Thames River

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London which includes a river or creek, a bridge and heritage architecture

Sail on the water or walk along the riverbank to admire the scenery and take a trip through time on London’s great river.

London’s long and tumultuous history is written upon the face of the city, and the River Thames has watched it all. A 19th-century Member of Parliament, John Burns, said it best: “The Mississippi is muddy water, but the Thames is liquid history.” In modern-day London, history comes to life on the 70 wharves, which have remained in operation after centuries. As you make your way down the river’s dark waters, you will enjoy a unique snapshot of life in this dynamic but resolutely historical city.

Any trip down the Thames is a trip into London’s mighty past, as the story of this river is entwined with the history of London and its surrounds. The current London Bridge is located near the site where the Romans built the river’s first bridge, some two millennia ago. By the post-industrial Victorian era, London was notorious for its dreadful public health conditions and the Thames had become more or less an open sewer. Eventually, however, the river was cleaned up. Some say the decision to clean the river came about because the members in the riverside House of Parliament at the time could no longer bear the smell.

Today, the Thames is far more hygienic and atmospheric. A variety of companies offer cruises of the river. For an unforgettably picturesque experience, take a cruise around sunset. Adventurous visitors might prefer to row their own way down the river, starting in the clear Upper Thames and passing through Windsor before winding into the heart of London.

Take a walk along the Thames Path to enjoy a fine city hike. The path will take you past famous sights, including the Millennium Eye, Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre and the Tower Bridge, as well as some of London’s quieter zones. The views along the river are beautiful, so remember to bring your camera.

The River Thames is easily accessible from most London locations. Look online to survey the various cruise and tour offerings available.

Top Hotels Close to Thames River

DoubleTree by Hilton London Kensington
DoubleTree by Hilton London Kensington
4 out of 5
100 Cromwell Road, London, England
The price is ¥15,902 per night from Oct 17 to Oct 17
Located in London City Centre, this beachfront hotel is in the city center and within a 15-minute walk of Natural History Museum and Royal Albert Hall. Hyde ...
4.4/5Excellent! (863 reviews)
"Beautiful hotel and suite, very friendly,lovely staff.Minor concerns which was resolved by staff.Very disappointing disability access,lift was not working from Street Level and had to use the ramp which is steep and unsafe,no automated doors and on our very last day it was raining, ramp/stairs especially ..."

Reviewed on Sep 16, 2021

DoubleTree by Hilton London Kensington
Caesar Hotel
Caesar Hotel
4 out of 5
26-33 Queens Gardens, Hyde Park, London, England
The price is ¥16,581 per night from Oct 18 to Oct 18
Located in London City Centre, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Hyde Park, Natural History Museum, and Queen Mary's Gardens. Oxford Circus and National Gallery ...
4.3/5Excellent! (900 reviews)
"We had a lovely stay. 2 nights, staff were super friendly, ideal location and clean rooms. Would stay again!"

Reviewed on Sep 15, 2021

Caesar Hotel
Park Plaza Westminster Bridge London
Park Plaza Westminster Bridge London
4 out of 5
200 Westminster Bridge Road, London, England
Fully refundable
The price is ¥22,611 per night from Oct 10 to Oct 10
Located in London City Centre, this spa hotel is steps from Southbank Centre Book Market and Florence Nightingale Museum. St. Thomas' Hospital and Sea Life London ...
4.2/5Excellent! (3,274 reviews)
"Great location, decent room and facilities"

Reviewed on Sep 14, 2021

Park Plaza Westminster Bridge London
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Dorsett City London
Dorsett City London
4 out of 5
9 Aldgate High Street, London, England
The price is ¥12,719 per night from Oct 3 to Oct 3
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Caesar Hotel
Caesar Hotel
4 out of 5
26-33 Queens Gardens, Hyde Park, London, England
The price is ¥16,581 per night from Oct 18 to Oct 18
Caesar Hotel
DoubleTree by Hilton London Kensington
DoubleTree by Hilton London Kensington
4 out of 5
100 Cromwell Road, London, England
The price is ¥15,902 per night from Oct 17 to Oct 17
DoubleTree by Hilton London Kensington
Park Plaza Westminster Bridge London
Park Plaza Westminster Bridge London
4 out of 5
200 Westminster Bridge Road, London, England
The price is ¥22,611 per night from Oct 10 to Oct 10
Park Plaza Westminster Bridge London
Holiday Inn London - Kensington High St.
Holiday Inn London - Kensington High St.
4 out of 5
Wrights Lane, Kensington, London, England
The price is ¥14,770 per night from Oct 17 to Oct 17
Holiday Inn London - Kensington High St.
The Tower Hotel
The Tower Hotel
4 out of 5
St Katharine's Way, London, England
The price is ¥13,330 per night from Oct 17 to Oct 17
The Tower Hotel
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel London -Tower of London
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel London -Tower of London
4 out of 5
7 Pepys Street, London, England
The price is ¥13,459 per night from Oct 3 to Oct 3
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel London -Tower of London
DoubleTree by Hilton London Angel Kings Cross
DoubleTree by Hilton London Angel Kings Cross
4 out of 5
60 Pentonville Road, Islington, London, England
The price is ¥16,245 per night from Oct 17 to Oct 17
DoubleTree by Hilton London Angel Kings Cross
Club Quarters Hotel, St. Paul's
Club Quarters Hotel, St. Paul's
4 out of 5
24 Ludgate Hill, London, England
The price is ¥16,504 per night from Oct 10 to Oct 10
Club Quarters Hotel, St. Paul's
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