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High-Speed Thames River RIB Cruise in London

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iconOffered in: English

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Overview

Let your adrenaline levels go through the roof during a white-knuckle ride on the Thames River. Climb aboard a modern RIB (rigid-inflatable-boat) and satisfy an appetite for adventure as you soar past iconic landmarks like Big Ben, St. Paul’s Cathedral, and the London Eye. Enrich your knowledge of English history as you listen to illuminating onboard commentary, and experience the exhilaration of super-fast speeds up to 35 miles (56 km). Enjoy an intimate atmosphere on this small-group tour, limited to 12 people.
  • Glide past premier sights such as Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament in a modern RIB
  • Listen to your guide’s entertaining commentary and iconic British songs as you cruise
  • Choose the departure time most suited to your schedule
  • Numbers limited to 12 people, ensuring a small-group experience
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London Eye Waterloo Pier , London SE1 7PB, UK

The London Eye Pier is located directly underneath the London Eye, the ‘Boat ticket sales and entrance’ is on the right hand-side. Please do not queue at the ticket office as you have already pre-booked tickets, head straight down onto the floating pontoon towards Boarding Gate One.

This activity will end right where it started.
Select a start time convenient to you and then make your own way to the London Eye Pier in central London. Greet your expert guide and skipper, don a waterproof lifejacket and listen to a short safety briefing before stepping on board your modern RIB. 

Feel your excitement heighten as the boat’s engine roars into life and propels you toward iconic London landmarks like Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament, and St. Paul’s Cathedral. Gaze at the sharp spire of the Shard as you reach speeds of up to 35 miles (56 km) per hour.

Listen to fascinating commentary during slower periods of sailing and glide under the monumental Tower Bridge as your skipper yanks back the throttle and accelerates to high-velocity speeds. Gasp as your skipper performs break-neck turns and wave jumps, and then catch your breath during a brief interlude at Canary Wharf. 

Enjoy a leisurely cruise back to the boat’s original departure point and capture photographs of legendary sites during the return sail.
Itinerary
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Thames Rockets
Step on board at the world famous London Eye Pier and get ready for an adventure like no other!
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Thames River
Take to the river 21st century style - with just 12 passengers on board this is an up close and personal experience form start to finish.
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Houses of Parliament
Your on board guide will be your ally on this great adventure regaling you with tales of London's history.
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Big Ben
See the sights from the comfort of a small group tour on a high spec vehicle!
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St. Paul's Cathedral
Our vessels are small and manoeuvrable meaning you will get closer than on any other boat tour.
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Shakespeare's Globe Theatre
See the world famous Shakespeare's Globe Theatre as you sail along the iconic river.
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30 St Mary Axe (The Gherkin)
Spot famous landmarks around the city whilst on-board and don't forget to capture some great photos.
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The View from The Shard
See the tallest building in London and hold on tight before you blast up to 30 knots.
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Tower of London
Whoop and cheer as you bounce across the wake. This is sightseeing like no other!
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Tower Bridge
Our comic guides will share some interesting facts with you whilst you sail past many famous landmarks.
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Canary Wharf
Zoom up to 30 knots (35mph) around Canary Wharf and the Docklands.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Children under 14 years must be accompanied by an adult, minimum age is 6 months
  • All seats must be pre-booked with the supplier, refer to voucher for further details
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Thames Rockets
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during High-Speed Thames River RIB Cruise in London?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by High-Speed Thames River RIB Cruise in London.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during High-Speed Thames River RIB Cruise in London?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by High-Speed Thames River RIB Cruise in London.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during High-Speed Thames River RIB Cruise in London?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by High-Speed Thames River RIB Cruise in London.

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  • "You won’t get wet btw just be prepared for lots of wind!" See review
  • "Well worth it, wrap up though as it gets a bit chilly when the rocket gets going !!" See review

