City cruises operate on a hop-on, hop-off basis and run from Westminster, Waterloo, Tower and Greenwich Piers with commentary along the way. All the departure points are convenient for the city’s various sights, with Greenwich Pier ideal for the Cutty Sark and the National Maritime Museum and the Royal Observatory. The River Red Rover ticket allows unlimited one-day cruising, there’s also the Rail and River Rover ticket allowing unlimited one-day travel by river and on the DLR and single or return tickets are available for shorter journeys.
In addition, there are a variety of speciality cruises including Lunch and Tea cruises; the first, an hour-and-45-minute trip which includes a two-course lunch, the second a 1.5-hour afternoon meander down the Thames with tea, cakes, scones and sandwiches. Later on, the Riverlights and Sundowner cruises allow you to admire the city’s skyline from the comfort of the river, while enjoying live music and complimentary sparkling wine and canapés.
Or, for something even more extravagant, try the Thames Jazz cruise, a three-hour trip down the river accompanied by a swing and latin jazz band. As well the entertainment, there’s a three-course meal, and you’ll be welcomed aboard with a free glass of fizz. And if that’s not enough, try the Showboat cruise, a three-and-a-half hour voyage along the river, which includes a four-course dinner, live show tunes, a free half bottle of wine per passenger and –if you feel so inclined – dancing.