This is not your normal kind of boat trip on the river... if you're expecting a nice, leisurely and relaxing ride as it floats slowly down the Thames, then forget it!
You should be able to guess how fast it is by the company's name: Thames Rockets. You'll be zooming under the capital's bridges in a speeding boat. You'll only be travelling at 35mph, but it seems like ten times that when you're actually sitting inside with the water spray in your face. I think it's probably something to do with how close you are to the water... The wind will be buffeting your face and the icy sea will be bulleting your skin, and you'll be holding on tight and praying for it to end!
Only joking... it's not that bad. But it's certainly the speediest you can go down the river. This is a real thrill ride. You'll have a live guide at the front trying to entertain you as you zoom past the Houses of Parliament, the London Eye, Tower of London and Tower Bridge, before 'pulling G' at Canary Wharf. But it's not the sights you're here to see: they are just the icing on the cake. It's the speed of the boat that provides the entertainment.
Important note: You will have to undergo a safety briefing before you set off. The tour operates in all weather conditions, and wet weather gear will be provided for all ages and sizes. You will definitely get wet.
If you quite like the idea of a boat tour, but you don't fancy the speed (...and let's face it, the sheer terror!) of an Thames Rocket, then you might like to check out the London Duck Tour instead, which uses an amphibious vehicle to explore London on the road and river. If you'd rather have a slow boat, then try Thames Clippers, City Cruises and Thames River Services.
TRS river cruise, from Big Ben to Greenwich – 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.
Boat trip down the Thames, with City Cruises – Every day – City Cruises offer one-way, return or all-day boat trips between Westminster and Greenwich, stopping off at Tower Bridge.
Thames Clippers, from Putney to Greenwich – Every day – Thames Clippers offer one-way, return or all-day trips along a 15-mile stretch of the river between Putney and Greenwich.
Dinner cruise on the river, with 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 May
If you enjoy Thames Rockets then you might like to visit City Cruises (you can walk it in 6 mins), Jason’s Trip (catch the train from Waterloo to Warwick Avenue), Thames Clippers (you can walk there in less than 1 min) and TRS river cruise (you can walk it in 6 mins)
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