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London: Climb The Roof of The O2 Arena

1. London: Climb The Roof of The O2 Arena

Discover stunning views of London and experience the thrill of climbing the O2 Arena with this attraction ticket. Leave your fear behind with high-quality climbing equipment that is regularly maintained to high standards and the help of your climbing guide that is with you every step of the way. Put on your climb suit, boots, and harness. Become a true urban mountaineer. Ascend the O2 Arena, a London landmark, and cross the walkway suspended 52 meters in the air. At the top, take in panoramic views over Greenwich, the Olympic Park, Tower Bridge, Big Ben, Canary Wharf, and The Shard.  Climb during the day and enjoy the clearest views for miles, at sunset for a romantic experience, or opt for the twilight climb and marvel at the twinkling city light. 

London: River Thames Dinner Cruise

2. London: River Thames Dinner Cruise

Take a leisurely evening cruise through the heart of London to see its famous sights illuminated at night. In the summer, there is the added delight of watching the sun set from the water before the lights come alive! The 3-hour cruise from Westminster to the Thames Barrier and back starts with a welcome drink when you board. Follow your cocktail with a delicious 4-course dinner, plus entertainment from a live singer. This dinner cruise from the heart of London combines a great meal with cabaret and dancing. Sail past the modern landmarks of the O2 Arena, Canary Wharf, and City Hall, and continue as far as the monumental Thames Barrier flood defense before turning back to the Houses of Parliament. By the time darkness falls, dinner gives way to a cabaret singer performing tunes from West End Shows both past and present, along with other popular music. Although dancing is encouraged during and after the cabaret performance, if you prefer you can sit back and simply enjoy the music and floodlit sights. The cruise ends at the original starting point. Menu • Scottish Smoked Salmon Mousse with Mustard and Dill Center, King Prawns with Lemon and Mesclun Salad • Tomato, Roast Pepper, and Basil Soup • Roasted Supreme of Chicken Wrapped in Parma Ham, served with Dauphinoise Potatoes and Mushrooms with Thyme and Red Wine Sauce, along with Seasonal Vegetables • White, Dark, and Milk Chocolate Truffle Cake with Raspberry Sauce • Tea or Coffee, Mints Vegetarian Menu • Salad with Feta, Walnuts, Green Beans, Cherry Tomatoes, Roast Peppers, Pumpkin, and Olives with Honey Dressing • Tomato, Roast Pepper, and Basil Soup • Lasagne with Artichokes, Spinach, Sauté of Mixed Mushrooms, and Goat's Cheese, along with Seasonal Vegetables • White, Dark, and Milk Chocolate Truffle Cake with Raspberry Sauce • Tea or Coffee, Mints

London: River Thames Speed Boat Tour

3. London: River Thames Speed Boat Tour

Experience a wild and fantastic River Thames boat cruise that is fun for all ages. You will climb aboard a high-speed vessel that offers non-traditional views of England's capital at speeds of up to 30 knots. You will be given a full safety briefing and a life jacket - just in case! Named by leading listings magazine Time Out as a "must-do" experience, both visitors and residents of London will be thrilled with this outing. Speed under the capital’s bridges, and marvel at landmarks such as the London Eye, Houses of Parliament and South Bank from an exclusive vantage point. Music floats through the air via the onboard sound system, as you power out toward the Docklands. High-brow banter is provided by an award-winning comedian guide, whose cheery anecdotes include narration about the headquarters of MI5 and the modern skyscrapers of Canary Wharf.

London: Hot Tub Boat Guided Historical Docklands Cruise

4. London: Hot Tub Boat Guided Historical Docklands Cruise

Tour the docklands of Canary Wharf as you sit back and relax in a floating hot tub with a glass of champagne from the boat's bar. Listen to your experienced tour guide regale you with fascinating tales of the area as the toasty water melts away any stress you've been carrying. Head to the meeting point to meet your guide. Start your experience with a short safety briefing, then get into your swimwear at the on-site changing facilities. Board the hot tub boat, filled with toasty warm water. Set sail around the docklands and learn about the rich history of this area. Hear about engineering innovations, the grim reality of 19th-century working conditions, and the development of the modern finance district. In groups of up to seven, don your best bikini or trunks for an unforgettable experience with one of London’s best events. Enjoy a magical occasion in a floating hot tub that tours down the waterways. Sip bubbly for purchase and enjoy a truly unique experience. Be the envy of those you pass on your way with this unusual daytime tour in the heart of London’s financial district.

London: River Thames Dinner Cruise with Live Jazz

5. London: River Thames Dinner Cruise with Live Jazz

Your evening will start with a warm welcome and a complimentary glass of bubbly to get you in the mood. Then as you set sail, the first course of your 3-course dinner is served. As you enjoy your starter, the ChiJazz band will launch into the first part of their set for the evening. ChiJazz has an extensive repertoire of tunes, ranging from jazz classics to contemporary pop tunes. Popular tunes performed include At Last, Cry Me a River, Girl from Ipanema, Have You Met Miss Jones, Makin’ Whoopee, Mercy Mercy Mercy, Night and Day, and Summertime…to name just a few! As you sail on the newest addition to the fleet, the stunning Millennium Diamond, towards the glittering skyscrapers of Canary Wharf, you will enjoy your main course and perhaps another glass of wine from the bar. As you make room for dessert and tea or coffee, the band will be preparing to return for the second half of their set. Enjoy more great jazz and if the mood takes you, it will be time to take to the floor for a little cheek to cheek action. The dancing continues until you dock at around 23:00, when you will depart. Starter Charcuterie platter, chorizo, Parma ham, tortilla, manchego cheese and quince jelly, olives, caperberries and salami or Feta, roast butternut squash, pomegranate, black olive, green bean, ruby chard & rocket salad with honey and mustard dressing Main Grilled escalope of chicken, saffron and chive mashed creamy potatoes and Provençal courgettes or Gratin of artichokes, asparagus and wild mushrooms with goat’s cheese served with seasonal vegetables and new potatoes Dessert Strawberry swirl cheesecake with berry compote on Jazz cruise

