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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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Passengers should arrive at Tower Pier at least 15 minutes before departure time.
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.


Tour dates | Times | Specialist Speakers

  • Thursday | 16 January | 19:30
  • Saturday | 25 January | 18:30
  • Thursday | 6 February | 19:30
  • Saturday | 15 February | 18:30
  • Thursday | 20 February | 19:30 | Richard Dye, Finance Director at Illuminated River Foundation
  • Saturday | 29 February | 18:30
  • Thursday | 5 March | 19:30 | Douglas Inglis, Director at Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands
  • Saturday | 14 March | 19:30
  • Thursday | 19 March | 19:30 | Chris Waite, Director at Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands
  • Saturday | 28 March | 19:30
  • Saturday | 4 April | 20:30
  • Thursday | 9 April | 20:30 | Mike Simpson, Project Partner at Signify (formerly Philips Lighting)
  • 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