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The London Showboat Dinner Cruise on the Thames River provided by City Cruises

The London Showboat Dinner Cruise on the Thames River

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What you can expect during this experience
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Hand sanitizer available to travellers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Updated 02/07/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
A note from The London Showboat Dinner Cruise on the Thames River
To adhere to government COVID-19 guidelines, all dining cruises with entertainment are subject to slight alterations to provide the safest possible experience
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Updated 02/07/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
See a different side to London on an evening dinner cruise on the Thames River—the perfect way to celebrate a special occasion. Tick off more landmarks in less time on a sightseeing showboat and admire the capital at night, when it’s illuminated and at its most magical. Receive a glass of sparkling wine when boarding the boat and enjoy a 4-course meal of British classics, accompanied by live cabaret music and a half bottle of wine.
You'll start at
Westminster Pier
London SW1A 2JH, UK
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    City Cruises Westminster Pier
    Stop: 20 minutes -
    Board at Westminster Pier, please arrive 20 minutes before your scheduled departure time
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    Pass by London Eye
    Pass by Tower of London
    Pass by Tower Bridge
    Pass by Canary Wharf
    Pass by The Shard
    Pass by HMS Belfast
    Pass by SEA LIFE London Aquarium
    Pass by St. Paul's Cathedral
    Pass by Thames River
You'll end at
Westminster Pier
London SW1A 2JH, UK
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  • See more of London's illuminated attractions in less time from the water
  • Feast on four courses inspired by British classics and accompanied by wine 
  • Admire top London attractions such as the Shard and the London Eye
  • Listen to a live performance of cabaret songs from West End musicals
What to Expect
After making your own way to a departure pier in central London, board a sightseeing showboat and begin your cruise on the Thames River. Enjoy a glass of sparkling wine in the lounge saloon; soak up views of London illuminated by night; and then settle into your seat at a dining table. As you cruise past landmarks such as the Houses of Parliament and the London Eye, feast on a 4-course meal featuring classic British dishes such as roasted chicken and smoked salmon. Following dinner, you have the opportunity to hit the dance floor and enjoy songs inspired by West End musicals. Your Thames River tour concludes after a substantial time on the water.
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Important Information
Departure Point
Westminster Pier, London SW1A 2JH, UK
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
  • Pre-cruise glass of sparkling wine
  • Delicious 4-course dinner
  • Choice of half bottle of red or white wine with your meal
  • Live singer performing songs from West End shows
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop off
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
  • Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required
  • Your seat on board is guaranteed and will be allocated to you before the cruise takes place. When you board you will be shown to your table. Please note tables are fixed and within close proximity. Our panoramic windows provide great views from all angles of the passing sky-line, regardless of your table location.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • We do not guarantee that products are free from nuts or traces of nuts. For gluten-free tea give at least 24 hours’ notice.
  • Boarding begins 20 minutes before departure time
  • Most travellers can participate
  • To adhere to government COVID-19 guidelines, all dining cruises with entertainment are subject to slight alterations to provide the safest possible experience
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 60 travellers
Cancellation Policy
If you cancel within 3 days of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee. If you cancel at least 4 days in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.
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uekl wrote a review Mar 2020
london27 contributions6 helpful votes
This was a Christmas gift from my partner. We went yesterday (Sunday) and had a fabulous evening. We were welcomed personally, the crew were very courteous. Dinner was a four course meal followed by tea/coffee. Food was very good, they also had a vegetarian option (must be
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Date of experience: March 2020
alan wrote a review Feb 2020
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Cruise on Thur. Fantastic, food good, entertainment good service, singer very good got every one up dancing including me ( I,am 79) Will go again Alan
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Date of experience: February 2020
Irina_michael wrote a review Jan 2020
Atlanta, Georgia7 contributions2 helpful votes
The boat never showed up , no cancellation email ... nothing. Called Viator ( we’ve booked the tickets through them ), the operator at viator called the cruise company but got a voice mail , so she just helped us to cancel the reservation. Was very disappointing !
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Response from CityCruises, Customer Service at The London Showboat Dinner Cruise on the Thames River
Responded 28 Jan 2020
Hi, we are very sorry to hear you had a disappointing experience with us. May we ask you to send all the details of your cruise with date and time of departure to We take this matter very seriously and we would like to investigate it. Thank you!
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Spookydicks wrote a review Jan 2020
Gauteng, South Africa111 contributions16 helpful votes
We really enjoyed it. The views are spectacular and I think a visit to London without seeing it at night is not a visit. The showboat made it possible. Food was lovely music was great, an overall successful and enjoyable evening
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Ismail A wrote a review Dec 2019
3 contributions
Really good evening, very different view of London, the only disappointment was the food as there was no vegetarian option!!!! Surprising!
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Date of experience: December 2019
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Ace Boat Cruise
Visited during a scorching sunny weekend August weekend in London. Have visited many time’s before but the river cr
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Very enjoyable - lovely food!
Had a voucher given to me for Christmas....had arranged to stay in Cambridge and take the train to London Bridge St
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Absolutely worth it!
Unfortunately due to covid it didn't go all the way to Greenwich Pier, however that did not taint the experience at
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Cruise didnt arrive!?!? Strange.
Arrived early to the Tower Millenium Pier where me and my wife with other couple searching for the cruise that we h
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Utterly Wonderful!
We boarded the Alpha for the 13:00pm sailing from Westminster Pier to Tower Pier (one way) for a friends birthday p
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Definitely recommend
Lovey trip along the river. Saw some great buildings and the staff were very knowledgeable about the surrounding si
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Getting London back on track
Great day on the hop on and off city cruise. The staff were friendly . It seemed weird to be on a boat in July with
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Adequate as only got half the experience...
I booked a 24hr River cruise yesterday as a gift but once boarding they mentioned it was only running until 5pm (re
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A really special and different experience
My family and I booked this trip as it seemed like a different experience to the four walls of a restaurant. When
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Find another river cruise afternoon tea
Didn't enjoy my city cruise experience from the start. We seemed to have been extra guests and they just wanted a b
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Rachel W
Excellent Staff!
We took one of the City Cruises boats from Westminster to Greenwich in June 2019 and thoroughly enjoyed this differ
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Birthday treat
We had booked to go elsewhere but due to Corona virus came to London and this trip with Sunday lunch was in with or
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Very happy!
Excellent and informative. Views and commentary was fabulous. Cruise was smooth and enjoyable. The wee cafe on boa
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Different perspective
A great way to get to Greenwich and the Tower of London - unfortunately we didn't have time to do both in the one d
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sarah m
great value
was great with loads of information. would deffo do it again. the staff were great and very friendly.
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