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High-Speed Thames River RIB Cruise in London

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High-Speed Thames River RIB Cruise in London
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Let your adrenaline levels go through the roof during a white-knuckle ride on the Thames River. Climb aboard a modern RIB (rigid-inflatable-boat) and satisfy an appetite for adventure as you soar past iconic landmarks like Big Ben, St. Paul’s Cathedral, and the London Eye. Enrich your knowledge of English history as you listen to illuminating onboard commentary, and experience the exhilaration of super-fast speeds up to 35 miles (56 km). Enjoy an intimate atmosphere on this small-group tour, limited to 12 people.
  • Glide past premier sights such as Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament in a modern RIB
  • Listen to your guide’s entertaining commentary and iconic British songs as you cruise
  • Choose the departure time most suited to your schedule
  • Numbers limited to 12 people, ensuring a small-group experience
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Departure Point

The Queen's Walk, London SE1 7PB, UK

The London Eye Pier is located directly underneath the London Eye, the ‘Boat ticket sales and entrance’ is on the right hand-side. Please do not queue at the ticket office as you have already pre-booked tickets, head straight down onto the floating pontoon towards Boarding Gate One.

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Select a start time convenient to you and then make your own way to the London Eye Pier in central London. Greet your expert guide and skipper, don a waterproof lifejacket and listen to a short safety briefing before stepping on board your modern RIB. 

Feel your excitement heighten as the boat’s engine roars into life and propels you toward iconic London landmarks like Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament, and St. Paul’s Cathedral. Gaze at the sharp spire of the Shard as you reach speeds of up to 35 miles (56 km) per hour.

Listen to fascinating commentary during slower periods of sailing and glide under the monumental Tower Bridge as your skipper yanks back the throttle and accelerates to high-velocity speeds. Gasp as your skipper performs break-neck turns and wave jumps, and then catch your breath during a brief interlude at Canary Wharf. 

Enjoy a leisurely cruise back to the boat’s original departure point and capture photographs of legendary sites during the return sail.
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Thames Rockets
Step on board at the world famous London Eye Pier and get ready for an adventure like no other!
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Thames River
Take to the river 21st century style - with just 12 passengers on board this is an up close and personal experience form start to finish.
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Houses of Parliament
Your on board guide will be your ally on this great adventure regaling you with tales of London's history.
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Big Ben
See the sights from the comfort of a small group tour on a high spec vehicle!
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St. Paul's Cathedral
Our vessels are small and manoeuvrable meaning you will get closer than on any other boat tour.
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Shakespeare's Globe Theatre
See the world famous Shakespeare's Globe Theatre as you sail along the iconic river.
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30 St Mary Axe (The Gherkin)
Spot famous landmarks around the city whilst on-board and don't forget to capture some great photos.
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The View from The Shard
See the tallest building in London and hold on tight before you blast up to 30 knots.
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Tower of London
Whoop and cheer as you bounce across the wake. This is sightseeing like no other!
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Tower Bridge
Our comic guides will share some interesting facts with you whilst you sail past many famous landmarks.
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Canary Wharf
Zoom up to 30 knots (35mph) around Canary Wharf and the Docklands.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Children under 14 years must be accompanied by an adult, minimum age is 6 months
  • All seats must be pre-booked with the supplier, refer to voucher for further details
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Thames Rockets
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours 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.
What is the policy on sanitization during High-Speed Thames River RIB Cruise in London?
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 High-Speed Thames River RIB Cruise in London.
What is the social distancing policy during High-Speed Thames River RIB Cruise in London?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by High-Speed Thames River RIB Cruise in London.
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during High-Speed Thames River RIB Cruise in London?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by High-Speed Thames River RIB Cruise in London.

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Traveler Tips

  • "You won’t get wet btw just be prepared for lots of wind!" See review
  • "Well worth it, wrap up though as it gets a bit chilly when the rocket gets going !!" See review


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Birthday suprise
, Oct 2021
It was the most amazing experience ever. The birthday girl loved it. Brad and Jeff were absolutely amazing!
Really good. We loved it...
, Oct 2021
Really good. We loved it and Can recommend it. You have a great view and we loved the speed. The guide we good
Felt like James Bond Movie Star
, Oct 2021
Great trip with fantastic guide. Sadly an engine broke, so limited speed time, but staff did best to fix it and entertain us. We have been offered a voucher for another trip. Good fun anyway.
Good fast Thames experience !
, Oct 2021
Great experience of seeing London. Bit of speed on the Thames .. certainly the fastest I've been ? Thanks for a good experience. My 16 year old son enjoyed it.
Loved it!
, Oct 2021
Brilliant!! Family of 4, with teenage boys age 15 and 17 so hard to please. Everyone loved it. The speed boat section was great and Chris rocked the boat to the tunes incl James Bond theme. On the return, Bill provided really informative commentary with unusual stories on London landmarks. I would definitely recommend!
Amazing amazing amazing
, Oct 2021
Never thought of doing this before but Took my 8 yr old on, staff were amazing specially Stacy & Adam (who was driving). From start to finish Stacey was funny, witty & informative and had my 8 yr olds attention with the history of buildings etc (which is an achievement in itself) certainly a credit to the company. Once past the speed limit the throttle opens up and its amazing. Certainly a fantastic experience 100% recommend, made the trip to london so special and gave the the best memories ever.
Would definitely recommend
, Oct 2021
Bill the guide was very entertaining and informative. He gave us a unique experience along the river and told us some great info about London. The speed boat part was awesome. Was just as expected with a few more twists and turns though. Overall great experience
Highly recommended
, Oct 2021
Brilliant fun. All staff looked after us so well. Guide, Joey, was informative and personable and skipper, Chris, ensured the high speed ride was exhilarating! Would highly recommend.
Missed our appointment
, Oct 2021
I am sorry to say but I missed my appointment for the ride I had reserved. My niece & I had just gotten into London that day and tried to find our way to the the pier where we needed to go. Unfortunately it was the day before the London Marathon & I think Siri got confused by all the road closures and had us going in circles. But I think the ride would have been great if we made it there. Hopefully next time I am in London I can give it another go.
Brilliant experience
, Oct 2021
We were a group of 2 adults and 2 kids (8 & 10) and everyone loved it! Such a brilliant experience. Especially loved the fast bits with the music, almost felt like James Bond! Max was our guide and he was brilliant - little facts about London landmarks that we didn't know - very funny and engaging. Highly recommended - London from a slightly different angle, with a bit of adrenalin thrown in. Loved it.

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