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The London Dinner Cruise on the Thames River

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Enjoy a memorable evening of food, wine, and entertainment on this showboat dinner cruise on the Thames River in London. Feast on a 4-course dinner aboard your sightseeing boat as you sail past London attractions such as the Tower of London, the London Eye, and Tower Bridge, all illuminated at night. While you eat and admire the sights, background music will be played during the cruise instead of live entertainment, and, if you wish, take to the dance floor.
  • Dine while cruising past the Shard, St. Paul's Cathedral, and Tower Bridge
  • 4-course meal featuring gourmet British produce
  • Sparkling wine greeting
  • background music will be played during the cruise instead of live entertainment
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Pre-cruise glass of sparkling wine or Soft drink
Dinner
Gratuities
Hotel pickup and drop off
Food and drinks, unless specified
Westminster Pier , Westminster Pier, Victoria Embankment, London SW1A 2JH, UK

Please go directly to the boarding gate.

7:45 PM
This activity will end right where it started.
Make your own way to the departure pier on the Thames River in Westminster, and step aboard your sightseeing showboat for your evening dinner cruise.

Meet the crew as you're welcomed with a glass of sparkling wine in the lounge saloon. Then, as you sip your drink, soak up your first views of London from the water. Settle into your seat for a 4-course meal of classic British dishes/.

Cruise past famous landmarks such as the Houses of Parliament and the London Eye; snap photos of the monumental dome of St. Paul’s Cathedral; and sail under Tower Bridge as you cruise to the Thames Flood Barrier and back. In the summer months you can catch the sunset, too.

While you eat, enjoy a live performance by a cabaret singer. Listen to a string of pop hits and West End numbers followed by more live entertainment, and if you wish, enjoy ample time to hit the dance floor. Alternatively, simply sit back or head for the outer deck to admire the illuminated sights.

End your showboat experience when you disembark back at the starting point.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
City Cruises London Westminster Pier
Board at Westminster Pier, please arrive 20 minutes before your scheduled departure time
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
London Eye
Head to the upper deck and get the perfect picture opportunity of the Coca- Cola London Eye
Pass By:  
Shakespeare's Globe Theatre
Sail past Shakespeares Globe Theatre. The Elizabethan playhouse located on the south bank of the River Thames.
Pass By:  
Tower Bridge
Pass under Tower Bridge and head to the upper deck to see the bridge in all of its glory
Pass By:  
Canary Wharf
Canary Wharf will appear on your left as you head down to towards Greenwich
Pass By:  
Tower of London
Pass by Tower Pier where you will be able to almost touch the Tower of London
Pass By:  
The Shard
As you cruise along the River Thames you will be in the perfect position to see London's highest viewing platform
Pass By:  
SEA LIFE London Aquarium
Board and depart the boat opposite Sea Life, an Oceanic exhibit for all ages
Pass By:  
St. Paul's Cathedral
Catch the peak of the St Paul's Cathedral dome where it will stand out from the rest of London's Skyline
Pass By:  
Thames River
Pass By:  
HMS Belfast
Sail past the permanently moored former battleship, which is now a floating Royal Naval Museum.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
  • We do not guarantee that products are free from nuts or traces of nuts. For gluten-free tea give at least 24 hours’ notice
  • No allergies or dietary requirements can be catered for on the day of travel. Please ensure you have advised City Cruises 72-hours prior to Travel date
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required
  • Boarding begins 20 minutes before departure time
  • When you board you will be shown to your table. Please note tables are fixed and within close proximity. Our panoramic windows provide great views from all angles of the passing sky-line, regardless of your table location
  • Your seat on board is guaranteed and will be allocated to you before the cruise takes place
  • If you have dietary requirements they must be added to the 'Special Requirements’ section during the booking process.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Please ensure you arrive 20-minutes prior to departure time
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 9 travelers
  • OPERATED BY City Cruises
You can cancel up to 4 days in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 4 full days before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 3 full days before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 3 full days before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during The London Dinner Cruise on the Thames River?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by The London Dinner Cruise on the Thames River.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during The London Dinner Cruise on the Thames River?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by The London Dinner Cruise on the Thames River.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during The London Dinner Cruise on the Thames River?
A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
See all safety measures taken by The London Dinner Cruise on the Thames River.

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  • "Would recommend this for couples that enjoy an evening out." See review

