Here is an excellent way for two people to see the Thames from a new perspective and take in some of the great sights of our capital city from the river. Jump aboard this small, light and high-speed powerboat, otherwise known as a RIB (which stands for rigid inflatable boat) and get ready for some fast fun. There is always a safety briefing to start with before being kitted out with the kind of gear needed for this waterborne experience. Then it's all systems go as the skipper takes you up and down the river, pointing out areas of interest and telling stories (he knows the river really well and has lots of interesting snippets to share) so sit back and hold on!
Seven days a week during the summer season (March - October). Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays only for the remainder of the year (closes over the Christmas period).
Under 14's must be accompanied by a participating adult. If you have ever suffered a serious back, neck or knee injury, we recommend that you seek medical advice before booking. Wheelchair users welcome but pregnant women can't participate.
The weather shouldn't affect this experience as trips go ahead in virtually all conditions, but please do call the venue on the morning of your experience if in any doubt.
Lasts up to one hour and 15 minutes, including your briefing, kit issue and around 50 minutes on the water. Please arrive 15 minutes prior to the booked time. In season runs daily, on the hour between 10am and 4pm. After September, at weekends only.
There will be up to 12 passengers on the RIB, plus your skipper and guide.
Friends and family are welcome to watch from the shore, but won't be able to see much of the action. However, there is lots to see and do on the South Bank while they wait.
Wear flat-soled shoes. Lifejackets will be provided (you may get wet). If you wear glasses, please secure them with a safety strap to make sure they aren't blown away.
All skippers are commercially qualified, with years of experience driving high-speed RIBs and lots of fascinating stories to tell about the history of the Thames. Take your booking confirmation letter with you on the day in order to participate.
Arrived and were warmly greeted and kitted out with waterproofs and life jackets .after safety briefing we went slowly up river,this is rather tame we thought? Then our skipper opened the throttles and our experience really started,this powerboat really packs a punch! after a session of high speed manouveres we turned and slowed for a return trip at a leisurely speed.This enabled our guide to point out places of interest and give information on what we saw..A throughly enjoyable expierience.
At speed, in the sun and away from the crowds, this is a novel and exciting way to view the Thames. The tight turns speeding close to the river banks are exhilarating and the crew's witty repartee help to put a new slant on the capital's sights.
Thoroughly recommend this experience, light hearted and factual commentary, exhilarating ride.
We were met by a friendly lady who furnished us with coats and life-jackets and when the RIB came in the skipper introduced himself and we all had a bit of good humoured banter which set the scene. The trip up to Tower Bridge was made with a running and humorous commentary by our guide Craig (the skipper was Dave) and we discovered several things about the places passed that were both new to us and informative. After creeping passed the Police Pier at Wapping the hammer went down and with James Bond music blasting in our ears the boat surged forward with incredible acceleration and Dave started throwing the boat about from side to side in power slides....absolutely exhilarating (if a bit bumpy) All in all an exciting and stimulating 50 minutes. Breathless and still hanging on to anything that was fixed we cruised back down to the start point at a more leisurely rate to get our breath back!! The two crew guys were absolutely great and really made the day. Thanks
Great commentry with loads of new facts. The high speed leg is thrilling without being too scary. I never knew there were so many weird buildings along the Thames. Another view of London. Highly recommended.
The staff where amazing, polite informative, friendly, the boat was expertly manoeuvred on the Thames, I whole heartedly recommend this adventure to all age is not a barrier
My husband and I had a really good time on the RIB - it was my husband's birthday treat and we would recommend this event to all who love a bit of a thrill on the water! Stacey our guide was brilliant and very funny! Outstanding trip!
Never forget this one! Amazing
We swapped this from a Sky diving experience in MK and was glad we did. Really enjoyed it, the guide on board was really funny, friendly and knowledgeable.
Awesome!!!! A great treat and a great way to see the London land marks. Dave is an amazing skipper and made sure the pace was exciting and Mark was hilarious and kept everyone entertained. Also thank you to the cheerful young lady who helped kit us up in our life jackets and took some photos of us before our adventure.
Brilliant trip, the guides were knowledgable, well organised.
What a fantastic day out. Ginger Mike was our tour guide and he was a fountain of knowledge on the history of london which was an extra treat for us. The boat was fab so fab we are going to book again. Thank you for the woooohoooo experience. This has created precious memories. The end of the ride they played the bond theme and all the London 2012 Olympic emotions came flooding back. What a treat.
We had such a fun time on the speedboat and it was great to see so much of London from the Thames. Highly recommended.
This is a fantastic experience for anyone who wants to learn a few facts - delivered with plenty of humour and enthusiasm; and also enjoys a bit of high speed exhilaration! The first half of the trip is taken at a leisurely pace, and the guide makes you feel involved from the off. He was great fun, and I learnt several new things, even though I'm no stranger to London. Once past Tower Bridge, the engines are opened up, and it's a high speed blast along to Canary Wharf with plenty of turns, and opportunities to wave at other boat trippers as you go flying past them! After a big, fast U-turn, it was back at high speed to Tower Bridge and then a slower cruise back to the London Eye. Our guide chatted to all the passengers individually during this part and took photos of people with their own cameras, which was a nice touch. All in all, this was a trip which left us with huge grins on our faces, and a desire to do it again. Certainly the most fun trip on the Thames I can ever remember.
Guide was very good, funny and interesting
Brilliant fun, certainly a white knuckle ride to remember!
Had the most fun on this trip, got to see the sights and then go speeding up the Thames
Great views, fantastic bit of speed once past Tower Bridge and some super snippets of information on the way back.
Had great time enjoyed a good hour on river, boat fast and crew very informative
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