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Greater London, United Kingdom
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Overview

Witness the enchantment of London at night on an evening cruise along the historic Thames River. Aboard the glass-encased boat, enjoy the city’s main attractions at dusk, including the Shard, Big Ben, and the HMS Belfast. Savor sparkling wine and canapés as you cruise the river and delight in the magic of London’s urban shoreline as night falls.
  • Thames sightseeing cruise at sunset
  • Listen to live music as you cruise between Westminster and Greenwich
  • Enjoy colorful canapés and a glass of sparkling wine
  • Pass top London attractions like Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament, and HMS Belfast
  • Cruise past the glass-faced Shard building – London’s tallest!
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Glass of sparkling wine or soft drink
Snacks
Sightseeing cruise
Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase)
City Cruises London Tower Pier , Tower Millennium Pier, London EC3N 4DT, UK

Boarding at: 18.15 Cruising: 18:30 to 20:30

6:30 PM
This activity will end right where it started.
Your journey along the Thames River begins in the evening at Westminster Pier where you board the ship. Stroll the open-air deck and help yourself to delicious canapés as you embark on a leisurely float along London’s famous waterway. Then find a seat in the indoor saloon, enjoy live jazz music and admire unobstructed views of passing city landmarks at sunset.

Heading first past Westminster, get great views of the Houses of Parliament and the iconic Big Ben, followed by the illuminated London Eye and Shakespeare’s famous Globe Theatre, a gorgeous Elizabethan playhouse that still runs regular performances. Sip on bubbly wine as your boat cruises under London Bridge and past the Tower of London and the monolithic Shard building—London’s tallest building at 1,016 feet (310 meters) in height.

The final leg of your cruise takes you by Canary Wharf and the HMS Belfast which is now the Royal Naval Museum. From here, your boat makes its way back to Westminster Pier, where you disembark with plenty of time for dinner or evening activities. 
Itinerary
Stop At:  
City Cruises London Tower Pier
board at Tower Pier, please arrive 20 minutes before your departure time
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Tower of London
Board at Tower Pier which is a stones throw away from the Tower of London.
Pass By:  
HMS Belfast
Sail past the permanently moored former battleship, which is now a floating Royal Naval Museum.
Pass By:  
The Shard
As you cruise along the River Thames you will be in perfect position to see London's highest viewing platform
Pass By:  
Shakespeare's Globe Theatre
Sail past Shakespeares Globe Theatre. The Elizabethan playhouse located on the south bank of the River Thames.
Pass By:  
Big Ben
Like the Houses of Parliament, you will be able to see Big Ben as you head towards Westminster.
Pass By:  
Houses of Parliament
As you head towards Westminster, The Houses of Parliament will be on your right. Head to the upper deck and snap a picture.
Pass By:  
Tower Bridge
Pass under Tower Bridge and head to the upper deck to see the bridge in all of its glory
Pass By:  
Canary Wharf
Canary Wharf will appear on your left as you head down to towards Greenwich
Pass By:  
London Eye
Head to the upper deck and get the perfect picture opportunity of the Coca- Cola London Eye
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Dress code is smart casual
  • Minimum age is 13 years
  • We do not guarantee that products are free from nuts or traces of nuts. For gluten-free tea give at least 24 hours’ notice. For any special dietary requirements please call Reservations on 020 77 400 400 or e-mail to info@citycruises.com.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • To adhere to government COVID-19 guidelines, background music will be played during the cruise instead of live entertainment.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 100 travelers
  • OPERATED BY City Cruises
This experience is non-refundable and cannot be changed for any reason. If you cancel or ask for an amendment, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during River Thames Evening Cruise?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by River Thames Evening Cruise.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during River Thames Evening Cruise?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by River Thames Evening Cruise.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during River Thames Evening Cruise?
A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
See all safety measures taken by River Thames Evening Cruise.

