The Top Sightseeing Spots in London
FESTIVALS & EVENTS
To 1 May: This waterway festival has been taking place in Little Venice since 1983 and is organised by volunteers. Boats are decorated with bunting and there are family activities including boating, Morris dancing, competitions, food stalls and a real ale bar. Free. Little Venice, W2. www.waterways.org.uk. Station: Warwick Avenue/Paddington. Off map.
CHELSEA FLOWER SHOW
23-27 May: Stroll past stunning ﬂ oral sculptures and through nine beautiful show gardens at this annual event. Tickets £35-£63. Tue-Fri 8am-8pm; Sat 8am-5.30pm. London Gate, Royal Hospital Chelsea, Royal Hospital Rd, SW3 4SR. T: 020-7881 5200. www.rhs.org.uk. Station: Sloane Square. Off map.
19-21 May: Vibrating ﬂoors, blindfold games and a sensory escape room are highlights of this new festival, which challenges the senses. Expect workshops, exhibitions, live performances, open studios and sensory walks. Check for times and prices. Various locations. www.opensenses.squarespace.com.
CIRCULAR CRUISE WESTMINSTER
Circular Cruise Westminster operates a hop-on, hop-off sightseeing service from Westminster Pier. Boats depart every 40 minutes for Embankment, Festival, Bankside and St Katharine’s piers (for Tower of London), then non-stop to Westminster. To 21 May 11am-5pm. Adult single £10, return £14; child single £5, return £7. From 22 May please check. Westminster Pier, Victoria Embankment, SW1A 2JH. T: 020-7936 2033. www.circular cruise.london. Station: Westminster. F8.
Daily guided sightseeing tours on the Thames between Westminster, Waterloo, Tower and Greenwich piers. River Red Rover is an all-day hop-on, hop-off sightseeing service. Thames Circular Cruise is a 50-minute sightseeing service from Tower Pier or Bankside Pier to Westminster and back. London Showboat cabaret cruise departs from Westminster Pier and includes a four-course meal with live music Fri-Sat. Other cruises also available. Check for times and prices. Westminster Pier, SW1A 2JH. T: 020-7740 0400. www.citycruises.com. Departure points vary.
LONDON DUCK TOURS
See some of London’s best-loved sights on land before a thrilling splashdown on the River Thames. Ideal if you’re keen for an amphibious adventure. Great for kids. Adult £26; child £18. 55 York Rd, SE1 7NJ. T: 020-7928 3132. www.london ducktours.co.uk. Station: Waterloo. F8.
LONDON EYE RIVER CRUISE
Live commentary on a 40-minute sightseeing river cruise. Daily 10.45am-7.45pm. Adult £13.15; child £6.58. Discounted joint tickets with the London Eye available. London Eye Pier, South Bank, SE1 7PB. T: 0871-781 3000. www.london eye.com. Station: Waterloo. E8.
MBNA THAMES CLIPPERS
The fastest and most frequent ﬂeet on the river, with departures from major London piers every 20 minutes. The boats set off from 20 piers across the capital. Oyster cards are valid. Top tip: download its free in:ﬂow app. Using GPS tracking to ﬁnd out your location, it can provide a real-time audio explanation of the sights you see as you pass them. River Roamer hop on and off adult £16.30; child £8.15. Various points along River Thames. T: 020-7001 2200. www.thamesclippers.com.
THAMES RIVER SERVICES
This hop-on, hop-off service with live audio commentary departs from Westminster Pier and St Katharine’s every 30 minutes 10am-4pm for Greenwich Piers and the Thames Barrier. Check for prices (35 per cent online discount Mon-Fri). Westminster Pier, Victoria Embankment, SW1A 2JH. T: 020-7930 4097. www.thamesriver services.london. Station: Westminster. F8.
Try this 50-minute adrenaline-fuelled experience – the most extreme ride on the river – and you will enjoy sightseeing, speed and awesome aquabatics all in one. Departs from Westminster Pier. From 11am. Adult from £39; child from £29. Various departure points. T: 020-7740 0400. www.thamesjet.com.