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River Thames Evening Cruise
3.5

River Thames Evening Cruise

By City Cruises
About
End a busy day of sightseeing on the Thames River on this sunset boat ride. This cruise sails by London's main attractions, from Westminster to Canary Wharf. As you watch the sun set, relax on the open-air deck with a glass of sparkling wine (or soft drink) and canapés, and catch must-see sights such as the Houses of Parliament, Big Ben, and the London Eye.
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Ages 13-99, max of 100 per group
Duration: 2h
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Highlights
  • Enjoy a relaxing end to a busy day of sightseeing
  • This is a good option for first-time visitors to London
  • See the London cityscape and its top attractions from the water
  • Additional alcoholic drinks are available for purchase

  • Glass of sparkling wine or soft drink
  • Snacks
  • Sightseeing cruise
What's not included
  • Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase)


Start:
  • City Cruises London Tower Pier, Tower Millennium Pier, London EC3N 4DT, UK
    Boarding at: 18.15 Cruising: 18:30 to 20:30
End:This activity ends back at the meeting point.

    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Service animals allowed
    • 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: 3542EVENING

    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Dress code is smart casual
    • Minimum age is 13 years
    • To adhere to government COVID-19 guidelines, background music will be played during the cruise instead of live entertainment.
    • Most travellers can participate
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
    • 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 100 travellers

