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Top 10 Things to Do on the River Thames in London

River Thames Tower Bridge

In collaboration with Discount London 

Did I mention that London is one of my favourite cities in Europe? There are so many things to do in London that even you will never get tired of this city – even by living here :). If you just have a short holiday in London, it can be quite overwhelming with so many attractions to choose from.. Here a little help :)

Top Things to Do Along the River In London

1. Tower Bridge

My absolute top place along the river in London is the Tower Bridge. I instantly fell in love with its architecture the first time I came in London around 10 years ago. I now live super close to Tower Bridge and often come down to sit in one of the pretty cafes that are south of the bridge on the river.

Tower Bridge London

London Thames Tower Bridge

2. Tower of London

The Tower of London is one of the most important historical sites in London. It was built in the 11th century and was mainly used as protection and as a prison. It also served as a place of execution with Anne Boleyn being one of the most famous people who were executed in the Tower of London. Nowadays the Crown Jewels are kept in the Tower of London and it is a museum.

Tower of London at Night

3. The Shard

The Gong bar in The Shard is one of my favourite cocktail places in London. Not only do they have serve amazing cocktails, you also have the most perfect view of London at night. With almost 310 m in height, The Shard is the tallest building the UK and the fourth tallest building in Europe. Apart from cocktail bars, there are also great restaurants for dinner and afternoon tea – all with a perfect view of the river. If you are just coming for the view, go straight up to the 68th floor for The View From The Shard.

The Shard Cocktail Bar View

4. London Eye

Apart from taking a helicopter tour of London and The View From The Shard, there is no better way to see London from above than the London Eye – a 135 m tall ferris wheel. One rotation takes around 30 mins and gives you a breathtaking, 360° view of London – it’s not surprising that the London Eye is one of the most popular attractions in London. There are even capsules that can be rented for private events and romantic occasions (with champagne!).

Southbank River Thames London

5. Tate Modern

Tate Modern is one of London’s top museums and the perfect treat for lovers of modern art. The museum is home to the national collection of British art from 1900 to the present day as well as to international contemporary art. Even if you don’t have a full day to spend at Tate Modern, with no general admission charge the museum is worth visiting even for just a short visit.

6. Shakespeare’s Globe

Shakespeare’s Globe is a must-see for fans of classic literature and theatre. The building was constructed circa 230 m from the site of the original Globe Theatre, the Elizabethan playhouse associated with Shakespeare built in 1599. There are regular performances and exhibitions, so make sure to check what’s on and book your tickets.

7. Borough Market & Maltby Street Market

Borough Market and Maltby Market are street food markets located in Borough/London Bridge and Bermondsey, respectively. Whilst Borough Market has been very popular for a while with lots of international visitors nowadays, Maltby Street Market is a more ‘secret’ food market. It’s a bit smaller than Borough Market and therefore has a more cosy ambiance. There are also lovely wine and tapas bars as well as breweries :)

8. Boat Tours Along the River

There are plenty of boat tours along the river Thames. From sightseeing tours to high speed rides on the Thames, there is definitely a boat tour for everyone :). My favourite cruises along the river are the afternoon tea cruise and the jazz dinner cruise. Before you book your tickets for the Thames cruises or sightseeing tours, have a look online for special discounts and deals. Online retailers such as Discount London, for instance, have lots of tickets at reduced prices and packages if you plan to visit two or more of London’s main attractions. For almost any attraction in London, booking online will save you money and queuing (!) time.

London River Thames St. Pauls

9. Walking Tour Along the River

As I live in just under 10 mins walking distance from Tower Bridge, I frequently go for Sunday walks along the river. Walking from Tower Bridge to South Bank takes around 30 mins and is super pleasant. You will pass by plenty of cafes and restaurants with beautiful views. If the weather is good enough, you can just grab a coffee to go and find a lovely little spot outside overlooking the river. In summer there are also lots of activities and performances around South Bank, so make sure you pass by and have a pint in the sun :)

London RIver Thames South Bank

And last but not least….

10. HMS Belfast

Quite a popular tourist attraction and a must-see for people interested in the history of the WW2: The HMS Belfast is a museum ship that is located between London Bridge and Tower Bridge. The ship was originally a light cruiser built for the Royal Navy. Nowadays it serves as a museum that enables visitors to explore what life was like during the war at sea. Tickets are £14.50 per person.

Thames Things To Do London

The City of London View from the River Thames

What are your favourite places along the river? Let me know in the comments :)

This post is in collaboration with Discount London. Discount London has a huge selection of tickets to major attractions and experiences at reduced prices. To check out their deals, have look at Discount London‘s website here.

