A must see

See London in a new light from the comfort of our boats. Our Illuminated River Official Boat Tours will run every Saturday this winter from Tower Pier.

Illuminated River is a long-term art installation transforming the capital at night, bathing nine of the bridges that cross the Thames in environmentally-friendly LED light: London, Cannon Street, Southwark, Millennium bridges were the initial bridges to undergo vivid night-time transformations in 2019; followed by Blackfriars, Waterloo, Golden Jubilee, Westminster and Lambeth bridges in 2021.

The best way to enjoy the world’s longest piece of public art is to join an Illuminated River Official Boat Tour; showcasing the spectacle from the river itself!

You'll hear from City of London and Westminster Guides as you glide beneath the newly-reborn architectural, social and historical landmarks that have shaped the capital's history.

Join us at Tower Pier on Saturdays at 21:30.

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Our Illuminated River Boat Tours are not running during the summer but we'll return in September.

In the meantime you can enjoy a journey underneath all nine Illuminated River bridges - from London Bridge to Lambeth Bridge by taking our regular services -as a bonus you can also sail under Tower Bridge! 

Tips:

  • For the best experience travel after sundown
  • For the full journey travel between Canary Wharf and Battersea Power Station

Check our timetable 

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    On board commentary

    Official City of London Guides and City of Westminster Guides will provide information about each bridge's history

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    Refreshments available on board

    The onboard café bar sells a selection of refreshments to make your journey even more pleasant

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    Tours depart at 21:30

    Please arrive 15 minutes prior to departure. The tour lasts around 40 minutes, returning to Tower Pier at 22:10.

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    Tours start and end at Tower Pier

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    Tower Pier is step-free and wheelchair accessible.

    Find out more about Tower Pier

Prices

Adult £14.00
Child (5-15) and concession £9.45

Child fare is applicable to children aged 5-15. Children aged 4 and under travel free but you will still need to book them a ticket. 

Concession fare is applicable to Freedom Pass, 60+ Oyster card and UK regional senior bus pass holders. If a complimentary carer’s ticket is required, please add a ticket selecting the carer fare.

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See London in a new light

About the project

Internationally-acclaimed artist Leo Villareal and British architectural practice Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands have used the latest LED technology to ‘paint the bridges with light’. Patterns subtly unfold across the bridge structures, delicately drawing attention to their unique features whilst paying attention to each bridge's heritage, wildlife and surroundings. The project is sustainable and energy efficient, creating a lasting transformation that celebrates the bridges' roles in the enduring global identity of London, and encourages people to enjoy the river and riverside at night.

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About our tours

Illuminated River Official Boat Tours are circular trips, starting and ending at Tower Pier, and sailing beneath all the bridges which have been lit as part of the project featuring commentary by Official City of London or City of Westminster Guides.

map showing the nine Illuminated Bridges
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The Illuminated River Foundation commissioned students from Guildhall School of Music & Drama to produce special musical scores inspired by the unique heritage and architecture of each Illuminated River bridge. From sweeping orchestral scores to minimalist electronic pieces, the inspiring compositions will accompany all tours.

Listen to music inspired by the bridges

Terms and conditions
  • Tickets must be pre-purchased on Uber Boat by Thames Clippers website, they will not be available at piers.
  • Children 4 and under travel for free but a ticket still needs to be booked.
  • Passengers with a disability and Freedom Pass, 60+ Oyster card and UK regional senior bus pass holders benefit from the concession rate. If a complimentary carer’s ticket is required, please add a ticket selecting the carer fare.
  • Passengers with hidden disabilities or Freedom Pass, 60+ Oyster card and UK regional senior bus pass holders must present their pass when boarding if the concession rate was selected.
  • It is the passenger’s responsibility to be at the departure pier 15 minutes before departure as there will be no refund or exchange if the boat is missed.
  • Tickets are valid for the Illuminated River Official Boat Tour for the date selected when booking.
  • Tickets cannot be used to board a different Illuminated River Official Boat Tour on a different date.
  • Tickets are not valid on Uber Boat by Thames Clippers regular services.
  • All travel is subject to our Conditions of Carriage