New London sightseeing experience

We have partnered up with The View from The Shard to launch a new sightseeing experience in London from 1st April, The View from The River.

Sail along the Thames during a 50-minute circular cruise and see London’s most iconic landmarks while listening to live commentary provided by our London Expert. The tour will depart from London Bridge City Pier and you will sail past The Shard, Tate Modern, Shakespeare’s Globe, St Paul’s Cathedral, Houses of Parliament and Big Ben, The London Eye, Tower of London and under Tower Bridge.

The View from The River is now available to book at theviewfromtheshard.com at just £12 per person.

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    Departures from London Bridge City Pier

    The pier can be spotted from the top of The Shard and is only a 5-minute walk away. Not wheelchair accessible.

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    Day and times

    Twice a day from Wednesday to Sunday leaving at 2pm and 3:15pm from 1 April 2022

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    Live commentary

    Our London Expert will provide live commentary and quirky facts about landmarks you sail past

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    Onboard café bar

    Enjoy a glass of champagne whilst you cruise! Wine, beer and hot drinks are also available from the café bar

This is a circular boat tour and will not stop at our other piers along the Thames. You will embark and disembark at London Bridge City Pier.

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Make the most of your London adventure; experience the city from the Thames with London’s River Bus and then celebrate London from new heights with The View from The Shard where you get breath-taking 360° panoramic views from the top of London’s tallest skyscraper.

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Frequently asked questions

Is London Bridge City Pier accessible?

London Bridge City Pier is not wheelchair accessible due to low tides and unfortunately wheelchair users won't be able to board the cruise. Bankside Pier is only 12 to 15 minutes away from The Shard and is accessible to use Uber Boat by Thames Clippers regular services.

Wheelchair users who wish to board The View from The River tour please contact our Customer Service team so we can check tides and advise on best cruise for you to board.

Users with prams can use London Bridge City Pier. 

Mobility scooter users must join our Mobility Scooter Recognition Scheme before boarding.

How to get to London Bridge City Pier?

It's a short walk from The Shard to London Bridge City Pier through London Bridge Station then across Tooley Street. 

Get from The Shard to London Bridge City Pier

What are the facilities on board?
  • Step-free access to the vessels
  • Comfortable seats
  • Outside back-deck
  • Café bar
  • Toilets 
  • Space for bikes 
  • Access to 4G

Pets are more than welcome to accompany you on your sailing.

Where to buy tickets?

Tickets can be purchased on The View from The Shard website

What are the ticket prices?

A ticket for The View from The River costs £12 per person.

What's included on the tour?

Ticket includes:

  • A 50-minute boat tour on the Thames with fantastic views of London
  • Live commentary provided by our London Experts
Travelling with children

Children aged three and under travel for free on The View from The River boat tour but parents will still need to reserve them a seat when booking tickets on The View from The Shard's website.

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