From the Shard to the Imperial War Museum – sights to look out for along the River


Taking to the water is perhaps one of the best ways of spotting some famous London landmarks during your break.

From the Shard to the Imperial War Museum, there’s plenty to see from the river the next time you stay at the Montcalm Royal London City, so read on to discover some of the most iconic sights as you cruise through the centre of this bustling metropolis.

The Shard

Easy to spot, the Shard has become symbolic of London’s business prowess and has plenty of nicknames including the gherkin and the pineapple thanks to its unique shape which dominates the London skyline.

Tower Bridge

One of London’s best-known structures, many river tours allow visitors staying at hotels near Liverpool Street station the opportunity to discover more about the history surrounding the design and construction of this imposing landmark. There’s also some awe-inspiring views to be taken from the top of Tower Bridge for those with a head for heights.

Tower of London

A historic area with a grisly past, the Traitor’s Gate is the where prisoners of the crown were escorted along the river to be incarcerated at the famous Tower of London. Many river cruises allow ticket holders to disembark nearby, so you can explore the area before returning to more hospitable surroundings at the Montcalm Royal London City later on.

HMS Belfast

A floating museum that attracts thousands of visitors each year, HMS Belfast is easy to reach from our hotels near Liverpool Street Station via several methods of public transport. However, it's a great experience to sail past this imposing floating fortress before hopping off your river cruise to check out this well-maintained warship.

Westminster Pier

No visit to the Montcalm Royal London City hotel would be complete without a visit to Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament, and the river is the perfect place to grab a few selfies of this iconic London Landmark.

For visitors to London wanting to take a tour of the Houses of Parliament, several tours run daily, and there's even the opportunity to see debates on certain days of the week as some galleries are open to the public.

The Churchill War Rooms are also tucked away in this area, and although they can't be seen from the river and could be tricky to spot at street level without their signage, they are still a fantastic attraction for anyone interested in wartime London and the role Churchill played in the Second World War

The London Eye

The London Eye has become synonymous with the city with visitors from all over the globe flocking to this popular attraction to take in the breath-taking views of London’s skyline. You really can’t miss this sight from the river, and visitors can disembark to take a pre-booked flight or experience some of the other attractions located nearby, such as the London Aquarium.