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

Zedwell Piccadilly
Zedwell Piccadilly
3 out of 5
Great Windmill Street, London, England
The price is ¥11,120 per night from Jan 31 to Feb 1
Located in London City Centre, this hotel is steps from Piccadilly Circus, Leicester Square, and Piccadilly. Theatreland and Shaftesbury Avenue are also within ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (454 reviews)
"Amazing value for attending West End Theatres. Very quiet on the Tuesday evening I stayed. Quality bed linen and immaculate but minimal fixtures and fittings."

Reviewed on Jan 13, 2022

Zedwell Piccadilly
Leonardo Royal London Tower Bridge
Leonardo Royal London Tower Bridge
4 out of 5
45 Prescot Street, London, England
The price is ¥15,963 per night from Jan 20 to Jan 21
Located in London City Centre, this spa hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Tower Bridge and Tower of London. Borough Market and Museum of London are also within ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (1,108 reviews)
"Liked the whole stay"

Reviewed on Jan 10, 2022

Leonardo Royal London Tower Bridge
Park Plaza Westminster Bridge London
Park Plaza Westminster Bridge London
4 out of 5
200 Westminster Bridge Road, London, England
The price is ¥23,432 per night from Jan 18 to Jan 19
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 ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (2,707 reviews)
"When checking in at the hotel we were upgraded to very lovely rooms ( nice surprise)"

Reviewed on Jan 11, 2022

Park Plaza Westminster Bridge London
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Zedwell Piccadilly
Zedwell Piccadilly
3 out of 5
Great Windmill Street, London, England
The price is ¥11,120 per night from Jan 31 to Feb 1
Zedwell Piccadilly
Leonardo Royal London Tower Bridge
Leonardo Royal London Tower Bridge
4 out of 5
45 Prescot Street, London, England
The price is ¥15,963 per night from Jan 20 to Jan 21
Leonardo Royal London Tower Bridge
Park Plaza Westminster Bridge London
Park Plaza Westminster Bridge London
4 out of 5
200 Westminster Bridge Road, London, England
The price is ¥23,432 per night from Jan 18 to Jan 19
Park Plaza Westminster Bridge London
The Resident Soho
The Resident Soho
4 out of 5
10 Carlisle Street, London, England
The price is ¥17,768 per night from Jan 23 to Jan 24
The Resident Soho
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 ¥12,077 per night from Feb 3 to Feb 4
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel London -Tower of London
The Strand Palace Hotel
The Strand Palace Hotel
4 out of 5
372 The Strand, London, England
The price is ¥21,222 per night from Jan 23 to Jan 24
The Strand Palace Hotel
The Resident Victoria
The Resident Victoria
4 out of 5
10 Palace Place, London, England
The price is ¥14,159 per night from Jan 20 to Jan 21
The Resident Victoria
The Resident Covent Garden
The Resident Covent Garden
4 out of 5
51 Bedford St, London, England
The price is ¥19,989 per night from Feb 6 to Feb 7
The Resident Covent Garden
DoubleTree by Hilton London Kensington
DoubleTree by Hilton London Kensington
4 out of 5
100 Cromwell Road, London, England
The price is ¥11,661 per night from Jan 19 to Jan 20
DoubleTree by Hilton London Kensington
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.