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Thames High-Speed Zone Speedboat in London
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Thames High-Speed Zone Speedboat in London

By Thames Rockets
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About
Ditch the leisurely pace of traditional sightseeing cruises in favor of a high-speed RIB boat ride on the Thames River—the most exhilarating way to see London’s riverside sights. Unlike other high-speed cruises, this ride operates entirely within the “Thames High-Speed Zone,” meaning you are able to travel at super speeds for the entire experience. Plus, a small group limited to 12 means ensures you receive personalized attention from your guide.
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Ages 10-99, max of 12 per group
Duration: 45m
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Live guide: English
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Highlights
  • Opt for an exhilarating sightseeing cruise experience on the Thames River
  • Ride without speed limits in the river's high-speed zone
  • Small group tour limited to 12 people ensures a more personalized experience
  • Choose from several departure times throughout the day

  • Professional skipper
  • Guide
  • Lifejacket
What's not included
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Gratuities
  • Food and drinks

After selecting a departure time to suit your schedule, make your own way to a docking point along the Thames River and receive a safety briefing from your guide. Climbing on board your rigid inflatable boat (RIB), set off along the Thames River at high velocity to a soundtrack of British rock classics. Zoom past Tower Bridge, the O2 Arena, and the Cutty Sark and reach speeds of up to 35 mph (56 kph), as your skipper performs exhilarating wave jumps and sharp turns. Your tour concludes back at your original departure point.

Start:
  • Bankside Pier, Bankside, London SE1 9DT, UK
    Departure Point: Bankside Pier, Central London, SE1 9DT Directions: The pier is situated close to Southwark Bridge on the south side of the river. Dates: Friday, Saturday, Sunday Return point: Returns to original departure point
End:This activity ends back at the meeting point.

    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Near public transportation
    If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 6918BTB

    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
    • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
    • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
    • Children under 15 years must be accompanied by an adult, minimum age is 10 years
    • All seats must be pre-booked with the supplier, refer to voucher for further details
    • Without exception pregnant passengers CANNOT travel
    • 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 12 travelers

    • All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.

