Have you seen the London from the Thames? Well you really should

So many great cities are always said to be seen best from the water. I’ve seen Venice, New York, Paris, Sydney all from the water so I have no idea why it took me so long to see the majestic London from the long and winding River Thames.

This week I righted my wrong.

The opportunity came along with some of my work colleagues as a change from the standard after work drinks. So instead of heading to a pub, we hot-footed it down to Westminster Bridge to go on the City Cruises Sundowner boat.

Now I didn’t really know what to expect. Obviously, a boat, that it would be touristy AF but also hopefully some insta worthy shots and a nice way to see the city. I certainly wasn’t expecting fizz on arrival, one of the most beautiful sunsets I’ve seen or that we would be up dancing to the onboard performer on the boat. Just wait for more on that later.

We were booked with City Cruises and they do cruises throughout the day. The one we went on, however, was the Sundowner Cruise. Tickets cost £32 per person (adults and children are the same prices). You can generally get a deal on Groupon so do check there first. The cruise departs from Westminster Pier which is easily accessible from Westminster tube station. You depart at 6.15/6.30ish and are then on the water for 2 hours so getting back to Westminster in time for dinner and drinks. There is fizz/soft drink on arrival and canapes severed throughout. There is also a bar if you want to have further drinks throughout the cruise. If that wasn’t enough they also provide an entertainer who performs throughout the journey. Mainly pop songs but also covers all eras to cater for the mix of ages. The lady we had was brilliant and she had our group and some others up dancing around during the cruise. The processco may have also helped with the dancing. I swear some of the other guests probably thought they had boarded with a group of crazy ladies but most of them got involved with our shenanigans. We did get to make friends with one of the guests they were over from the US and celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary. I’m sure when they booked their cruise they were expecting to be dancing around with us to Bruno Mars’s Up Town Funk.

The rain from earlier the day decided to disappear just as we boarded however it did mean that it was wet up top so for dry seating we did need to sit downstairs. The inside of the boat has lots of tables and its group seating. Had we not been such a large group we could have been sat and been able to chat with other guests. What we could do however was stand up top and take some photos (and drink some fizz) and watch the sunset then head back down below deck for some nibbles and a dance.

From the boat, we got to see so much of London and it truly is such a remarkable city. At the start of the cruise the London Eye was contrasted against the grey sky and by the end, it was a luminous red orb. Tower bridge looked postcard perfect before and after the sunset. You could see the Oxo Building, The Shard, St Pauls, Big Ben, red buses going over the bridges along the river, Londoners out on their evening runs, Canary Wharf and the super expensive homes along the banks of the river. I don’t think I’ve ever seen London look as beautiful as I did that evening.

The sunset decided to set just as we went under Tower Bridge making it the perfect silhouette against the sky. So quintessentially London. Seriously what is more London than watching the sunset behind the landmarks of the city, while on the Thames with wet puddles from the day’s rain around you and a Pimms in hand? If you are visiting London or even if you live in London I would 100% recommend doing a cruise like this and if your not sold yet then have a look at some of my snaps for further encouragement.

For more information on the crusie we did then check out this link below

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18 Comments Add yours

  1. This looks like a fun thin to do – next time we’re in London we might try it!


  2. blondieaka says:

    I love London and no matter how many times I HAVE


  3. blondieaka says:

    visited there is always something I have never seen before it is an amazing place 🙂


  4. Love Cake Create says:

    I’ve visited London a few times, but never actually been on the Thames! This looks like a really fun way to see the city.


  5. You aren’t doing too bad time wise Melanie, as it took me over 20 years from my first visit to when I saw London from the water! I enjoyed the sequence of photos.


  6. thebeasley says:

    I love London from the Thames. Great photos.


  7. I have had a staff night out on this boat trip snd it was fab! Thanks for the memories xx


  8. Lutheranliar says:

    So lovely! Your post makes me want to hop on a plane and get myself back to London. I once took a boat to Hampton Court. This was, gosh, at least fifteen years ago, because The Child was with me (at about Age 8) and absolutely refused to take her nose out of her book to admire the scenery. Sigh.


  9. On my bucket list to explore thanks for sharing


  10. emfletche says:

    Great shots Melanie, we’ve never done this either but fizz and dancing definitely sells me on the idea!


  11. chloevsworld says:

    Your photos are STUNNING! Thanks for sharing xo

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  12. Joanna says:

    I love the views of London from the Thames! I was lucky to attend a party on one of the City Cruises boats as well which started late in the afternoon so we got a chance to see a stunning sunset over the city as well. It was quite something to admire London from the boat, with a glass of fizz in my hand 🙂


  13. Fab photos! We have done one of those cruises for our prom in school – it was so fun! I would love to go again 🙂


  14. nbosken says:

    The last time I was in London, it was raining like crazy. Going on a river cruise would have been awesome! I will have to remember this the next time I’m in town.


  15. Love a river cruise! I’ve done it in Paris but not London – may have to rectify that soon:)


  16. ButterflyinRemission says:

    We’ve done the river cruise with a guide which was brilliant and like you say a great way to see the sights…definitely recommend. Agree that you do see things differently


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