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Best Way to Visit London’s Iconic River Thames

Sightseeing on the River Thames is an experience second to none. The abundance of landmarks provide intrigue for history buffs, design enthusiasts or even those simply interested in being able to add some photos to their collection.

What’s more, the powerful nature of the river means it has carved out wide banks, perfect for enabling the safety necessary for navigation of high speed vessels. Meaning your sightseeing can be taken up a notch, on our vessels with up to 370HP on each engine – a combined twin-turbo thrust of 740HP.

What are the key landmarks in London along the Thames?

Westminster Abbey

Westminster Abbey: Since 1066, Westminster Abbey has served as the venue for the coronations of 40 English and British monarchs. Its stunning Gothic architecture draws inspiration from both French and English styles of the 13th century.

Palace of Westminster

Palace of Westminster (Houses of Parliament): The Palace of Westminster, also known as the Houses of Parliament, is a grand example of Gothic Revival architecture. Its design is influenced by the ‘Perpendicular Gothic’ style of the 14th to 16th centuries. Rebuilt substantially after the devastating fire of 1834, it stands as an iconic symbol of London and a must-see for visitors.

London Eye

London Eye: Standing at 443 feet tall, the London Eye holds the title of Europe’s tallest Ferris wheel. It is the most popular tourist attraction in the UK, with over 3.5 million tickets sold annually. Offering breathtaking views of the city, it has become an iconic landmark and a lucrative venture.

Royal Horseguards Hotel

Royal Horseguards Hotel (Whitehall Place): The Royal Horseguards Hotel, with its architectural inspiration drawn from the French Chateau style, boasts a prestigious listed status. Renowned for accommodating diplomats engaged in governmental missions around Whitehall, it stands as a symbol of elegance and luxury.

Cleopatra's Needle

Cleopatra’s Needle: One of two ancient obelisks originating from Ancient Cairo, Cleopatra’s Needle has a storied history. Originally standing together, they were separated when offered as gifts to America and Britain by the Khedive of Egypt, Isma’il Pasha. Its presence in London is a testament to the city’s global connections and historical intrigue.

Somerset House

Somerset House: Dating back to 1776, Somerset House is a stunning example of Neoclassical architecture. Built on the site of the Tudor palace “Old Somerset House,” it features a central arch designed to accommodate vessels, showcasing its historical significance in London’s maritime past.

Oxo Tower

Oxo Tower: Originally a power station supplying electricity to the Royal Mail post office, the Oxo Tower underwent a transformation in the 1920s. Rebuilt in an Art Deco style, it famously circumvented advertising restrictions by incorporating subtle Oxo branding into its design, becoming an iconic feature along the Thames.

St Paul's Cathedral

St Paul’s Cathedral: St Paul’s Cathedral, a masterpiece of English Baroque architecture, was completed in 1710 by Sir Christopher Wren. It stands as a symbol of resilience, having replaced the original cathedral destroyed in the Great Fire of London. Wren’s architectural legacy extends across London, with numerous churches and grand buildings bearing his signature style.

Tate Modern

Tate Modern: Housed in a converted power station, the Tate Modern is one of the world’s largest art galleries. With its vast collection of art accessible to the public free of charge, it serves as a cultural hub and a testament to London’s rich artistic heritage.

Shakespeare Globe

Shakespeare’s Globe: Recreating the iconic thatched-roof theaters of Shakespeare’s time, Shakespeare’s Globe stands as a living tribute to the playwright’s enduring legacy. Founded by Sam Wanamaker, its construction inspired the replication of similar theaters worldwide, fostering a global appreciation for Shakespearean drama.

London Bridge

London Bridge: An integral part of London’s historical and contemporary infrastructure, London Bridge has stood for centuries as a symbol of the city’s resilience and evolution. While its appearance may be understated, its significance in London’s history cannot be overlooked.

The Shard: Designed by Renzo Piano and completed in 2012, The Shard stands as a striking architectural marvel on the London skyline. Inspired by sailing ships’ masts, its sleek design and towering height make it a distinctive feature along the River Thames.

HMS Belfast

HMS Belfast: Once a prominent warship present during the D-Day landings of 1944, HMS Belfast now serves as part of the Imperial War Museums. Its rich history and well-preserved interior offer visitors a fascinating glimpse into Britain’s naval heritage.

The Gherkin

The Gherkin: Affectionately known as ‘The Gherkin,’ St Mary’s Axe is a striking architectural landmark in London. Designed by Norman Foster with environmental considerations in mind, its distinctive form and innovative design have made it an iconic feature of the city’s skyline.

The Tower of London

The Tower of London: Steeped in history and intrigue, the Tower of London stands as a testament to Britain’s rich heritage. Originally built by William the Conqueror in 1078, it has witnessed pivotal moments in British history and remains an iconic symbol of royal power and authority.

Tower Bridge

Tower Bridge: Officially known as His Majesty’s Royal Palace and Fortress of the Tower of London, Tower Bridge is an architectural marvel spanning the River Thames. Built in 1078, it has stood as a symbol of London’s resilience and endurance through centuries of change.

Canary Wharf

Canary Wharf: Once a bustling port, Canary Wharf has evolved into a vibrant financial district, characterized by towering skyscrapers and modern architecture. Its tallest building, One Canada Square, stands as a testament to London’s status as a global financial hub.

Maritime Greenwich museum

Maritime Greenwich: With its rich maritime history and royal connections, Maritime Greenwich offers visitors a glimpse into Britain’s seafaring past. Home to landmarks such as the Old Royal Naval College and the Royal Observatory, it holds a special place in London’s cultural heritage.

The 02

The O2: Originally built as the Millennium Dome, The O2 is a multifunctional entertainment venue with a unique architectural design. Representing the divisions of the year, its iconic structure has become a popular destination for concerts, events, and exhibitions.

Thames Barrier

Thames Barrier: Designed to protect London from flooding, the Thames Barrier stands as a vital piece of infrastructure. Its construction in response to the 1953 storm surge underscores the city’s ongoing efforts to mitigate the effects of climate change and rising sea levels.

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