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

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    Itinerary
    • Tower Millennium Pier, London EC3N 4DT, UK
      Boarding at: 18.15 Cruising: 18:30 to 20:30
    • 1
      board at Tower Pier, please arrive 20 minutes before your departure time
      Pass by
      Tower of London
      HMS Belfast
      The Shard
      Shakespeare's Globe Theatre
      Big Ben
      Houses of Parliament
      Tower Bridge
      Canary Wharf
      London Eye
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    • City Cruises
      6,144
      London, England
      Joined in October 2013
    • Carbar18
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Must must Do
      Fabulous; boat ride. Service , dinner and music; the appearance in approaching the boat was a little questionable, but once we got on the boat, it was a fabulous night. Definitely a must would do it again.
      Written 26 May 2024
    • shannonrD855BB
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Great way to sitesee on a pretty day!
      We lucked out on a beautiful sunny day with perfect temperatures. We missed our 10am boat but another was along in 10 minutes so that wasn’t an issue. The trip was relaxing and informative. Our crew did a great job. Food & beverages were available for purchase. Sitting up top gave a great view for pictures. I would do this again and again! Be sure to bring cash for a tip or ask for the QR code.
      Written 26 May 2024
    • Monica O
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Will definitely be back
      We chose this trip to celebrate our daughter’s 25th birthday. We experienced some difficulties finding the pier bit where extremely impressed with how the cruise company handled everything.
      Written 25 May 2024
    • JJRuchotzke
      0 contributions
      3.0 of 5 bubbles
      No heat on busses. Really Really Cold.
      The buses were rerouted several times, because of protestors, which was not the fault of the tour company. We received an e-mail before we went that some of the stops would be closed. However, that seemed to change, by the minute, and no one told us, we weren’t going to the Cathedral. So, after three hours, we didn’t get to where we wanted to go. We would have gotten off much earlier if we had been kept apprised of the changed route. Also, be aware that the busses are not heated (or at least ours wasn’t).
      Written 21 May 2024
    • jodyw874
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Trip on the Thames
      We just thought we were going on a ferry on the Thames, we weren't expecting the amazing, informative and funny commentary from crew member Dillian, it really made the trip so much more memorable. Thank you. Highly recommend to anyone with a sense of humour 👌
      Written 21 May 2024
    • jamesgS1020UG
      0 contributions
      1.0 of 5 bubbles
      Wouldn’t recommend - too expensive for what you get.
      Was pretty excited about this, but I ended up getting ignored and had to go ask for my tea - took until we were about 40 min into the trip to get it (and the first time I asked I was basically told to buzz off). The food was okay (emphasis on okay). The ride was nice, however the compartment was really full, which made it hot and uncomfortable. My advice? hit a museum instead or take a cheaper boat tour. 100 pounds is massively overvaluing this experience.
      Written 20 May 2024
    • 210aaronb
      0 contributions
      4.0 of 5 bubbles
      nice relaxing boat ride
      Glad we did this, don't remember the price, but I think it was essentially a very overpriced taxi, if you are only wanting to use it to get one end of the Thames to the other. However, we had a delightful narrator on our boat, funny, gave us some good history, it was a nice way to see things we otherwise wouldn't have made it to. Would recommend. Not fast, if efficiency is your goal, this isn't it. 40 minutes between boats seemed like a long wait. If you plan on "hop on, Hop off" at multiple piers, make sure you plan for lots of extra time. Didn't see a time table listed.
      Written 18 May 2024
    • Pobswy
      0 contributions
      4.0 of 5 bubbles
      Please change dessert
      This is a lovely cruise and the food is usually perfect,but I don’t know whether they have changed caterers,but the dessert served today was not at all nice.Most people hardly touched it. Please please bring back the Triple chocolate dessert you served in 2020-2022,even the lemon meringue was good.
      Written 17 May 2024
    • kazmelneilly
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Nice atmospheric experience
      All good, only criticism is the menu was not known until it was served. If you have dietary needs I'm sure these would have been taken into account.
      Written 17 May 2024
    • G1942LSryanw
      0 contributions
      4.0 of 5 bubbles
      Great price, nice trip
      The staff are super friendly and helpful. The views are great and it was organized / run really well. The tea and snacks could have been better but you get what you pay for. I’d splurge and get a window table if you can as some are more toward the middle of the boat which can make it hard to see.
      Written 16 May 2024
    • Amkjbe
      0 contributions
      1.0 of 5 bubbles
      Give it a miss
      Save your money, have a cruise down the river and lunch somewhere else. Boarded quickly and efficiently, drinks served quickly then came the food. There was a menu with a mushroom dish or chicken, we were not asked what we wanted just served chicken. The plate was cold, the food was just warm. The beans were tough and not cooked, it was not enjoyable. No choice for the pudding a lemon cake, tasted stale with sickly butter cream, it was awful. The boat was half full so while we were eating they started laying the tables for the afternoon tea. Not a cheap cruise and certainly not good value for money. Never again.
      Written 14 May 2024
    • Jennifer T
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Fabulous evening on the Thames
      I booked the murder mystery dinner cruise for my friend’s birthday. The information on the booking confirmation was clear and easy. When we arrived it was a bit difficult to work out exactly where to wait but we then saw a sign saying to wait there until staff came. We were then boarded quickly and very efficiently taken to our table. I had stated that I don’t eat fish or seafood and our host pointed out the different starter for me. I was very pleased when the main course came that they hadn’t given me the vegetarian option as I do eat meat so that was really well organised. The actors wandered through the cabin and chose people to take part, my friend was asked to play a part which she was very happy about. The actual captain of the ship did some announcements- which were very useful and amusing! The acting was gloriously hammy and great fun and they got the dinners involved. At the end we had to work out who had committed the murder. I’m very proud to say I was the only person who guessed correctly - but no spoilers here!! It was an amazing experience that was very well organised, very entertaining and good food all to the amazing backdrop of the river Thames at night
      Written 10 May 2024
    • gregorykY1668RE
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Greenwich to London
      Fantastic way to get to town instead of the tube or train, a great holiday buzz about it, I would do it every time I come the london
