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Review of Thames River

Thames River
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Thames Lunch Cruise with 2-Course Meal
Ranked #150 of 1,790 things to do in London
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Reviewed 6 May 2014

If you need to sit for a bit, then take the boat (tour) with commentary from Westminster to Tower of London. Get off or ride back. About 90 minutes round trip.

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Reviewed 1 May 2014

The Thames is like some great divide, separating London into north and south, with the popular references Westminster/Houses of Parliament/Big Ben on the north, and the ferris wheel-like London Eye on the south (they are literally on opposite sides of Westminster Bridge, so walk it or the pedestrian-only Hungerford Bridge from Charing Cross/Embankment stations). Aside from 'going south' to take a 'flight' on the Eye (it's owned by British Airways), most London visitors stick to the north side, where popular attractions ranging from Covent Garden (no garden, it's actually a district of great shopping and restaurants - the most visited spot in the UK), Soho, the theatres, museums, Trafalgar Sq., Harrod's...Buckingham Palace etc. are all easily accessed. But the river - which looks so brown and sluggish in aerial photos - snakes its way though the city with a silently swift power. Way down east are the remnants of the docklands (heavily destructed during WWII) with 'modern London (Canary Wharf etc.) rising like some phoenix, all glimmer and glass, while across on the south side is Greenwich and beautiful Blackheath, home of the international time zone (GMT) and more traditional London living, respectively. Sweeping west from there one encounters the old and the new, the low and the high in architecture...the bold, the beautiful, the good and the bad, from the wonderful Tate Modern gallery...until the classic homes of Chelsea, Putney Bridge and Chiswick arise on the right. Then Kew and Richmond...Thames Ditton and beyond, where London living really steps up a few notches, with Kew Gardens, riverside pubs, Hampton court...until the bucolic England of paintings by the likes of Turner emerges. A cruise is recommended (there are services near Westminster Bridge), but do so on a sunny day. Check your map beforehand to ensure the extent of the craft's range lets you see as much as possible. If that is too ambitious, take a daytime flight on the Eye and see for miles. Ideally do both. And take a camera.

1  Thank Wayne B
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Reviewed 30 April 2014

It's beautiful but much narrower than Nile in Egypt, the Thames cruise is beautiful especially if the weather is sunny with some breeze, the narrating guide was good as well.

Thank Ahmed A
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Reviewed 23 April 2014

I have done this trip so many times but I never tire of it. Lots to see and great tour information throughout. You can do short trips, one way or return or even go as far as Greenwich and see the Cutty Sark and Maritime Museum. Brilliant and good fun for all the family.

1  Thank garfieldBelfast
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Reviewed 19 April 2014

What a great river trip on the Thames River so much to see, you can sit below and listen to the tour information or sit up top which we did and soak up all the sited. The River isn't the cleanest in the world but if your in LONDON you have got to take this tour. Worth every penny

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