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star-5
Dinner Boat
Adalberto_B
, Aug 2022
The trip was perfect, the food was perfect and the singer was excellent, we enjoyed very much this trip, and the view of the city at night was a wonderful experience.
star-1
Would nit recommend
Louise_D
, Aug 2022
We arrived at the departure gate with a minute to spare to be told by a very aggressive city tour worker we could nit get on despite the entry door still being open!! Once the boat left another lady city tour worker shouted from the boat ‘are you supposed to be on here?’ There are now 4 people who were waiting to board. I shouted back ‘yes’ she went to see the driver to ask him to stop and let us on. Which basically did not happen. I had sent a nite at 7.42 to say we were 2 mins away. Not a good experience 😡
star-4
My partner and I had a...
Milton_H
, Aug 2022
My partner and I had a lovely time on the Cruise, all the staff were friendly and helpful. The sights were amazing. The problem for me was the main course which was chicken, it looks nice, but it was wrapped in bacon which I wasn't told and I do not eat Pork. I mention it to one of the staff and he kindly went and got me a vegetarian option which I didn't find very nice. But I would definitely recommend, and I will definitely do it again.
star-5
Fun night
FIROOZEH_I
, Aug 2022
It was a fun night … good dinner nice music very relaxing we had a good time and enjoyed food and music and the scenery.
star-5
River cruise experience
Howard_H
, Aug 2022
Awesome way to celebrate my son's graduation from Oxford. Very elegant atmosphere and great tasting food. The staff was very professional.
star-4
Thames River Cruise
Barry_G
, Aug 2022
Wonderful views on a beautifully clear night. Pleasant staff, singer was lovely but sound a little high- battled to converse downstairs during dinner
star-5
Amazing fun trip great...
elainedunn8
, Aug 2022
Amazing fun trip great food and customer service Loved seeing the city from the cruise with all the city lights
star-5
Perfect Evening.
Allison_L
, Aug 2022
Absolutely Amazing Evening , perfect for a special occasion , The music and singer were fabulous ,food really hot and tasty four great courses ,only thing that I could fault were the really uncomfortable chairs .
star-5
Great experience, great...
Josephine_C
, Aug 2022
Great experience, great entertainment, good food and fabulous service. The sights were great. I would do it again
star-2
Would not recommend
Amanda_K
, Aug 2022
The cruise was very nice. However the food was sub-par, drinks were over priced & the waitstaff were not very helpful. Would not recommend.
star-5
This was a perfect start...
Tara_D
, Jul 2022
This was a perfect start to our trip. The food was great however I didn't like the appetizer which was some sort of salmon puree. This was followed by tomato soup then a dinner consisting of chicken, potatoes, and vegetables. Seeing London from the top of the boat at sunset was amazing.
star-3
As a veteran traveler, I should have known better than to book this product
Karl_A
, Jul 2022
I should have known that this would be the quintessential middle-class tourist experience. A boat, some booze, a meal, and a lounge singer. The food was mediocre, the service was mediocre, but - hey, that's what a lot of folks want.
star-1
Horrible experience. LEFT BEFORE IT STARTED.
Tara_P
, Jul 2022
Really horrible experience. The listing said we could be near people but also said they were adhering to social distancing. To our dismay we were literally 1/2 foot from another couple at the same table. It was so uncomfortable and awkward we got off the boat before it started. Another couple were VERY UPSET because it as their anniversary and had a similar table. We opted just to leave before it was underway because the first food item that came out was horrible and we were so so close to people we did get know. I DO NOT RECOMMEND THIS Ever!!!!! Save your money.
star-5
Amazing experience
Dale_C
, Jul 2022
Amazing experience from start to finish Food was amazing, very tasty. Staff were friendly and very attentive couldn’t fault a thing. Views along the Thames are breathtaking at night.
star-4
Great dinner cruise
Danielle_H
, Jul 2022
A great way to see a lot of the popular landmarks all in one without lots of walking. We did this our first day in London, and I thought it was a great way to get aquatinted with the city. Most of the food was great, with the exception of the first course. It really was terrible, but besides that the staff provided great service and were very friendly. I will say it was a lot longer than we expected. Again not necessarily a bad thing, but we were still a bit jet lagged so we were just tired. Again not a big deal just good to know when planning your trip.
star-5
A great entertaining and relaxing package
Himadri_M
, Jul 2022
A nice dinner, sail, friendly staff, live singer, and a dance floor. A good package for the money. Our experience was excellent and relaxing.
star-5
Nice evening cruise
Patricia_H
, Jul 2022
Nice cruise, very accommodating to gluten free diners. The entertainer was a great singer and had a fun personality. It was a little tricky to find the boat, leave some extra time because there’s not really any signage.
star-4
Lively
CHARLESM_B
, Jul 2022
It was an enjoyable evening. The dinner cruise was lively with an entertainer. Food was better than expected.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Great way to see the city at night!
AmintaKilawanNarine
, Jul 2022
We loved every minute of this dinner cruise. We were a little annoyed that despite our request for a window seat, we didn't get one, but the entire experience made up for it and we also realized that seats were limited given a fully booked cruise. Plus most guests didn't realize they could go upstairs to view the sites so we had the entire upper level almost entirely to ourselves! We were greeted with glasses of champagne and the meal was average - not superb, but still tasty. The live singer was wonderful and we were among the first to get up and dance. The cruise passed by all the major attractions as promised. We had a great time. Our cruise left when it was still bright out but also included the sunset and the dark so we got to see the city in so many different elements.
star-4
Poor start, but finished well.
Jess_A
, Jul 2022
The boat was an hour late to arrive for boarding. No explanation given. The food was presented very nicely, but the shrimp-flavored mousse appetizer (or whatever it was) was, well, not something I think I’ve ever tried, nor ever will again….such a weird combination of flavor and texture. Chicken was good, though, as were the potatoes. The chocolate/vanilla layered cake for dessert was tasty. Like any British establishment: if you want ice, ask for it…in a separate cup. They’ll bring it to you. Waitress somewhat glared at my wife when she asked her for iced tea (oh, the horror!….at least we didn’t throw it overboard like it was done in Boston once long ago….). Just know, if you are American from the south, you can’t get iced tea in London if your life depended on it! The waitress was also very soft spoken, which was made more difficult to understand as she was trying to talk without showing her large tongue stud…. The singer during the dinner could have turned down the volume a bit. Speakers were blaring so loudly I couldn’t hear my wife sitting next to me or sons across the table. Songs sung were old cover songs from the 70’s and 80’s….. Riding on the rooftop seats after dinner after sunset was very nice. Great views of all the landmarks and lit-up buildings. This made up for the earlier shortcomings.

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