      Written 9 May 2024
    • Curious20607384055
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Nice boat!!! Nice cruise
      I recommend this service to everyone. It was a pleasant experience, you will have the most beautiful views of the city of London. It is worth it if you are in London, the entire crew on the ship is very friendly, especially Justin who can be found at Pier B in Cutty Sark
      Written 8 May 2024
    • Sunshine01276281132
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      I had a great experience with City Cruises and I want to repeat it
      It has been an unforgettable experience taking a cruise across the river with you guys from City Cruises, I came from Seville, Spain and enjoyed it very much. I am very satisfied with the attention from the staff, the boat guide has been very funny and we had a good time, the facilities and service of the boat have been very good, they are clean and comfortable. I would like to highlight the work of Justin, the guy who is at Pier B in Cutty Sark, he has been very kind and helpful to us, he has done a good job so that we had a nice experience. Thanks guys!
      Written 8 May 2024
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    3.5
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    Michael H
    Norfolk, VA3 contributions
    2.0 of 5 bubbles
    July 2023
    I was very disappointed by this river cruise. The boat itself was fine. However, the entire purpose of the outing for us was to see the major sites of London from a different vantage point, just like the event description promised. Instead, the tour started late and headed along the river away from Parliament, Big Ben, etc., etc., to cruise past utterly nondescript neighborhoods on both river banks. I assumed that we would turn around and hit the highlights on the return when the novelty of being on the boat and having an initial drink had worn off and people were ready to enjoy the sites. That was not the case. On top of the poor itinerary, the food ("canapes" in the description) were paltry and of low quality and the free drink was a watered down Aperol Spritz. Prices at the bar were high, and the food available for purchase was of the snack bar variety. The "jazz" was a lone singer singing to a pre-recorded track, but to her credit, she performed very well. The staff were generally friendly and helpful. The highlight of the evening was the high school student group celebrating the end of term and getting up to dance en masse creating a festive mood. Perhaps our particular cruise had a truncated route for some reason, but if your goal is to see the sights and have a curated evening out, this cruise is not the way to do it.
    Written 19 July 2023
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    Hello mdh98368, Thank you for your feedback, we are sorry to hear that it didn't meet your expectations. Our normal route on the evening cruise is to depart from Tower Pier and make way up river towards Westminster. Sometimes due to tide we are unable to reach Westminster. We appreciate your feedback and we will look into ways to improve our experience and let our guests know reasons why we can't fulfil our standard routes. Kind regards City Cruises
    Written 28 July 2023
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    KaneyCumbria_England
    Workington, UK256 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Feb 2020
    We took a trip up the Thames with City Cruises on Sunday 2nd Feb.
    It was a cold night and only a handful of us on the boat but nevertheless I thoroughly enjoyed it.
    There was a singer on board, which to be honest I rather dreaded as if they're bad it can ruin the trip. But the guy, (Dan I think) was brilliant.
    Although a cold night It was the most chilled out I've felt in a while sailing up the Thames listening to this talented guy singing.
    We didn't eat the canapes as we'd eaten shortly before boarding.
    The only negative is I thought we'd have sailed past the Houses of Parliament and we didn't, I'd have like to have seen them from the boat at night time and we expected we would be going that far so was a little disappointed when the boat turned round.
    But It was a good trip and I enjoyed it more than I expected to.
    And big up for Dan the singer, should have tried for xfactor!
    Written 8 February 2020
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    Emma
    9 contributions
    1.0 of 5 bubbles
    Sept 2021 • Couples
    Would rate 0 if I could as we never actually got to experience the evening cruise because the company wouldn’t accept a voucher purchased through Wowcher. Despite their being availability on their website for full price tickets, they told us the dates we had selected were sold out for voucher holders. Poor customer service, very unwilling to help. Would be cautious of purchasing a ticket via Wowcher as there is no way to check ‘voucher availability’ before purchasing and company are unwilling to accommodate.
    Written 11 September 2021
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    scotland2022
    45 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Dec 2022
    My friend & I attended this cruise on Sunday evening. We actually weren't sure what to expect, but were so impressed and absolutely adored the experience. We initially thought it would be open top, so we were worried about not having the appropriate outerwear and being cold, however the boat was completely covered and heated, it was so cosy. The cruise was comfortable, festive & the vibes were great. There is also plenty of window seats for all guests, meaning nobody is sat in a bad spot. We were greeted with a free prosecco and there was also food being passed around. The only thing I would say is that people started helping themselves to the platters of food on display, which I found a little bit unhygienic, and noticed someone's hair floating about on top of the food. I know it might mean more effort for the staff, but I think the food should be passed around instead of a free for all, to avoid eating food that others have touched. There is a bar on board and the bar staff were a delight. Bottle of prosecco £28 but I will let that go due to the setting you drink it in! The live music was amazing, Ashling (I believe that was her name) was a beautiful singer & sang a range of old classics, to Christmas music & made the trip. Honestly, I would totally recommend this, for £33 you really get your moneys worth. I have lived in London before & have family here, so I visit regularly, however this is something completely different and I would recommend this to anyone & everyone! Thank you :)
    Written 8 December 2022
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    Hello anon19977, Thank you for taking the time to write about your evening cruise and we are delighted to hear how much you enjoyed your time on board. We are glad you liked the indoor saloon and you found it comfortable and liked the food and drink on board. Thanks again, we hope to welcome you on board again soon! City Cruises
    Written 23 January 2023
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    SS1971
    Edmond, OK158 contributions
    2.0 of 5 bubbles
    This would have been a great evening if not for the large group of drunk American college kids screaming and hollering and dancing about. Also didn’t help that one local felt like he was at Woodstock and had to dance about like a fool.

