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High-Speed Thames River Speedboat in London
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High-Speed Thames River Speedboat in London

By Thames Rockets
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If you’re looking for an exhilarating way to see London’s riverside sights, then opt for a high-speed RIB cruise on the Thames River. In a rigid inflatable boat, soar past the Houses of Parliament, the London Eye, and Shakespeare’s Globe while listening to a high-octane soundtrack. Once you reach Tower Bridge, your skipper accelerates to speeds of 35 miles-per-hour (55 km-per-hour) and performs sharp turns guaranteed to increase adrenaline levels. Ideal for thrill-seekers, this experience also offers multiple departure times.
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Ages 1-99, max of 12 per group
Duration: 50m
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Live guide: English
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Highlights
  • High-speed Thames River cruise in London
  • An unconventional sightseeing experience ideal for thrill seekers 
  • Cruise past the London Eye, Houses of Parliament, and Shakespeare's Globe 
  • Experience high-octane maneuvers and learn about London history
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  • Professional skipper
  • Expert guide
  • Lifejacket
What's not included
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Gratuities
  • Food and drinks

Depending on the start time selected at checkout, make your way to the London Eye Pier to board your RIB. Following a safety briefing, set sail on the Thames River and pass the London Eye, the Houses of Parliament, Shakespeare's Globe, and St. Paul’s Cathedral. Once you pass Tower Bridge, speed restrictions are lifted and your skipper is free to accelerate to speeds of 35 miles per hour (55 kilometers per hour). Feel exhilarated as your skipper performs maneuvers such as hairpin bends and figure eights. During slower periods of sailing, listen to commentary that reveals the history of London’s riverside. The tour concludes back at your original departure point.

Start:
  • Thames Rockets, Boarding Gate One, The London Eye Millennium Pier, London SE1 7PB, UK
    The London Eye Pier is located directly underneath the London Eye, the ‘Boat ticket sales and entrance’ is on the right hand-side. Please do not queue at the ticket office as you have already pre-booked tickets, head straight down onto the floating pontoon towards Boarding Gate One.
End:This activity ends back at the meeting point.

    • Wheelchair accessible
    • Near public transportation
    If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 6918ULA

    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not recommended for travellers with back problems
    • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
    • Most travellers can participate
    • Children under 14 years must be accompanied by an adult, minimum age is 6 months
    • All seats must be pre-booked with the supplier, refer to voucher for further details
    • '24 hour rebooking promise' - any confirmed booking date and/or time for a public departure can be amended with a minimum 24hrs notice period
    • Without exception pregnant passengers CANNOT travel
    • 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 12 travellers

    • All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.

