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LONDON'S NO1 CIRCULAR CRUISE ON THE THAMES

Back in 2017! Just to whet your appetite for the return of the Circular next spring, here’s a description…..Looking for an exciting sightseeing cruise with a unique live commentary?

See the heart of London on a circular river cruise with lovely views and scores of landmarks, including Tower Bridge and Big Ben. Step aboard at Tower Pier or Bankside Pier for a 50 minute circular tour towards Westminster and back. Perfect if you like to experience London from a totally different perspective. Enjoy the fantastic views from our open deck or relax in a heated saloon before taking refreshment at the bar. You'll be treated to a live commentary in English as you travel past London's landmarks. 

Cruise Details

Departure

The Thames Circular Cruise does NOT sail during the winter. Thames Circular cruise operates from April 2017 to October 2017. 

Ticket Prices

Tbc


Please note the audio guide is not available on this cruise however you will be entertained by a live commentary in English while you travel past London's landmarks. 

Please note that some discounts are only at pier level such as travel card deals and freedom passes and cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer.
 

Sightseeing Timetable

Sightseeing cruises depart every 30 minutes from piers at Westminster, London Eye, Tower and Greenwich. We also run circular cruises from Tower and Bankside pier.

10:40 11:20 12:00 12:40 13:20 14:00 14:40 15:20*16:00*16:40*
10:40 11:20 12:00 12:40 13:20 14:00*14:40*15:20*16:00*16:40*
10:40 11:20 12:00 12:40 13:20 14:00*14:40*15:20*16:00*16:40*
10:10 10:50 11:30 12:10 12:50 13:30 14:10 14:50
10:10 10:50 11:30 12:10 12:50 13:30 14:10 14:50 15:30 16:10 16:50*17:30A*18:10*
10:50 11:30 12:10 12:50 13:30 14:10 14:50 15:30
10:00 10:40 11:20 12:00 12:40 13:20 14:00 14:40 15:20 16:00 16:40 17:20
10:00 10:40 11:20 12:00 12:40 13:20 14:00 14:40 15:20 16:00 16:40*17:20*18:00*
10:00 10:40 11:20 12:00 12:40 13:20 14:00 14:40 15:20 16:00 16:40*17:20*18:00*
10:00 10:40 11:20 12:00 12:40 13:20 14:00 14:40

* No return service available. 

 

Actual times may vary depending upon the state of the tide and other river traffic. Always check with City Cruises staff for any changes to advertised services. 

Independent reviews by feefo
Thames Circular Cruise

  • 1 month ago

    ★★★★★

    I got my ticket converted to a Rover ticket, which worked out perfectly.


    4 months ago

    ★★★★

    I'm sure the boat use to go to big ben then up to Greenwich and back, which I personally preferred as it made it more of a trip.


    4 months ago

    ★★★★★

    A great friendly guide that shared many interesting and entertaining facts about the main sights. We really enjoyed the cruise!


    4 months ago

    ★★★★

    Good view of the different sites.


    4 months ago

    ★★★★

    Very enjoyable.


    5 months ago

    ★★★★★

    Enjoyed this very much, lots to see and just the right length of time. Definitely recommend it.


  • 5 months ago

    ★★★★★

    Sat up front on a sunny day and learnt and laughed a lot.


    5 months ago

    ★★★★★

    Fantastic captain, knowledgeable, entertaining and very funny!


    5 months ago

    ★★★★★

    Great city cruise

    The lady that gave us the commentary was very informative. Top marks.


    5 months ago

    ★★★★★

    Extremely interesting


    5 months ago

    ★★★★★

    Really enjoyed the cruise the guides were very friendly, funny and knowledgeable. Was the start of the family tour of London and the cruise was the perfect start. Would definitely recommend this.


    5 months ago

    ★★★★★

    I can't remember the name of the man who was our guide but he was brilliant! He was very interesting, knowlegable and very funny!