Top 10 Things to Do On the River Thames in London




  • tara pittman

    The bridge tower is begging me to check it out. The view on the bride would be awesome

  • Coralie

    This looks like such a magical place. Someday I will be able to travel there and I would love to experience all of these things.

  • Rhian Westbury

    Considering I love so close to London there’s a few things on here I haven’t done. I still want to go to the Tower of London, and go to the Globe x

  • Foteini K

    Great pictures ♥ I love London, I wish I travel there soon! xoxo
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  • Anosa

    Super agree on the list! Indeed such the top things to do there! Very informative post.

  • Joanna

    I would recommend you to see the Thames outside London as well. Walking on the Thames Path takes you through beautiful villages and serene landscapes.

    • Karateandcaviar

      Oh yes! I’d love to do that actually :)

  • issu

    I have never been to London. But it’s on my bucket list, and I’m planning to visit the next summer! these ideas are awesome. I’ll try and make most of them

  • Michelle Waller

    I would love to visit here one day. I have always wanted to visit and photograph the Tower of London.

  • Ana Sanchez

    London is on my bucket list. This is a great list of things to do and sight see.

  • Noblandmakeup

    The views are amazing! I definitely want to see Shakespeare’s globe. I remember my English lit teacher telling us about it in high school. Hopefully one day I’ll see it!

  • Ali Rost

    London is a place my husband and I have always wanted to go. I love all of your beautiful photos! They look like postcards and make me feel like I’m right there with you. When we are able to go I can’t wait to visit Tower Bridge and the Tower of London. Oh and the markets .. I’m a huge sucker for street food!

  • Crystal Green

    All of these things look like fun things to do. I am not sure which one I’d want to start with because they all hold appeal.
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  • Leigh Anne Borders

    Looks like pictures from a storybook! This is one of those places that is on my bucket list!

  • sabrina barbante

    I never get tired of London: I went there 5 times (the last one one year ago!) and I can’t believe I’d go back there right now again. And when there’s the sun it’s even more beautiful!

  • David Elliott

    This takes me back to the month that I spent in London. I was sorry that I never got to go on the Eye. And I never knew about the HMS Belfast that was out there. But I did get to see all of the other amazing things along the river. It was awesome.
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  • Terri Beavers

    Oh my word, I just moved London up on my bucket list. All of these pictures are dreamy. I’d have so much fun checking out all 10 of your suggestions.

  • Ana De- Jesus

    Don’t forget London Dungeons too! I love walking along the River Thames, especially at night when everything is all lit up because it looks beautiful x
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  • Vishal Vashisht

    I’ve never been to London before, however, we are planning for our next trip to India later this year with a stopover in London. I think we can use your list and enjoy our 2 days stay in London.

  • Elizabeth O.

    These are all very wonderful. It’s always one of the most beautiful cities for me to visit! It’s nice to be able to make the most out of your trip to London.

  • Carol Cassara

    I love London and I hope I get to tour it the next time we decide to go there. There are things that I have yet to see and explore!

  • Katrina gehman

    i would love to visit London some day. the picutres look amazing. i have a few friends that live there. good reason to visit

  • Claire Santiago

    The Tower Bridge and the London Eye are two of the major attractions in London that I would love to visit one day. Hope to read more of about London so if one day I get the chance to be there, I will feel familiar.

  • Andrea

    Gah – the views are absolutely gorgeous! I have never been to London, but have been dying to go.

  • Elena

    This article brought so many memories, I used to live in London and I miss it so much!!!

  • Amanda Love

    It’s a beautiful place to go to, I was there with my daughter last Spring and we didn’t want to go home! I think these are all a must see!
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  • Lindsey

    What a great post! Can you believ I am a londoner and I have never been on a boat ride, to see London in all its glory from the River Thames. A certain must do for a tourist or even a Londoner like me. x

  • Chelsea Elizabeth

    I’ve never visited London and I’ve heard mixed reviews but it does look like a beautiful place with lots to see and do

  • Our Family World

    I knew there was something else to London than just shopping those high end boutiques! The River Thames has such lovely sights on its banks. I also love the casual outdoor dining places!

  • United Kingdom Visa

    I love all the place you’ve included here, London is beautiful and has a lot of fun things to do for you to enjoy.

  • Eloise

    I went to London long ago, I was a toddler so I don’t really remember much of it… But I would LOVE to go back and see the great architecture, it’s amazing and very impressive. I wish we had that in the states!
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    • Karateandcaviar

      European architecture is also what I missed a lot when I was travelling in the states. But you guys have amazing natural parks and so much to discover there, too :)

  • David Elliott

    I did most of these when I was in London except the ship and the cruise. I did love exploring all of them. It’s so pretty along the river and there are all sorts of amazing things to do most definitely.
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