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London: Speedboat Tour Through Heart of the City

London: Speedboat Tour Through Heart of the City

From US$ 56.78 per person

See the sights of London aboard a high-speed power boat and ride past the Tower of London, HMS Belfast and other sights on the River Thames. Blast through Wapping and Canary Wharf to the O2 Arena at Greenwich and back.

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Duration 45 minutes
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  • See the sights of London from a different perspective
  • Cruise under the iconic Tower Bridge
  • Hold on tight as you speed down river from Wapping to Greenwich
  • Marvel at sights such as the Cutty Sark, St. Paul's Cathedral and the Tower of London
Full description
Meet your friendly skipper and crew at Tower Bridge Quay and collect your waterproof jacket, along with the latest automatic inflatable life jacket. Listen to the safety briefing before you board the power boat and sit in the state-of-the-art suspension seats.   Listen to the 550hp turbo diesel engines fire up to take you past monuments such as the Tate Modern, Millennium Bridge, Shakespeare's Globe and St. Paul's Cathedral. Head towards London Bridge and the HMS Belfast warship as you make your way towards the Tower of London. Take souvenir photos as you pass under Tower Bridge. Then, hold on tight as you enter the high speed zone and race through the Wapping district at 35mph. Pass the skyscrapers of Canary Wharf as you speed down to the Royal Naval College and Cutty Sark in Greenwich. Continue to the O2 Arena (formerly the Millennium Dome) before turning around and returning to Tower Bridge Quay. Listen to some great British music throughout the ride for a trip to remember.
  • 50-minute trip, with at least 30 minutes at high speed. Speed limits apply in the city center
  • Waterproof jackets with hoods
  • Eye protection, if required
  • Automatic inflatable life jackets. Life jackets for children are available
  • High-quality suspension seating to protect from the shock impacts and vibrations
  • Refreshments
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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Meeting point

Board the boat at Tower Bridge Quay (formerly St Katharine Pier). The pier is directly in front of the entrance to the Tower Hotel. The nearest tube station is Tower Hill. By taxi, asked to be dropped at the entrance to Tower Hotel.

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Important information

Know before you go

  • Boat rides are available 7 days a week
  • The standard suspension seats can accommodate passengers over 5 foot (1.5 meters) tall
  • There are limited seats available for those over 4 foot 6 inches (1.4 meters) tall
  • There is no age limit for this activity, as long as the passenger is above the required height stated above
  • Suspension seating will provide excellent protection from shock impacts for those at risk, such as those suffering from minor back complaints
  • Passengers suffering from any medical condition must make their own decision on whether to travel, in consultation with a medical professional if appropriate
  • Pregnant women are advised not to travel at any stage of their pregnancy
  • Passengers with disabilities are welcome, and all accommodations that can be made will be. Please call for advice prior to booking
  • Waterproof jackets are provided, but it can be colder on the river than on land, especially at speed, so dress appropriately, including footwear
Customer reviews

Overall rating

5 /5

based on 123 reviews

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This was a brilliant experience Debbie and Dave were both lovely I booked this because I knew my husband really wanted to do it as for me I was terrified as I’m scared of water Debbie made me feel really at ease and Dave kept us supplied with lovely cold drinks as the weather was so hot By the time we got back to the dock I told my husband I really wanted to do it again Next time we are in London we will be back to do it again I would recommend this to anyone

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September 8, 2021

My Husband and our 3 teenage children had a fabulous time onboard. We were welcomed very warmly by David and Debbie, who were both very professional, informative, inclusive and fun! We all found the speed of the boat very exciting and thoroughly enjoyed seeing many of London’s iconic places. The boat had a few brief stops to enable us to properly digest the excellent views and take some photos. The seats on the boat are very comfortable, which is a huge plus. We were also offered a cold drink. We would all definitely recommend this experience. Great value for money.

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August 27, 2021

David and Debbie were very friendly. Debbie's narration was good fun, and the boat was absolutely fantastic - 30 minutes of speed! After we'd slowed down on the way back, we were given a choice of chilled drinks, then once we'd disembarked everyone had a chat before leaving. It was a great experience and I'll definitely do it again for another rush of adrenaline!

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June 23, 2021

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