  • 5 months ago

    ★★★★★

    It was a great trip with interesting information and awesome views


    5 months ago

    ★★★★★

    Loved the commentary


    5 months ago

    ★★★★★

    Wonderful, saw so much from the water


    5 months ago

    ★★★★★

    Very informative and delivered in friendly way


    5 months ago

    ★★★★★

    The female guide was excellent!!


    5 months ago

    ★★★★★

    The set up and boarding the boat was ok, a little wait was expected and queuing was fine. The staff were friendly and helpful all round. I would as a general advice think of upgrading some boats as they are a bit uncomfortable for the seating and a but exposed due to boat design. Apart from that the service and commentary was fantastic and it was value for money. I was surprised traveling on the river was so much faster why is it so underused. Should be part of TFL transport as well for getting around. Far better than tube or buses.


  • 5 months ago

    ★★★★★

    Excellent


    5 months ago

    ★★★★★

    It was a great day out with the kids, thoroughly enjoyed it, will definately do it again


    5 months ago

    ★★★★★

    Our little daughter was over the moon with boat cruise.


    5 months ago

    ★★★★

    very good comentator made it a very interesting and fun experience


    5 months ago

    ★★★★★

    Excellent


    5 months ago

    ★★★★★

    Excellent experience, good commentary. Finding correct departure point at Tower Pier bit confusing


  • 5 months ago

    ★★★★★

    The tour actually lasted well over an hour and we weren't complaining. It was marvellous!


    5 months ago

    ★★★★★

    The captain was very entertaining and pointed out the different buildings and points of interest would highly recommend doing this when you visit London


    5 months ago

    ★★★★★

    Would like to have longer on the boat


    5 months ago

    ★★★★★

    Really great, children and adults alike in our party enjoyed it.


    5 months ago

    ★★★★★

    The cruise was arranged for a party of students from Oman studying at summer schools and enjoying a weekend trip to London. Last year and this, the Circular Cruise was the highlight of their London trip - even in competition with the Science and Natural History museums! I accompanied them last year but was otherwise engaged this year but know that they again greatly enjoyed the Cruise. Many thanks.


    5 months ago

    ★★★★

    Good


  • 5 months ago

    ★★★★

    The audio was a little difficult to hear over the speakers on the boat, so it wasn't always possible to catch what the tour guide was saying. Then again, he could have also given a little more factual description and a tiny bit less cheap jokes -- light-hearted is fine, but at times he came across more like trying to do stand-up than explaining and describing all the interesting stuff (because there's certainly no shortage of that!) we could see on either bank of the Thames. But on the whole, a pleasant and informative tour.


    5 months ago

    ★★★★★

    Brilliant


    5 months ago

    ★★★★★

    Brilliant tour, guides on board were extremely knowledgable and provided and interesting and humorous trip for all the family. Tickets prices very reasonable also when compared to other companies and attractions in London.


    5 months ago

    ★★★★

    Enjoyed the cruise, good information, staff lovely...but seriously improve your cafe/bar, not even a decent cup of coffee.


    5 months ago

    ★★★★

    Funny commentary, though the vessel was a little on the wobbly side when it came to boarding....


    5 months ago

    ★★★★★

    Informative and funny!


  • 5 months ago

    ★★★★

    Good


    5 months ago

    ★★★★

    The tour guide person only started speaking on the return journey. It would have been nicer if he could have talked and told us more about London throughout the cruise.


    5 months ago

    ★★★★★

    The commentary provided by one of the crew was most informative and humorous too!


    5 months ago

    ★★★★★

    The staff were so friendly and the commentary was both informative and witty.


