Thames River
Thames River
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The area
Neighborhood: 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.
How to get there
  • Waterloo • 5 min walk
  • Embankment • 6 min walk
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  • Marie S
    Sunbury, United Kingdom7 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Kenny Thomas Soul Boat London
    Soul Boat with Kenny Thomas, absolutely fantastic! Pity about the DJ music was awful, too loud music sounded distorted! Asked for a certain track and he completely dismissed me! Would give this trip 100% but get rid of the DJ!
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 16, 2023
  • therichastill
    Stevenage, United Kingdom2,913 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    London River
    The River Thames is the main River flowing through the city of London. It flows from humble beginnings many miles away and as it gets wider becomes a source for tourism where in the past it was used for trading. Besides the River there are many paths to allow you to walk / cycle / run. It is a great place to enjoy scenery. Ultimately as it gets closer to the North Sea the river is much wider and the Port of Tilbury which still has huge container ships arriving to deliver cargo and also export it. It's worth visiting Southend on Sea and visit the world's longest pier which will take you into the Thames estuary. Wherever you go besides the River Thames there is something to see.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written July 25, 2023
  • Chris
    Hinckley, United Kingdom963 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Good
    We walked along the banks of the river and also over some of the bridges across it. The water isn't overly clean and litter in there which collects in places especially along the sides. It is nice to get pictures with some of the famous buildings and London scenery. There are boat tours along here and also boat taxi's which are good.
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written January 21, 2024
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Conrad T
11 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 • Couples
Would not recommend .my first time having this experience , I was shown to table and that was it. No conversation from staff it was like a conveyor belt had to ask to be served a drink after everyone else had been served and were getting there food, then food put in front of me which was awful I asked for a plain chicken it was like rubber only taste was the herbs my husband is a retired chef and he ate some of it but wasnt impressed..wasn't allowed hot drink until dessert one cup of tea or coffee, the dessert which was not touched by myself as it wasn't something I ate but was told no other alternative.
Then paid for our drinks by cash at the end didn't get change back £3.15 then they expect you to give a tip when you leaving they all stand by the door going o thank you hope you enjoyed yourselves enjoy rest of your day thankyou...
Looked at other lunch cruises online later that night found exactly the same menu so it's mass produced of site and then kept warm before service..
Written June 21, 2022
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Michael W
Preston, UK3,987 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021
There is a good variety of River Cruises of offer with fast boat experiences for the more adventurous and guided cruises are also available. We had visited London on a City Break and spent a lot of time wandering up and down the banks of the River Thames. There is plenty to do and see along both banks of the River in both directions. Or you can merely sit and relax in one of the riverside cafes and watch the boats varying in size from large cruise ships to small boats meandering along the river at differing speeds. Whatever your choice of viewing the River would be an enjoyable experience.
Written September 20, 2021
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teejayy_xx
Sydney, Australia542 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
The Thames is an iconic part of London. One cannot visit London and not see the Thames. Many of the top tourist attractions are located on or near the Thames (London eye, Big Ben, London Bridge, London tower).

We did a 2 hour river cruise down the Thames. You can find tickets down by the Thames at one of the cruise providers. We paid about £17 per person for the cruise. Doing a river cruise down the Thames gives you the opportunity to view London from different angles and also at different parts of the day/night.

We also enjoyed having a walk down by the river and soaking up the sights of London.
Written January 19, 2020
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therichastill
Stevenage, UK2,913 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Solo
The River Thames is the main River flowing through the city of London. It flows from humble beginnings many miles away and as it gets wider becomes a source for tourism where in the past it was used for trading.

Besides the River there are many paths to allow you to walk / cycle / run. It is a great place to enjoy scenery.

Ultimately as it gets closer to the North Sea the river is much wider and the Port of Tilbury which still has huge container ships arriving to deliver cargo and also export it.

It's worth visiting Southend on Sea and visit the world's longest pier which will take you into the Thames estuary.

Wherever you go besides the River Thames there is something to see.
Written July 26, 2023
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Anonymous
1 contribution
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021 • Couples
The Shard, the London Eye, Shakespeare's theater and all the amazing bridges, this tour was an excellent introduction to the many buildings and structures that line the Thames, each with their unique history and story. The best part about it was our fabulous tour guide Rosie who was not only knowledgeable but incredibly funny and entertaining. She is made for the job. It was a bit cold and windy being out on the water but as long as you come prepared it's no problem.
Written October 19, 2021
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Sasha B
Netanya, Israel218 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
We did a boat tour. We got on the Westminster Pier and went by a very comfortable boat all the way to Greenwhich. The boat was amazing - there were very comfy seats and tables and you could buy food on board or bring your own food and drinks. The ride is also very smooth and the guide tells you where to look out of the window.
On the way back though, from Greenwhich, we got on another boat, and there the seats were sooo uncomfortable, we couldn't sit at all! Luckily they were more benches than seats, so we at least could lie down. We got off the Tower Pier, I think, but all in all - very nice experience and gets you from point A to B (and C). :)
Written January 16, 2020
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Mark Farrell
Ballaghaderreen, Ireland344 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2022 • Couples
How do you rate a river like the Thames? I would never be convinced the Thames is clean, I'd never swim in it, it's not exactly clear blue waters either, but it does flow through, and I'd the beating heart of a historic beautiful city. It's a river where the best is to be on it look at the sights rather than looking at it. To review the Thames is to review the city. It's amazing
Written December 26, 2022
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busconi
Wenatchee, WA5,358 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
The Thames is a real working river and flows through the heart of London. Lots of boat traffic, fun to watch everything go by. Looks dirty as can be....would not want to swim in this stretch of water. When looking down at the river from the Tower Bridge, we spied a bunch of Mudlarkers looking for little treasures.
Quite a famous little river.
Written July 23, 2022
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therichastill
Stevenage, UK2,913 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
The River Thames is the main river flowing through London and rises quite a distance from there.

By the time it gets to London it is quite wide and ultimately flows into the North Sea not too far from Southend.

The river around London is used for pleasure/tourist cruises but there are also shuttles that can take you much faster to different piers along the riverbank.
Written July 31, 2021
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Virginiya D
Bulgaria26 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022 • Family
The Thames is 346 km long and is a navigable river. This year the headwaters of the River Thames were found to have moved 8km downstream. According to experts, this is the result of heat waves and increasingly rising temperatures. But the Thames and London have been linked for centuries.
Written September 4, 2022
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