Boats & Thames Cruises in London for Couples and Families


The Thames is one of the most famous rivers on the planet, and what better way to see London that from its calm waters? There is a great range of Thames cruises available to meet your needs, from site-specific excursions to tours that cover all the major landmarks of London.

So, if you’re staying at the Montcalm Royal London City Hotel and fancy taking to the water, read on!

City Cruises Tower of London Cruise

For families seeking some history and a splendid view of London from the water, the Tower of London Cruise is a great option. Cruises depart every 40-minutes from Westminster Pier, the London Eye, Greenwich and Tower Pier. The last of these is only a ten-minute Tube ride away from the Montcalm Royal London City Hotel, so you don’t have far to travel to get out on the water.

This particular offering takes you along the Thames and toward the ancient, looming structure of the Tower of London. You then depart and use your City Cruises-inclusive entry ticket to gain entry to this famous landmark. Sporting over a thousand years of history and some very famous prisoners, the Tower of London will be of major interest to children and parents alike. You’ll be led around the site by one of the famous red Beefeaters and then it’s back on board for the home leg of the journey.

Virgin River Red Rover

This comprehensive tour will take you past many of the most famous London sights, including The London Eye, The Tower of London, the Houses of Parliament and St Paul’s Cathedral to name just a few. You get to view them all from a totally unique perspective, with no traffic issues – unless there’s a rogue dolphin or tug boat holding you up. The River Red Rover departs from Tower Pier, so it’s a short hop from Montcalm Royal London City Hotel, one of the best spa hotels in London.

There’s an open-air deck up top and sheltered lower decks if any of your young ones are a little apprehensive. What’s more, your ticket is valid for three days from the date of purchase, so you can always cover more ground, or water another time, if you don’t get to see everything in one day. You are also free to hop on or off your boat at the various stops and re-join when and where you want to.

It’s an amazing overview of everything London has to offer and the perfect family day out on the water.

Bateaux Dinner Cruise

If you’re looking for something more couple-oriented, you can’t do much better than the Bateaux Thames Dinner Cruise. You get to experience London as the sun sets, casting golden light on the various famous sights you pass, moving at a more relaxed pace than the buzzing city all around.

A live band will serenade you as the food cooks in the on-board kitchen and you stand before Big Ben as it chimes the coming of evening. Boarding is at 7pm and the cruise finishes up at 10.30pm. Enjoy a five course set menu, a great drinks list and an utterly romantic, unforgettable experience. Your room at the Montcalm Royal London City Hotel is only a 20-minute Tube from the debarkation point of Embankment Pier, so it’s a quick journey and you’re away on the water.

Whichever tour you pick this time round, it’s well worth bookmarking this post and trying another on your next visit!