    5 months ago

    ★★★★

    Good


    5 months ago

    ★★★★★

    Pleasant people and good commentry


  • 5 months ago

    ★★★★

    Good


    5 months ago

    ★★★★★

    Worth the price


    5 months ago

    ★★★★★

    Excellent


    5 months ago

    ★★★★★

    For the price we paid this was excellent. Cheap and cheerful


    5 months ago

    ★★★★★

    Lots of sights and info and funny as well


    6 months ago

    ★★★★★

    Very informative tour


  • 6 months ago

    ★★★★★

    We did have a lovely afternoon weather wise which definately helped and with a commentary from one of the crew on the return journey we knew exactly what we were looking at. Can't wait for next year when we want to go the other way to Greenwich.


    6 months ago

    ★★

    There was hardly any commentary on our cruise. We sailed from Tower to the brdige before westminster in silence then after the boat turned we had a bit of rushed commentary for about 10mins of the 50 minute tour. Would have been much better to even have a tape recording to listen to as we sailed up and down the river. I have not been to London before so I was disappointed I did not get to hear much about the buildings or history etc.


    6 months ago

    ★★★★★

    could spend all day on the boats!


    6 months ago

    ★★★★★

    Excellent


    6 months ago

    ★★★★★

    Very interesting seeing all the London landmarks and having a commentary made it more enjoyable and fun. We'd definitely go again and would recommend it.


    6 months ago

    ★★★★

    The cruise was good and the option to sit inside as well as topside also. The wait to board was long as the vessel was over 1 hr late otherwise it was well worth the money. Hope to go on the dinner cruise in the near future


  • 6 months ago

    ★★★★★

    The commentary was excellent, but could have been a bit longer.


    6 months ago

    ★★★★★

    Very interesting and restful.. Hilarious and fascinating commentary, much better than the so-called 'trained' guides.


    6 months ago

    ★★★★★

    Very nice n clean boat/ship onboard staff very helpful n friendly


    6 months ago

    ★★★★★

    As above


    6 months ago

    ★★★★★

    Good


    6 months ago

    ★★★★★

    really enjoyed it, it was great fun. thought we'd be travel sick but it was really smooth so we were fine. we could see lots of sights from the boat, and the fella doing the commentary was fun, it was very good overall, we would do another one, a longer one probably, and we would recommend it very much


  • 6 months ago

    ★★

    The tour would have been fine, but as it wasn't fully booked they put people on it who were just going one way. This meant a long delay and having to hear the same commentary twice. It took half an hour longer than planned - not great when you've planned a full day.


    6 months ago

    ★★★★★

    Booked as a birthday treat for my daughter, and it was a truly enjoyable experience. Thank-you.


    6 months ago

    ★★★★

    The guide was quite a comedian which made up for the lack of information. Would have been nice to have gone right to the Houses of Parliament.


    6 months ago

    ★★★★★

    The cruise was amazing, great to see London from a different perspective. Also, the tour guide was really good and I wouldn't have spotted half of the things he said by myself. It was definitely worth the money


    6 months ago

    ★★★★★

    good value and commentry


    6 months ago

    ★★★★

    Good


  • 7 months ago

    ★★★★★

    Great fun informative and entertaining thank you


    7 months ago

    ★★★★★

    Really good way to see London.


    8 months ago

    ★★

    The actual cruise was fine however I have to say poor due to the 'guide'. No information other than 'that's Big Ben' 'that's London eye' - I could have done a better and more enthusiastic job!


    8 months ago

    ★★★★★

    We had a lovely day and the man that sounded like a dj that gave us a guide was excellent thank you


    8 months ago

    ★★★★

    Really surprised that there was no commentary - this was definitely lacking


    8 months ago

    ★★★★★

    A really enjoyable trip thank you. Lovely helpful staff kind and informative.Will certainly recommend .


  • 8 months ago

    ★★★★★

    Excellent


    8 months ago

    ★★★★★

    As Above


    8 months ago

    ★★★★

    Particularly good because of the Shakespeare special.


    8 months ago

    ★★★★★

    ..


    8 months ago

    ★★★★★

    I certainly enjoyed Thames circular cruise inside the comfortable warm passenger cabin on a very windy cold sunny day on river Thames.

