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London: Westminster to Greenwich River Thames Cruise

1. London: Westminster to Greenwich River Thames Cruise

Admire the views of London's most iconic sights with a cruise on the River Thames. Cruise to Greenwich to see London's historical sights from the River Thames. Journey past iconic sights such as the Houses of Parliament, Tower Bridge, and the Tate Modern. Choose between either a one-way or round-trip journey, with skip-the-line entry. Listen to the live audio commentary as you enjoy the comfort of a modern but traditional vessel. Admire the pyramid-structure of The Shard and see other monuments from London's historic waterway. Head to the open deck for panoramic views of London's landmarks. Stop at Embankment Pier, Festival Pier, and Tower Bridge Quay before arriving at Greenwich Pier. Feel free to explore the charms of Greenwich on your own terms, and see sights such as Greenwich Market, the Cutty Sark, National Maritime Museum, Greenwich Park, and the Royal Observatory which are all within easy walking distance from the pier.

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London: Westminster to Tower Bridge River Thames Cruise

2. London: Westminster to Tower Bridge River Thames Cruise

Climb aboard a sightseeing boat at Westminster Pier and cruise through the heart of London, admiring the many sights along the River Thames along the way. Stop at Embankment Pier, Festival Pier, and Bankside Pier before arriving at Tower Bridge Quay. Catch sights of St. Paul's Cathedral, The Shard, Tate Modern, Globe Theatre, and much more en route. Choose a 1-way trip to Tower Bridge Quay or opt for a round-trip cruise and return to Westminster. Listen to the live audio commentary from your captain and make use of the state-of-the-art facilities onboard the boat.   Benefit from regular departures from Westminster Pier every hour along with ideal viewing opportunities from the open top deck of the modern "Sapele" and "Mercuria" vessels or the open deck of the traditional "Sarah Kathleen." Each vessel features a bar serving light refreshments to purchase.

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River Thames Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Cruise

3. River Thames Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Cruise

Explore the River Thames as it weaves through the heart of London and discover fascinating history around every bend. Today, you can experience the splendor of this great city from the relaxed comfort of a modern, all-weather and wheelchair-friendly sightseeing boat. Informative commentary interlaced with colorful tales of the city's past will keep your mind engaged as you cruise down the Thames! Cruises depart frequently from Westminster Pier, Greenwich Pier, London Eye Pier, and Tower Pier, sailing every day of the year except Christmas Day. With a regular timetable, and evening cruises all summer, you can enjoy a full-day on the river in comfort. Hop on and off the boat as many times as you wish to explore sights such as the Cutty Sark, the Royal Observatory, Tower of London, St. Paul’s Cathedral, Tate Modern, Borough Market, South Bank Centre, and the London Eye. Or grab a refreshment from the on-board bar and relax as you sail past Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament, Westminster Bridge, the Royal Festival Hall, Cleopatra's Needle, Somerset House, the Millennium Footbridge, Shakespeare's Globe, Monument, H.M.S.Belfast, and much more.

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London: Tootbus Must See Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour + Cruise

4. London: Tootbus Must See Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour + Cruise

Hop on board the Must See London tour, sit back, relax, and (re)discover the city from a whole new perspective. See the best bits of London on this tour designed to see the most famous sights and incredible views of the city. Enjoy a tour past London's top attractions and landmarks including; Tower Bridge, Tower of London, St Paul’s Cathedral, London Eye, Big Ben, Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey, Buckingham Palace, Piccadilly Circus, Trafalgar Square, National Gallery, and Downing Street. Start the tour at any of the bus stops. Be welcome on board whether you are a first-time visitor with just a few hours in town and want to get a taste of London or a Londoner who wants to experience the city differently. Download the Tootbus app to easily find your way around, follow the buses in real-time, and enjoy self-guided walking tours to help you explore more of London.

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London: Harry Potter Walking Tour

5. London: Harry Potter Walking Tour

Walk in the footsteps of your favorite wizards (and witches) around Muggle London on an interactive guided walking tour. Your Harry Potter enthusiast guide will be armed with wonderful trivia as you visit many of the iconic real-life locations that inspired the book and were featured in the movies. Learn about London’s rich muggle and wizarding history. Discover amazing facts about the books and films, and see many of the film locations used in London, including the Ministry of Magic and the entrance to the Leaky Cauldron. The tour not only includes familiar Harry Potter film locations but also iconic London landmarks, such as St Paul’s Cathedral, Millennium Bridge, Tate Modern, Borough Market, and Leadenhall Market. Along the route of this magical Harry Potter walking tour, you’ll have plenty of chances to take pictures and see the film locations up-close as well as places that inspired JK Rowling in her writings. Leave this tour feeling full of amazing Harry Potter trivia and almost as though you had been in one of the films or the books.

