A trip down the Thames is a lovely way to see many of the attractions close to the river. There are many places where you can catch a boat along the river.
For a full tour of what can be seen from a boat trip on the river, visit our River Thames pages, clicking on the right arrow on each page.
Places you will see on the river from Westminster to Grenwich include:
Houses of Parliament
The Houses of Parliament is also known as the Palace of Westminster and was a Royal residence until Henry Vlll's reign.
The world's highest observation wheel (a type of Ferris wheel).
Royal Air Force Memorial
A golden eagle looking eastwards towards Japan.
The memorial commemorates those men who died in the First World War who served in the Royal Air Force.
The Royal Festival Hall
The Royal Festival Hall was built in 1951 as part of the Festival of Britain. It is one of the world's most successful and best loved concert halls.
Cleopatra's Needle is a nickname for the ancient Egyptian granite obelisk on the banks of the River Thames near Westminster Bridge. It was a gift to the British people, in 1819 in recognition of Nelson's victory over the French fleet, at the Battle of the Nile in 1798.
The present building stands on the site of s 16th century palace, and was built from 1776 -1801 by William Chambers for government offices.
The dome of St Pauls' Cathedral
Housed in the former Bankside Power Station, Tate Modern displays the Tate collection of international modern art from 1900 to the present day, including major works by Picasso, Matisse and Warhol as well as work by other artists.
The present Globe Theatre is a careful reconstruction of the original theatre of that name in and for which William Shakespeare wrote many of his plays.
A living history museum and reconstruction of Sir Francis Drake's ship.
Sir Francis Drake circumnavigated the world in the Golden Hinde between 1577 and 1580.
At 202 feet, it is the tallest freestanding stone column in the world. 202 feet is also the distance to the suspected source of the fire that destroyed the city.
The ship is permanently moored as floating museum on the South side of
the River Thames opposite the Tower of London.
Tower Bridge has stood over the River Thames in London since 1894 and is one of the most recognised bridges in the world. Before it was built the only bridge in London was London Bridge.
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City Hall is the headquarters of the Greater London Authority which comprises the Mayor of London and London Assembly
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from Tower Bridge to Greenwich
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