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  • Tower Pier
    Westminster

    London EC3N 4DT
    Aldgate, The City
  • Transit information Circle District Jubilee Northern Get Directions
  • Business website citycruises.com
  • “The staff give fantastic commentaries and you can learn so much.” in 5 reviews

  • “Both times I took the Docklands light railway out to Greenwich and set sail from there.The first part of the cruise is enjoyable, but a bit boring riverside as there are only big apartment blocks to look at, but on a nice summers day, its just good to be out on the river.” in 2 reviews

  • “tip can use tesco day out vouchers here for family red rover ticket, cheap day out to see sights of london” in 2 reviews

  • 5.0 star rating
    29/9/2013
    2 check-ins here

    The city cruises boat trip was one of the main highlights of our trip to London.  The boat trip was included for free with our big bus London tour and highly recommended by the hop on/ hop off bus tour.

    The city cruise staff were very friendly and the commentary down the river was entertaining and educational.  Seats up top are absolutely amazing.  The boat tour started at the Tower of London and continued down to just outside Westminster Abbey and Parliament.

    • Qype User lucq5i…
    • London
    • 0 friends
    • 3 reviews
    3.0 star rating
    24/8/2013

    The top surface is fully
    open and thereislots of seating so you can get a great outlooks and perfect
    photos of everything looking along the river. And the crew member is very
    knowledgeable and he knows very well all the things and the story behind every
    places that we see. Best experience and
    satisfying tour! Great value to your money and you will surely love.

  • 5.0 star rating
    2/2/2009
    First to Review

    This was amazing and really added so much to our stay in London! We had an all day unlimited ticket (£23 for 2 adults).

    There are stops at Westminster, Waterloo, Tower Hill and Greenwich. The staff give fantastic commentaries and you can learn so much. The round trip to visit all stops takes about 2 and a half hours. You can get off at each stop though, which is great to tour around interesting looking places!

    I'd love to do this again!

    • Qype User christ…
    • London
    • 4 friends
    • 15 reviews
    4.0 star rating
    28/7/2009

    memorable trip with family from Tower Bridge to Greenwich. It's a must do for everyone at least once.

    Very slick, professional and well operated. Good, clean loos and full bar.

    Commentary was non stop history and pointing out of interesting aspects of the buildings we passed en route.Lots of mentions about my inimitable friend, Charles Dickens.
    Slight problem was the commentator giving us not only chapter and verse, but volume after volume about the fall in value of the housing market. The more impressionable among us might easily have feared for his early demise to Davey Jones's Locker.

    • Qype User tikich…
    • London
    • 391 friends
    • 585 reviews
    4.0 star rating
    23/1/2008

    Did this with my mom when she came to visit. It was considerably more interesting and scenic than I imagined it to be. Mom liked it too. Can't rival similar tours in Paris or round Manhattan, but it's a good idea for tourists or for when you have visitors.

    • Qype User mouch…
    • London
    • 5 friends
    • 67 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    19/12/2007

    This is my favourite thing to do in London and I have been several times in different seasons and different times of the day and evening. There are several river cruise operator but honestly there's not a lot of difference between them. If you pick up a discount voucher booklet from National Rail stations or if you have an Oyster card the tickets are fairly cheap and the experience is well worth the money. I always like to start the tour at Westminster pier and go all the way to Greenwich. The guides always say that they aren't professionals but they do a pretty good job - and if their stories are frequently saucy and sometimes fictional, they are still a lot of fun and it's so interesting seeing the different buildings on either side of the Thames. The Greenwich end of the tour is a bit boring but Greenwich itself is a lovely place to visit and we always take visitors for a tour in the boat, then to the Royal Observatory in Greenwich, followed by a trip home in the first carriage of the driverless DLR. They've all loved it!

    Coming back to the tour, it's brilliant on a hot summer's day but if you can take the cold (or have a covered area in the boat), it's lovely on winter evenings as well and no visit to London is complete without it.

    • Qype User Bexmoa…
    • London
    • 8 friends
    • 33 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    18/1/2008

    Another must do on the list of London, I have done it twice and had 2 very different experiences.
    Both times I took the Docklands light railway out to Greenwich and set sail from there.The first part of the cruise is enjoyable, but a bit boring riverside as there are only big apartment blocks to look at, but on a nice summers day, its just good to be out on the river.
    The boat docks at the tower pier, after going under the most beautiful bridge in the world - Tower bridge - really good way to see it!
    Then the commentary starts and its good - done by the "Thames watermen" as they call themselves, these guys have proper geezer accents and tell you all about the buildings and sights from Tower to Westminister.
    The "watermen" know how to play people out of some money at the end as they have people line up to tip the "Watermen" as they get off the boat! Well good on them, they do a good job of informing and entertaining.

    In the summer its beautiful on the top deck, but of course u are sharing it with hundreds of tourists.
    I went in the winter time and it was cold and drizzly but we got some beers from the bar and sat on topdeck anyway and it was still great - we weren't so cold because of the alcohol!

    • Qype User jennyg…
    • Birmingham, West Midlands
    • 13 friends
    • 20 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    23/4/2008

    I missed the commentary on this but it didn't matter. I went from St Katharine's Pier to Westminster and it was a superb journey. A chance to sit down and rest my legs for 30 minutes and a new angle of all the famous landmarks as well. A win-win thing to do on a short visit as far as I was concerned. All the timetables are available to view online so you can plan before you go and if you show your Travelcard you get a discount too.

    • Qype User danoe7…
    • London
    • 2 friends
    • 4 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    25/6/2011

    I regularly use City Cruises to get about & see the wonderful sights of London & i'd highly recommend it to anyone whether you're a tourist or citizen.

    They have good deals such as a red rover ticket where you can get on or off as often as you like which means you can enjoy all the top sights such as the Tower of London & Historic Greenwich. I have travelled up to Greenwich by boat then back on the Docklands Light Railway which means you get the best of both worlds as you get to see all the sights of London by river then travel through the Docklands by train.

    There's so many top places/things to see/do in London but this is by far one of the best ways to get around.

    • Qype User pscbig…
    • London
    • 0 friends
    • 15 reviews
    4.0 star rating
    14/5/2011

    car parking available only at greenwich pier maritime museum etc but is free to disabled and cheap for london to everyone else. tip can use tesco day out vouchers here for family red rover ticket, cheap day out to see sights of london

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