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Westminster to Kew Service

Please Note: Our sailings from Westminster Pier have now finished. We will return to Westminster Pier in 2022.

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

A cruise from Westminster Pier to Kew Pier takes approximately 1-hour, 30-minutes & passes through the City of Westminster & a number of London Boroughs including Chelsea, Wandsworth & Putney before arriving in the upper reaches. The next stage of the journey cruises through Hammersmith, Barnes & Chiswick, following the winding path of the river round islands & stately homes before arriving at Kew Pier. During the cruise we will pass beneath a number of London’s iconic bridges & pass numerous landmarks including Westminster Bridge, the Palace of Westminster (Houses of Parliament), Lambeth Palace, Battersea Power Station, Chelsea Bridge & Albert Bridge.

The cruise takes place on a traditional river Thames passenger boat with indoor & outdoor seating, a fully licensed bar & toilet facilities. A river trip to Kew makes an excellent day out for tourists & locals alike & allows up to 4-hours & 30-minutes* ashore at Kew to explore the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew*, Kew Palace*, the London Museum of Water & Steam*, the National Archives or enjoy lunch at one of the many riverside pubs & restaurants. Alternatively passengers can enjoy a cruise from Kew to Westminster & remain onboard to return to Kew or disembark at Westminster Pier & make their own way back to Kew.


Ticket Prices

From Westminster Pier

  Adult Child (5-15) Senior (60+) Family (2 Adults & 2 Children)
Destination Single Return Single Return Single Return Single Return
Kew Pier £16.00 £23.00 £8.00 £11.50 £13.00 £18.50 £40.00 £57.50


 From Kew Pier

  Adult Child (5-15) Senior (60+) Family (2 Adults & 2 Children)
Destination Single Return Single Return Single Return Single Return
Westminster Pier £16.00 £23.00 £8.00 £11.50 £13.00 £18.50 £40.00 £57.50


Departure Times

Sailings are also available from Kew Pier to Richmond Landing Stage & Hampton Court Landing Stage. We advise checking our booking system to see all sailing times & services.

From Westminster Pier
To Kew Pier

11:00, 14:30


From Kew Pier
To Westminster Pier

12:30, 17:00


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Westminster Pier Location

Address: Westminster Millennium Pier, Victoria Embankment, London, SW1A 2JH
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Kew Pier Location

Kew Pier Address: Kew Pier, 1 Kew Road, Richmond, TW9 3A
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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. 


This historic vessel, built by Salter Brothers Oxford in 1911, has plied the river for over a century

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.