River Thames Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Cruise
- Duration: 1 day
London's iconic Tower Bridge is as extravagantly British as is possible for a bridge to be! It's undoubtedly a must-see. So how do you make the most of your visit to this unique triumph of engineering?
42 meters above the river, Tower Bridge's new glass walkway provides a knee-knocking view of the boats and pedestrians passing beneath your feet. Don't worry, it's quite safe!
The East Walkway not only offers great views across London's historic trading ports and buildings, but is also used as one of the city's most unique exhibition spaces.
Today the bridge is held up by Wi-Fi and selfies (probably), but the old engine rooms demonstrate the former logistic miracle that powered it, complete with authentic sounds and smells!
The short westward stroll leaving Tower Bridge offers a view spanning City Hall, HMS Belfast, and the Shard!
While at Tower Bridge, there are few excuses not to visit its historic namesake, the Tower of London. If you're short on time, the nearby gardens of St. Dunstan-in-the-East are a worthy substitute.
The closest Tube station to Tower Bridge is Tower Hill on the District and Circle lines. The Tower Gateway DLR station is just as close.
Bridge lifts are booked in advance for passing ships. There is no set schedule, but if you want to be sure to see the event, times can be easily found on Tower Bridge's official website. Failing that, you can book a bridge lift yourself for free. All you need is a very tall boat!
Could have been better - not very clear where to board; the tour set off late and there was no commentary throughout the trip. When we reached our destination, the 'tour guide' apologised for this stating he forgot to give us a commentary of this tour and only remembered when reminded by one of the other travellers. His attitude was of "I can't be bothered commentating". We were looking forward to this trip and was extremely disappointed with the attitude of this "tour guide commentator" The trip did NOT last one hour as advertised, but 40 mins with a brief stop at St Katherines Quay!
Really enjoyed our trip to London and our package we purchased. We wanted to do the London Eye and hop on hop off bus - the river cruise was an additional extra thrown in and ended up being the highlight. We ended up walking most of the way around the city, only using the bus twice - both times to go just one stop. Magnificent views from the London Eye - but the cruise was just wonderful. We went from Tower Bridge to Westminster. The guy speaking was really funny and the facts super interesting. The baileys hot chocolate on board also delicious. Would absolutely recommend.
Good tour both the recorded guide and the live guide were informative. Currently not all of the stops are stopped at and the bus is intermittent. We weren't told this on booking. We ended up missing out on some of the things we wanted to see and couldn't get to the stops for pickup in the afternoon so walked back and got the tube to places we wanted.
It was great experience, there was no restriction on moving around the cruise and taking pics. Despite current situation of COVID-19, we could sift our seating place and took pics standing different part of cruise without wearing mask while still maintaining distance with others.
The London Thames cruise was a excellent experience, from the online booking and also the location where you have to jump on the boat was super easy. I would definitely recommend taking your love one for this wonderful experience.