting. There were lots of Uber boats that came and went whilst we were waiting, maybe that would have been a better option? The views from the boats were great though. Would give 3.5 stars if could.
      Written April 9, 2024
    • jude7525
      0 contributions
      3.0 of 5 bubbles
      Please look after people with disabilities better !
      Once onboard, it was a positive experience, great entertainer on board and good food. The poor element was the lack of facilities for a disabled guest. We had to put down a firm foot to obtain a ramp - and the staff were irritated by our insistence despite us having requested the ramp and received confirmation. There was no boarding staff visible before the boat arrived and no facility to allow a disabled passenger immediate access - instead he had to queue (not good). The person boarding us actually asked me to complain because he was not aware that the ramp was required.
      Written April 9, 2024
    • traveller10101010
      0 contributions
      1.0 of 5 bubbles
      AVOID at all costs.
      Unfortunately I have to report that my experience with this company is awful and I would recommend anyone reading this find an alternative cruise operator. Having obtained vouchers beforehand, and read through every element of the terms and conditions, I was informed upon arrival that they now read differently and I could not use my vouchers for the cruise I needed. The impossibly rude ticket booth attendant seemed to take great joy in telling me I couldn't use my vouchers, and in turn making my 6 year old upset. No reasoning was offered, no assistance was offered, and the only solution was to hand over £80, which I was not willing to do. I will also be logging a formal complaint with the company and with my voucher provider as the experience was unacceptable, made 100 times worse by the human being. May as well replace them with self serve ticket machines.
      Written April 7, 2024
    • AzizL1
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      A nice smooth Thames cruise
      A visit to London is incomplete without the River Thames Cruise. We got on the boat just after our London Tower tour which was amazing. The boat trip was very smooth, the staff onboard were very knowledgeable and entertaining. Would definitely recommend it to travelers.
      Written April 7, 2024
    • sophiedU1698MN
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Everything was amazing
      Took my dad for his birthday present. Absolutely loved it. The entertainment, food and service was amazing. We were served by Melinda who was so attentive and so quick . The amazing actors get everyone involved, and without spoiling too much got us testing our acting skills too! They give plenty of time for you to eat and take in the sights too. An amazing evening and when a next murder mystery story line is brought along I will definitely book again!
      Written April 6, 2024
    • muriel805
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Totally awesome
      I totally enjoyed the experience. The cruise took long enough and we received a great amount of information about each touristic objective included in our trajectory. The guide was making really good jokes and was very friendly. I'm happy I took part on this tour and it totally worth the money. Oh yeah, George is his name. So if you decide to book an evening cruise, just ask about him.
      Written April 6, 2024
    • sarahrF3149YA
      0 contributions
      3.0 of 5 bubbles
      Simple & relaxing
      After some confusion as to where to embark.. we almost boarded an Uber Boat 🫣 we were greeted with a glass of prosecco by friendly and attentive staff. The entertainment was delightful and canapés delicious. We were extremely lucky to have had good weather! The cruise was smooth and we covered some distance! No guide available though! Our only complaint would be the relentless request for gratuities as we disembarked. We were informed on atleast 4 occasions that service fees were not included with our booking and therefore any gratuities would be appreciated! Then, as we walked off the boat, a member of staff practically stood in our path, holding out a tray for cash gratuities! Tips/gratuities should be a personal choice, and this felt very pushy!
      Written April 6, 2024
    • _janscot37
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Well worth it
      Great trip. Lovely afternoon tea. Boat fab, all windows so you could see everything. Go up top after if you can. Commentating was very informative. Would recommend
      Written April 6, 2024
    • taylorpG7123QM
      0 contributions
      1.0 of 5 bubbles
      Don't book.
      Views were great. However, this was advertised as a live tour and we did not experience this. It also was so slow moving, that we were only able to utilize the boat once during the 24 hours. I do not feel like we received our money's worth.
      Written April 5, 2024
    • Nomad49538331533
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      London’s great!!
      London was brilliant! It was a family trip, we went sight seeing and had a trip on the Thames sight seeing boat which was lovely. Seen famous landmarks.
      Written March 29, 2024
    • lanny m
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Great Value
      Worth every penny! Great live entertaining-sang beautifully. Dinner was several dishes and started with sparking Champaign.
      Written March 29, 2024
    • Olivia H
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Great experience
      Entertaining and informative commentary and a beautiful experience. A great way to see London from the water and get amazing photos.
      Written March 28, 2024
    • F9016YKtaylorp
      0 contributions
      1.0 of 5 bubbles
      Don’t book
      This is not a tour, it is a boat cruise. Book the Uber boat instead, you will utilize it much more and actually get to destinations in a quick fashion. Was originally okay with going slow since we thought it was a tour but… no live guide was available/ speaking. We also only got 1 ride of out the 24 hours. Not worth the money.
      Written March 28, 2024
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    4.5
    4.5 of 5 bubbles248 reviews
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    46
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    Robin H
    Purley, UK287 contributions
    1.0 of 5 bubbles
    Aug 2021
    The customer service is an absolue joke . They never answer their phone & you cannot even leave a message as all their mail boxes are full .