London: Hot Tub Boat Guided Sunset Docklands Cruise

6. London: Hot Tub Boat Guided Sunset Docklands Cruise

Admire the mix of modern and historic London as you float around Canary Wharf in a hot tub boat at sunset. Relax with a cocktail while you soak in the warm water, heated by a wood-burning stove, and learn about the area from your expert guide. A perfect activity for colder weather, you’ll have access to heated changing rooms to change into your swimwear before you jump into the floating hot tub to start the tour. Setting off around Canary Wharf’s docks and canals, you’ll enjoy a unique view of the area’s modern towers and parks at sunset. As you go, enjoy a cocktail, beer or soft drink of your choice, while your guide tells you about how London’s former docks transformed into one of the world’s busiest financial centers.

London: Canary Wharf Speedboat Tour

7. London: Canary Wharf Speedboat Tour

Feel like James Bond for the day as you experience London on a speed boat tour on the River Thames. Admire new and historical sights, such as the Shard, St. Paul's Cathedral, and the Tower of London. See more of London than more conventional sightseeing tours, and benefit from an informal and entertaining commentary along the way. Sail under Tower Bridge to Canary Wharf, and get the ultimate rollercoaster-on-water-experience whilst James Bond theme music blasts from the onboard PA system.

London: River Thames Speedboat Ride

8. London: River Thames Speedboat Ride

Explore London from the Thames River on a thrilling speedboat cruise that combines sightseeing, speed, and fun. See iconic landmarks, including Big Ben, the Shard, and Tower Bridge from a unique perspective. On arrival, you will meet a member of the team in the waiting room, who will take you through your safety briefing and supply you with life jackets and waterproof clothing. When it's time to depart your crew will arrive and take you to the boarding platform to embark the boat. See various iconic sights such as the Houses of Parliament and Elizabeth Tower that houses the world-famous Big Ben, the London Eye, Shard and HMS Belfast to name a few. Sit back and enjoy the view as you pass under some of the ccapital's great bridges including the most modern, Millennium Bridge, as well as the world-renowned majestic Tower Bridge on the way to the fast zone.   Once past Tower Bridge, it’s all about speed, experienced skippers will give you an aquatic ride of your life of twists and turns, wave jumps and speed on the way to Canary Wharf. After all the adrenaline-fuelled fun, it’s back to Westminster Pier with time to admire the view, catch a breath and take in the great experience of speeding along the Thames and maybe even get those sightseeing pictures or the must-have selfie. For safety reasons, the minimum height requirement to travel on Thamesjet is 1.35 metres (4 ft. 5in.).

London: Murder Mystery Cruise With 3-Course Dinner

9. London: Murder Mystery Cruise With 3-Course Dinner

Join a murder mystery cruise on the River Thames. This interactive experience will require you to take on the role of the detective as you solve clues or simply sit back and enjoy the show as you savor a 3-course meal that’s included as a part of the experience. Embark at Tower Pier and prepare yourself for what awaits. Enjoy a glass of sparkling wine or a soft drink as you’re welcomed on board. Later, dine on a 3-course meal as you try to figure out who did it. Pass iconic London landmarks such as HMS Belfast, Tower Bridge, Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, the London Eye, and Houses of Parliament. You’ll then loop around towards Canary Wharf and back to the starting point having solved the mystery.

London: 20-Minute Tower RIB Blast from Tower Pier

10. London: 20-Minute Tower RIB Blast from Tower Pier

Feel like James Bond for the day as you experience London at high speed. Spend 20 minutes traveling along the River Thames from Tower Millennium Pier and see famous London sites including the Tower of London, Shard, City Hall, and HMS Belfast.  Sail under Tower Bridge to Canary Wharf and continue further along the River Thames right up to the Sky-High views of Canary Wharf. Get the ultimate rollercoaster experience whilst James Bond theme music blasts from the onboard PA system.  When you return to Tower Millennium Pier after your experience, you will have the option to purchase souvenir photographs and videos that your crew will take as a memory of being onboard.

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What people are saying about Canary Wharf

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4.7 / 5

based on 3,845 reviews

Absolutely amazing, great food, amazing atmosphere. The singer was unbelievably good. Very nice staff too. We wish it would’ve last longer but definitely beautiful 3 hours. Great job guys

Absolutely loved the climb at night. Wasnt too difficult for woman of an older age Views were amazing. Rebecca our guide was fab and took extra care of us! Would highly recommend.

Food was OK better than I expected. Atmosphere was good, services was good. As a group, we all had a fabulous time. Thank you!

very pleasant cruise with singer and very pleasant Christmas carols

Excellent activity in London, great fun, lovely staff.