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Thames River

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Address: London, England
Phone Number: 02088911411
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London was designed through the centuries to be experienced by either walking or barging along the River Thames. The Circular Cruise was a good way to maximize our sightseeing... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
John H
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

London was designed through the centuries to be experienced by either walking or barging along the River Thames. The Circular Cruise was a good way to maximize our sightseeing time in the city and hear an entertaining narration of the sights along the way. We hopped aboard at Blackfriars Pier and headed down river to the Tower Bridge where we... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Took a cruise from Westminster pier to Greenwich on one of the many cruise boats. The commentary given by the crew was informative, lively and humorous but some to be taken with a large pinch of salt. There were several stops en route which we could get off and rejoin at a later time as the tickets were valid for... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I bought the premium afternoon tea experience for my wife's birthday and we went as a family, including three kids. For this you get a glass of champagne and a window table, plus a huge array of sandwiches and plenty of cakes. The whole thing was very slick, there as no shortage of food and tea/coffee and overall it was... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We did a lot of walking up and down the Thames River tons of little cafes and restaurants to grab a bite to eat or a PIMM's Cup! People watching Galore and a skate park to boot..

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Best place to visit London is Aug Sept the climate was normal sunshine n quite pleasant as it being our first international holiday we went around all the places but enjoyed the Thames River with its unique piers and the London Bridge with the Glass floor so as 2 view the vehicles n boats moving under your feet n any... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

we went on this hop on hop off tour down to the thames barrier , greenwich and westminster which we thought the tour was great and the crew were amazing and very good at the job of informing us along the river

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I just can't believe my eyes when I arrive in River Thames.. It's filthy and not well taken care of.. Shame!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

An excellent way to appreciate most of the sights of London is by taking a river bus from Westminster Pier to Greenwich. It is inexpensive and takes just under an hour. We had an informal guide giving the low down of all the points of interest along the way. The river bus departs about every half hour during the day.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A very entertaining and enjoyable trip down the Thames. Good information given and a different way to see London.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Best way to travel from Westminster to the O2,it has to be by river taxi.Forget the hard work of negotiating the underground,and relax and see the views London has to offer.The cost is £6-50 if you book in advance.

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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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