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Thames River Dinner Cruises



Lunch Cruise London
Based On 29 Reviews

London

From £36.00

    • Cruise the River Thames over lunch!
    • Two course set menu and Fairtrade tea or coffee
    • One and a half hour cruise along the River Thames
    • Board & disembark the vessel from Embankment Pier
Enjoy a Classic Dinner Cruise
Based On 2 Reviews

London

From £82.00

    • A dinner cruise on the River Thames
    • A five course a la carte menu
    • Cruises last two and three quarter hours
    • Live band onboard
Thames Sunday Jazz Cruise
Based On 3 Reviews

London

From £50.00

    • Three course set menu with fairtrade tea or coffee
    • Two and a half hour cruise along the River Thames
    • Enjoy your lunch and listen to live jazz music
    • Cruises take part on Sundays
Windsor Afternoon Tea Cruise

Windsor

From £35.00

    • Cruise the River Thames in Windsor
    • A selection of cakes, pastries and more...
Windsor Dinner Cruise

Windsor

From £75.00

    • Luxury dinner cruises around Windsor
    • Enjoy a five course meal served at your table
Windsor Lunch Cruise

Windsor

From £35.00

    • River cruise lunches on the Thames in Windsor
    • Run by Bateaux Windsor, sister to Bateaux London
    • A three course luncheon or Sunday lunch afloat
    • Embark on the Melody to see the sights as you dine
Afternoon Tea Cruise & London Eye For Two

London

From £120.00

    • Enjoy afternoon tea afloat & a London Eye ride
    • Spend 1 1/4 hrs cruising the Thames over high tea
    • Tickets to the London Eye on south bank included
    • Capsule rides take around 30 minutes
Picnic Cruise Oxford
Based On 2 Reviews

River Thames, Oxford

From £45.00

    • Enjoy a picnic feast on the Thames in Oxford
    • Guided tour of famous landmarks on the way
    • Daytime or sunset cruises are available
    • Beautiful Edwardian style river boats
Shard & Lunch Cruise for Two
Based On 5 Reviews

London

Save £10 From £125

    • View from the Shard and Lunch Cruise for Two
    • See 360 degree views of London from 800ft
    • A two course lunch on the River Thames
    • Enjoy the spectacular views of London
Thames Dining & London Eye for Two

London

From £120.00

    • Combine a dining cruise with London Eye trip
    • Luncheon sailings from Embankment Pier
    • Seasonal dishes freshly prepared & cooked onboard
    • No queuing for tickets for the London Eye
Disco Cruise on the Thames

River Thames

From £32.00

    • A Saturday night disco cruise on the River Thames
    • Operated by a fleet of three cruise boats
    • All have upper dining areas & lower disco decks
    • Finger buffet provided onboard whilst you cruise

Should I buy this experience?

Who it's for

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.

Thames dining cruise FAQs

What should I wear for Thames dinner cruise?

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.

Join the hundreds of happy cruisers and book your table on a Thames dining cruise now!

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