Things to do in London Along the Thames

There are plenty of “Things to do in London” but what about “along the Thames” River? When people are planning their trips to visit London the majority of itineraries consist of visiting the iconic landmarks. And who can blame them, London is such an incredible place, visited by millions from near and afar. As someone who only lives an hour away from London, I have taken it for granted.  It is a place I can visit any day of the week and spend as much or as little time as I wish. Whilst that’s the case, London is still a massive place to explore but it is doable. In this blog I will share things to do in London along the Thames River.

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The Thames River is the longest river in England. In the UK, it is the second longest river after Severn.

When one thinks about London, they want to explore it all but there is never enough time to do so. You want to explore the city, check out all the touristy places but also take it all in. How does one go about conjuring that all in one? You could certainly explore parts of London on foot or via the tube and buses or one could cruise along the Thames.

Disclosure: I was provided with tickets to experience the Thames River cruising, regardless all opinions are my own. There was no monetary exchange.

Things to do in London Along the Thames

Take a ride along the Thames River and see the many London attractions in one place. Cruising the Thames river has always been a ‘want’ of mine but I never have the time to enjoy London. When the opportunity arose to cruise along on the Thames I knew it was an opportunity not to be missed. I tagged my sister and we went off to what would be an awesome sisters bonding session. Whilst we did not have a plan on what places we wanted to check out, you certainly can.

Big Ben & Co. {Big Ben, Westminster Abbey & House of Parliament}

Big Ben is one of the most icon buildings in London and known world-wide, no matter the tourist Big Ben is always on the list. Whilst you can easy seem them on foot, there is no better view than from the Thames. I must say I have seen Big Ben & Co from many views but nothing beats it from the Thames.

London Eye

A little confession, I have never been on the London Eye because I am terrified of heights so I like to see it from afar. Whilst I am sure one day I will ride it and have an awesome view of the city, at the moment I am content. London Eye is such an iconic monument, once which is definitely known and recognized world-wide.

Tower Bridge

A must see and most iconic landmark in London, it’s one landmark that I never tire of seeing whenever I am in London. I had such an amazing time seeing it from another angle, 90% of the time I am walking it.

H.M.S Belfast

A Second World War museum on the river Thames, you can experience the feeling of what it was like during the war. Whilst I am not one for museums this was one I wish I could check out and see the interact videos on board.

ST. Paul’s Cathedral

Built between 1666 and 1673, it’s the sons largest free-standing dome in Europe. The view from the Thames is quite breathtaking. Whilst the weather was cold and dreary it still didn’t steal from the beauty of the cathedral.

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Tower of London

A fortress, Palace and home to the Traitor’s Gate. The Tower of London is one of the must see buildings in London and you can do that whilst cruising on the Thames.

Cruising on the River Thames with Thames River Services

The beauty about London is the many options available to explore this magnificent city. If you’re limited on time then cruising along the Thames River is the only logical step to take. Just like there is hop on hop off buses which make it easier to explore a city so are there boats. Thames River Services, a tour company that provides a hop on hop off sightseeing cruise on the River Thames. Tickets to use the Thames River Services can be purchased at the gate or via 365 Tickets. The tickets can be used on another cruise line called Circular Cruise which I had the pleasure of trying out.

Circular cruise is a riverboat service that can take up to an hour cruising the Thames to some 47 attractions. You have four pier options: Westminster, Festival, Bankside and St Katharine’s Pier. All these piers {stops} are within walking distance to many of London’s famous attractions. During the summer Thames River Services runs a trip up to the Thames Barrier and back. This will give tourists more to see for the same price plus a new vessel is being added to the collection in May. The vessel is called Thomas Doggett {interesting name} offering a multi lingual commentary system on board. Up to 6 languages are available on smartphones without using your own data.

There are plenty of things one can get up to on the Thames, what’s mentioned in the post is only half of it. Have you ever been on a cruise along the Thames?

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  1. March 30, 2017 / 11:30 am

    There is so much to see along the Thames. Great travel post 🙂

  2. Charlotte
    March 28, 2017 / 10:08 am

    I have done most of these. When I moved out of London I rediscovered it as a tourist which was much more fun!

  3. Chloe Griffiths
    March 27, 2017 / 9:30 pm

    all of these are such a must do in the big smoke xo

  4. Emily Leary, A Mummy Too
    March 27, 2017 / 6:44 pm

    We’ve visited a few of these, but I’ve never really though about the fact that they all have the Thames as their backdrop. We always enjoy a leisurely stroll along the riverbank, and the London Eye was a huge hit too – so much to see up there!

  5. MeetaK
    March 27, 2017 / 6:15 pm

    London is a totally cool city and over the past few years it has even gotten better. I try and go there once a year and am always ecstatic to discover new places yet re-discover the older ones. Walking along the Thames is truly beautiful.

  6. March 27, 2017 / 1:01 pm

    I love the Southbank Centre during the summer. There is always markets around there and cool art shows. So much fun!

    St Pauls is magnificent, really. I wish I could move back down but I’m so poor! :'( lol

  7. March 26, 2017 / 3:41 pm

    I love taking a river cruise as there are so many amazing sights and buildings to see. I love looking at the Tower of London and am planning on going inside soon. xx

  8. March 25, 2017 / 10:43 pm

    My brother was just in London and I was so jealous! I really want to go someday!

