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Illuminated River - Official Boat Tours

Ends 30 Mar 2020 at 11:01 PM

Thames Clippers and Illuminated bridges

New dates for 2020 now available

Illuminated River is an ambitious public art commission which is transforming the capital at night, lighting up to 14 bridges on the River Thames between Albert Bridge and Tower Bridge. Once complete, it will be the longest public art project in the world. Join us on board to experience phase one of Illuminated River, covering London, Cannon Street, Southwark and Millennium bridges.

The Illuminated River Guided Boat Tours will take place every week on either Saturdays or Thursdays until the 26 May and will depart from Tower Pier. The Illuminated River is better enjoyed at night and departure times will change as days become longer. Find your pier here.

Book your tickets now and let the official City of London Guides take you on a journey through time while sailing underneath these architectural, social and historical landmarks of London. Some of our tours will be led by specialist speakers, please see full list here.

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Boarding starts 30 minutes before departure time. Boat tours depart from Tower Pier, follow signs for Boarding point D. Please check time on your ticket.


Tickets: £7.50 for an adult, £5 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 Tower Pier 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.

Visit the Illuminated River Foundation website to learn more about the project.


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Tour dates | Times | Specialist Speakers

  • Saturday | 15 February | 18:30
  • Thursday | 20 February | 19:30 | Richard Dye, Finance Director at Illuminated River Foundation
    Richard Dye will explain the artistic inspiration behind the project and the delivery of the first four bridges.
  • Saturday | 29 February | 18:30
  • Thursday | 5 March | 19:30 | Douglas Inglis, Director at Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands
    Lead project architect Douglas Inglis will provide insight into the design process and technical challenges that have been overcome in bringing the longest public artwork in the world to the public.
  • Saturday | 14 March | 19:30
  • Thursday | 19 March | 19:30 | Chris Waite, Director at Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands
    Lead project architect Chris Waite will provide insight into the design process and technical challenges that have been overcome in bringing the longest public artwork in the world to the public.
  • Saturday | 28 March | 19:30
  • Saturday | 4 April | 20:30
  • Thursday | 9 April | 20:30 | Mike Simpson, Project Partner at Signify (formerly Philips Lighting)
    With over 30 years of experience in the lighting industry, Mike is Signify’s technical lighting expert within the Illuminated River Project Team. In his career he has been responsible for lighting many of Britain’s most iconic landmarks, including the external lighting of Tower Bridge, St Paul’s Cathedral and Blackpool’s Pepsi-Max roller coaster. Mike’s tour of the first four bridges will give special insight into how Illuminated River’s smart LED technologies are providing a more long-term sustainable solution for lighting the Thames at night.
  • Saturday | 18 April | 20:30
  • Thursday | 30 April | 21:00
  • Saturday | 9 May | 21:00
  • Thursday | 14 May | 21:30
  • Saturday | 23 May | 21:30
  • Tuesday | 26 May | 21:30