When it comes to sightseeing tours in London, you should never settle for the normal tourist boat. Take a dinner cruise on the Thames instead! At least this is what I tell myself every time I get asked that question: what sightseeing tours are there in London?!

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London Sightseeing Boat Trips

River Thames Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Cruise – see London landmarks such as the Houses of Parliament, Big Ben, Tower Bridge, the Royal Observatory, the London Eye, and Shakespeare’s Globe. You can hop on and off the boat as many times as you wish with a 24 hour pass.

Afternoon Tea Cruise on the River Thames – enjoy traditional afternoon tea while cruising on the river Thames. Tea is usually served with a selection of sandwiches, mini pastries and scones with jam and cream.

Thames Dinner Cruise – there are various Thames dinner cruises. You can find sophisticated dinner cruises, night jazz cruise, taste of Britain cruise, and even a murder mystery dinner cruise.

Besides cruises mentioned above, you can find kayak tours, canal boat tours and Thames speedboat tours.

Emirates Air Line cable car

With the Emirates Air Line cable car you can see the London skyline above the Thames. Duration of the trip is 10 minutes each way, and night rides (after 19:00 each day) are extended by a couple of minutes each way.

You can board Emirates Air Line cable car on the Royal Victoria side of the river or from North Greenwich.

London Bus Tours

You can find various (guided or not) bus tours, including hop-on hop-off bus tours, open top bus tours, London by night bus tours, and even tours with afternoon tea.

Buses offer a couple of routes, and with hop-on hop-off bus tours you can exit the bus at some of the stops, do some sightseeing on foot, and continue the bus journey later.

London Bike Tours

If you’d rather spend the day cycling through the city, there are cycling (even e-bike) sightseeing tours. You can find river Thames bike tours, landmarks tours, royal parks bike tours, and many more.