London River Thames - Things to See
Discover the city's iconic landmarks with our guide of things to see on London's River Thames
The Thames River spans 215 miles and is an iconic landmark of London, flowing through the heart of the city. One of the best ways to explore the capital is on a River Bus with Uber Boat by Thames Clippers. You’ll see some of the best landmarks and attractions in London along the banks of the river, giving you a unique perspective of the city.
Don’t forget to pack your camera and look out for the key sights along the way…
Thames River Roamer
One of the best ways to see London is with an Uber Boat by Thames Clippers River Roamer ticket, which offers unparalleled views of the city from the water. With 23 stops across the length of the river, from Greenwich to Tower Hill, Westminster and the London Eye, you can explore London's great landmarks by river.
The boat trips run all year long, with timetables dependent on the season – more services run in the summer months and later into the lighter evenings for that perfect sunset experience. You'll have full access to the River Roamer for the day. Boats depart every 20 minutes from major piers.
Just down from the Houses of Parliament, Westminster Pier is perfect to see a more historic side of London. From here you can get a great photo shot of the Houses of Parliament, visit the Household Cavalry Museum and the unmissable UNESCO World Heritage Site, Westminster Abbey. The wedding church of Prince William and Kate and the coronation church of the Royal Family since William the Conqueror, it’s one of London’s finest historic attractions and well worth a visit with your London Pass.
London Eye Pier
You’ll find this pier right beside the London Eye, along from the London Aquarium and down from Big Ben. This pier is good to get off to explore the cultural hub of the Southbank, every Londoner’s favourite place. Lined with pop-up eateries, rooftop bars and theatres, not to mention the British Film Institute and National Theatre, the Southbank is iconic for its cultural offering, least to mention its unforgettable location. Along the way down Bankside you will also pass the historic Shakespeare’s Globe, a replica of the one that burnt down in the 17th century, as well as the Tate Modern art gallery.
The Tower Pier is a hot spot to get off to see the Tower of London and Tower Bridge. Enter one of London’s most popular historic attractions and learn about the kings and queens who ruled, from the scandals of the past to the secrets of the court. Next walk along Tower Bridge, one of London’s most iconic bridges and monuments. As a Victorian landmark, it marks the first ever bridge across the Thames and is in use to this day. Take in the breath-taking views across the capital on the new Glass Walkway, too.
Travel east down the River to Greenwich to behold an open, greener space nestled in the city. Greenwich is the answer to all things maritime, with the National Maritime Museum and historic Cutty Sark. Step over the meridian line at the Royal Observatory and take in the views over Greenwich Park before walking down to the market for some freshly produced picnic food.
Exploring London by river is a great way to see all the different sides of this fascinating city. What is guaranteed is that you’ll pass some great London landmarks along the way, from the Houses of Parliament to the iconic Shakespeare’s Globe.
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