    They asked me for voucher numbers & codes after emailing me claiming they had spaces so I sent them the the required information .

    Three days later someone called Tom emailed again to say they didn't have spaces ?

    And yet I can still book for the requested day I have just checked again ??

    Conclusion They Do Not want vouchers !!! The voucher providers should
    dump such dishonourable providers who cause misery & don't appear to
    worry too much about it .

    The end result was I had to re-sort an 10 year olds birthday treat !

    I will never set foot on any City Cruise Boat ever !
    Written August 2, 2021
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    Gwen2005
    Sudbury, UK74 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Jun 2021
    We booked lunch cruise with City Cruises during a few days trip in London. It far exceeeded our expectations having done one several years ago with another company.
    The weather was far too good not to at least give Cty Cruises a chance. The meal itself was really lovely and the boat comfortable and spacious. But what certainly made the cruise memorable was the crew. The waiting staff were so polite and helpful and Tom and Martin the pilot and guide were absolutely wonderful. No boring, recorded commentary, but lively and knowledgable information imparted in a way which just highlighted their own enthusiasm for their job and the City of London. A great time. Highly recommend.
    Written June 10, 2021
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    Irene B
    7 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Aug 2023 • Family
    The cruise on the Thames River was great. The scenery is spectacular. We decided to include lunch because we wanted to save time and include both food and cruise in the same experience. Highly recommend this. It is very pricey (especially if you get a window seat - 70 pounds/pp). We upgraded to a windows seat and it was worth it. The food was good (the main was Chicken in a mushroom sauce and the dessert was delicious). One of us had a vegetarian option and it was okay. The service on a cruise was fairly good. The person, who provided background information about the sights when passing by on the Thames, was very good - he provided enough information (with good facts) without boring people.

    Feedback on food: soft drinks were not included in the price and for the high cost per person that people pay for this experience, the soft drinks should have been included. Also, there was no selection of teas, only one type of tea. There should be a good variety of teas (after all we are in London and tea is the English specialty that should be part of the experience).

    Thames Cruise is a great experience in London! I am just hoping that the price will improve (i.e. reduced).
    Written September 4, 2023
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    Hello irenebC4009OG, Thank you for taking the time to write about your lunch cruise, we love hearing how much you enjoyed your time on board and that you liked the food and entertainment. Many thanks, and we hope to see you on board again soon! City Cruises
    Written September 27, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

    working4traveling
    Stanwood, WA183 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Sep 2022
    We arrived 45 minutes early because we had read online that if you arrived early you could get a seat by the window. That was absolutely not true. When they started the boarding everybody rushed to the front only to be told that the seats were already pre-assigned. When we were seated I asked if we could get a window seat and he said they’re already all been reserved. I don’t know how that could happen. Unfortunately it rained the entire time. We were seated in the middle and the best part for us was the two people that joined us (instead of being an awkward experience with strangers) turned out to be a wonderful couple from the UK. The commentary was very difficult to hear and understand. That would’ve tainted our experience except for Lisa who was sitting across from me told me everything we were seeing. She also gave me wonderful sightseeing tips that we used after the cruise was over. The chicken, potatoes, vegetables, and especially the dessert were all very good. We enjoyed a cup of tea afterwards but would’ve liked to have had a complimentary beverage with our meal. We had an awkward moment at the end when my husband paid for the sodas in cash and the waiter disappeared for a while with the change. My husband had to seek him out to get it back.
    Written October 13, 2022
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    Hello working4traveling, Thank you for taking the time to write about your Lunch Cruise and we are glad you enjoyed your time on board! It's great to know you liked the food, but we state on our website you have to upgrade your booking for a window seat and that isn't always guaranteed and that our tables are close to other passengers. We will look into the speaker quality on board thank you for letting us know. Kind regards City Cruises
    Written October 19, 2022
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

