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Thames River

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Address: London, England
Phone Number: 02088911411
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This river is not the pretties or even at all clean, but is it a landmark and a major part of London, even today! It is worth a walk along and a cross on a few bridges.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

This river is not the pretties or even at all clean, but is it a landmark and a major part of London, even today! It is worth a walk along and a cross on a few bridges.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Some friends came to visit me and I decided to take a clipper to visit the main points of London while sailing the Thames, having exclusive views and a nice time. Sometimes the clipper is quite busy so you will share space and time with lots of people. You can go sitting down in the covered part or in the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I enjoyed my boat cruise along the Thames through central London. Amazing to see most of the cities attractions from another angle! All the giant glass modern-looking buildings jut up against original architecture, so you can appreciate just how old a city London is while enjoying the beautiful new designs. Since the waterway does not allow advertisements, it gives a... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This river separates the north & south side of the city. Most (but not all by any means) of the London attractions are on the north side. Be sure to walk across the millennium bridge from the Tate Modern art museum to St. Paul's Cathedral.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

You probably won't plan your trip to London around Mudlarking (googling when low tide is at the Thames Foreshore each day and being there a bit before for a few hours of picking through the mud for bits of history from the stone age to the present, BUT...if you happen to be crossing the Millenium Bridge towards the Tate Modern... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Loved seeing the sights from the cruise boat , the attractions like wheel and the bridges at a different view x

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We decided to walk along River Thames back to our hotel in Southwark. It took us about 1.5 hours, but it was worth it and it was free and quite enjoyable. We walked past several bridges, Embankment, Temple, Westminster, etc. , took photos, watched the river boats and other boats cruising on the river, London's skyline, the London Eye, watched... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Had river trip ran by Thames River Boats which start at Westminster Pier and go as far up river as Hampton Court. The trip also stops off at Kew and Richmond enroute. It also goes in the opposite direction,sailing times vary for both due to tides so check before you plan a trip. We opted for Westminster to Hampton Court... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

You have not visited London properly till you have seen it from “The” River. Tip – Unless you have contacts, or nautical skills, almost the only way to get on to the river in central London is on a passenger boat, ie not hire boats. There is a tidal rise and fall of up to 21 feet, twice a day,... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

River sparkles when sun shines. Really worth a try- spend ur afternoon sitting by the river, feeding swans, reading a book and have a meal at any restaurant nearby

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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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