- 1 River Cruise London Sightseeing with Kids?
- 2 Rest your feet
- 3 Keep an eye out for…
- 4 The Inside Scoop
- 5 Eat and Drink
- 6 Thinking about a family trip to London?
- 7 Toadstool Rating (by the kids)
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River Cruise London Sightseeing with Kids?
One heavenly blue-sky day, the kids and I made our way through Hyde Park to the Thames river via Big Ben. The kids were awed by the great brown river in front of them, much more so than the historical significance of any of the buildings around them, so we made a snap decision to take advantage of their interest and jump on a river cruise London from Big Ben to Tower Bridge.
With the London Eye shining brightly to the left, we made our way to the City Cruises ticket office on the Westminster Pier, via a steep pram-unfriendly staircase below the Westminster Bridge. City Cruises sightseeing cruises depart every 30 minutes from piers at Westminster, London Eye, Tower and Greenwich. They also run circular cruises from Tower and Bankside pier.
Rest your feet
With snacks and a few sweet treats in hand, the kids were happy to take a break from all the walking/strollering and kick back on the boat. We took a seat on the far left side of the boat, heading in the direction of Tower Bridge but as long as you claimed ‘window’ seats, the kids would be happy. There’s cultural sights on both sides of the river, and they are big enough to spot without having to jump up and down.
Keep an eye out for…
Between Westminster Bridge and Tower Bridge, the kids can spot:
- Houses of Parliament (as if they’d want to!)
- Palace of Whitehall
- Big Ben
- London Eye
- Oxo Tower
- St Paul’s Cathedral
- The strangely shaped ‘Gherkin’ building
- The Shard
- HMS Belfast
- Waterloo Bridge
- Millenium Footbridge
- London Bridge
- Tower of London
- The Tower Bridge
While the kids may not be in awe of these historical buildings, YOU will be! London is exceptional.
The Inside Scoop
Live or recorded commentary is usually available. We had a very funny guy sharing stories of England, new and old. Even Ned could keep up, and laugh along he did!
- Departures begin from around 10am. In summer/spring, river cruise London boats operate until around 7pm. In Winter/Autumn, the last cruise of the day finishes earlier. For last boats of the day, please check with staff or visit here to view timetables. River Cruises London with City Cruises continue in all-weather on every day of the week, all year round, from four piers in the heart of London: Westminster, London Eye, Tower, and Greenwich.
- A 24 hour Hop-On Hop-Off Family Pass (2A + 3C) is the cheapest way to go if there’s two adults in your family. Cost in total is £33.30 as the kids go free! Buy your family ticket here.
- We bought a Tower Bridge Combo ticket including a Hop-on Hop-off all day sightseeing River Cruise London from Westminster to Tower Pier, and entry into the Tower Bridge exhibition. The cost of the package was £24.75 for adults, £11.84 for kids 5 -15, and Jack was free, as children aged 0 -4 go FREE!
- You can also combine a City Cruises 24-hour sightseeing pass with one of fifteen other top London attractions with our tour packages. Choose from: London Eye, Tower of London, The View from the Shard, Shrek’s Adventure! London, Sea Life Aquarium, Madame Tussauds, the London Dungeon, The London Bridge Experience, Ripley’s Believe It or Not, Cutty Sark, Royal Observatory, St Paul’s Cathedral, The Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre Exhibition & Tour, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew and Above and Beyond Exhibition at the National Maritime Museum Greenwich. See package prices and buy tickets here.
- Phone: +44 (0) 20 77 400 400.
- City Cruises (River Cruise London) Website
- Email (guest relations): email@example.com
Travel options – Pick your Departure Pier
- The pier is situated next to Westminster Bridge, by the entrance to Westminster underground station, which connects you to the Circle, District and Jubilee lines.
London Eye Pier
- Occasionally known as Waterloo Millennium Pier, this is close to Waterloo underground and railway stations and across the river from Embankment and Charing Cross underground and railway station. The pier is located directly beneath the capital’s London Eye.
- Tower Pier is close to Tower Hill underground station, Tower Gateway DLR station, and London Bridge train station is not far off.
- Greenwich Pier is near to Cutty Sark DLR station (Cutty Sark for Maritime Greenwich). It is also close to Greenwich railway station.
Location and Map
Eat and Drink
- Boats have café-bars with sandwiches, snacks, soft drinks, wine, beer and more.
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