The ultimate Thames sight seeing trip for the family! A fun and fact-filled guide to the famous landmarks of London, aboard a speedboat!
- London (London)
- Price for 1 Participant
This is no doubt one of the greatest ways to view the Thames, and is certainly not your 'average' guided tour! This 80 minute excursion provides a unique and exciting tour of the capital city and is fantastic fun for kids of all ages. The powerboat tour covers popular London landmarks including the Houses of Parliament, Tower Bridge, The Globe Theatre, and many more sights along the way.
This experience is exhilarating, fast and a lot more fun than most traditional river cruises. The crew are very friendly professional comedians with a great amount of knowledge - they have plenty experience in the entertainment industry and will have the kids in fits of giggles about the funnier aspects of London's history - there are some stories you won't hear at school!The boat will depart from the London Eye Pier, where you will meet and be introduced to the crew for your trip. They will show you to your seat and provide you with a life jacket for the trip. These boats can reach speeds of up to 35 knots, so prepare to be blown away! Your guide will be on hand to talk you through the sights and associated history as you pass by.
Hold on tight and prepare to rock and roll with a thrilling 80 minute powerboat explorer voyage along London's river Thames - the perfect experience gift for kids and teenagers with a need for speed!
The River Thames Explorer Voyage Experience is available to be booked on most days throughout the year.
Timetables may vary seasonally.
Child tickets for the Thames Explorer Voyage Experience are valid for children aged between 6-14 years.
All children must be accompanied by a participating adult.
Adult tickets (15+) are available, here.
You must arrive 15 minutes prior to departure.
Experience Duration: 01:20
Time at Venue: 01:40
This powerboat tour will last for approximately 80 minutes in total.
You will need to arrive at least 15 minutes prior to your departure time.
Participants: The River Thames Explorer Voyage Powerboat Experience - 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 RIB.
All children will need to be accompanied by a paying adult.
Spectators are welcome to wave you off from the pier but will not be able to see you for long as you'll be travelling at speeds of up to 35 knots (approx 40mph).
You will need to dress warmly for this experience - even on a sunny day it will be very windy!
The RIB Voyage generally goes ahead in all weather - wet weather gear for all ages and sizes can be requested.
This experience can be affected by extreme weather, if in any doubt please contact the centre before heading off.
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.