The Thames is the longest river in England and is 215 miles in length from source to sea. It flows through 16 cities and key towns; pretty impressive really!
I think it’s very important for new residents to London, as well as tourists, to explore the Thames in a variety of ways to get a good feel for the remarkable centre piece that hosts so many different varieties of activities on a daily basis.
Here are 5 suggestions so you can view the River Thames in fun, unique ways;
- London RIB Voyages
London RIB Voyages advertise themselves as ‘The fastest, funniest and craziest trip ever!’ Not sure about you but I instantly want to give them a go and test out their strapline! LRV were the first speedboat operator ever to set sail on the Thames and last year they achieved Number 1 position in the ‘Activities to do in London’ category on Tripadvisor. Hop on at either Tower Bridge or the London Eye dock… Are you ready?
- HMS Belfast
HMS Belfast is a museum ship operated by the Imperial War Museum and permanently moored in near Tower Bridge along the Thames.
It’s recommended you take 90 minutes to explore the ship, but with an on-board café I’m sure this 90 minutes can easily turn into a half day activity!
Explore this historic warship to discover life at sea from WW2 to 1963 for the crew at war. An audio guided tour is encouraged where you will hear stories from the Second World War and years after.
- Design Museum
Founded in 1989, the Design Museum is London’s home for contemporary design. The Museum has varied events throughout the whole year for you to enjoy. It showcases product, industrial, graphic, fashion and architectural design. Based near our headquarters along the River Thames, it is easily accessible. The Museum at times will also schedule talks from expert designers and you can learn about their practice and new developments in design.
Families are always welcomed at the Design Museum and specific events to encourage more families to have a day out are put on throughout the year! Some of the events include Create & Make, Family Trails and Family Day, so why not give it a try as something a bit alternative?
- Wibbly Wobbly
The Wibbly Wobbly was built in 1929 and it is now a floating pub in Rotherhithe’s dockland with a spectacular view of Canary Wharf. It has been moored up for more than 20 years. With room for up to 100 seats inside, up to 120 outside on the pontoon and children are welcome until the early evening, why not try something a bit different for a Saturday afternoon drink or coffee? With low ceilings and a ‘wibbly wobbly’ surface, make sure you hold on tight!
- Coca-Cola London Eye
Launched in 2000, the London Eye is the world’s largest cantilevered observation wheel at 135metres. It has won over 85 awards for national and international tourism, outstanding architectural quality and engineering achievement.
The London Eye rotates over the River Thames opposite the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben and allows 360-degree views of the capital and its famous landmarks, taking approximately 30 minutes for a full turn. There are interactive guides in each capsule, in several different languages to guide you through what you can see. To keep the kids amused, your ticket includes entry to a 4D cinema experience as well!
Make sure you check online beforehand to see the latest deals that are not available at the door!
- Tower Bridge Experience
Last on my list is the Tower Bridge Experience – it’s a must-see and another exciting activity venue near our headquarters, Butler’s Wharf! Explore its iconic structure, spectacular views of the River Thames and glass floor. Built 120 years ago to ease road traffic whilst maintaining river access, it has a giant moveable road that lifts for passing ships.
Personally, the most exciting part of the Tower Bridge experience is the brand new and spectacular glass floor across the high-level walkways, looking down onto the moveable road. It’s great fun looking down and spying on all the London Red buses and pedestrians who are none the wiser you are above! The glass floor is 11 metres long and 1.8 metre wide, impressive really!
Let us know your thoughts and feelings on the activities if you can find space in your ever-increasing diary to try them out. And remember you are always welcome to come see us at Butler’s Wharf; pretty impressive views of Tower Bridge to be seen from land and water!