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High-Speed Thames River RIB Cruise in London

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High-Speed Thames River RIB Cruise in London
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Let your adrenaline levels go through the roof during a white-knuckle ride on the Thames River. Climb aboard a modern RIB (rigid-inflatable-boat) and satisfy an appetite for adventure as you soar past iconic landmarks like Big Ben, St. Paul’s Cathedral, and the London Eye. Enrich your knowledge of English history as you listen to illuminating onboard commentary, and experience the exhilaration of super-fast speeds up to 35 miles (56 km). Enjoy an intimate atmosphere on this small-group tour, limited to 12 people.
  • Glide past premier sights such as Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament in a modern RIB
  • Listen to your guide’s entertaining commentary and iconic British songs as you cruise
  • Choose the departure time most suited to your schedule
  • Numbers limited to 12 people, ensuring a small-group experience
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London Eye Waterloo Pier , London SE1 7PB, UK

The London Eye Pier is located directly underneath the London Eye, the ‘Boat ticket sales and entrance’ is on the right hand-side. Please do not queue at the ticket office as you have already pre-booked tickets, head straight down onto the floating pontoon towards Boarding Gate One.

This activity will end right where it started.
Select a start time convenient to you and then make your own way to the London Eye Pier in central London. Greet your expert guide and skipper, don a waterproof lifejacket and listen to a short safety briefing before stepping on board your modern RIB. 

Feel your excitement heighten as the boat’s engine roars into life and propels you toward iconic London landmarks like Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament, and St. Paul’s Cathedral. Gaze at the sharp spire of the Shard as you reach speeds of up to 35 miles (56 km) per hour.

Listen to fascinating commentary during slower periods of sailing and glide under the monumental Tower Bridge as your skipper yanks back the throttle and accelerates to high-velocity speeds. Gasp as your skipper performs break-neck turns and wave jumps, and then catch your breath during a brief interlude at Canary Wharf. 

Enjoy a leisurely cruise back to the boat’s original departure point and capture photographs of legendary sites during the return sail.
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Thames Rockets
Step on board at the world famous London Eye Pier and get ready for an adventure like no other!
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Thames River
Take to the river 21st century style - with just 12 passengers on board this is an up close and personal experience form start to finish.
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Houses of Parliament
Your on board guide will be your ally on this great adventure regaling you with tales of London's history.
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Big Ben
See the sights from the comfort of a small group tour on a high spec vehicle!
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St. Paul's Cathedral
Our vessels are small and manoeuvrable meaning you will get closer than on any other boat tour.
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Shakespeare's Globe Theatre
See the world famous Shakespeare's Globe Theatre as you sail along the iconic river.
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30 St Mary Axe (The Gherkin)
Spot famous landmarks around the city whilst on-board and don't forget to capture some great photos.
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The View from The Shard
See the tallest building in London and hold on tight before you blast up to 30 knots.
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Tower of London
Whoop and cheer as you bounce across the wake. This is sightseeing like no other!
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Tower Bridge
Our comic guides will share some interesting facts with you whilst you sail past many famous landmarks.
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Canary Wharf
Zoom up to 30 knots (35mph) around Canary Wharf and the Docklands.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Children under 14 years must be accompanied by an adult, minimum age is 6 months
  • All seats must be pre-booked with the supplier, refer to voucher for further details
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Thames Rockets
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What is the policy on sanitization during High-Speed Thames River RIB Cruise in London?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by High-Speed Thames River RIB Cruise in London.
What is the social distancing policy during High-Speed Thames River RIB Cruise in London?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by High-Speed Thames River RIB Cruise in London.
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during High-Speed Thames River RIB Cruise in London?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by High-Speed Thames River RIB Cruise in London.

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  • "You won’t get wet btw just be prepared for lots of wind!" See review
  • "Well worth it, wrap up though as it gets a bit chilly when the rocket gets going !!" See review


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What a thrill.
, Dec 2021
An amazing experience. Well worth the money. Really friendly, funny and knowledgable staff made the experience even better, thanks to Maximilian and Roddy. My family of 4 loved it
Worth every penny. Fantastic.
, Dec 2021
Fantastic crew made extra special by singing happy birthday to my friend! Great experience would thoroughly recommend. Than you. Helena Lane
Thames rib ride
, Dec 2021
We really enjoyed our trip on the rib the staff were very friendly Ross & nick were great fun , recommended
Brilliant experience!
, Dec 2021
Absolutely brilliant trip. Can’t rate this highly enough. Fantastic experience that we highly recommend. Fun, informative and very friendly and funny staff. Saw some great sites and had opportunities to take many photos. The speedboat part was amazing and was a true highlight of our visit to London. Thanks so much, everyone should have a go- it was great!
Amazing Views, Thrills, and outstanding service from Joey
, Nov 2021
This Ride was the highlight of my 4 day trip to London. Impeccable views and perspective on the city of London, and the fast part of the ride was thrilling. I owe a debt of gratitude to the Thames Rockets team member Joey, the gentlemen who greets guests and helps them put on vests when they reach Pier 1 on the London Eye Pier. Joey went above and beyond to help me and accommodate me, he was extraordinarily warm, friendly, and kind when I had trouble with scheduling. Him and "Lizzy" who I spoke with over the phone were fantastic, thank you guys greatly! I'm going to recommend this ride to all my friends for when they visit to London.
Great way to see the Thames
, Nov 2021
We had the lovely Bill with his interesting London facts and information. He was really friendly, funny and knowledgable. The boat trip is thrilling and exciting. I would recommend wrap up well and wear sunglasses.
Adrenaline buzz
, Nov 2021
So good, such a adrenaline rush and really funny commentary from our guide Bill. Would definitely recommend this to everyone
Best ride in London
, Nov 2021
Bill our Captain was funny and entertaining, he made the whole experience very enjoyable and Roddie our pilot was excellent
What a blast
, Nov 2021
Both the tour guys were very friendly and welcoming was vey fun experience and will recommend to my friends and family
An Adventure not to be missed.
, Nov 2021
Ross was very knowledgeable and also very entertaining....the whole experience was absolutely incredible.if your in London take the time to share this experience,you won't forget it, Amazing 5*guys

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