Over the centuries, London has been a trade epicentre. Much of this trade came from Europe and through the city and its magnificent River Thames, culminating in the Great Exhibition in the 19th century, which celebrated the many people who come through the city. To this very day you can experience the wealth of diversity which was a result of the Thames, on which you can sail like a merchant of old. Seeing the city from the river gives a unique perspective, the Big Ben bookending the city centre whilst the magnificent skyline is pierced by buildings such as Canary Wharf and the Gherkin. With so much to see from the Thames, it is often a great way to get your bearings around the city for guests at the Montcalm London Marble Arch and beyond. Below you can find a list of some of the best boat trips you can take in the city, from the Thames Barrier to the calm canals.
What better way to buffer your day of art than with an idyllic trip along the River Thames. The Tate Clipper runs between the Tate Modern on Bankside to the Tate Britain in Pimlico, due to the fact that both galleries are located next to the River Thames. This makes for a grand day out for any art lover, who can enjoy the contemporary international art work of the Tate Modern as well as the Tate Britain which has become one of the national Galleries for British Art.
Tea on the Thames
If you’ve tired of the Restaurants around West London, a nice afternoon tea on a River Thames boat could be for you. With a light lunch of sandwiches, scones, cakes and tea and coffee, you can enjoy your afternoon tea with a live commentary of the sites along the River Thames. This two hour tour is perfect for those who are hungry to learn more about the city as well as for a tasty bite to eat.
High Octane boat rides
Jump aboard a RIB Boat on the Thames for a high speed tour. For something less relaxing and more adrenaline fuelled, these tours can last from anywhere up to 75 minutes and rockets away from several different. Sites whether you want to see the Thames Barrier or past the O2 arena, you can be sure to have a whale of a time aboard the heart pumping RIB boats, some of the fastest in England.
Hop on Hop off Tours
One problem people always have with boat tours is that they usually take a long time or require a lot of planning. Sometimes it’s nice to quietly glide along the river, soaking up the sites, but for many who have a tight schedule to keep to, it may be a better idea to book a hop on and hop off tour. These boats travel all along the Thames and with this ticket you’re welcome to get off at any dock along the Thames, meaning that you can explore the likes of the Tate on Bankside or explore the grand greenery of Chiswick whenever it suits you.