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  • "This is a great way to see London at night." See review
  • "They should have the door they will be using marked so if you get there first, you board first." See review

Reviews

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star-4
I was surprised that...
Nora_O
, Jul 2022
I was surprised that there was no commentary I had been in London before but for a person who had not been it would have been good to know what they were looking at. Apart from that it was a lovely evening 😊
star-5
Great Tour
David_F
, Jun 2022
This is a great way to see the London skyline. You see the high rises in the business district and all the tourist spots in Westminster. It's a great evening, especially for couples.
star-1
Literally…missed the boat
deb_b
, Jun 2022
Do not have a story. Boat left without us. No one bothered to get in touch. Not an offer of a voucher… Or another trip… Or offering.
star-5
Wonderful experience
Sachin_C
, Jun 2022
The evening was magical. Food was great, music was perfect for the occasion and the fizz was very much appreciated.
star-3
Book another
Mariam_M
, Jun 2022
There are other cruises that include more for the same price. The staff wasn't great. They also tried charging the same price for a glass of prosecco as what they had charged for a small bottle (which equals 2.5 glasses).
star-1
Cancelled river Cruise
peter_m
, Jun 2022
my trip was cancelled last minute, no communication to reschedule or get your money back? read the small print. never book through aviator again they take no responsibility.
star-3
Good overall experience but some disappointments
Hana_M
, Jun 2022
The overall experience was good as it was mine and my friends first time going on the cruise however we were slightly disappointed by the food. From the images we had seen and comments we read, we thought that we would be provided sandwiches but instead we were given tiny pieces of pie and pizza which were quite bland and cold. Apart from that, the experience was fun but would recommend that people bring their own snacks as it is a 2 hour boat ride and we were left very hungry.
star-4
Great Experience!
Tania_C
, Jun 2022
The staff were very friendly and the boat was clean. Great atmosphere onboard as we cruised down the Thames listening to live music. We were served appetizers upstairs which was awesome!
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-4
Our Experience
Mo_A
, Jun 2022
The staff were friendly apart from one person who couldn’t be bothered that I didn’t get a nice non-alcoholic drink. They missed orange juice and sprite together but I complained to the Team Leader and he gave me pineapple juice he also gave my friend a free coke to compensate us which was kind of him. Also the guy playing the music upstairs was good but he stopped playing after 45minutes. There was no one announcing where we where at significant buildings. But I must say staff were very friendly and we did enjoy ourselves
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-1
Waste of money
Rubena_B
, May 2022
Really bad service, only a few snacks which were served up cold one glass of champagne considering the price of the ticket it was meant to be a 2 hour river cruise but it was 1 hour and 30 minutes so the guided info is a lie This is a waste of money and a con by the tout operator will never go again
star-5
Great experience
Mateus_P
, May 2022
Great tour, I was very well served and the view was great. Recommended for anyone who wants do get a nice London view from the river.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-4
Thames River Cruise
Laurie_J
, May 2022
Being able to see many monuments in London from the Thames River. Making new friends on the cruise. Listening to the singer perform. The only downside was there was no audio to tell you what you were seeing. Also the singer’s audio was a bit too loud.
star-2
Boring boat ride
Darren_D
, May 2022
Manage expectations. Cold apps, 4 ounces of crap champagne, no narration as to what you’re viewing. You’ll get over the expensive additional drinks but you could (and should) walk these sights and skip this cruise.
star-5
Not Just for Coupes
Cheri_S
, May 2022
I was a little hesitant to take an evening cruise by myself, it seemed like a couple's kind of thing. I am glad I got over my hesitancy because I had a wonderful time. The weather was perfect, the views were amazing and the entertainer, Dan Spiller (I think) was so much fun. This cruise is great for everyone interested in seeing London at sunset. If I can convince my husband to travel to London, I will definitely take him on this cruise.
star-4
Highly reccomended!
Antoinette_H
, May 2022
Great evening! Lovely way to see the city! We had musical entertainment which was great! Only lose a star as it'd be nice if the food was hot and it'd be nice to hear some facts/history about buildings and sights!
star-5
Good experience
Reyn_L
, May 2022
Music was wonderful. The cruise ship was clean and in good shape. This isn’t meant for people looking for a tour. No one to explain the sites along the way.
star-5
Awesome
Cecelia_B
, May 2022
It was nice! Everything was well planned and the people were great and the music and it was all just nice.
star-5
Hidden Gems is a gem of a tour!
Joette_W
, May 2022
Tom was an facinating storyteller and quite an ineresting history buff. He took us to some delightful spots that we would have not found on our own. One of my faves was a tea shop that had an incredible variety of the highest quality teas. It seems l am in good company, as prince Harry claims it as his favorite as well!
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-2
I don’t recommend it.
Bertrand_C
, May 2022
We were 3 minutes late. Three. Not four. Not five. Sent multiple messages that we were almost there. The ship left without us and we we offered a much shorter trip without the food and drinks we paid for.
star-5
Great experience
Becky_B
, May 2022
We really enjoyed the cruise.The views were outstanding.Especially the sunset.The musician was quite good and splayed our request.The appetizer were good also

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