River Thames Luxury & Unique Experiences
Looking to experience something different, out of the ordinary or to treat yourself to a little bit of luxury?
The River Thames provides the perfect backdrop to a unique range of days out and short breaks. Discover its hidden gems with VIP tours, try something new with an expert, enjoy Michelin-starred meals, be chauffeured for the day in a vintage car or treat yourself to a special day of pampering.
Is there a special occasion? Are you looking for that special anniversary gift, or somewhere different to celebrate? There’s certain to be something special; whether it’s for a couple, the family or a group of friends.
Whatever you choose, you’re sure to create a fabulous experience and memories to cherish forever.
Enjoy a Country House Experience with Vintage Days Out, combining a private visit given by one of the owning family, with lunch in a private dining room on the estate and the afternoon spent cruising on an idyllic stretch of the River Thames in a vintage boat. You will be transported in a chauffeur-driven vintage car. Or choose Vintage Days Out’s sumptuous luxury picnic option or time spent on the river and lunch at a delightful high-quality riverside restaurant.
Looking for something more active? Henley Rowing Experience offers a totally unique opportunity to row on the Regatta Course with Olympian and twice world champion, Toby Garbett. Go for Gold with the full package for up to 4 or 8. Starting with a warming up exercise session, then coaching and rowing experience with Toby, followed by a tour of the famous Leander Club and ‘Crew lunch’ at Leander with your Olympian host. Other packages available include ‘Champagne rowing’ taster sessions for ladies who lunch… or Special Occasion Days with no experience necessary.
Float leisurely along the Thames or canals and paddle London from a unique angle in your own Kayak with London Kayak Tours. You can view the historical Hampton Court Palace, see the wildlife along Regents Canal or join a tour in Windsor and glide past the royal home of the Queen at Windsor Castle. Give as a gift experience, celebrate a birthday, or just because it's fun! A guaranteed great day out! There's even a romantic tour for two with bubbly - for that perfect proposal or special celebration? It's a great activity for family quality time together and fabulous as an ice-breaker or cool for hen or stag parties and engaging for team-building events.
A completely different type of boat trip is offered by Thamesjet which can carry up to 12 people for an adrenaline filled ride passing under London’s bridges. The fastest boat in the fleet. Blow away the cobwebs and enjoy a fun filled, adrenaline fuelled experience - the most extreme ride on the river. You'll enjoy sightseeing, speed and awesome aquabatics.
Decadent Afternoon Teas
For true decadence enjoy a glass of Taittinger Champagne with your Classic afternoon tea experience at Cliveden. A trip to Cliveden would not be complete without a leisurely stroll around the beautiful 376 acre estate. An additional charge of £7 is levied by the National Trust for all guests visiting Cliveden House although if you are already a National Trust member there is no extra charge.
Take tea like the Queen amidst a beautiful country house with magnificent rural grounds residing on the banks of the River Thames. Unwind in style and relax on the set of pure splendour – it’s our favourite way to spend an afternoon at The Oakley Court. Why not make your afternoon tea all the more luxurious with a glass of fizz or two to round it off. Served on a charming collection of bone china, it’s a framed masterpiece of British finery if ever we saw one. There’s even a Gentlemen’s Afternoon Tea with a bottle of Windsor & Eton Brewery Beer!
The new Walled Garden Spa at Cliveden will open Summer 2017. Hidden away behind the mellow brick walls of the garden and screened from view by tumbling scented roses and jasmine you will discover a tranquil oasis, a spa offering a real sense of wellbeing and relaxation. A place to escape, renew and refresh. We have searched to bring together unique spa partners who offer effective treatments routines with proven results and those who offer indulgence and wellness. Our professionally trained therapists will guide you on your spa journey to achieve the success you crave, in an environment of calm. In the garden setting you will find time and space to relax, indulge and breathe again away from the day-today stress and dip a toe into the famous ‘Profumo’ outdoor swimming pool that still takes centre stage in our Spa Garden.
Treat yourself to a Spa Experience at the Runnymede-on-Thames Hotel & Spa which offers an indoor and outdoor pool, fitness centre and tennis courts. Enjoy a mud or algae body wrap, a full body aromatherapy massage and a refresher facial.
Spoil yourself and take a luxury break on the Thames...
Luxury boating holidays along the Thames include the newest boat on the Thames, Thames Boat Hotel’s ‘Down the Hatch’, which offers exclusive private charter on a wide-beamed river cruiser. On this boat you’ll be the only guests and your boat is skippered and meals prepared by Wendy and Graham. Join a relaxing all-inclusive cruise on a choice of luxury hotel boats offering a unique way to explore the Thames. Choose from the elegant and spacious hotel barge, Magna Carta, which accommodates 8 passengers; heated spa pool and contemporary en suite facilities for the four spacious 200sq ft. suites. Or the award-winning African Queen, offering a remedy to the daily hustle and bustle. Enjoy delicious meals, wonderful company and fantastic hospitality.
Explore the beautiful, relaxing and inspiring
Don’t forget there are endless ideas for adventure on the river. Check out our ideas for Great Family Days Out. The simplest way to explore the river is a rowing boat For a rainy day visit one of the Thames Valley Museums.
Fun on the River Thames doesn't always have to cost you. There are plenty of free ways to have a cheap day out with the kids on the River Thames. Take a stroll, get on your bike, catch a fish or play Pooh Sticks...
There really is so much to do on the river and nearby, that a day is not long enough. There are plenty of family-friendly places to stay nearby or on the river. Make your base at one of our family friendly hotels and you can discover history or enjoy a spot of camping...