City Cruises run the most popular boats in London. You might have seen their red ferries on the river: they are those big wide one, with lots of open-air seats on top.
They run up and down between Westminster Pier (the closest stop for Big Ben, Parliament and Westminster Abbey) and Greenwich Pier (for the Cutty Sark and Royal Observatory), stopping at Tower Millennium Pier halfway through (for Tower Bridge and the Tower of London). Along the way you'll have a great view of some of London's most famous landmarks, including the Tate Modern, Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, St. Paul's Cathedral and HMS Belfast.
Craig has travelled on this boat several times, and has written a big review of what he thought — including some photos of what you can see along the way. Here is his review of City Cruises.
Feel free to ask Craig a question about City Cruises.
If we're being honest, then you might find that this boat is too overcrowded. It's the one you get included with the London Pass, and as part of the Original Bus Tour, so every tourist has a ticket for it. Some days it's so crowded that you can't even get a decent seat. So if you fancy a boat, but not the queues, then you might like to book a TRS River Cruise instead, who's booth is next-door to City Cruises. The only real difference is that they stop at St. Katharine's Pier instead of Tower Millennium Pier, which is the one on the other side of Tower Bridge (it's only a couple of minutes walk away -- it's no big deal). You might like to read Craig's review of the TRS River Cruise before you book, and compare both companies.
Craig’s review – “City Cruises operate the most popular boats in town. I think I prefer the TRS boats though -- you can catch them from the same pier and they both go to the same stops, but City Cruises always seems to be packed out from stern to bow. Their boats are bigger and they have a lot more seats on top, but I think you get a much nicer ride with TRS. City Cruises is for the to… continued”
Trs Boat Cruise London at TRS River Cruise – Every day – Spend a leisurely afternoon on a TRS river cruise from Big Ben to Greenwich, and see some of the sights along the river.
Thames Rockets at Thames Rockets – Every day – A trip on a Thames Rocket is something you'll never forget, speeding down the river underneath the London's bridges.
Thames Clippers at Thames Clippers – Every day – Thames Clippers offer one-way, return or all-day trips along a 15-mile stretch of the river between Putney and Greenwich.
Bateaux London at Bateaux London – Every day – Bateaux London offers you great cuisine and live entertainment onboard the boat, as it sails serenely down the Thames.
Jason’s Trip, from Little Venice to Camden – 1 Apr to 3 Nov 2019 – Jason's Trip runs a beautiful painted 100-year old canal boat down the Regent's Canal, from Little Venice to Camden Lock.
Somerset House Historical Highlights – Every Thu and Sat – This tour has tales about Tudor intrigues and the extravagant entertainments laid on during Georgian times
Guided walk around Charles Dickens’ London – Every Fri – This guided walk will take you around some of the most memorable streets and locations that Charles Dickens used in his novels.
Look for more sightseeing boat trips in February
If you enjoy City Cruises then you might like to visit Jason’s Trip (catch the train from Westminster to Warwick Avenue), Thames Rockets (you can walk it in 6 mins), Thames Clippers (you can walk it in 6 mins) and TRS river cruise (you can walk there in less than 1 min)