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London: Harry Potter & Fantastic Beasts with Platform 9 ¾

6. London: Harry Potter & Fantastic Beasts with Platform 9 ¾

Join your tour wizard for a magical unforgettable 3-hour journey through the London locations of Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts "Crimes of Grindelwald"! Starting your magical journey in the City of London, you’ll meet your Wizard Guide who will make sure that everyone is ready for an extraordinary adventure. Together, you’ll follow in the footsteps of your favorite Harry Potter characters such as Harry, Hermione, and Ron or Magizoologist Newt Scamander who finds himself waving farewell to New York in the “Crimes of Grindelwald” movie. You’ll enjoy unique access to some of the most famous London locations, including Diagon Alley, Leadenhall Market and St. Paul’s Cathedral. Your very own magical tour guide will help you to discover the real-life movie magic used to create the beloved Harry Potter prequel and original film series while visiting famous, real-life London locations.  Get the inside scoop on the London attractions that inspired J.K. Rowling’s vision, and see how real-life London magically merges with her invented world. Sights visited: • Harry Potter Platform 9 ¾  • Warner Bros Official Souvenir Shop at Kings Cross  • Diagon Alley – The Wizarding World of Harry Potter awaits • The Bank of England  • The Royal Exchange  • Dickens Lane in City of London  • The 14th century Leadenhall Market  • The Monument  • London Bridge  • Southwark Cathedral – 1,000 years old • The 13th century Borough Market – London’s oldest • The 16th century ship: Golden Hinde  • Winchestor Cathedral Archaeological Site  • The 12th century Clink Prison  • Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre  • The Death Eaters Millennium Bridge  • City of Westminster School - where Daniel Radcliffe went to school)  • St Paul’s Cathedral

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London: Thames Rockets Private Speedboat Experience

7. London: Thames Rockets Private Speedboat Experience

Bring your nearest and dearest for a truly unique adventure. Be together on board your very own charter experience, reserved just for you and your guests. You will have a speedboat all to yourselves as you're whisked out for a breathtaking blast of fun in the fresh air.  First you will be given a full safety briefing and a life jacket, before stepping on board the high-speed vessel from The London Eye pier. Then, feel the wind on your face and the sun on your skin as you travel along the River Thames in central London. Your guide will lead you and your crew, keeping the banter flowing and offering teasers, facts and tales along the way. Let that carefree feeling of singing along at the top of your voice come flooding back, with the trademark onboard sing-a-long medley. For the first time ever small groups can take to the river Thames on a private speedboat ride without the exclusive price tag. The vessel, skipper, guide, and sound system are all yours.

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London: Old City Walking Tour

8. London: Old City Walking Tour

Travel back to the origins of London on this 3-hour walking tour and discover the original square mile that nestled beside the River Thames. Known to Londoners as "The City," it has seen some of the most important events in British history and is home to some of London’s oldest buildings. As you tour, you will pass Sir Christopher Wren’s iconic St. Paul's Cathedral, Shakespeare's Globe Theater, The Tower of London, and Mansion House. Wander through the maze of small streets, church courtyards, and river walkways that make up the old town, and breathe life into a history that stretches back almost 2,000 years. You will also see some of the modern sights, such as the pedestrian Millennium Bridge – also known as the “Wobbly Bridge” – leading from St. Paul’s to the fantastic Tate Modern Art Gallery set in a renovated power station. You will stroll alongside the River Thames to see HMS Belfast and Tower Bridge, hear stories of how London survived the blitz during World War 2, and visit the Church of the Knights Templar, of Da Vinci Code fame.

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London: Private Personalized Tour with a Local Host

9. London: Private Personalized Tour with a Local Host

Prepare to be amazed by London on this totally customized experience of the city. With your host, discover that this city is more than a place but a feeling.  You'll be paired with guides that are passionate about the place they call home and who choose to spend their free time sharing it with like-minded travelers matched to them. Wander through the tangle of streets and alleys to the city center and breathe in the rich aroma of coffee and delicious food wafting up from nearby cafes and street vendors.  At every turn, find pieces of London's rich history as you explore the city's iconic landmarks and attractions. Explore the cultural diversity of Westminster, one of London's super unique neighborhoods with an interesting balance of ancient history and modern living. Think hipsters, goths, and punks walking past Parliament.  Perhaps you see yourself taking a leisurely stroll along Southbank and being in awe of London Bridge. Browse the myriad of contemporary shops and designer boutiques, rock out at independent music venue, or indulge in the city's delicious food culture at one of its street food markets.

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London: 3 Art Galleries Guided Tour

10. London: 3 Art Galleries Guided Tour

Immerse yourself in London's vibrant art scene with a tour of the city's best art galleries. Start your tour at the National Gallery and admire paintings by Botticelli, Leonardo da Vinci, Rembrandt, Gainsborough, Turner, Renoir and Van Gogh. Learn more about the history, significance, and stories behind each of the paintings from your expert guide. Then, move on to the National Portrait Gallery. Here, admire the world’s largest collection of personalities and faces, from the late Middle Ages to the present day. See works by a wide variety of artists, from Holbein to Hockney. You can also admire a collection of portraits of the English royal family. Finally, head to the Tate Modern, where a collection of modern and contemporary art from around the world awaits you. Stroll through the awe-inspiring Turbine Hall, where you can see masterpieces by the likes of Cézanne, Bonnard, Matisse, Picasso, Rothko, Dalí, and Warhol.

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What people are saying about Tate Modern

Lovely little experience of being on the river if you haven’t got the time for a longer trip. 30 min one way trip and wasn’t expecting a tour guide telling us what we were seeing on the journey so that was a nice little bonus. Would recommend if you’re heading to the Tower of London and fancy something more interesting than an underground journey!

It was a brilliant trip. It had the perfect balance of being relaxing while also learning a bit about the surroundings. The narrator was hilarious and loved his dry sense of humour.

It was a great trip down the Thames. The commentary was informative and funny. The ship was nice and spacious with roof viewing too. Definitely worth it!

Great day on the Thames boat. Easy to book and a great app that took care of everything including finding the dock and all the tickets.

Very joyful experience in cruise with wonderful commentary...