Experience the thrills and spills of an incredible sightseeing tour of the Thames, and see some of London's famous landmarks along the way! A fantastic powerboat adventure for kids of all ages!
- London (London)
- Price for 1 Participant
Who ever said that sightseeing tours can't be exciting and fantastic fun as well as insightful? This powerboat adventure is the ultimate guided tour of London's most famous riverside landmarks - not only will they be learning...they'll also be zooming along the Thames at speeds of up to 35mph!
From the moment they don their life jackets and step on board the powerful RIB, their adrenaline levels will begin to soar. The tour guide will help the kids to their seats and prepare them for the speedboat adventure of a lifetime. Far from what you'd usually expect, all tour guides are hand-picked from the entertainment industry, so whether they are an actor or comedian by trade, you can expect a whole host of giggles along the way - this is a history lesson unlike any other. For 50 thrilling minutes, they'll speed past 22 iconic landmarks including Big Ben, Shakespeare's Globe, and The Shard, before returning to the London Eye Pier where they'll disembark. If they like speed, we can guarantee that they'll leave, grinning from ear to ear!Suitable for children of all ages, this London Speedboat Adventure is probably the fastest and funniest way to tour London. Spend 50 hair-raising minutes zooming past some of London's most iconic sights as you are regaled with tales of London, past and present!
This ultimate speedboat adventure will be available all year round.
Specific days will vary according to seasonality.
*All bookings are subject to availability and must be made in
Children of all ages are welcome (so long as they are able to sit, unassisted) but must be accompanied by an adult.
Maximum age for a child ticket: 14 years.
Adult tickets (15+) can be found, here.
There are no maximum age or weight limits.
This powerboat ride is not suitable for those with existing or previous neck, back or heart conditions.
Experience Duration: 00:50
Time at Venue: 01:15
This is a 50 minute powerboat adventure.
Please be advised that you'll need to arrive at least 15 minutes prior to your departure time.
Participants: The London Speedboat Adventure - Child Ticket is for 1 participant.
Max Group Size: 11
Spectators Allowed on Site: Yes
There will be a maximum of 12 passengers on the boat.
Children (under 15) will need to be accompanied by an adult. Adult tickets for this speedboat adventure can be purchased, here.
Spectators will be able to wave you off from the pier and can be there to meet you on your return.
You will need to dress warmly for this experience, it will be windy!
The voyage will go ahead in all weather - the centre can provide wet weather gear for all ages and sizes, if required.
RIB riding on the Thames will proceed in most weather conditions, though if it is too extreme it may need to to be rescheduled for an alternative date.
With the wind blowing in our hair, eyes streaming and feeling like sailors at sea, Leoni and I took part in our latest adventure – a high speed RIB ride on the Thames. Both being complete powerboat ‘newbies’, it was something we both were looking forward to. So, we left our office in Brighton and headed for London Waterloo to begin our experience.
The meeting point for the ride could not have been more central; just a 5 minute walk from Waterloo Station and located at the pier adjacent to the London Eye. We walked down the dock and could see the bright red RIB waiting in the river, ready for action. Dave, our enthusiastic host for the ride greeted us on the dock, helped us on board and provided a quick health and safety briefing. After putting our life jackets on (safety first!), we clambered on board and got our camera’s fitted. Leoni and I chose the back seats in the hope we would miss getting so wet (although luckily you remain a lot dryer than expected!)
The RIB gently eased us into the adventure with a slow ride through the hub of the city – if it was up to the captain (minus the speed restriction) I’m sure he would have loved to put the boat to the test for the whole experience. We passed the iconic landmarks London is so famous for including The Shard, The Walkie Talkie and Somerset House. Once we had passed the police docks, Salty our captain for the day, put is hand on the throttle and the RIB jumped in speed from 12 to 35 knots. He also mastered quick turns and tight corners, making the boat bank to each side and leaving us feeling like we were on a roller-coaster!
After our high speed hit on the Thames, we headed back towards the pier and Dave indulged us in some informative history about the riverbank and the surrounding buildings. He had some fun facts to share, including some of the TV productions the boats have worked with. From The Apprentice to Harry Potter & The Goblet of Fire, they’ve worked with them all. So, we even felt a bit like movie stars being in the boats!
Thank you again Thames Rockets for letting us experience such an adventure! A RIB ride is one for the bucket list when you are next in London. You can see our selection of RIB rides here.