Thames River Cruise

Scroll down the page to take a little guided tour of the River Thames. If you want to diverge from the tour at any time you can click on the Google logo at the bottom of the page to view the currently displayed Street View on Google Maps.

Thames Barrier

The Thames Barrier is London's flood defence. It can be raised during very high tides or during storm surges to protect London from flooding.


Greenwich Hospital was a permanent home and healthcare facility for disabled sailors of the Royal Navy, which operated from 1692 to 1869. Its buildings were later used by the Royal Naval College and is now a campus of the University of Greenwich.

Cutty Sark

You can now see the mast of the Cutty Sark. The Cutty Sark is a tea clipper and was built in 1869.

Tower Bridge

Passing under Tower Bridge we can see HMS Belfast straight ahead and to the left we can see the UK's tallest building 'The Shard'.

Tower of London

Turning to the right we find the Tower of London. The castle was founded towards the end of 1066 as part of the Norman Conquest of England.

Tate Modern

Now we pass under the Millennium Bridge and gaze upon the Tate Modern art gallery. The building used to be a power station.

London Eye

Next we pass the London Eye, a 135 metres tall ferris wheel. Next to the London Eye is County Hall, which now houses a hotel, museum and sea life aquarium.

Houses of Parliament

We now sail past the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben the home of the UK's government.