Searching the web for some city breaks options and think you might settle on a trip to London? You could certainly do worse! It's a dynamic place teeming with culture, attractions, brilliant pubs and restaurants, and some of the best nightlife in the world. And should the weather be kind when you visit, an especially splendid option for a refreshing take on one of the world's most iconic cityscapes is to hit the river!
As with so many great cities, London's fascinating history and prosperity are tied intrinsically to its riverside setting. Without its fortuitous location along the Thames, London would probably never have grown beyond the size of its origins as a Roman outpost to the sprawling metropolis it is today. Indeed, there may have never even been a reason for the Romans to set up camp in the first place.
Today London yields a variety of options for exploring the Thames by boat. From public transport (the Thames Clipper offers a fairly affordable and really comfortable way to travel the river) to splashing good times on inflatable RIB boats and relaxing luxury cruises, there's something for every budget and expectation. London by river is excellent for getting some distance from the hustle and bustle while still getting to check it all out – it's super for getting cool photos too.
So if the chance presents itself for a ride on the river, go for it. The engineering marvel of the Thames Barrier, St Paul's Cathedral, a truly unique view of a host of bridges … there's plenty to see!