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Cruising Along the Thames River - The London Eye River Cruise



On a cold and blustery afternoon, Madison and I braved the weather and decided to do what most tourists do, take a cruise along the Thames River on the London Eye River Cruise. It was actually one of the highlights of our London experience and one not to be missed. While the Coca-Cola London Eye is one of the best ways to SEE London, the London Eye River Cruise in my opinion, is the next alternative to seeing everything along the Thames River banks. We were lucky to get free tickets to go on our cruise and while I'm not good when it comes to ships, surprisingly I didn't need any motion sickness medication, so if you're worried about that, you're going to be OK. Getting to the London Eye River Cruise is fairly simple, and I would recommend doing both the London Eye and the cruise at the same time since they are located right next to each other. You simply make your way to the departure jetty on the Thames River, and step onto your sightseeing boat. The cruise takes approximately 45 minutes.


Find a spot on the outer, upper deck or the spacious lower saloon, and settle in for your cruise. Even though it was rather cold that day and overcast as London seemed to be throughout our visit, we still decided to sit on the upper deck and we didn't regret it. Remember however to have your camera ready because you will be sailing by some of London's best known-sights, including Big Ben and you will also have beautiful views of some of their famous bridges including the Tower Bridge. You will be delighted by the live commentary from the highly knowledgeable on-board guide, who talks about the landmarks as they pass by. Since this is our Almost Wordless Wednesday, I'll share some of the views that we were able to see.





First up was the Big Ben and Houses of Parliament right across from the Westminster Bridge, which you can see, even before going on your cruise. The Royal Festival Hall has been touted as one of the world's leading performance centers, and which seats 2500. Next was the OXO Tower, which houses arts and crafts shop and also a restaurant and bar. While I didn't get to go there during my trip, I did hear that it's a tourist paradise.



The Millennium Bridge aka The Wobbly Bridge
The Blackfriars Bridge 

The Founders Arms is a pub that has a heated patio making it perfect to have that after work drink even when it's cool outside. The Anchor, however, is famous for the filming of Mission Impossible. There Ethan Hunt and Luther unwind with a drink. Now the thing that really fascinated me, was the numerous bridges that London has. We got to see the Millennium Bridge, also called the Wobbly Bridge because when it was first built, it did wobble. It has now been fixed and don't be afraid to walk across. Next the Blackfriars Bridge, which gained notoriety when in 1982 when a Vatican Bank Chairman was found hanging from it. We also got to see the London Bridge and more, but to be honest, we weren't very impressed with the London Bridge.

Just take a look at the magnificent buildings built along the Thames River. I was truly in awe of the architecture here in London, since our buildings in the USA aren't this statuesque.






The highlight of our cruise, however, was seeing the Tower Bridge. Built in 1894 and quite possibly one of the most iconic bridges in the world, it is 800 feet long and crossed by at least 40,000 people daily. The bridge opens up to allow river traffic and I was hoping to see that but unfortunately that didn't happen. The details on the bridge was astounding and just shows how much the British take pride in their architectural work. Just before the Tower Bridge is the HMS Belfast, a British Navy, Light Cruiser, now turned into a museum. From what we were told, everything still works on it so it can be activated at any time.






We had an incredible time on our London Eye River Cruise along the Thames River and while I had a great deal more photos to share with you, I think I've already overloaded you today. So whenever you're in London, or decide to take a trip to London, I highly suggest taking an excursion on the London Eye River Cruise.


Let's discuss: What do you most want to see on your visit to London? 

Annmarie John
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  1. Wow to the Tower Bridge and could totally see how that would be the highlight to this day trip. Thanks for sharing and your pictures made me so want to visit London now for this! :)

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    1. Oh you would have an amazing time in London. I can just see the girls riding on the red buses which was Madison's favorite. :)

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  2. Never been to London but am loving living vicariously through your fab photos! That tower is incredible!
    Karen | GlamKaren.com

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    1. Isn't it? It was a sight to behold. Can't wait to do it all again.

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  3. That's awesome. First Paris now London what amazing opportunity for Madison. :)

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    1. She is the world traveler isn't she? She's been doing it since the age of 3 months and I have to say she loves it!

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  4. Such amazing pictures. Really so jealous of your trip and that you got to spend it with your daughter. I would love to do a solo trip with her when shes older.

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    1. Thank you, I think you'll have an amazing time in London with your daughter if you make it.

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  5. What an amazing way to see London. I was in London for 2 days about 10 years ago and can't wait to go back.

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    1. Oh you most certainly have to make it back. You surely missed out on a lot. Don't think I can only do 2 days anywhere. :)

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  6. Gorgeous, again, flawless photos. I love seeing how calm your daughter is while seeing the world's greatest features!

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    1. I think she's traveled so much in her 4 years that she's not really interested in much unless it's something sweet to eat or a toy store. :)

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  7. Oh I wish we would have done this when we went with the kids to London a couple of years ago. I didn't even know you could do this! totally missed this one - well, just another reason to return!

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    1. Well this is certainly something for you to do on your return trip and you'll love it. I would recommend going in the summer though because it was really chilly in March when we went.

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  8. What a lovely boat ride. Your photos are stunning.

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  9. Oh wow! What an amazing cruise! I would love to have seen this. Never been to London but it totally on the list!