  9. March 25, 2017 / 4:05 pm

    There’s so many love scenic walks to do along the thames. One of my favourite places to go in the summer!

  10. Ayesha Farhad
    March 25, 2017 / 1:35 pm

    Love walking along the Thames! Especially the London eye area! its so pretty! have been to all the places except the st paul cathedral!

  11. March 25, 2017 / 8:30 am

    I love just walking along the Thames from bridge to bridge, seeing everything. I live near Big Ben and I still love this beautiful city as much as ever x

  12. Frosted Events
    March 24, 2017 / 8:19 pm

    London was one of my bucket list and this is a beautiful place to visit, I would love to go there soon

  13. Louise O'Brien
    March 24, 2017 / 7:01 pm

    Love going to London and even though with everything that has happened this week it still hasn’t put me off X

  14. March 24, 2017 / 4:24 pm

    I love the river thames and all the beautiful sights… A cruise is a great way to see it all!

  15. Wendy Lee
    March 24, 2017 / 12:09 pm

    I would have to take your advice on all of these for sure! I want to go and visit someday soon!

  16. Crizzy Kiss
    March 24, 2017 / 9:56 am

    I also did the cruise on the river, definitely a must do. I’m scared of heights, so I wasn’t able to try the London eye. 😉

  17. Vishal
    March 24, 2017 / 3:01 am

    I can’t do London Eye because of the height (just like you). But other places are good to visit anytime.

  18. Belema Ronabere
    March 23, 2017 / 11:40 pm

    I’d so love to be on the Eye. I’m a bit scared of heights but I also like the thrill of adrenaline. Looks like i have an adventure whenever I get to london.

  19. erin fesperman
    March 23, 2017 / 10:11 pm

    I’m like you girl, I’m totally afraid of heights! I’d love to go on the London Eye but I just don’t think I could!

  20. March 23, 2017 / 10:05 pm

    this makes me miss london. i love how theres so much to do

  21. Aareeba Mohammed
    March 23, 2017 / 7:45 pm

    London is on my bucket list and am wanting to go there from such a long time..I hope i get to see this someday

  22. Homemade for Elle
    March 23, 2017 / 6:53 pm

    I have never been, but it looks beautiful! There are so many fun things to do – I hope to make it there someday!

  23. Lisa Rios
    March 23, 2017 / 1:33 pm

    I would love to go to London one day. I would definitely ride the London Eye and have fun there.

  24. Jo Wiggins
    March 23, 2017 / 12:36 pm

    I’ve been on a Thames cruise a few times, it’s a great way of seeing the sights x

  25. March 23, 2017 / 11:48 am

    Visiting London is one of my dreams and it would be nice to finally go there someday! I wouldn’t miss any of these once I get the chance to go there!

  26. March 23, 2017 / 9:44 am

    I’ve never done a Thames cruise, but definitely something I’d love to do in the summer x

  27. March 23, 2017 / 9:25 am

    I did a cruise along the Thames a while ago and loved it x

  28. Crystal Gareau
    March 23, 2017 / 12:40 am

    Wow, I had no idea that London had such amazing things to see and visit. Thank you for sharing.

  29. March 22, 2017 / 10:50 pm

    My husband and I visited London a few years ago and had a blast. We loved doing the hop-on hop-off tour and really loved the Tower of London.

  30. March 22, 2017 / 10:41 pm

    I love ST Paul’s Cathedral it is one of my favourite buildings in London and is, I believe built by Christopher Wren x

  31. Melanie Williams
    March 22, 2017 / 10:34 pm

    I love London! I am visiting a few times this year and love the thames area 🙂 x

  32. March 22, 2017 / 9:51 pm

    I love wandering into Covent garden and having a mooch there. I love London and i’m lucky it my home town. xx

  33. Joanna
    March 22, 2017 / 9:37 pm

    We are planning to visit London a few times this year the river cruise is ond of the plans and I’d love to do the London eye.

  34. Ickle Pickle
    March 22, 2017 / 8:55 pm

    I love the area around the London Eye (which is awesome in itself!) I have never been on a river cruise – I must one day. Kaz

  35. March 22, 2017 / 8:54 pm

    I used to try to get to London as much as possible when I lived in Mildenhall (about an hour north). I wish I would have gotten the chance to see more of it, but my partner at the time was not adventurous enough to go out. I was in town for the last Royal Wedding, which was such a fun experience as there was so much celebration around in the streets.

  36. Gareth Torrance
    March 22, 2017 / 8:38 pm

    I’ve been meaning to go on the Eye and the HMS Belfast for years, but never got around to it…

  37. Always Carry On.
    March 22, 2017 / 7:58 pm

    I used to live in London, but hardly did any touristy stuff!!

  38. FussFreeJen
    March 22, 2017 / 7:58 pm

    I remember doing this as a child, and utterly loving it. I haven’t done it since, but would certainly be on my list of things to do.

  39. March 22, 2017 / 7:54 pm

    So cool! I haven’t been to London in years. I hope to make it back soon because I love the history!

  40. Robin Rue
    March 22, 2017 / 7:41 pm

    I would love to visit this area. London sounds like such a vibrant city.

    • March 22, 2017 / 7:42 pm

      It sure is that, you definitely should

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