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Explore London with a boat trip

London is a fantastic city that draws people back time after time to visit.
Even when you have experienced its world-class tourist attractions, there's still plenty to see and do for you and your family throughout the city.
For a truly different family day out in London, why not take a boat trip along one of the most iconic rivers in the world - the Thames. There are city cruises throughout that you can catch in a number of attraction hotspots, making it a fantastic way to see a lot of London in a short space of time.

These operate on a hop-on, hop-off basis, allowing you to use the boats as many times as you want during the day with a River Red Rover ticket. You can get other tickets that also allow you to use any DLR or rail service as well. Commentary is provided during your journey, and you can even get speciality cruises that also offer lunch and tea options to make it a truly enjoyable experience. Into the evening, there are also Riverlights and Sundowner cruises, allowing to to experience the beauty of London at night, while enjoying live music and complimentary sparkling wine and canapés.

For a special date night, you can try the Showboat Cruise, which treats you to a three-and-a-half hour trip along the river while you work your way through a delicious four-course menu and live show. If you're an art lover, you can take a boat trip from Tate Modern to Tate Britain, allowing you to explore the heart of London and see two world-class museums. Although this doesn't include a commentary service, the catamaran features specially commissioned exterior and interior designs by artist Damien Hirst.


There are also boat journeys for those who fancy a more fast-paced experience. Travelling at 35mph along the Thames, the Thames in a RIB (rigid inflatable boat) experience takes you between Westminster and Tower Bridge in under 40 minutes. Then the turbo engines are activated and it goes on to Canary Wharf, with the captain taking guests on a thrilling journey and even showboating by performing tight figures of eight on the open water.

How to get there

Guests staying at the hotel can get to the centre of London by taking the Tube from Kensington High Street.

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