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The New Palace of Westminster (Houses of Parliament)M.V Cockney Sparrow passing Barnes Bridge

Thames River Boats have been offering scenic cruises between Westminster, Kew, Richmond & Hampton Court for over 40 years. The cruises take place onboard a heritage fleet of traditional River Thames passenger boats which have been modernised to meet modern safety & comfort standards. A cruise with Thames River Boats provides a unique experience showcasing the magnificent architecture & beautiful scenery of the upper reaches of the tidal Thames. All vessels have indoor & outdoor seating, a fully licensed bar, toilet facilities & heating.

We have a range of cruises available ranging from 30-minutes to 3-hours & 30-minutes. Each of the piers & landing stages we operate from a closely situated to some of London’s most popular attractions including the Palace of Westminster, Westminster Abbey, the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew & Hampton Court Palace. We also work closely with Historic Royal Palaces, the custodians of Hampton Court Palace, Kew Palace & the Banqueting House (Whitehall) to provide joint excursions exploring the best that these world class attractions & the River Thames have to offer.

This page contains information about each of our destinations & examples of some of our most popular cruises for groups including our Exclusive Group Cruises which have been specially curated with social distancing & COVID safety in mind.
As always, we are happy to arrange bespoke cruises & tours.


Why Choose Thames River Boats?


  • Regular sailings across London
  • A fleet of five heritage passenger boats
  • Fully licensed bars, toilets facilities & heating on-board all vessels
  • Excellent group rates
  • Private cruises available for groups


Group Rates & Discounts

Our public cruises operate from April to October each year & we have a range of cruises to choose from. During 2021 we will be operating services from Kew to Hampton Court calling at Richmond Landing Stage & we will also be operating our 45-minute Richmond Circular Cruise.

We offer a 20% discount for pre-booked groups of 20 or more passengers on our public services. Bookings can be made over the phone or by completing our contact form on our contact page.

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Exclusive Group Cruises

Our Exclusive Group Cruises are new for 2021 & have been designed to give group travel operators extra peace of mind when cruising with us. When you book a Group Exclusive Cruise you & your group will be the only passengers on-board. The boat will have been thoroughly cleaned beforehand & all our COVID precautions will be in place including social distanced seating inside & outside & hand sanitising stations.

You will find all the usual services we offer including a fully licensed bar, toilet facilities, heating & a live commentary from our crew. In addition to the fully licensed bar we can also provide drink packages including tea & coffee, soft drinks & catering options.

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Cockney Sparrow

The Cockney Sparrow was built in 1976 at Eel Pie Island. She is a two level boat with a deceptively large enclosed saloon and an open top deck. 


M.V Connaught was built by Salter Brothers of Oxford in 1911 & has been cruising between Westminster, Kew, Richmond & Hampton Court for over 100 years. Connaught regularly operates on our services & is also available for private charters.

Princess Freda

Princess Freda was built in 1926 by T.C. Letcher on the Isle of Wight, and has been restored to a particularly high standard.