Thames River
Thames River
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The area
Neighbourhood: 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 Kingdom8 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
    Travelled with family
    Written 16 July 2023
  • therichastill
    Stevenage, United Kingdom2,761 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
    Travelled solo
    Written 25 July 2023
  • Chris
    Hinckley, United Kingdom968 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
    Travelled with family
    Written 21 January 2024
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Pınar L
Istanbul, Türkiye5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
We booked lasminute tours for this boat trip and it was very good, eventhough we couldnt make it for the timing, they gave us next boat trip for free
Written 11 April 2024
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4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Solo
PROS
* Important and essential part of London
* Many scenic sites and many nice bridges
* A number of tourist excursions on boats

CONS
Not as clean as it should be

"I VISITED THIS PLACE"...
... because every visitor will see this. I enjoyed walking along the shorelines. I enjoyed crossing a number of the bridges, especially Tower Bridge. There were both excursion tourist boats, the commuter boat and also a fair amount of commerce and transport of products and raw materials.

WAS IT WORTH THE COST?
Yes

WOULD "I VISIT THIS PLACE" AGAIN?
Yes

ADVICE
Consider a boat excursion.
Written 27 February 2024
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Nimish B
Bengaluru, India203 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Solo
I took a river cruise and it was just awesome, I could see entire London in two hours. Loved this experience and would recommend this to all visitors to London
Written 23 January 2024
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Chris
Hinckley, UK968 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
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.
Written 21 January 2024
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Steph
Toronto, Canada174 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Solo
Beautiful river, great for photos and the view, don't know what more I can say. I would like to take a boat ride if I'm ever in London again.
Written 6 December 2023
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therichastill
Stevenage, UK2,761 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 26 July 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Marie S
Sunbury, UK8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
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!
Written 16 July 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

OZS_ATW
Budapest, Hungary3,322 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Solo
Exploring the Thames River an important part of a visit to London. I walked from St. Paul's Cathedral to Big Ben.
I have never experienced such a low water level of River Thames in May 2022.
Written 22 June 2023
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Savita R P
Bangalore District, India17 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023
We love river cruises and have done on so many like Seine, Danube etc. Researched quite a bit and found 2 which shared boats doing the same Tower bridge-Greenwich-Westminster rounds. They were City cruises and Thames River sightseeing. Both said there would be commentary on the sights we pass. Based on the time slots given, I took Thames river sightseeing. It was ridiculous - just a point to point drop. No commentary, nothing. Site said it would take 30-40 mins from Tower Bridge to Westminster and it took just 15-mins. Feel really cheated.
Written 3 May 2023
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ianwyj
Singapore5,201 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022
The River Thames flows through a large chunk of southern England of which only greater London only makes up a small fraction. Nevertheless, it's not surprising that it's both influenced and been influenced by the development of London for at least two thousand years. I agree with previous reviewers who have said that there are many ways to experience and enjoy the River Thames. For this recent trip, we boarded the at Westminster pier and made our way downstream towards Greenwich, taking in the main sights as well as being able to observe life on both banks. As it turned out, we found that a river cruise (with commentary provided) was a wonderful way to see the sights while spending a peaceful hour or two on the water.
Written 13 April 2023
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