London is a fascinating metropolis with many and varied sights to see. With its sophisticated over-ground and underground network, you can get to your chosen destination easily. However, if you’re sick of pounding the pavements for the time being, but you still want to see London at its best, a boat cruise could be the answer. Or perhaps you just want to see London from a unique angle. There are several options for these cruises, offering all sorts of different experiences to suit your criteria, whether it’s lunch, or dinner, or a glass of Prosecco that you’re after. Or maybe a family friendly cruise including some of the famous London sights. Here are some of the best boat cruises in London to choose from:
LONDON RIVER THAMES LUNCH CRUISE. This recently refurbished river cruiser will take you along the river Thames to see some of the most historic sights in London, as you enjoy a two-course lunch with tea and coffee. This popular cruise lasts for 1 hr 45 minutes and is wheelchair accessible, making it an ideal choice for a family day out.
LONDON BY NIGHT THAMES LUXURY DINNER CRUISE down the River Thames. If it’s something special that you’re after, then this is just the ticket.It’s not just the iconic landmarks that you’re going to enjoy, but also a 5-course meal with professional service and live entertainment as you see the famous sights of London illuminated.A sample menu consists of: Chicken and liver terrine, hazelnut piccalilli, salted hazelnut ice-cream toasted sourdough •
Beetroot cured salmon, pickled beetroot, parsnip puree, orange and dill vinaigrette sesame seed crisp • Smoked duck breast, salsify textures, sautéed wild mushrooms, rosemary dressing • Blue cheese and almond filo roll (v) (n), red pepper puree, chicory and apple salad Lasting 2 ¾ hours, this is one dinner date that you can rely on.
LONDON AFTERNOON TEA CRUISE. Completing our trio of food-themed cruises is this gorgeous afternoon tea cruise, an absolute must for visitors of all ages. Afternoon tea with its delicate scones, cakes and finger sandwiches is one of the best English traditions. If it’s the tea that you’re a fan of then this is perfect, choosing from a range of traditional teas, including Earl Grey, Lapsang Souchong or just plain builders. Board the river boat at Tower Pier and moving down the Thames you’ll take in sights such as Shakespeare’s Globe, The Houses of Parliament and the London Eye from a very different perspective over 1 ½ hours. No
crowds, no queuing, this is the perfect way to enjoy London. Oh, and if you fancy a glass of champagne aboard this river cruiser, then you can have that as well!
A ‘HOP-ON-HOP-OFF’ CRUISE. Exactly as it sounds, this type of cruise allows you to travel smoothly around London, stopping at various historic landmarks so you can disembark and explore them more thoroughly then you otherwise might be able to. There’s no need to rush either because the tickets are valid for 24 hours, making the trip an enjoyable one as you take it at your own speed, relying on Old Father Thames for your transport. With this one there’s also the option of having a ticket to include entry to the Shard and see a magnificent view of London from a very different perspective.
THE LONDON 50 MINUTE RIVER THAMES SPEEDBOAT RIB TOUR. This isn’t one for the faint hearted! A speedy whiz along the Thames, taking in the famous sights at speed makes for one heck of a cruise. The 50 minute experience includes a soundtrack so you don’t have to miss out on information about the historic places, and you will also have the chance to take photos if you wish. After that you’ll listen to some pumping music as you enjoy some impressive aquabatics against a backdrop of Canary Wharf. Don’t worry if you don’t have suitable waterproofs, the crew will happily supply with everything you need. This is a truly unique cruise for those who want a little more excitement on the water.
So, what are you waiting for? Get your skates on and get booking, a lot of these cruises sell out pretty quickly. And if you take the time to shop around you might also come across some discount codes. HAPPY CRUISING