Be wined and dined on a Thames dinner cruise! Glide along the waterways of the capital and see some of London’s most striking historical and modern landmarks from the River Thames, all whilst enjoying a delicious meal. We have informal lunchtime departures, smart evening dinner cruises and afternoon tea voyages to whet your appetite. You’ll be treated to great onboard service, superb views and tasty food - all of which comes to you!
Thames dining cruise FAQs...
A Thames river dining cruise is for everyone! Whether you want a more casual lunchtime affair with family, want to celebrate with friends on party boat, or get your glad rags on go for dinner afloat, they are all superb experiences. Don’t worry if you’re not keen on ferries, on these stable pleasure boats you glide gently along the water, seeing the sights as you go. It’s a real delight for all ages.
Who it's not for
If you really, really don’t like any form of travel on water, these Thames cruises won’t be for you. It’s also worth noting that whilst many of the vessels and piers are wheelchair accessible, some of the smaller ones aren’t.
It very much depends on the cruise you’re on. Lunch time cruises tend to be a more informal affair (but avoid jeans and trainers), while the evening sailings are smart casual. In reality, most passengers are onboard to celebrate and therefore relish the occasion to get dressed up for a date night!
Are drinks included?
Many Thames dining packages do include wine with your meal. There is also a fully stocked bar on most vessels, so you can order drinks for service at your table throughout the cruise. Why not make it extra special and go for a glass of bubbly to start your voyage? In our premium packages it’s included!
What happens if I have specific dietary requirements?
Food is freshly prepared onboard in the galley kitchens by experienced chefs. Most dietary requirements can be catered for, as long as they are requested in advance (usually at least five days before departure). The best thing to do is mention any requests you have when booking your cruise date with the operator.
Will we be allocated a table onboard the boat?
Yes. On our sit-down, table service meal cruises every passenger gets a table. Window seats are usually reserved for premium package holders, but with huge panoramic windows, everyone should be able to see the sights on the banks of the Thames as you float past.
How long before the departure time should we be at the boarding point?
All boarding information will be on your cruise confirmation. Make sure you allow plenty of time to get to the departure point ready to board. Piers will close a few minutes before the boat sets sail.
What happens if we’re late for the boat?
Thames boat operators are constrained by specific pier slot times for embarking and disembarking, so the crews will have to set sail within their allocated time slot. Unfortunately, they won’t be able to turn back and pick up late arrivals.
What about disabled access?
This depends on each vessel, so please check carefully on each product page. Most of the larger boats have full wheelchair access, including toilet facilities onboard. The main piers in London that our operators use, such as Embankment Pier, are also fully accessible. If you’re in any doubt, please contact us by ‘phone, email or the online chat and we’ll be glad to help.
How long will my cruise last?
Evening dinner cruises on the Thames in central London are the longest, lasting around 2 and 3/4 hours. Lunch time voyages are around 1 1/2 hours, with afternoon trips slightly shorter. Full details on the trip durations and timings can be found on each cruise page.
What route will we be sailing?
Routes may vary on the day, depending on tides, water conditions and regulations in force on the river ways of the capital. In all cases, you will certainly get to see many of the most famous landmarks from the water, from Houses of Parliament to the London Eye and many more. The furthest point for most cruises is the Thames Barrier in the easterly direction and Battersea in the westerly direction.
Is there any onboard entertainment included?
Yes! Shorter lunch cruises include a pre-recorded professional sightseeing commentary. A pianist plays during the very popular afternoon tea cruises and on Sundays it’s live jazz. In the evening there’s entertainment in the form of live musicians or even a disco, depending on the cruise you are on.
Are these dinner cruises a good idea for a romantic gift?
Most definitely. Thames dinner cruises for two are one of our most popular experiences for couples. You lot are certainly romantic when it comes to wining and dining the one you love! It’s a great gift whether you’re a born and bred Londoner, or just in town visiting.
Are these Thames dining cruises suitable for children and families?
The most popular departures for families with younger children are the afternoon tea and lunch cruises. Please see each cruise page for age restrictions and prices.
I’m looking for a cruise with a party atmosphere?
We can sort that for you! As well as sit-down dining, we have party boats. Great for groups to let their down, it’s a bar, a dance floor and buffet food whilst you party the night away afloat.
Can I smoke onboard during the cruise?
Boats have designated smoking areas on outside decks.
Can we stay onboard once we’ve docked after the voyage?
Due to strict pier slot controls and restrictions, all passengers will need to disembark once the vessel has docked.
Do you offer any packages with add-ons for other things to do in London?
Yes we do! Make your Thames dining cruise part of your big day out in the capital with our fab add-ons. You can do things like a ride on the London Eye, visit the Shard, or perhaps take a wander around the Tower of London. All our combined offers are shown on the cruise pages.
Do you offer any other cruises on the Thames beyond London?
As well as cruising the Thames in central London, we offer Thames cruises on smaller boats from Windsor, or even a genteel picnic cruise from Oxford. Perfect for a genteel afternoon exploring the Thames well beyond the capital!
Where do these Thames river cruises depart from?
Piers can vary according to the operator, the type of boat and the time of your voyage, but most depart from and return to Embankment or Westminster piers. Both are easily accessed using public transport. Cruises on the Thames also depart from piers in Oxford and Windsor.