Water baby – 5 Thames tours to add to your trip


The Thames is one of the key parts of London; it runs throughout the city and provides the many historic waterways which once contributed to London’s original development.

Such an iconic sight deserves to be experienced in style, wherever you intersect with the river so the following five options are perfect for enjoying the Thames in your own unique way during your stay in England’s capital.

Kayak Tour

If you crave independence during your own trip down the Thames, then renting a kayak could be the ideal solution! If you’re less experienced on the water, then there’s no need to panic – kayak tours come complete with a qualified instructor, who will guide you through areas like Primrose Hill Bridge and head past the ZSL London Zoo, where you’ll encounter the Giraffe House and the Snowden Aviary, perfect for nature fans staying at the San Domenico House Chelsea.

Turk Launches

These riverboats have a rich history, as they have been providing crossings on the Thames for over 300 years. For history buffs staying at boutique hotels in Chelsea, there is no better way to cruise along the river, starting your trip in Richmond before heading to areas like Kingston and Hampton Court. Here you can do everything from visit the opulent Hampton Court Palace to browsing Richmond’s leafy streets, or enjoying great shopping opportunities in Kingston.

Tate Boat

The stretch of the Thames which separates the Tate Modern from the Tate Britain can easily be crossed thanks to the Tate Boat, a classy alternative to making the trip by Tube! This is particularly handy if you’re in the mood for a culture-filled day out in the city while staying at San Domenico House Chelsea, as both venues offer an array of great art spanning hundreds of years and a world of top talent.

Circular Cruise

Beginning at Westminster Pier, this hop-on-, hop-off boat tour will guide you through some of the city’s many attractions, including the likes of the Tate Modern, Southbank Centre and Somerset House. Ideally suited to a summer day of exploring, expect plenty of incredible views! An added benefit of this cruise is that you benefit from live commentary throughout the trip, provided by the captain – great for learning more about the sights you pass during the journey.

MBNA Thames Clippers River Roamer

For a unique way to experience both the water and the air, opt for travelling on the MBNA Thames Clippers all the way to North Greenwich pier, before joining the Emirates Air Line cable car, which spans the skyline above the Thames. You can purchase this option through a variety of different packages, and whilst this might not be the right option for the faint or heart (or those with a fear of heights), it does provide the perfect customisable day out for the daring – as well as a delightful way to see the Thames from above.