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London: Speedboat Tour Through Heart of the City

Activity provider: Thames Tigers

London: Speedboat Tour Through Heart of the City

Activity provider: Thames Tigers

From US$ 47.81 per person

Take a high-speed adventure through the heart of London and then enjoy a guided tour past some great sights like the Tower of London, Tower Bridge, and St. Paul's Cathedral.

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Duration 45 minutes
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  • Blast through London's historic sights fthen a cruise with tour guide
  • Cruise under the iconic Tower Bridge for the selfie of all selfies!
  • Enjoy your friendly crew showing you London at its best
  • Marvel at sights like the Cutty Sark, St. Paul's Cathedral, or Tower of London
Full description
Meet your friendly skipper and crew at Tower Bridge Quay and collect your waterproof jacket, along with the latest automatic inflatable life jacket. Listen to the safety briefing before you board the power boat and sit in the state-of-the-art suspension seats.   Listen to the 550hp turbo diesel engines fire up to take you past monuments such as the Tate Modern, Millennium Bridge, Shakespeare's Globe and St. Paul's Cathedral. Head towards London Bridge and the HMS Belfast warship as you make your way towards the Tower of London. Take souvenir photos as you pass under Tower Bridge. Then, hold on tight as you enter the high speed zone and race through the Wapping district at 35mph. Pass the skyscrapers of Canary Wharf as you speed down to the Royal Naval College and Cutty Sark in Greenwich. Continue to the O2 Arena (formerly the Millennium Dome) before turning around and returning to Tower Bridge Quay. Listen to some great British music throughout the ride for a trip to remember.
  • 50-minute trip, with at least 30 minutes at high speed. Speed limits apply in the city center
  • Waterproof jackets with hoods
  • Eye protection, if required
  • Automatic inflatable life jackets. Life jackets for children are available
  • High-quality suspension seating to protect from the shock impacts and vibrations
  • Refreshments
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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Meeting point

Board the boat at Tower Bridge Quay (formerly St Katharine Pier). The pier is directly in front of the entrance to the Tower Hotel. The nearest tube station is Tower Hill. By taxi, asked to be dropped at the entrance to Tower Hotel.

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Important information

Know before you go

  • Boat rides are available 7 days a week
  • The standard suspension seats can accommodate passengers over 5 foot (1.5 meters) tall
  • There are limited seats available for those over 4 foot 6 inches (1.4 meters) tall
  • There is no age limit for this activity, as long as the passenger is above the required height stated above
  • Suspension seating will provide excellent protection from shock impacts for those at risk, such as those suffering from minor back complaints
  • Passengers suffering from any medical condition must make their own decision on whether to travel, in consultation with a medical professional if appropriate
  • Pregnant women are advised not to travel at any stage of their pregnancy
  • Passengers with disabilities are welcome, and all accommodations that can be made will be. Please call for advice prior to booking
  • Waterproof jackets are provided, but it can be colder on the river than on land, especially at speed, so dress appropriately, including footwear
Customer reviews

Overall rating

5 /5

based on 185 reviews

Review summary

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My partner and daughter have just been in the speed boat experience today, my daughter can running up to me saying it was absolutely amazing, she was full of beans, my partner said what a fantastic experience and he would definitely recommend, he said my daughter didn’t stop smiling and laughing the whole way through the experience! Unfortunately my partner had forgotten his phone so couldn’t take any pictures Debbie said not to worry and she would take some pictures for me, she did as she promised and I got some fantastic pictures of them both making memories! If you come to London you have to give this speed boat experience ago not only is the experience brilliant but David and Debbie are lovely! It’s a ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ from us.

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August 23, 2022

The tour was as advertised. After we left the wake restricted zone, we headed downriver at an eye watering clip to the O2 dome and back. I didn't time it, but the high speed portion of the trip was at least 30 minutes. There was some commentary on landmarks but that was not the main thrust of the tour. The suspension seats saved our backsides from a pounding by the chop and the interior of the boat was dry save for a few minor sprays. If you want to sightsee, probably not the best choice. If you want your hair blown back, I would recommend.

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July 10, 2022

This was a brilliant experience Debbie and Dave were both lovely I booked this because I knew my husband really wanted to do it as for me I was terrified as I’m scared of water Debbie made me feel really at ease and Dave kept us supplied with lovely cold drinks as the weather was so hot By the time we got back to the dock I told my husband I really wanted to do it again Next time we are in London we will be back to do it again I would recommend this to anyone

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September 8, 2021

Product ID: 119848