Time to review the British version of the capital-based boat-borne sightseeing excursion I recently enjoyed in Paris.

London Eye view, Thames boat trip, London
 

We opted for the ‘sundowner’ tour operated by City Cruises, which was about £30. That price gets you a glass of champagne, some canapés, a two hour evening cruise along the river, and some lounge singing too. Other operators and styles of tour are available too; plus you can even use your London transport pass (Oyster) to travel on the ‘Clipper’, a fast public transport water bus.

Tate Modern view, Thames boat trip, London

Our tour left from Westminster Bridge quay and travelled east. This takes you past St Paul’s cathedral, the Shard, HMS Belfast, Tower Bridge and the Tower of London, Canary Wharf and the East End, before turning around at Greenwich. It then heads back to Westminster; we were lucky enough to circle three times outside the Palace of Westminster while we waited for a berth.

Tower Bridge view, Thames boat trip, London

As is my preference with these tours, I won’t bore you with every minute detail. I’ll note tips: don’t get there too early if you get seasick, as you will end up standing on a bobbing pontoon for a while; if you want to listen to the singer, seats inside are limited; and if you intend to sit outside take a coat or a shawl – it gets surprisingly cold even on a July evening!

Canapés, Thames boat trip, London

Another for just photos: 

The City view, Thames boat trip, London

HMS Belfast view, Thames boat trip, London

Shard view, Thames boat trip, London

I can’t remember, Thames boat trip, London

Building view, Thames boat trip, London
Globe view, Thames boat trip, London
St Paul’s view, Thames boat trip, London
Oxo Tower view, Thames boat trip, London
Festival Hall view, Thames boat trip, London
Blackfriars Tube view, Thames boat trip, London
Seating, Thames boat trip, London
Lounge singer, Thames boat trip, London
Champagne enjoyment, Thames boat trip, London
The boat, Thames boat trip, London

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