LONDON RIVER SERVICES ON THE THAMES
The River Thames has been very important for the economic growth of London since Medieval times. Today the river offers a different kind of transport useful both for daily commuting and to admire the London skyline from a different perspective.
Commuting with the River Bus
The River Bus is a fast transport service, very popular among tourists and locals: Thames Clippers’ vessels link Greenwich, the Docklands, Tower Bridge, London Bridge and Westminster, touching some of the symbols of the city such as The Shard, designed by Renzo Piano, the Tower of London, The London Eye and Parliament.
You can purchase tickets at the boarding point, otherwise you can use your Oystercard, with which you will be given a 10% discount on the normal fee (currently £4/6,80).
For those of you who are passionate about modern and contemporary art, the route called Tate to Tate, links two of the most beautiful London museums, Tate Modern, located at Bankside, and Tate Britain, located at Millbank.
Tours along the Thames River
Tours along the river are available for tourists, too. You can use vessels designed to give great views of the landmarks and with audio explaining each stop.
City Cruises offers cruises of around 40 minutes departing from Tower Pier, giving you the possibility to hop on and off at different stops;
Eye River Cruise boasts audio explanations in a wide range of languages.
Thames River Boats link Westminster to Hampton Court, the impressive castle where Henry VIII and his seven wives lived.
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