    Claudia H
    Miami Gardens, FL7 contributions
    1.0 of 5 bubbles
    Feb 2020 • Couples
    My husband and I have been planning a trip to London for over a year. We finally made it there and we purchase the lunch tour because it gave us an opportunity to cruise the river Thames while getting a audio tour and food provided. As this is how it was advertised. Once we boarded we asked about the audio tour and they said they will begin giving the audio tour after the food is served. So we began our tour, the food was served and still no audio commentary. We spoke with the supervisor on board and he said that the PA system was not working. He Apologized and said there was nothing that he can do. So he gave us to email to contact city cruises directly once we got back home. We have reached out to them several times, and they do not want to give us any partial refunds. All they are offering is another cruise ( As if we go to London every week… hello we are in Miami Florida) This is probably the only time we were able to afford a trip abroad. We are just very disappointed at how they are handling the situation. This was no fault of ours. They have terrible customer service. I would purchase with another company is possible.
    Written March 7, 2020
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    Kelk C
    Dover, England, United Kingdom137 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    May 2022
    Highly recommended, a wonderful experience. We were greeted and shown to a table, all tables have great views. The waiting staff look after you well and are very professional serving lunch on a moving boat. The lunch is a set menu of chicken in a mushroom sauce, dauphinois potatoes and vegetables followed by mousse. You pay for drinks on top unless you have tap water. You are free to walk around the boat, and I do recommend going to the top deck after lunch and seeing the views from the deck. The commentary is brilliant, the gentleman is funny and informative, I learnt so much about London that I had never heard before. Great value, wonderful experience and professionally run.
    Written May 15, 2022
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    Hello Kelk C, Thank you for taking the time to write your 5 star review! We are thrilled to hear how much you loved the lunch cruise! We are happy to know your cruise was smooth and efficient and you got to see London from a different view! Thanks again, and we hope to see you on board again soon! City Cruises
    Written May 20, 2022
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

    Sandraking
    Luton, UK10 contributions
    1.0 of 5 bubbles
    Apr 2021 • Couples
    Booked a 2 course lunch for my husbands birthday on the 1st April for the 15th April . Arrived at a cold wet millennium pier to be told by a different company that City cruises don't open until the 20th. Gutted. We paid out £46.25 in train fairs. London was pretty much still closed, so hard to enjoy the day. Went home gutted. Why was you selling cruises if you were not opening, sending tickets out a week before etc.
    Written April 15, 2021
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    Tracy-Garysadventure
    28 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Really good value for money, the food was really nice, we had daphoise potato chicken in a mushroom and tarragon sauce, followed by a chocolate and raspberry cake.We had a good tour of the Thames, The only problem was from the inside you could hear the informative information being played.
    We were a little disappointed that we were unable to buy a hot drink, it only got served with lunch apparently, so they wouldn't sell us one.
    There are toilets on the boat and you can go up stairs for a outside view.
    Written October 23, 2021
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    Dee
    Hockley, UK5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This was a Christmas present from a friend. What a lovely time we had made even more special by the dry sunny spring weather.
    The meal was nice chicken in a white wine and mushroom sauce. An impressive looking coffee mouse with chocolate brownie made in the shape of a red velvet cushion topped with a gold chocolate crown.
    The commentary was very informative and funny which finished the trip off well.
    Really enjoyed it.
    Written April 17, 2023
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    Hello FarAway30875006151, Thank you for taking the time to write about your lunch cruise, we love hearing how much you enjoyed your time on board! Many thanks, and we hope to see you on board again soon! City Cruises
    Written May 25, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

    JasonVause
    Stowmarket, UK145 contributions
    1.0 of 5 bubbles
    Booked as a special birthday treat for my wife, with our young family. Booking was made on-line and credit card charged, so assumed naively that the booking was secure. We planned the rest of our weekend around this (eg timed visit to the Shard), so was both surprised and disappointed to receive an email several days later telling us that the requested date was no longer available. We were only offered alternative dates on weekdays (no use in school term time). We complained and have been told we can get the money back on the card, but nothing else offered and feel overall massively let down. Bookings still appear to be open for the exact time and date we had ‘booked’. It may be good for those who get to go on it on - but my advice would be buyer beware!
    Written September 7, 2021
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