London by Water : The Best Tours and Where to Jump Off to See the Sights

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London is a unique capital in that it’s almost entirely cut in half by the Thames. This was a massive boost to the city in times past, enabling it to grow into an industrial powerhouse and the hub of an empire.

What it means regarding today’s visitors to the city is that it’s the perfect spot to take in everything the capital has to offer. A tour along the Thames can put you within touching distance of most of the major sights of London, and many tours even give you the option to jump off and back on to take a close look at famous landmarks of your choosing. And we’ve made sure that every tour is easy to reach from the Montcalm luxury hotels.

City Cruises

City Cruises is one of the well-regarded Thames tour providers, and it’s been taking visitors to the capital up and down the river for years. And one of the things that appeals so much about City Cruises is their dedication to showing visitors to London everything – and we mean everything – they need to see.

Modern London with city cruise, England

The River Red Rover option covers the biggies like Westminster, Big Ben, the Tower of London and Greenwich, but the service doesn’t end there. With the purchase of a River Red Rover ticket, you benefit from a 24-hour hop on, hop off river pass. What this means is that if, say, you want a closer look at Westminster Palace – and we recommend you take the time to do so – you can explore the area and jump back on whatever River Red Rover comes along next. And, if you’re a mite peckish after your sightseeing, you’re only a short journey from the fabulous Chiswell Street Dining Rooms.

Cruises depart every 40-minutes, and the various embarkation points are within easy reaching distance of Montcalm at the Brewery.

Bateaux London Cruises

If you want a Thames tour with a little something extra, Bateaux London Cruises offer a refined dining experience while you drift past London’s most iconic sights.

Bateaux London Cruises

And the great thing about this tour is that you can choose the time of day you want to strike out and take in the landmarks with breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea or supper. All food on the cruise is prepared onboard the vessel, with seasonal offerings at different times of the year.

What makes Bateaux London Cruises one of the best Thames tours is the fact that it feels like a unique, refined experience. It’s the ideal cruise for couples looking to forge some unforgettable memories, and the Victoria Embankment departure point is only a short hop from The Montcalm luxury hotels.

Evan Evans

Evan Evans offers a range of different Thames cruise options, but the one you need to sample if you want to combine the journey with some sightseeing is the ‘Greenwich Attractions and Return River Cruise’.

double-decker boat - View of the Thames from Tower Bridge - London, England
Double Decker Boats

The double-decker boat takes you past all the big London Sights, so there’s no missing out, but it then proceeds down to Greenwich and drops you off. Even better, entry into the famous Cutty Sark and the Royal Observatory are part of the ticket price, so you can spend as long as you like exploring the historic area and then return whenever you want.