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    • You'll start at
      Thames Rockets
      Boarding Gate One, The London Eye Millennium Pier, London SE1 7PB, UK
      The London Eye Pier is located directly underneath the London Eye, the ‘Boat ticket sales and entrance’ is on the right hand-side. Please do not queue at the ticket office as you have already pre-booked tickets, head straight down onto the floating pontoon towards Boarding Gate One.
      See address & details
    • Pass by
      London Eye
      Thames River
      Houses of Parliament
      Big Ben
      St. Paul's Cathedral
      Shakespeare's Globe Theatre
      30 St Mary Axe (The Gherkin)
      The View from The Shard
      Tower of London
      Tower Bridge
      Canary Wharf
      HMS Belfast
      SEA LIFE London Aquarium
      The London Dungeon
    • You'll return to the starting point
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    • Thames Rockets
      14,975
      London, England
      Joined in September 2009
    • 141jerry323
      0 contributions
      Great experience
      Was a great experience! Max and Quinn were great on the tour and it's definitely a fast ride. I was nervous about dropping my phone when taking videos.
      Written 25 February 2024
    • 508mattg
      0 contributions
      Fantastic ride
      This was our 4th trip with Thames Rockets and we had a fantastic time as always. the staff are professional but full of fun and very informative about London in an interesting way. Simon and Geoff were our captain and guide on this trip and it was probably the best we have done yet. They were great fun and let me and my boy have photos at the helm at the end. Thanks for a great time.
      Written 25 February 2024
    • hs4244
      0 contributions
      Thrilling!
      Thank you Geoff and John for a memorable experience. A great family experience. We all hope to return.
      Written 25 February 2024
    • kaymR9195KA
      0 contributions
      Amazing Trip
      what an amazing experience - and the crew were so lovely - friendly, informative of all the awesome landscapes of London - thank you to Ed for this and a thankyou also to the skipper Mike for an amazing experience of the Thames - very invigorating and so please we didn't enter the water on such a cold and wet day... can't thank you enough for the brilliant time we had.... :-)
      Written 23 February 2024
    • M7549QNeleanorb
      0 contributions
      Thames family rocket trip
      We had a great time thanks to Geoff and John they where amazing thanks!! Def recommend! It was our sons birthday and they sang happy brithday for him and made the trip special
      Written 21 February 2024
    • MarcusMacInnes
      0 contributions
      Great Speedy Thames Trip
      We took the speedier version of the trip and the kids (10 and 12) loved it. Highlight of their trip.
      Written 20 February 2024
    • francoiszagame
      0 contributions
      Fast but not furious. Superb day out!
      Smooth boarding after a quick instructions session. Crew was very friendly and the ride was amazing. Children (10 and 12) still raving about it!
      Written 19 February 2024
    • UnintendedTraveller
      0 contributions
      Thames Rockets are excellent
      From the warm welcome from Ed to the funny tour by Joey and the superb driving by Quinny it was a great experience and really enjoyable different view of London as well as the fun for the children of the speed!! Would recommend to anyone who has not done this before
      Written 19 February 2024
    • Praiseworth
      0 contributions
      Thanks Rocket
      Thoroughly enjoyable evening on the Thames with our super guide/host Ed. Highly recommend. Looking forward to next trip.
      Written 18 February 2024
    • alexX5450LI
      0 contributions
      Amazing thing to do in London even if you live here
      The guys running this are fun and informed. Good length of journey and lots to see. Speed section is amazing.
      Written 15 February 2024
    • angelbex1
      0 contributions
      Incredible trip
      So efficient and professionally organised. Hilarious crew and guide which made the experience even more enjoyable. Loved every minute. Will certainly book another trip 👍
      Written 15 February 2024
    • meaghanbobrien
      0 contributions
      Highlight of our city break!
      We had such an amazing tour on the Thames with Bill & Charlene. We were all smiles and laughs for the high speed bit & really enjoyed the playlist :) Bill was the perfect balance of informative and entertaining and we learned loads about the history of London in a short time. It was perfect for us as we were only in town for a few days so wanted to focus on high value experiences and this tour definitely hit the mark!
      Written 15 February 2024
    • fionat2018
      0 contributions
      Excellent
      Perfect from booking to being on the water, Joey very knowledgeable & Tom made the journey fun! Thank you
      Written 14 February 2024
    • David B
      0 contributions
      Great Tour. Lived up to expectations.
      Booked this with my 26 year old son. Thoroughly enjoyed it. Guide was excellent and gave history on sights along the Thames. Once we got to open water (beyond Tower Bridge) the speed boat opened up. Something different to do in London.
      Written 12 February 2024
    • ntingley
      0 contributions
      Brilliant!
      Brilliant experience! We took our nephew for his 15th Birthday and we all had a ball. The ride itself is super-fast and you are out on the river for a good length of time. Tom and Joey were fantastic and gave us some interesting facts about London as we passed various landmarks on our way back. Would not hesitate to recommend and would definitely go again.
      Written 12 February 2024
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    Charlotte Brooke
    2 contributions
    Oct 2020
    I did this experience on Monday, even though the weather was a little bit chilly, it didn't stop Geoff from being full of energy making everyone on the boat laugh. It was a fun experience, highly recommend to people who want to learn a few fun facts about London and who have a bit of a thing for adrenaline. Definitely will be taking some friends on here when they visit from out of town! P.S. thanks to Adam who was kind enough to take a bunch of photos so I could get one for the gram!
    Written 6 October 2020
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    lucy_forsyth
    7 contributions
    Jun 2021
    I booked this experience through Virgin after being cancelled on very last minute by another company for my boyfriends birthday. I spoke to them on the phone and they were more than helpful and advised they have lots of availability and reassured me that they won't cancel last minute. In regard to Covid-19, masks are worn on the pier but not the boat and you only sit with your group but the boat does fill (up to 12 people).
    On arrival on the day, we were greeted by the loveliest man called Geoff (with a 'G') who was an absolute delight. He explained everything from start to finish and made such an effort to speak to everyone on board. He kept the whole experience really fun and interesting with facts about London you wouldn't know, as opposed to the standard tour guide stating the obvious buildings. As it was my boyfriends birthday, he got everyone to sing Happy Birthday and played songs through the speakers dedicated to him, prior to then playing the playlist which was perfectly thought out and each song is associated to the trip and James Bond of course! We did not stop smiling and laughing!
    Geoff and Nick were great fun and such lovely, comedic people, we can't recommend this trip enough for those wanting a tour on the Thames with a twist and bit of excitement! Can't wait to return in the future! Thank you so much!
    Written 27 June 2021
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    Roo black
    2 contributions
    Aug 2020 • Family
    Amazing experience. Bill was a hilarious guide, very funny, whitty and genuinely interesting and very cool nuggets of information about all sorts of buildings, bridges and bizarre things about london! All very safe and made to feel very comfortable. Simon was an incredible driver, insane handling skills and really made the most of the river and speed! Fab pair, would 100% do again, didn’t get wet but was left with aching cheeks and genuinely learnt some really cool facts. 10/10. Thought it may have been a little disappointing for a family that really like thrills but the speed was unexpected and doing it at dusk was the perfect time of day.