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    1. Yes it was a once in a lifetime experience. Not so sure I would do it again in the winter however. Spring/Summer maybe but it is truly cold on the Thames River in the winter.

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  10. Quite the memories being made! Love that you are capturing it in such detail now - she'll appreciate it later!

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    1. Yes I think that having photos to commemorate our experience is something she'll love when she gets older.

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  11. I'd want to try this, too! The views are wonderful from the Thames River and you've captured very beautiful photos. I've only tried river cruising in Singapore, Bangkok, Ayutthaya, and Manila.

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    1. See I would love cruising in Singapore and Bangkok. Those 2 places are actually on my bucket list!

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  12. Oh my word. This looks so absolutely incredible! I love the Thames. I am adding this to my bucket list!

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    1. Yes you most certainly should. You'll love it!

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  13. I would love to travel to London! It is definitely on our travel bucket list. It looks like an amazing cruise. We have some here but we don't have those awesome buildings to look it.

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    1. Our buildings aren't as great to look at either as they are in Europe. Just love it there!

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  14. Ughhh I want to go to London so bad!!!!! All the history that city holds omg.... I would never want to leave lol!

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    1. You will just love it there! Yes the history is amazing and even now I'm slightly regretting leaving. I do have dual citizenship so can stay and may decide to do so if a certain someone wins the presidency.

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  15. I love a good day on the water so a boat tour sounds divine! I love seeing things from a new perspective!

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    1. Then you would most certainly love the Thames River cruise Michelle.

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  16. The Tower Bridge looks majestic! I bet it looks waaaaay better in person than in photos. I hope I get to witness the opening of the bridge next time.

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    1. I'm hoping I'm able to witness the opening myself too and yes it does look way better than it does in photos.

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  17. London is so pretty! I've always wanted to go on a cruise. The wobbly bridge still looks wobbly to me, but I'd still dare to walk over it!

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    1. That's exactly what I thought, because it sure does look wobbly to me too.

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  18. It reminds of beautex mouche in Paris. You get to see a lot of historic London attractions by cruising the Thames river.

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    1. I'm sure it might be like cruising the Seine River. I didn't get to do that when I was in Paris. Maybe next time.

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  19. I have never been to London. I am thinking if we did go visit, this river cruise would be a must. We went on river cruises in many other cities, like Paris, Washington DC, Shanghai.

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    1. Oh that one in Shanghai must have been quite the experience. I want to visit that part of the world really badly.

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  20. Went to London Eye just yesterday and my post on it coming up soon. Yet to go on a river cruise!!

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    1. Isn't it amazing? We loved it and it totally is a must when you're in London.

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  21. That's one of the best cruises one can ride. I love the view, really, there's just so much beautiful architecture. I've never seen the tower bridge in person and it would be nice to see it, as well as the HMS Belfast, since I love history! These are all just very nice and it's obvious to see that the tour was worth it. I'm glad you enjoyed it!

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    1. Oh yes we totally did. Maybe the next time that we go, we might take a tour of the HMS Belfast. There is so much more that we want to do so we will definitely be going back.

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  22. What an awesome day tour to take! It is really thrilling to finally see things "in real life" that you've seen in movies and on TV all your life.

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    1. It really was and I'm glad that we took it although it was rather cold on the day we went. I would certainly suggest doing it during the summer which might be the best time to cruise along the River Thames.

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  23. I have never been to London or to England for that matter. One day it will happen! I would love to take this river cruise.

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    1. Oh most certainly Stacey, if you ever do visit, be sure to take a Thames River Cruise on the London Eye River Cruise ship.

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  24. Nice realistic pics. Your daughter seems to have enjoyed a lot with her eyes filled with curiosity.

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    1. Thank you and I'm wondering why the word "realistic". Trust me they are real. :)

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  25. London is one of the places I would love to visit in this lifetime. I will most definitely take this cruise with my boys when we do!

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    1. Oh you and the boys will love it. I was surprised that my pre-schooler enjoyed it. I thought she wouldn't but she sure surprised me.

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  26. This looks awesome! I have never been to England, but would love to one day. My sister-in-law is from there, and she and my brother have gone over a bunch of times to visit her family.

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    1. Awww, then you should one of these days ask to tag along. You'll love it there!

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  27. i would never have thought of going on the cruise. i always go to london but can imagine this being good when its warmer too

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    1. Oh yes I would definitely recommend going when its warmer, preferably in the summer. When we went it was a cold day and it's even COLDER on the Thames River.

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  28. It's so beautiful! I'm really hoping to visit London soon. I do not plan on missing out on Thames river. This view is a must.

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    1. And you certainly shouldn't if you do visit.

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  29. How beautiful! London is one destination that my family and I'd love to visit someday.

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    1. You will all have a blast! We had an amazing time and can't wait to go back, but first there are a few more countries that I'd like to visit first.

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  30. I want to make it to London one of these days. As soon as I get over the thought of such a long flight

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    1. My flight was 12hrs but to be honest, it's not that bad. My daughters ears got clogged on our way over (because she didn't listen to me) but besides that it was a very uneventful flight. Don't worry too much about the flight and go and enjoy yourself.

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  31. Having always wanted to visit London this would be at the top of my bucket list. Such a great way to take in the Thames and see a whole nother view of the city.

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    1. Yes it really is and instead of walking along the Thames River which can take forever this is a much nicer way.

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