    The duration of the cruise seemed to speed past in the blink of a eye & I will certainly book another longer City Cruise for my next visit to London & have recommended your service to my friends.


    8 months ago

    ★★★★

    Very jovial cruise guide/crew member


  • 8 months ago

    ★★★★

    Nice route. Expensive coffee.


    8 months ago

    ★★★★★

    Great value for money


    8 months ago

    ★★★★★

    The cruise was amazing. The weather was also lively so we got to stay upstairs all the way. A short but wonderfull ride. Must also say that the commentary was hillarius and very interesting. We loved it.


    8 months ago

    Very disappointing boat too small for amount of people, circular cruise- having a laugh, spent most of the 50 mins picking people up at tower and other pier, no commentary and didn't even make it up to Houses of Parliament , will not use again and that was with 50% off voucher , if full price I couldn't repeat it in here


    8 months ago

    ★★★★★

    Great, informative cruise with the added bonus of Shakespearean actors!


    8 months ago

    ★★★★★

    The guide was interesting and knowledgeable. We and the children thoroughly enjoyed it.


  • 8 months ago

    ★★★★★

    Beautiful experience


  • 1 month ago

    ★★★★★

    I got my ticket converted to a Rover ticket, which worked out perfectly.


  • 4 months ago

    ★★★★

    I'm sure the boat use to go to big ben then up to Greenwich and back, which I personally preferred as it made it more of a trip.


  • 4 months ago

    ★★★★★

    A great friendly guide that shared many interesting and entertaining facts about the main sights. We really enjoyed the cruise!


  • 4 months ago

    ★★★★

    Good view of the different sites.


  • 4 months ago

    ★★★★

    Very enjoyable.


  • 5 months ago

    ★★★★★

    Enjoyed this very much, lots to see and just the right length of time. Definitely recommend it.


  • 5 months ago

    ★★★★★

    Sat up front on a sunny day and learnt and laughed a lot.


  • 5 months ago

    ★★★★★

    Fantastic captain, knowledgeable, entertaining and very funny!


  • 5 months ago

    ★★★★★

    Great city cruise

    The lady that gave us the commentary was very informative. Top marks.


  • 5 months ago

    ★★★★★

    Extremely interesting


  • 5 months ago

    ★★★★★

    Really enjoyed the cruise the guides were very friendly, funny and knowledgeable. Was the start of the family tour of London and the cruise was the perfect start. Would definitely recommend this.


  • 5 months ago

    ★★★★★

    I can't remember the name of the man who was our guide but he was brilliant! He was very interesting, knowlegable and very funny!


  • 5 months ago

    ★★★★★

    It was a great trip with interesting information and awesome views


  • 5 months ago

    ★★★★★

    Loved the commentary


  • 5 months ago

    ★★★★★

    Wonderful, saw so much from the water


  • 5 months ago

    ★★★★★

    Very informative and delivered in friendly way


  • 5 months ago

    ★★★★★

    The female guide was excellent!!


  • 5 months ago

    ★★★★★

    The set up and boarding the boat was ok, a little wait was expected and queuing was fine. The staff were friendly and helpful all round. I would as a general advice think of upgrading some boats as they are a bit uncomfortable for the seating and a but exposed due to boat design. Apart from that the service and commentary was fantastic and it was value for money. I was surprised traveling on the river was so much faster why is it so underused. Should be part of TFL transport as well for getting around. Far better than tube or buses.


  • 5 months ago

    ★★★★★

    Excellent


  • 5 months ago

    ★★★★★

    It was a great day out with the kids, thoroughly enjoyed it, will definately do it again


  • 5 months ago

    ★★★★★

    Our little daughter was over the moon with boat cruise.


  • 5 months ago

    ★★★★

    very good comentator made it a very interesting and fun experience


  • 5 months ago

    ★★★★★

    Excellent


  • 5 months ago

    ★★★★★

    Excellent experience, good commentary. Finding correct departure point at Tower Pier bit confusing


  • 5 months ago

    ★★★★★

    The tour actually lasted well over an hour and we weren't complaining. It was marvellous!