    Thank you bill and Simon, legends!
    Written 26 August 2020
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    CKoriginal
    Leicester, UK5 contributions
    Oct 2021
    What a fantastic experience! We were in London celebrating our 20 year anniversary and had booked this instead of a river "cruise" and we are so glad that we did. We got a whistle stop tour of the sights up and down the Thames and a high speed adrenaline rush ride at the same time. Hats off to the crew - Richard who gave us a rollercoaster ride at high speed and Geoff, who looked after us all, made us laugh, was informative, chatty, funny, welcoming and made us feel special. The weather was awful, the rain at one point was stinging my face as we went speeding down the Thames and after we got off it felt like I had been in the Thames instead of on it but it didn't make any difference to how enjoyable the whole experience was, we absolutely loved it and would highly recommend it to anyone. We will be going to London next year for another theatre trip with friends and we will be making sure to factor in another speed boat ride with friends in tow.
    Written 31 October 2021
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    Lisa M
    London, UK3 contributions
    Jun 2020 • Couples
    On arrival we were kitted out in suitable attire and given a clear safety talk. We then took off up the Thames, it was a fantastic way to see some of London's iconic landmarks with a bit of history facts thrown in with much comedy by the talented staff. When it was safe to do so the driver opened up the throttle and we had an exhilarating fast speed ride with very appropriate music . I would highly recommend this to anyone wanting to learn about London whilst having fun. It was a superb experience and we will definitely be going again , in fact we're already booked for August and can't wait to do it all again .
    Written 29 June 2020
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    Stewart H
    1 contribution
    Had our trip on 5th March which was the wettest day I can remember in London for a long time. The six of us had a great time thanks to the crew Phil and Geoff mainly Geoff with his humorous delivery of many facts on landmarks and on the river itself, Phil far to busy steering the rib. Great trip recommended in any weather as proper waterproof clothing and safety equipment supplied, great fun

    Stewart Hutcheson + 5 👍😂👍😂👍😂
    Written 6 March 2020
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    Traveler264857
    London, UK4 contributions
    Cannot recommend this highly enough - definitely a top London attraction! I’ve lived in London for years and get lots of visitors - I always suggest they do one of these trips as it’s a great way to see the city as well as being brilliantly entertaining. I’ve been several times myself and loved it every time. Guides are fantastic - really funny, and knowledgeable too. I’ve got people planning to visit me over the summer, lockdown permitting, so here’s hoping the boats are back out on the river very soon!
    Written 30 April 2020
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    Claire P
    Bournemouth, UK8 contributions
    Jul 2020 • Family
    Would highly recommend these guys, we came up from Dorset and wanted something exciting to do outside rather then being inside with lots of people. Cannot recommend these guys enough everything was very well thought out and you could see them cleaning the boat down after each cruise. The trip was fun and exciting and really fast, It was great fun a special thanks to Bill and Nick for making our trip to London a great experience!!
    Written 31 July 2020
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    WobblymothKent
    Tenterden, UK44 contributions
    Oct 2020
    Geoff was our guide and Andy the driver. Geoff was very funny and entertaining. He made the experience really special for my daughter especially, encouraging the whole boat to sing happy birthday to her and another passenger en route. We'd had quite a negative experience of our day in London up to that point (over priced food/drinks/toilet facilities(!) but as soon as we walked down to get on the boat everyone was super friendly and it completely changed our mood. The actual experience was brilliant and although it's not cheap, it really is an experience not to be forgotten..

    I used Tesco Clubcard vouchers to triple their value but even if I'd paid standard price I'd have felt it was a good experience for the money.

    I highly recommend it, especially for children, my daughter age (7) and I loved every minute!
    Written 28 October 2020
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    DinFrance
    Stroud, UK529 contributions
    Oct 2020
    Have mulled this one over a bit - it was certainly very good but, and i'm sorry, i cannot quite just nudge it up to excellent.

    The kids REALLY enjoyed it (12-19 years). They would all have given it six stars if possible. The two teenage daughters loved shrieking, waving their arms around and singing along to the music. Maybe it was the torrential downpour on the return leg that dampened my enthusiasm (clearly not the trip's fault!). Maybe a mixed combination of it not being quite as exhilarating as i expected, the guide bits of info being a 'bit light', the weather or, more likely, that I was just being a bit miserable.
    Written 2 November 2020
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