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Premium Thames Barrier RIB Ride

London Eye Millennium Pier

  • An 80-minute premium Thames tour
  • Operated by super-fast Rocket RIBs
  • See everything worth seeing on the river!
  • Rocket tunes & lots of banter during your ride

What's Included

  • A Speedboat Experience from the London Eye to the Thames Barrier and back
  • Get up close to all the key places to visit in London
  • Entertaining and informative commentary from your professional guide
  • Approximately 80 minutes out on the river
  • Life jackets are provided and are compulsory for all participants
  • Participants should wear suitable outdoor clothing (coat and layers) to wear whilst onboard
  • The speedboat can accommodate up to 12 people

The Sights

  • London Eye
  • Houses of Parliament
  • Somerset House
  • London Bridge
  • Tate Modern
  • Shakespeare's Globe
  • The Gherkin
  • The Shard
  • HMS Belfast
  • Tower Bridge
  • Canary Wharf
  • The O2
  • Greenwich
  • Thames Barrier
  • Cleopatra's Needle
  • St Paul's Cathedral
  • The Tower of London

What Can I Expect

It's going to be a total blast on your premium Thames Barrier RIB ride! Of all the speedboat experiences offered on the Thames, this is the most comprehensive, meaning you'll see pretty much every major landmark along the river during your 80-minute ride.

The departure point for these premium tours is the London Eye Pier. You can't get much more central than that, as you are literally adjacent to the famous Eye, opposite the Houses of Parliament and next to the Dungeons, Shrek Adventure and Sea Life world in County Hall on the sunny South Bank.

Being one of the world's most famous waterways, there are lots of boats of all shapes and sizes gliding up and down the Thames all day long. However, there is only one company with these bright-red, high-speed, RIB rockets, so you're on course for a totally unique experience on the water!

From the moment you set off, it's clear this is no ordinary Thames ride. The skipper and hosting team are, quite frankly, all legends in their own lifetime. Not only are they pretty good at driving a RIB, they have that off-beat humour, cheeky sense of fun and banter that'll keep you enthralled for the entire 80 minutes of your premium voyage.

After following the river under all those London bridges, round past Canary Wharf and the Isle of Dogs to Greenwich, it's time to blast the tunes out, open up the throttle and go warp speed towards the Thames Barrier. These RIBs go really, really fast when they're allowed. Only one thing to do then; get down with the tunes and get your hands in the air, as you sweep over the water at a rate of knots (30 to be precise!).

Having reached the giant movable flood dam that is the Thames Barrier (and checked whether it's raised and rotated or open) you'll do a nifty about turn and head back to base. More tunes, more funny anecdotes and fabulous nuggets of cockney history for the return journey, before disembarking at the London Eye Pier.

We are offering adult (15yrs+) and child (up to 14yrs) for these premium Thames Barrier RIB rides. If you want to absolutely everything there is to see on the Thames, this is the one to go for!


• Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays throughout the year
• From November to February experiences run Fridays at 16:00, Saturdays at 10:00 and 16:00 and Sundays at 10:00 and 16:00
• From March to October experiences run on Fridays at 16:30 and Saturdays and Sundays at 13:00 and 17:30
• Experiences run at least once daily

• All bookings are subject to availability and guests should book at least two weeks in advance, especially in peak season
• Experiences do not run the 24th, 25th December 


• Depart from London Eye Millennium Pier

Suitable For

  • There are no age or weight restrictions
  • Under 14's must be accompanied by an adult
  • Participants will need to be able to climb onboard and sit on an individual seat for the duration of the trip
  • All boats can experience unpredictable movements that can aggravate existing medical conditions
  • The experiences are unsuitable for expectant mothers at any stage of pregnancy
  • Child tickets are valid for aged 14 and under
  • Adult tickets are valid for ages 15 +


• Spectators are welcome to watch the speedboat depart/arrive

Anything Else

• The Speedboat Experiences can accommodate people with some disabilities. The boat has been approved by the SCOPE and there are specially designed stability rails on board
• You are advised to wear sensible clothing bearing in mind it is usually cooler out on the river. Flat soled shoes are recommended
• Trip Advisor #1 Attraction in London