London is known to be one of the most beautiful cities in the world. It’s also one of the most visited cities anywhere on the planet, with it garnering a whopping 65 million tourists in 2015. Its long and vibrant history fused with stunning sites and delicious food stops are what makes London a truly captivating city. One of the best ways to see the city and experience the finest British cuisines all at the same time is by taking a cruise down the famed River Thames, England’s longest river. Here’s a list of the best dinner cruises in London, UK, that you can try when you visit this fascinating city.
A unique cruising experience awaits you at the London Showboat Dinner Cruise. The journey will take you from Central London to the Thames Barrier. Upon arriving, you will be served welcome drinks in champagne glasses. While dining on their four-course meal (which also has vegetarian options, by the way) on board, enjoy amazing performances of cabaret, burlesque, and all-around entertainment. If you’re in a total partying mood, this is the dinner cruise for you. Tip: this is best enjoyed with friends!
The London Showboat Dinner Cruise
Duration: 3 Hrs 30 Min Duration
If you’re a big fan of jazz music, then this dinner cruise is for you. Enjoy a three-hour cruise by starting your evening with sparkling drinks and carry on with a bit of sightseeing of London’s most popular sights like Big Ben, the London Eye, the House of Parliament and the Tower of London. This cruise offers a three-course meal in a heated cabin with live jazz tunes in the background. Some of the dishes to be expected include cheese and charcuterie, an escalope of chicken and rich berry cheesecake.
Thames River Jazz and Dinner Cruise
Duration: 3 hours
3. Savor a delicious meal on board the Bateaux
Editor's Note: Photo taken from the establishment's official social account
See the best of London while onboard the gorgeous Bateaux London Superior Dinner Cruise. The vessel boards at 7 pm and leaves exactly at 7:30 pm so don’t be late! You’re in for a treat with their five-course a-la-carte menu that consists of duck liver parfait, slow-braised feather blade of beef, white chocolate, and raspberry ingot, and truffled Cornish brie. Then after dinner, what’s there left to do? Dance, of course! Groove to the live entertainment onboard, to get the full experience of your trip.
Bateaux London Superior Dinner Cruise
Opening hours: From 7pm
Price: From 99 USD
4. Sign up for a Christmas dinner cruise
Celebrate the most wonderful time of the year onboard the Harmony Christmas Dinner Cruise! The cruise features a four-course meal prepared by the head chef onboard a uniquely Scandinavian-designed boat. They also offer an option of a vegetarian menu, however, this should be advised and pre-ordered seven days before the trip. Guests must take note that a minimum of 10 people is required to book the cruise.
Harmony Christmas Dinner Cruise
Address: Embankment Pier, Victoria Embankment, London WC2N 6NU
Website: Harmony Christmas Dinner Cruise
Opening hours: From: 6:30pm
Price: 124 USD
For those who prefer something lighter but still maintain the beauty of London, opt for this sparkling two-hour River Thames sunset cruise. Witness the breathtaking view of the sunset amidst the silhouette of London Bridge and see the moment London lights up its beautiful city all while having a glass of champagne in your hand. Though no full meals are offered onboard, canapés will be served for your satisfaction. This cruise is best enjoyed in the company of friends.
Sparkling 2-Hour River Thames Sunset Cruise in London
Duration: 2 hour
Dine in style on this River Thames Luxury Dinner Cruise. Enjoy a five-course meal on a lavish yacht and take a relaxing cruise along River Thames. The journey begins at Embankment Pier and goes on for an almost three-hour cruise down the river. The formal setting is a perfect idea for a date! Guests must take note that the cruise is very strict on the dress code. They must be in smart formal attire, if not they will be refused entry to the vessel. Do take note as well that children below 12 are also not allowed on board.
London by Night: River Thames Luxury Dinner Cruise
Duration: 2.5 hour
Get the best of both worlds and see London’s top tourist destinations while having dinner on a cruise along River Thames. While on this cruise, you’ll be able to see iconic sites such as the London Bridge, London’s Eye, Big Ben, and St. Paul’s Cathedral. Enjoy two and a half hours of journeying through the river at the same time having a stellar dinner. This five-course dinner cruise is sure to be an evening worth remembering!
London Thames River Dinner Cruise with Live Entertainment
Duration: 2 hours 45 minutes
Welcome the new year in full glamor with the New Year’s Eve Thames River Cruise! What better way to see the fireworks than from a spectacular cruise in the middle of River Thames? You’ll get the best seat in the house! Pair that with a lovely three-course meal with a glass of Prosecco at their gourmet restaurant, Minister Exchange. The journey lasts for seven and a half hours, so you’ll have plenty of time to enjoy the scenery and your meal right before the countdown to midnight begins.
New Years Eve Thames River Cruise with 3-Course Dinner and Fireworks in London
Taste the best of London
One of the best ways to see the top sites of London at once is by taking a cruise through the heart of the city, the River Thames. Of course, it’s quite dull to simply sit down on hours of sailing without anything to feast on. Complete your journey with a stellar meal, sparkling drinks, and world-class entertainment, and you have yourself an English trip to remember.
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