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star-5
Hilarious, interesting and fun!!
Theresa_S
, Jun 2022
SO FUN!!! And very informative!! Skipper Simon and tour guide (aka "cabin boy"!) Jazz were both very fun and personable!!! They made sure we were safe as their first priority......but fun was a close second!! We went up the Thames and received a hilarious but informative historical tour of the buildings along the river from Jazz and then (once past the Police Station) Simon cranked up the music and opened up the throttle!! He zigzagged up and down the river for a very exciting ride. It was awesome!!! Then we motored back and disembarked. A great start to our London visit!! Highly recommended!!!
star-5
Just Do It!
Marissa_W
, Jun 2022
We added this last minute and I am so happy we did! Bill and John were the best - funny and informative. The ride itself was thrilling and an absolute blast! I would definitely recommend this to anyone traveling to London, especially if the kids are in tow!
star-5
Great Experience with Great Guides!
Jeff_B
, Jun 2022
Great way to see and learn about landmarks of London. The guides (Jazz and Simon) were fantastic - entertaining, funny, high energy, informative.
star-5
Very informative and fun
Simon_L
, Jun 2022
Tour guide and driver were great. Would have liked a bit more turns and donuts during the high speed part.
star-5
Fantastic
Jason_H
, Jun 2022
All of it. Second time in 6 months. Highly recommend it. The whole experience was out of this world.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Fast, fun and memorable!
Josh_E
, Jun 2022
So much fun. The boat ride was informative as well! But the best part was flying down the Thames at super fast speeds!
star-5
Why did I not do it before
Jignesh_J
, Jun 2022
Brilliant experience. Why have I not done this before. Will do it again. Thanks to Rob and Brad. They were fantastic
star-5
Outstanding big smiles on our faces
Cecilia_A
, Jun 2022
Was fabulous would do it again and again . Our guide Jazz was so funny and informative . Wonderful time
star-4
High Adrenaline and can cause BRUISES
Lisa_G
, Jun 2022
We experienced the RIB Boat with your good selves on Saturday 11th at 12, as a party of 4. Whilst it was great fun, we did experience a moment on the ride whereby the boat crashed heavily on a wave…. We thought no more of this until we got off… I have a bruise on my thigh, my partner has a bruise on her ribs and her thigh and my sister in law ended up in hospital with thankfully, internal bruising….. So, whilst a high adrenaline ride, it does come with bumps and bruises….
star-5
Speedboat thrill ride on the Thames
Rajiv_M
, Jun 2022
Incredible experience. My teenagers enjoyed the ride. Great music which includes a James Bond tune. The skipper added some fun twists and turns. Entertaining Scottish guide. We all had great fun. Highly recommend.
star-5
Exciting Ride
Marie_U
, Jun 2022
Highly recommend, fun and very knowledgeable guide. Operator is very understanding and accommodating to reschedule due to my flight being delayed.
star-5
Such a fun way to see top sites
Adina_L
, Jun 2022
This was a real highlight of my trip! Such a fun way to see some major London sites. In the beginning near the biggest sites we went a little slower so we could enjoy the views, take pictures, and hear from the guide, and later we sped up. The speed part was really fun - fast enough to be exciting but not too fast that it was scary. The tour guide and everyone involved with the company were really nice.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Fun Fun Fun
jh1997
, Jun 2022
We had an excellent time with Russ and our boat captain. Definitely a unique way to see London from the Thames and Russ made it fun the whole time. Would definitely recommend everyone do this when they are in London.
star-5
London Fun For All Ages!!!
Jennifer_P
, Jun 2022
So much fun!!!! Great music, great fun for all ages!!! See all the sights in a super original way!!! And tour guides were incredibly entertaining!!!! Will definitely do again when back in London and highly recommend!!!!
star-5
Great experience
Christine_H
, Jun 2022
Decided to do something completely out my comfort zone for my 60th birthday, it was a great experience, lovely friendly crew (Jazz), they sang happy birthday to me, totally recommend the experience.
star-5
THANK YOU MAX & John
JasmineLee_L
, Jun 2022
LITERALLY had the best time of my life!!!! Even in the rain - Max (a million) and Capt. John were fun, knowledgeable and personable. They provided us ponchos, explained the reason for speed changes. Pointed out all of Londons historical buildings and statues. Really an amazing time - didn’t want it to end. Had a blast ok my birthday in the Rain
star-5
Fantastic
Andy_S
, Jun 2022
Everything went very smoothly absolutely no problems the staff was very friendly tour guide Ross was very entertaining and funny and Brad who drove the boat was brilliant very nice experience fantastic
star-5
Showing our Canadian friends a not so gentle trip on the Thames lol
Nicola_H
, Jun 2022
Our guide, he was very witty and informative. Loved the speed, great driver! My sister and I have done the Rib before but our friend's were over from Canada, they loved it, one of their best memories!!
star-5
Lots of fun, highly...
Karen_M
, Jun 2022
Lots of fun, highly recommended!! Geoff are host was very knowledgable and was good fun 🤩 a must when u visit London
star-5
Great fun/experience.
StephenF_D
, Jun 2022
Good fun and great experience overall. The crew (Stacy, Rob and Mark) did a great job for us. Stacy was terrific and a good host for the cruise. LOVED her humor. Well done everyone.

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