    Which attractions will I visit with Thames High-Speed Zone RIB Cruise in London?
    How much is Thames High-Speed Zone RIB Cruise in London?
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    • You'll start at
      Bankside Pier
      Bankside, London SE1 9DT, UK
      Departure Point: Bankside Pier, Central London, SE1 9DT Directions: The pier is situated close to Southwark Bridge on the south side of the river. Dates: Friday, Saturday, Sunday Return point: Returns to original departure point
      See address & details
    • Pass by
      Shakespeare's Globe Theatre
      Thames River
      Tower Bridge
      Canary Wharf
      Cutty Sark
      Greenwich
      The Thames Barrier Information Centre
    • You'll return to the starting point
    About the operator
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    • Thames Rockets
      14,983
      London, England
      Joined in September 2009
    • terry d
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Rocket along the thames
      Superb day out on the Thames rocket speed boat. We had Quinn and Robbie who were superb driving the boat and giving us a great experience tour along the river highly recommend this trip .
      Written February 28, 2024
    • Sarah W
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Great fun!
      Well organised, interesting commentary and good adrenaline rush. Top tip wrap up well and take the rain poncho / coat!
      Written February 27, 2024
    • Bb12348992
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Great fun
      Would recommend to all, this is such a fun activity for all family and friends very professional!!!!
      Written February 27, 2024
    • rmackay2024
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      A total joy.
      The whole experience from start to finish was professional. The boat was exhilarating and Ed our tour guide was exceptionally kind and fun and interesting.
      Written February 27, 2024
    • L277GKemilyt
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Thames rocket experience
      Fantastic experience on the speed boat. Quinny the driver was fab with the speed and turns and Ed gave a great commentary of the sites on the way back. If you like boats and speed, I would highly recommend
      Written February 26, 2024
    • 141jerry323
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Great experience
      Was a great experience! Max and Quinn were great on the tour and it's definitely a fast ride. I was nervous about dropping my phone when taking videos.
      Written February 25, 2024
    • 508mattg
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Fantastic ride
      This was our 4th trip with Thames Rockets and we had a fantastic time as always. the staff are professional but full of fun and very informative about London in an interesting way. Simon and Geoff were our captain and guide on this trip and it was probably the best we have done yet. They were great fun and let me and my boy have photos at the helm at the end. Thanks for a great time.
      Written February 25, 2024
    • hs4244
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Thrilling!
      Thank you Geoff and John for a memorable experience. A great family experience. We all hope to return.
      Written February 25, 2024
    • sarahnL880RB
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      So much fun
      Absolutely fantastic, we had so much fun all those twist and turns, and Ed was informative and friendly, will be returning and recommending.
      Written February 24, 2024
    • amandahU2798GD
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      High speed tour, highly recommend.
      Brilliant experience, the staff were amazing from start to finish. Both my children loved it especially my 9 year old in the high speed section. Joey was a great tour guide and Brad our driver gave us a great Thames Rocket boat experience. Higher recommend.
      Written February 24, 2024
    • kaymR9195KA
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Amazing Trip
      what an amazing experience - and the crew were so lovely - friendly, informative of all the awesome landscapes of London - thank you to Ed for this and a thankyou also to the skipper Mike for an amazing experience of the Thames - very invigorating and so please we didn't enter the water on such a cold and wet day... can't thank you enough for the brilliant time we had.... :-)
      Written February 23, 2024
    • Chippysixty9
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Great Fun, Exciting and Educational Thrill Ride!
      We pre-booked this trip for our son's birthday and unfortunately, the only time it rained during our stay in London was the same time we went on the Thames Rocket speedboat. Fortunately, we had a great time due to the crew, who made it fun from start to finish. Good information about lots of the famous and not so well known landmarks from Geoff with a G on the way there and back, past Tower Bridge, to the part of the River where John opened it up for a great thrill ride. High speed and lots of turns but always controlled and always felt safe. My son and his friend had a great time and can't wait to do it again. Thank-you to all at Thames Rockets.
      Written February 22, 2024
    • Deborah M
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Great fun
      We did the speed boat trip as a Christmas pressie. Max was our guide and Quin the driver. It was all well organised from the booking process to the ride itself. The 1st part is an informative trip down the Thames and max was very entertaining informative then once we had passed Wapping it was the drivers turn to earn his money and Quin took over and the boat speed up and we had about 20 mins of quite an exhilarating boat ride. All in all interesting and fun. I would recommend
      Written February 22, 2024
    • M7549QNeleanorb
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Thames family rocket trip
      We had a great time thanks to Geoff and John they where amazing thanks!! Def recommend! It was our sons birthday and they sang happy brithday for him and made the trip special
      Written February 21, 2024
    • Aurora190
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Awesome London experience
      Brilliant, fun adventure in central London! Conveniently located start point. Water proof ponchos were an extra layer of warmth and kept us mostly dry. Safety gear helpfully explained. Worried children settled with excellent humour. Geoff and John (sorry skipper if I’ve not remembered your name correctly) were an excellent guide and driver. We had so much fun flying about after Tower Bridge. It was unfortunately a wet day but the safety goggles help us to keep our eyes open. Loved the tunes. Tour on the way back was interesting and I saw the houses of parliament from a new view point. All staff were super friendly and I’m sure my ski gear/shorts wearing son will shout out Geoff’s name whenever he see a rocket on the river in London again and will probably get another wave! Thanks so much for a fun birthday treat. Totally recommend this kids 10, 13 and 15.
      Written February 21, 2024
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    5.0
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    William L
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    May 2022 • Family
    A thoroughly enjoyable experience from start to finish. Typically I lost my booking voucher so had to call up this morning (the day of the trip). This was easily e-mailed over straight away by a friendly member of staff who also gave me further information about where to meet for the launch.
    Upon arrival we were greeted by a brilliant member of staff as we awaited the return of the rocket. As we prepared to enter the boat we met Geoff who took us through all the boring stuff but in a manner of great enthusiasm (Life jackets, how to board etc).
    The experience on the boat was 5* from start to finish. Geoff's ability to engage and entertain the boat was brilliant and had all the boat laughing from start to finish. Combined with Nick's high speed driving and some absolute belta tunes cranked up it was a really fun experience. We had ages from 11-63 and everyone had a great time. Geoff had clearly taken time to learn my son's name prior to the trip which was a classy touch of customer service. We all enjoyed singing happy birthday to Fin who was 18 and with the other family on the boat (Happy birthday!). As well as the excitement we were also given strong historical stories of the landmarks along the way. The roof of the 02, the Thames barrier, urinating in pots and the bus driver on London Bridge were all new stories to our ears.

    We received the experience as a pre covid Xmas present and our expectations were far exceeded. We will return again in the future as well as strongly recommend this experience. Below would be 3 take aways