    Maybe less alcohol or maybe employees should ask guests to be respectful of others.

    Also - note that this is a cruise intended to relax and see the sites. There isn’t any information provided about your surroundings.

    Lastly - it stops and turns around before you reach parliament.
    Written 17 July 2022
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    Hello SS1971, Thank you for taking the time to write your feedback about your Evening Cruise and sorry we didn't meet your expectations this time. Firstly we apologise on behalf of the guests who may have been too loud and we will look into this as we want all our guests to have fun and enjoy their cruise. In regards to the commentary, we state on our website the Evening Cruise doesn't have live or recorded commentary, and the cruise is more a chilled trip with live music and more to set the scene for the rest of your evening. The reason we don't go further up the Thames is because of high tides our boats cannot go underneath some of the bridges, but we feel the section of the cruise we do travel has the most iconic sights that London has on offer! Many thanks City Cruises
    Written 25 July 2022
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    kayley
    Bristol, UK15 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Me and my partner did this evening cruise for my early birthday trip to London. It was absolutely amazing. The views are great, you get a drink of Prosecco on arrival and lots of nibbles as you go along. There was a live singer and the trip was around 2 hours long in total. I would highly recommend this river cruise to anyone who is debating booking. You will not regret it.
    Written 23 January 2023
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    Hello Climber62651908250, Thank you for taking the time to write about your sightseeing cruise, we love hearing how much you enjoyed your time on board! Many thanks, and we hope to see you on board again soon! City Cruises
    Written 6 February 2023
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    Peter22London
    London, UK5 contributions
    1.0 of 5 bubbles
    I book this for my anniversary with my partner. ( his fluent free) When booking I make sure was gluten free option and they confirm to me. When arrived I make sure was some gluten free option and this was not they also say to me they not doing gluten free option from more then 5 years. Not sure why they ask the allergy as food was not provided. They say music all the time and this was not just 2 song at the start and 2 song at the end. Prosecco was no a real prosecco but was more a cava and a chip one.
    During the night when already home I been sick 4 time this was 100% food been provide. Super bad experience will never never come back
    Written 17 April 2022
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    Phill
    Lossiemouth, UK100 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    The signage was poor before embarking. The crew were very good. The singer was excellent, unfortunately there was a very boisterous group and they disrupted her set. We went up to the top deck to escape them. The views from the boat were fantastic though.. the canapés were OK but the drinks they served were not to my taste at all.
    Written 15 July 2023
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    Hello incomerloon, Thank you for taking the time to write about your evening cruise, we love hearing how much you enjoyed your time on board and that you liked the food and entertainment. Many thanks, and we hope to see you on board again soon! City Cruises
    Written 27 July 2023
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    Harley hippie
    Florence, OR195 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    I said above so I could see everything more clearly. I think everybody enjoyed all the different tea sandwiches that we had on this cruise. Downstairs. They had a DJ singing in a lot of people liked him but what I heard I didn't really care for. There was not much history to see on this cruise, but I'm still glad I did it
    Written 24 May 2024
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    wherewegoin
    Westerville, OH112 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Sept 2023 • Couples
    This was a good cruise. We sat on the top floor because it was a clear warm evening. It was fun seeing everything lit up. We were very impressed with the champagne to start, followed up by some tasty and fancy snacks/h'ordeurves. Staff was very friendly. The only thing we did not like was that there was no commentary and we had expected commentary to tell us what we were seeing.
    Written 22 September 2023
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    Hello Thank you for taking the time to write about your evening cruise, we love hearing how much you enjoyed your time on board and that you liked the canapés and entertainment. We state on our website that there isn't commentary on the evening cruise instead you will be listening to chill-out songs from a live performer. Many thanks, and we hope to see you on board again soon! City Cruises
    Written 26 September 2023
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