Afloat on the Thames with City Cruises.
What better way to see London than from the River Thames? A river cruise is a tradition that goes back centuries – and one which makes seeing some of the most iconic sights in the City easy.
With an open-top deck and a covered lounge with bar and cafe downstairs, City Cruises offer an excellent way to travel. They work on a hop-on-hop-off basis from Westminster, London Eye, Tower and Greenwich Piers with commentary along the way.
We went along on one of the hottest days of 2020 to check out how it all worked.
Boarding at Westminster is a piece of cake – you can sit and wait along the pier, watching the world go by. The little boat above, by the way, wasn’t ours!
The cruise boats are all socially distanced at the moment – half the seats are marked off so that you won’t find yourself crowded in by strangers. And there’s plenty of sanitiser on hand.
An at-seat service brought us prosecco which we sipped as we listened to the commentary telling us more about the OXO tower, HMS Belfast, the Millenium Bridge and, of course, the Tower of London.
We hopped off at the tower to enjoy a spritz at the Coppa Club, then caught the next boat back to Westminster (for my friend) and London Eye for me so that I could walk to Waterloo. It seems our feathered friend had a similar idea and hitched a lift along the way.
It’s a lovely way to spend a sunny afternoon – just watching the world go by from the comfort of the lower deck or from the fresh air of the open deck. No sore feet, no wrong turns, a cup of tea, a beer or a glass of prosecco while you discover more of London.
What could be better?
There is a range of different ticket options available on City Cruises. The River Red Rover ticket allows unlimited one-day cruising. Single or return tickets are available for shorter journeys, too.
In addition to the basic river cruises, there are some special City Cruises including an evening dinner and dance cruise running from Westminster Pier and afternoon tea and lunch cruises.
For more about City Cruises check their website. You can book tickets in advance or buy them from the kiosks at the pier.
Looking for something a bit different? Check out the Hot Tugs London offer – an alternative way to take a river cruise!