  • 5 months ago

    ★★★★★

    The captain was very entertaining and pointed out the different buildings and points of interest would highly recommend doing this when you visit London


  • 5 months ago

    ★★★★★

    Would like to have longer on the boat


  • 5 months ago

    ★★★★★

    Really great, children and adults alike in our party enjoyed it.


  • 5 months ago

    ★★★★★

    The cruise was arranged for a party of students from Oman studying at summer schools and enjoying a weekend trip to London. Last year and this, the Circular Cruise was the highlight of their London trip - even in competition with the Science and Natural History museums! I accompanied them last year but was otherwise engaged this year but know that they again greatly enjoyed the Cruise. Many thanks.


  • 5 months ago

    ★★★★

    Good


  • 5 months ago

    ★★★★

    The audio was a little difficult to hear over the speakers on the boat, so it wasn't always possible to catch what the tour guide was saying. Then again, he could have also given a little more factual description and a tiny bit less cheap jokes -- light-hearted is fine, but at times he came across more like trying to do stand-up than explaining and describing all the interesting stuff (because there's certainly no shortage of that!) we could see on either bank of the Thames. But on the whole, a pleasant and informative tour.


  • 5 months ago

    ★★★★★

    Brilliant


  • 5 months ago

    ★★★★★

    Brilliant tour, guides on board were extremely knowledgable and provided and interesting and humorous trip for all the family. Tickets prices very reasonable also when compared to other companies and attractions in London.


  • 5 months ago

    ★★★★

    Enjoyed the cruise, good information, staff lovely...but seriously improve your cafe/bar, not even a decent cup of coffee.


  • 5 months ago

    ★★★★

    Funny commentary, though the vessel was a little on the wobbly side when it came to boarding....


  • 5 months ago

    ★★★★★

    Informative and funny!


  • 5 months ago

    ★★★★

    Good


  • 5 months ago

    ★★★★

    The tour guide person only started speaking on the return journey. It would have been nicer if he could have talked and told us more about London throughout the cruise.


  • 5 months ago

    ★★★★★

    The commentary provided by one of the crew was most informative and humorous too!


  • 5 months ago

    ★★★★★

    The staff were so friendly and the commentary was both informative and witty.


  • 5 months ago

    ★★★★

    Good


  • 5 months ago

    ★★★★★

    Pleasant people and good commentry


  • 5 months ago

    ★★★★

    Good


  • 5 months ago

    ★★★★★

    Worth the price


  • 5 months ago

    ★★★★★

    Excellent


  • 5 months ago

    ★★★★★

    For the price we paid this was excellent. Cheap and cheerful


  • 5 months ago

    ★★★★★

    Lots of sights and info and funny as well


  • 6 months ago

    ★★★★★

    Very informative tour


  • 6 months ago

    ★★★★★

    We did have a lovely afternoon weather wise which definately helped and with a commentary from one of the crew on the return journey we knew exactly what we were looking at. Can't wait for next year when we want to go the other way to Greenwich.


  • 6 months ago

    ★★

    There was hardly any commentary on our cruise. We sailed from Tower to the brdige before westminster in silence then after the boat turned we had a bit of rushed commentary for about 10mins of the 50 minute tour. Would have been much better to even have a tape recording to listen to as we sailed up and down the river. I have not been to London before so I was disappointed I did not get to hear much about the buildings or history etc.


  • 6 months ago

    ★★★★★

    could spend all day on the boats!


  • 6 months ago

    ★★★★★

    Excellent


  • 6 months ago

    ★★★★★

    Very interesting seeing all the London landmarks and having a commentary made it more enjoyable and fun. We'd definitely go again and would recommend it.


  • 6 months ago

    ★★★★

    The cruise was good and the option to sit inside as well as topside also. The wait to board was long as the vessel was over 1 hr late otherwise it was well worth the money. Hope to go on the dinner cruise in the near future


  • 6 months ago

    ★★★★★

    The commentary was excellent, but could have been a bit longer.


