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The Thames flows through Central London and provides a stunning backdrop to many of the city's top tourist attractions. The 2,000-year-old river harbours much of London's history, as well as providing a host of sporting and leisure activities you can do on and around London's waterways.

The Thames in London offers river tours and cruises that feature sightseeing and commentary and Oyster and Travelcard holders can get discounts on many routes and hop-on, hop-off tickets may be available.

There are many famous places along the River Thames in London: Hampton Court Palace, Ham House, Syon House, Kew Gardens, and Battersea Power Station and in central London, there’s Lambeth Palace, Palace of Westminster, London Eye and the Tower of London.

See the sights in comfort with London’s No 1 sightseeing tour. City Cruises offers hop-on/hop-off tickets and great special packages combining a tour and visits to top London attractions such as The London Eye and the View From the Shard.

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. All Tours are guided by a friendly BCU Instructor. Tuition given at the beginning of Tours by a qualified British Canoe Union Instructor.

The Thames Path National Trail’s London section covers 40 miles (64 km) of easy, level walking on both sides of the river from Hampton Court Palace, through the heart of London to the East India Dock on the north bank and the River Darent on the south bank.

The route is well marked by the National Trail symbol from west of London to the end of the National Trail at the Thames Barrier in the London Borough of Greenwich (on the south side) and at Island Gardens (on the north side).

Read Alison’s blog post ‘Snapshots of London from the Thames’ to see how her family enjoyed a City Cruises tour.

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  2. City Cruises

    City Cruises

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    2.15 miles away
  3. Chas Newens Marine Co Ltd

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  1. Thames River Adventures

    Thames River Adventures

    Why not take to the river with us and enjoy an exciting day out as you paddle the Thames, or canals...

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  2. Merry Pedaller Bike Tours

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  3. Hampton Court Palace East Front

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    12.36 miles away
  4. Thames Skiff Hire

    Thames Skiff Hire

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    Lee Valley Boat Centre

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    16.54 miles away
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    - Services/ repairs
    - Marine engineer
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    18.12 miles away
  7. Le Boat, River Thames

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    Cruising in either direction, you'll visit some of England's oldest and prettiest towns in the...

    18.29 miles away
  8. Chertsey Meads Marine

    Chertsey Meads Marine

    River Thames boatyard offering day hire, moorings, hard standing, cranage, workshops, calor gas,...

    18.32 miles away
  9. Penton Hook Marina

    Penton Hook Marina

    Set in 80 acres and with 575 berths, Penton Hook is Britain's largest inland marina.

    18.46 miles away
  10. Thames Kayaking

    Thames Kayaking

    Thames Kayaking and Sluice Trips. Recreational Kayaking for everyone.

    19.07 miles away
  11. Black Park

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    Black Park - lakeside cafe, disabled access, walks, horse riding, orienteering. Langley Park -...

    19.12 miles away
  12. Jacuzzi, runnymede~on~thames, surrey

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    19.19 miles away
  13. the runnymede boat hire

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    River Thames boat hire at the runnymede-on-thames hotel and spa.

    19.24 miles away
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