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London: River Thames Speedboat RIB Tour

1. London: River Thames Speedboat RIB Tour

Feel like James Bond for the day as you experience London on a speed boat tour on the River Thames. Admire new and historical sights, such as the Shard, St. Paul's Cathedral, and the Tower of London. See more of London than more conventional sightseeing tours, and benefit from an informal and entertaining commentary along the way. Sail under Tower Bridge to Canary Wharf, and get the ultimate rollercoaster-on-water-experience whilst James Bond theme music blasts from the onboard PA system.

London: River Thames Speedboat Ride

2. London: River Thames Speedboat Ride

Explore London from the Thames River on a thrilling speedboat cruise that combines sightseeing, speed, and fun. See iconic landmarks, including Big Ben, the Shard, and Tower Bridge from a unique perspective. On arrival, you will meet a member of the team in the waiting room, who will take you through your safety briefing and supply you with life jackets and waterproof clothing. When it's time to depart your crew will arrive and take you to the boarding platform to embark the boat. See various iconic sights such as the Houses of Parliament and Elizabeth Tower that houses the world-famous Big Ben, the London Eye, Shard and HMS Belfast to name a few. Sit back and enjoy the view as you pass under some of the ccapital's great bridges including the most modern, Millennium Bridge, as well as the world-renowned majestic Tower Bridge on the way to the fast zone.   Once past Tower Bridge, it’s all about speed, experienced skippers will give you an aquatic ride of your life of twists and turns, wave jumps and speed on the way to Canary Wharf. After all the adrenaline-fuelled fun, it’s back to Westminster Pier with time to admire the view, catch a breath and take in the great experience of speeding along the Thames and maybe even get those sightseeing pictures or the must-have selfie. For safety reasons, the minimum height requirement to travel on Thamesjet is 1.35 metres (4 ft. 5in.).

London: See 30+ Top Sights and Eat 8 British Foods Tour

3. London: See 30+ Top Sights and Eat 8 British Foods Tour

Join an exploration of over thirty of London’s major landmarks and best of British foods for a good idea of the history and tastes of one of Europe’s best-loved cities. Start your tour as you head through Green Park to Buckingham Palace, where you can watch the world-famous Changing of the Guard ceremony (Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday during the winter months). You will then head to Westminster, and along the way see sights such as Parliament Square, St. James Palace, Westminster Abbey, Big Ben (sadly covered up at the moment) and the Houses of Parliament. You will then move on to the London Bridge area to see Shakespeare’s Globe, the Shard, HMS Belfast, Tower Bridge and the Tower of London. By this point, you'll have worked up an appetite, so you will be invited to stop for a feast of the best of British foods in one of the UK's most historic pubs. From here you will explore Borough market, Europe's favorite food market, and a bustling hub of smells and flavors. You will sample fish and chips, pie and mash, English beer and also taste a world famous doughnut!

London: Top 30 Sights Walking Tour and The Shard Entry

4. London: Top 30 Sights Walking Tour and The Shard Entry

Start with a walking tour of the history, culture, and legends of one of Europe’s best-loved cities. Head through Green Park to Buckingham Palace, where on selected days you can watch the world-famous Changing of the Guard ceremony. Head to Westminster, and see Downing Street, Westminster Abbey, Big Ben, and the Houses of Parliament. Go to the London Bridge area to see Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, HMS Belfast, Tower Bridge, and the Tower of London. Then, head to The Shard, Europe's tallest building,to see London from up high. Head up The Shard in the high-speed elevators, traveling at 6 meters per second, to London's highest observation decks situated over two floors, the indoor viewing platform, and an open-air skydeck. See 30 sights in 1 day, including: • Buckingham Palace • Trafalgar Square • Big Ben • Downing Street • Westminster Abbey • Whitehall • Houses of Parliament • London Eye • Shakespeare’s Globe Theater • London Bridge • Southwark Cathedral • The Shard (tallest skyscraper in the EU) • HMS Belfast (Second World War Battleship) • Square Mile • Tower Bridge • Tower of London

London: Christmas Party Lunch Cruise

5. London: Christmas Party Lunch Cruise

This is the perfect boat party to celebrate Christmas in style and get yourself well and truly into the Christmas spirit. Board at 12:45 PM and be greeted with a glass of sparkling wine as the boat departs Westminster and sets sail towards Canary Wharf. While enjoying your traditional 3-course lunch, take in the panoramic views of a selection of London’s most iconic landmarks and attractions along the way. Head to the upper deck to pose for photos with your friends as you admire the Tower of London, the London Eye, The Shard, Tower Bridge, and more. Your 3-course meal will consist of a delicious salmon and prawn starter, a traditional roast turkey main, with all the usual trimmings, topped off with a festive chocolate dessert.

London: Walking Tour, River Cruise and Entry to The Shard

6. London: Walking Tour, River Cruise and Entry to The Shard

Join a guided walking tour of the famous Westminster area in London. Pass historic landmarks, including Buckingham Palace. Cruise along the Thames and admire London from the Shard. Marvel at Buckingham Palace and get a chance to see the Changing of the Guard during the summer months. See Big Ben and the London Eye before delving into the world of British politics at Downing Street, the Houses of Parliament, and Parliament Square. Make your way along historic Whitehall to Trafalgar Square and learn interesting facts and stories about your surroundings from your guide. After, head to Westminster pier and jump on a Thames riverboat to see the English capital from the water. Once the river cruise has finished, walk over Tower Bridge and head to the Shard. Ascend the tallest building in London, almost twice the height of any other viewing platform in the capital, and enjoy 360-degree views for up to 40 miles.

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What people are saying about The Shard

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 46 reviews

This experience was wonderful the weather was perfect . My husband and I were seated where we had requested. The hosting was wonderful. The staff were very polite and accommodating. Would really recommend this experience.

Had a wonderful time, a nice assortment of cakes, scones and sandwiches the service was excellent. The Captain gave a nice overview of the sites on the river an overall nice afternoon

This was absolutely amazing, beyond anything we expected. The staff were the most fun and so friendly and helpful. I can not recommend this enough. We will be going back for sure.

Had such a lovely afternoon, the tea was delicious, and my gluten free needs were catered for really well. The tour guide was very knowledgable.

It was very organised and good clear understanding of what to expect staff were lovely