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Illuminated River - Official Boat Tours

Ends 21 Sep 2019 at 11:36 PM

Aerial shot of the River Thames and London

The first four bridges of Illuminated River are now lit!

Illuminated River is an ambitious public art commission which is transforming the capital at night, lighting up to 15 bridges on the River Thames between Albert Bridge and Tower Bridge. Phase one of Illuminated River, covering London, Cannon Street, Southwark and Millennium bridges, is now complete.

Internationally-acclaimed artist Leo Villareal and British architectural practice Liftschutz Davidson Sandilands have used the latest LED technology to ‘paint with light’, producing patterns that subtly unfold across the bridge structures. The project is sustainable and energy efficient and pays attention to heritage, wildlife and the built environment to create an exceptional transformation that celebrates the role that the Thames bridges play in the enduring global identity of London, and encourages people to enjoy the river and riverside areas at night.


Experience Illuminated River from the Thames

The artwork is best experienced from the river itself, so join an official guided boat tour and let the official City of London Guides and experts from Historic England take you on a journey through time while sailing underneath these architectural, social and historical landmarks of London.

Tickets: £6 for an adult, £4.50 for children aged 5-15 years and London Freedom Pass Holders; children aged 0-4 years travel for free but a ticket still needs to be booked.

Accessibility: Illuminated River Boat Tours depart from either London Bridge City or Tower Pier (see specific tour dates below) and are wheelchair accessible. We can carry two unfolded wheelchairs and an unlimited number when folded. More details here. Passengers with a Disabled I.D. badge/card benefit from the concession rate; please select the London Freedom Pass fare.


Thursday, 29 August - SOLD OUT

Tower Pier, 21:00

Guide: Official guides to the City of London
Passengers should arrive at Tower Pier for 21:00; tour will depart at 21:15 sharp and return to Tower Pier for passengers to disembark at 21:45.

Thursday, 05 September

London Bridge City Pier, 21:15

Part of Totally Thames 2019
Guide: Official guides to the City of London
Passengers should arrive at London Bridge City Pier for 21:15; tour will depart at 21:30 sharp and return to London Bridge City Pier for passengers to disembark at 22:00.

Tuesday, 10 September - SOLD OUT

London Bridge City Pier, 21:15

Part of Totally Thames 2019
Guide: Experts from Historic England
Passengers should arrive at London Bridge City Pier for 21:15; tour will depart at 21:30 sharp and return to London Bridge City Pier for passengers to disembark at 22:00

Thursday 12 September

Tower Pier, 21:15

Part of Totally Thames 2019
Guide: Official guides to the City of London
Passengers should arrive at Tower Pier for 21:15; tour will depart at 21:30 sharp and return to Tower Pier for passengers to disembark at 22:00.

Thursday, 19 September

Tower Pier, 21:15

Part of Totally Thames 2019
Guide: Official guides to the City of London
Passengers should arrive at Tower Pier for 21:15; tour will depart at 21:30 sharp and return to Tower Pier for passengers to disembark at 22:00.

Saturday, 21 September - SOLD OUT

Tower Pier, 20:55

Part of Open House London 2019
Guide: Alex Lif­schutz, Direc­tor of Lif­schutz David­son Sandilands
Passengers should arrive at Tower Pier for 20:55; tour will depart at 21:10 sharp and return to Tower Pier for passengers to disembark at 21:40.


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