    It's lively, it's high speed, it's a speed boat

    Well done 👍 ✅
    Written May 7, 2022
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    543neil
    Kingston upon Thames, UK6 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Aug 2020
    Very enjoyable experience for all the family. My teenage daugters enjoyed the fun facts about London river landmarks delivered by Rory as much as they enjoyed the thrill of the speed boat. Rory was friendly and welcoming and very funny.
    Everything was well organised and had everything in place to reduce risks associated with Covid19.
    Thank you for a great time.
    Written August 29, 2020
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    Colin C
    Dublin, Ireland48 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Big shout out to MAX and ROB!
    The boat trip was lots of fun, kids had such a good time. The guide Max was extremely knowledgeable about the sites, bridges, buildings etc and was very interactive with everyone including the kids… smiles and laughter.
    Rob gave us a great experience with his excellent driving skills with plenty of splashes and thrills
    I would highly recommend this trip, my kids are 7 and 11 and had the time of their life!
    5 stars
    Written August 3, 2022
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    Isabel I
    London, UK4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Such a fantastic experience! My boyfriend and I enjoyed this very much, it was great from beginning to end, our guide Geoff was very friendly, funny and knowledgeable. The driver Adam was great too and they made the journey very cool. Also they were great making sure everything was properly disinfected between every turn which we found very reassuring. The day couldn’t have started better!
    Written August 26, 2020
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    Kat C
    London, UK100 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Absolutely brilliant trip! My sister and nephew (aged 12) came to stay for the weekend and he chose this and the Tower of London. We had a Saturday morning trip - the Ultimate London Adventure. We were met by a lovely lady on the pier who kitted us out with life jackets and checked us on to the rib, where we were greeted by Geoff and Brad. Geoff the tour guide was brilliant- really funny and spent time chatting it everyone and getting to know us all. There were 12 in total on the boat which was perfect. We went quite a long way out east with a commentary on all the sites and some really interesting and quirky facts. Having lived in London for 30 years I didn’t think there would be much new to me but I was wrong ! Once we reached a certain point, they put on the music and Brad (driver) ripped through the water at high speed. It was fantastic! So much fun. I thought this would be a trip really aimed at my nephew but me, my husband and my sister all loved it too! Would definitely do it again. Really great trip with lovely people running it. Highly recommended. Incidentally, afterwards we worked slowly down the South Bank towards London Bridge towards the Tower and we went passed all of the sites we saw on the boat which made the walk far more interesting for a 12 year old!
    Recommend you take warm jacket and hold on tight to your phone, but you’ll get some great pics of London too!
    Written November 14, 2021
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    t0nyd1947
    Gerrards Cross, United Kingdom10 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Jul 2022
    The Thames Rockets high speed boat experience was absolutely incredible! Our host, Geoff, was extremely knowledgable, and told all of the passengers about the history of the river going back to Roman times.

    Geoff was funny, entertaining and he engaged with the passengers brilliantly. He answered any questions asked of him, and was the perfect host.

    Then, once in open water, handed over to his skipper, Rob, to take us through the incredible speed run when we reached well over 30 knots!! The boat bounced and swerved in mesmerising curves from side to side taking advantage of the tidal waves. To say it was truly exhilarating experience is an understatement!

    We felt the trip was amazing value for money and thank both Geoff and Rob for a hell raising and wonderful trip. We would recommend this fabulous trip to anyone who lives in living, or is visiting England’s capital city. Fantastic!
    Written July 10, 2022
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    996cherryp
    Scotland7 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The best start to a day in London, we loved this experience and our Captain John and tour guide Bill were exceptional. Bill was very engaging and great fun the tour was brilliant and then when the music came on we got to see John’s skills. Thanks for an amazing trip. We’d definitely recommend, you see lots on either side of the Thames and it’s really good fun.
    Written April 7, 2022
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    mike p
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Jul 2021
    Amazing Family Fun from the team who ran our boat Geoff and Nick, Nick was a fantastic driver with lots of thrills but always feeling really safe. Geoff was our guide and host, Really felt like he wanted to be on the journey with us , really great experience even if we lost a cap (only so many times you can tell a child :) Would highly recommend this experience. Literally hats off to the team especially Geoff
    Written July 21, 2021
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    Holly Hood
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Feb 2020 • Couples
    Greg and Richard... you are both absolutely brilliant and anyone lucky enough to get these 2 on your trip are in for a real treat. Greg is funny, knowledgeable and attentive. We all had an absolute blast today.

    We chose the break the barrier experience (doesn't include loads of sight seeing; it's all speed!) and honestly, I didn't want it to end. The odd stop included some informations about some landmarks but other than that it was speed, squeeks and splashes!

    We counted ourselves lucky that it was so windy today, it really added to the experience. I got wet sitting where I was but there were a couple behind who got absolutely drenched... it was hilarious!

    My stomach was all fluttery, I couldn't stop laughing (and singing! Sorry to anyone who heard!) and it genuinely was one of the best things I've ever done.

    I grew up in London and have never realy done any of the touristy things; had started to change that last year and this year I'll continue. I'd say this is a great experience for those who know London's history quite well and just want a thrilling and different way to explorw the city.

    Go.

    Go! Go! Go!

    You wont regret it!
    Written February 1, 2020
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    lipsyg
    London, UK12 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Aug 2020 • Friends
    What a fantastic thrill. The weather was awful but with the ponchos provided we braved the rain and I can honestly say I didn’t want the ride to end . Geoff and Richard were brilliant with pumping tunes in our ears going at high speed we all thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. There was humour and on our way back a really good guide of the famous London iconic buildings along the Thames. We were a party of 8 with ages ranging from 55 down to 11. Even our hard to please teenager had a great time .
    Written August 28, 2020
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