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    • Qype User -adam…
    • Bedford
    • 41 friends
    • 123 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    3/4/2009

    Dr. Samuel Johnson famously said When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life, now I appreciate the sentiment of this quote but as with most things I can't help but think about the 'other guy' or to be precise, the man who is not tired of london, life or in fact life in london. I'd like to think that if Johnson was still walking the streets of the fair city of London then he would be telling all and sundry that he who is not tired of London should hop aboard the Thames RIB Experience because it really is the only way to see the city in all its glory.

    The insights from the tour guide are revelating, the views are sublime and when the boat goes 'full throttle' you get to realise your childhood dream of being James Bond.

    This tour has a 'Licence to thrill' and you must take advantage!

  • 4.0 star rating
    11/7/2014

    Had a good time on the river Themes, and the boat was very exciting. Our guide was very entertaining and she kept everyone on their toes with here facts and jokes.

    You catch the boat right under the London Eye. Reservations were not hard to get but you should make them a few days in advance. There are coupons available.

    The boat goes very fast and makes twists and turns to thrill and excite. The tour guide provides a comical history of London, the monarchy, and the architecture.

    It's the architecture that excites on this tour. For one thing, the boat goes way past the central district of London out to the financial center with it's sky scrapers. You are unlikely to see that any other way.

    What is amazing, and this was the best view we saw, were all the divergent styles of architecture along the river. From low rise modern apartments to medium sized commercial buildings to the fantastic historical (old) buildings, London has it all.

    When I got back to the US the contrast to our American craptastick buildings was stark.  

    They play a variety of music on the tour, including the James Bond theme and the song from the movie Titanic.  The tour is not very long--about an hour. It's an easy and fun thing to do, but is not inexpensive.

    We did this, a bike tour, the open bus tour and a few walking tours. If I only could pick one thing is do, the specialty walking tours: Harry Potter, graffiti, Jack the Ripper, etc are best. A more general tour is better accomplished by bike. That was the best way to get a sense of the city. Next I'd do a river tour, speed boat or otherwise. Last would be the bus--I hated that.

    • Qype User katmab…
    • London
    • 62 friends
    • 82 reviews
    4.0 star rating
    26/3/2009

    I heard the words Bond and speed boat and the response to go was an automatic yes. Our guide was filled with great facts, as well as the obligatory chortle remarks, which meant information delivered in an entertaining way. Viewing London from the Thames is an experience in itself. It's such a completely different way to see the city - all tourists should get out on the water. It's impressive to think how this city was built, based on its riverside location.

    This company offers various themed tours from 50min to 1.5hrs. It goes so quickly that I was sorry it ended. Personally, I give the experience 5 stars, however price is a huge deterrent for a repeat venture as it's not cheap - hence the knocking off a star. Otherwise, it's a fun adventure that is great for all ages!

    • Qype User warrio…
    • London
    • 133 friends
    • 253 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    29/3/2009

    I love the water - being near it, in it or on it - and if we're talking about the Thames I'm only really interested in options one and three, so when I got the chance to see London from a bright yellow speedboat I jumped at the chance and managed to drag a group of fellow Qypers and gadget geeks along with me.

    We lucked out with the weather, and I can tell you that racing down the river with the wind in my hair (and eyes, and mouth) and the sun glinting off the water was a treat never to be forgotten. I was impressed by the subtle approach of the tour guide, who was knowledgeable, confident, funny but unshowy - perfect! - and learned some cool facts about the city that I'll definitely use to impress friends in the future.

    Seeing the Thames Barrier come in to view was a special moment - having never realised there was one I now know what it does and how much it cost to build! And you can check it out yourself in the Qype Does London blog post and video right here (london.blog.qype.com/?p=…) .

  • 5.0 star rating
    1/4/2009
    First to Review

    Waaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhooooooooooooo­oooooooooooo!

    That (tikichris.wordpress.com/…) was fun. I had such a blast zipping along the Thames. It was the first time I'd seen the Thames Barrier and - wow - what a sight (especially up so close)! I was lucky in that I went out on a gloriously sunny day with blue sky and puffy white clouds. I'm not sure how pleasant this experience would be when rainy and gray. I'd recommend the Thames RIB Experience to anyone interested in seeing sightseeing and riding in a very fast boat. Of course, it's not all thrills, the guide was very informative in his presentation which was filled with quirky facts and lots of history. London truly is a dynamic and beautiful city - and viewing it from one of these speedboats is one of the coolest ways I know to take it all in.

    • Qype User zarlat…
    • Paris, France
    • 4 friends
    • 23 reviews
    2.0 star rating
    27/4/2010

    Well it's not so bad afterall but i was thinking about something a littl ebit more fun or impressive.

    Not cheap, not expensive juste nice

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From the business

Specialties

We are a provider of exhilarating high speed RIB (Rigid Inflatable Boat) tours incorporating a fun alternative tour of the major landmarks along the iconic and exciting River Thames. This is a unique and exciting way to experience the UK's Capital city, whatever the occasion. Receive a guided commentary of the Central London sights and then from Tower Bridge, let the skipper power on the 2 x 425 horse power engines down to Canary Wharf, the 02 or Thames Barrier and back depending on which tour you choose. The Ultimate London Rollercoaster ride is available at set times over 7 days per week. It is important to pre book to avoid disappointment.

History

Established in 2008.

th business has gone from strength to strength and trippled in size. Thames RIB Experience were honoured to participate in not only the Queens Diamond Jubilee Flottilla, but were also key players in the 2012 London Olympics as the security escourts to the olympic torch as it made its way up the River Thames and into the opening ceremony.