RIB: London Boat Trips
The Thames RIB Experience was started in 2008 and is the biggest, fastest and loudest London boat trip in the Thames. There is simply no better way to see London’s sites than from the most famous waterway in the world, the River Thames. Experience more of London’s historical sites in one hour than you could in a day on a more conventional tour.
Why not make touring London more exciting? Our London boat tours are designed for the ultimate adrenalin packed experience. As you journey along the river, our guide will provide you with a wealth of knowledge about the vast amount of wonderful sights that London offers. Below, are some of London’s most iconic sites that we pass on our trip along the Thames.
MI6 – Where The Spies Live
MI6 is just one of the impressive sights we pass on our London Boat Trip. MI6, otherwise known as the Secret Intelligence Service, protect our country by working secretly overseas and gathering intelligence that helps to make England a safer and more prosperous country. Working across the globe, they help to counter terrorism and ensure the safety of England’s citizens. The headquarters of MI6 are incredibly impressive and easily identifiable having appeared in multiple James Bond films.
The Houses of Parliament are a glorious site. Standing as the oldest royal palace in London, the Houses of Parliament are one of the most recognised buildings in the world. The Houses of Parliament’s iconic clock tower is one of London’s most famed attractions. By viewing it on one of our London Boat Trips, you will skip the crowds and get a completely unobstructed view of this impressive clock tower that is famed the world over.
The impressive London Eye is the world’s tallest cantilevered observation wheel. Carrying a total of 800 people, the London Eye allows tourists to see up to 40 kilometres in all directions. The 32 capsules on the London Eye are representative of the 32 London boroughs. The London Eye is a striking addition to modern London and attracts millions of tourists every year.
St Paul’s Cathedral
St Paul’s Cathedral has been the upholder of England’s most historic traditions. An architectural masterpiece, the Cathedral was created by Britain’s most famous architect Sir Christopher Wren. The cathedral is one of the most famous and recognisable sights in London. Its Dome has dominated London’s skyline for 300 years. The cathedral has been included in many popular films, such as Mary Poppins and Sherlock Holmes to mention only a few. This stunning cathedral is not to be missed!
The Shard is one of London’s more notable buildings, due to its dynamic design and modern aesthetic. The Shard is extremely close to London Bridge Station, allowing for easy access for occupiers and visitors alike. The Shard is a literal virtual city with residential apartments, offices, restaurants and the UK’s highest viewing gallery. The view from the Shard offers magnificent 360 degree views, allowing you to take in the whole of London. The Shard is a wonderful addition to London’s skyline.
30 St Mary Axe, or The Gherkin as it is more popularly known, is one of London’s most unique buildings. A shining example of create architecture, the Gherkin’s unique and impressive shape has earned its place in the hearts of Londoners as one of the most well-known skyscrapers in the city.
Tower of London
The Tower of London is a famed London landmark with an extensive history. The Tower has had multiple uses throughout its history, being used as a royal palace, an armoury, a prison, an execution chamber, a zoo, a barracks and a jewel house. Several ghosts are said to live within its walls but it is worth a visit to discover them for yourselves! Today, the Tower of London is one of the country’s most popular tourist attractions, offering insight into an incredible 1,000 years of history.
Enjoy a Boat Trip in London… With a Difference!
Canary Wharf is part of London’s historical Docklands. Situated on the eastern edge of the city, it is the new financial capital of London. However, there is so much more to this area than the myriad of shopping malls, high-rise offices and leisure options. Canary Wharf is one of the busiest and most vibrant areas of London.
Naturally, people assume there isn’t a lot of greenery in this area. However, this is simply not the case as Canary Wharf has a fantastic range of local parks, including Jubilee Park which is the equivalent of a roof garden on top of the Underground Station.
Cutty Sark is a British Clipper Ship and is the world’s only surviving extreme clipper. This beautiful ship has survived heavy seas, war, fire, old age and much more. Home to the biggest collection of figureheads in the world, Cutty Sark stands as a memorial to the Merchant Navy, particularly those who lost their lives in the two world wars.
The O2 is London’s most famous entertainment venues, hosting hundreds of entertainers every year. Included in the venue is an indoor arena, a music club, an exhibition space, bars and restaurants and a Cineworld cinema. Basically, once you enter the O2 you will realise that it houses basically everything you will ever need. Easily accessible by public transport, this world-class entertainment venue is one of the most sought-after venues in London.
The Emirates Airline is a cable car across the River Thames that lets you explore London’s famous sights from a height. The crossing takes ten minutes and helps you see London from a new perspective. The service comprises a 1-kilometre gondola line that crosses the Thames from the Greenwich Peninsula to the Royal Victorian Dock, to the west of ExCeL London.
The Thames Barrier is a unique flood control structure on the River Thames at Woolwich Reach in East London. The structure protects the city of London against storm surges and excessive rainfall. The barrier is currently protecting 48 square miles of London, including an estimated 1.25 million people. The Thames Barrier is the second largest flood defence barrier in the world.
Speed around London on our RIB boating experience. If you are riding any other RIB boat that’s not yellow and black – you are missing out! These boats are designed to be used in extreme conditions and therefore are extremely robust, stable and safe. Book your Thames River Boat Experience now. Strap in and hold on tight because it’s going to be a fast-paced ride!