  • 6 months ago

    ★★★★★

    Very interesting and restful.. Hilarious and fascinating commentary, much better than the so-called 'trained' guides.


  • 6 months ago

    ★★★★★

    Very nice n clean boat/ship onboard staff very helpful n friendly


  • 6 months ago

    ★★★★★

    As above


  • 6 months ago

    ★★★★★

    Good


  • 6 months ago

    ★★★★★

    really enjoyed it, it was great fun. thought we'd be travel sick but it was really smooth so we were fine. we could see lots of sights from the boat, and the fella doing the commentary was fun, it was very good overall, we would do another one, a longer one probably, and we would recommend it very much


  • 6 months ago

    ★★

    The tour would have been fine, but as it wasn't fully booked they put people on it who were just going one way. This meant a long delay and having to hear the same commentary twice. It took half an hour longer than planned - not great when you've planned a full day.


  • 6 months ago

    ★★★★★

    Booked as a birthday treat for my daughter, and it was a truly enjoyable experience. Thank-you.


  • 6 months ago

    ★★★★

    The guide was quite a comedian which made up for the lack of information. Would have been nice to have gone right to the Houses of Parliament.


  • 6 months ago

    ★★★★★

    The cruise was amazing, great to see London from a different perspective. Also, the tour guide was really good and I wouldn't have spotted half of the things he said by myself. It was definitely worth the money


  • 6 months ago

    ★★★★★

    good value and commentry


  • 6 months ago

    ★★★★

    Good


  • 7 months ago

    ★★★★★

    Great fun informative and entertaining thank you


  • 7 months ago

    ★★★★★

    Really good way to see London.


  • 8 months ago

    ★★

    The actual cruise was fine however I have to say poor due to the 'guide'. No information other than 'that's Big Ben' 'that's London eye' - I could have done a better and more enthusiastic job!


  • 8 months ago

    ★★★★★

    We had a lovely day and the man that sounded like a dj that gave us a guide was excellent thank you


  • 8 months ago

    ★★★★

    Really surprised that there was no commentary - this was definitely lacking


  • 8 months ago

    ★★★★★

    A really enjoyable trip thank you. Lovely helpful staff kind and informative.Will certainly recommend .


  • 8 months ago

    ★★★★★

    Excellent


  • 8 months ago

    ★★★★★

    As Above


  • 8 months ago

    ★★★★

    Particularly good because of the Shakespeare special.


  • 8 months ago

    ★★★★★

    ..


  • 8 months ago

    ★★★★★

    I certainly enjoyed Thames circular cruise inside the comfortable warm passenger cabin on a very windy cold sunny day on river Thames.

    The duration of the cruise seemed to speed past in the blink of a eye & I will certainly book another longer City Cruise for my next visit to London & have recommended your service to my friends.


  • 8 months ago

    ★★★★

    Very jovial cruise guide/crew member


  • 8 months ago

    ★★★★

    Nice route. Expensive coffee.


  • 8 months ago

    ★★★★★

    Great value for money


  • 8 months ago

    ★★★★★

    The cruise was amazing. The weather was also lively so we got to stay upstairs all the way. A short but wonderfull ride. Must also say that the commentary was hillarius and very interesting. We loved it.


  • 8 months ago

    Very disappointing boat too small for amount of people, circular cruise- having a laugh, spent most of the 50 mins picking people up at tower and other pier, no commentary and didn't even make it up to Houses of Parliament , will not use again and that was with 50% off voucher , if full price I couldn't repeat it in here


  • 8 months ago

    ★★★★★

    Great, informative cruise with the added bonus of Shakespearean actors!


  • 8 months ago

    ★★★★★

    The guide was interesting and knowledgeable. We and the children thoroughly enjoyed it.


  • 8 months ago

    ★★★★★

    Beautiful experience

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