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About the Cruise

Circular Cruise Westminster was formed in 1986 and is a joint venture between Crown River Cruises and Westminster Party Boats. The companies each contribute their vessels to operate this sightseeing service from Westminster Pier to St Katharine’s Pier via Embankment, Festival and Bankside Piers on the eastbound route and non-stop to Westminster on the return.

The Circular Cruise fleet is made up of 3 vessels, Sapele, Mercuria and Sarah Kathleen. These vessels operate all year round on the route and are fully equipped with a licensed bar and multi-lingual commentary.

A one-way Circular Cruise takes approximately 30 minutes whilst a return cruise is 1hr. View our timetable here.

You can embark from any of the piers listed below.
Please present your printed ticket at Circular Cruise ticket box.

Westminster Pier

Westminster Pier is located next to the Houses of Parliament (also known as the Palace of Westminster with its great bell, nicknamed Big Ben).

Start your hop-on/ hop-off sightseeing cruise at Westminster Pier and travel on our year round London boat service along the River Thames to St Katharine’s Pier (to see Tower Bridge, Tower of London and St Katharine's Docks).

View our River Thames cruise timetable.

Westminster Pier is fully accessible and is just 2 minutes’ walk from Westminster Tube Station. 

Our ticket office is located at Westminster Pier next to where you board our sightseeing boat.

Westminster Pier
Victoria Embankment

Thames River Cruise Ticket Office Westminster Pier

Embankment Pier

Embankment Pier is located at the heart of London’s West End, a short walk from Somerset House and within easy reach of the theatres and shops in Covent Garden.

You are able to embark at Embankment Pier on the eastbound journey to St Katharine's Pier only. 

Embankment Pier is located across the road from Embankment Tube Station. 

View our River Thames cruise timetable.


Festival Pier

Festival Pier is located outside the Southbank Centre that includes Royal Festival Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Purcell Room, the Hayward Gallery and the Poetry Library. The National Theatre and London Eye are a short walk from Festival Pier.

Festival Pier is fully accessible and is 10 minutes' walk from Waterloo Station.

You are able to embark at Festival Pier on the eastbound journey to St Katharine’s Pier only.

View our River Thames cruise timetable.


Bankside Pier

Bankside Pier is conveniently located near the Tate Modern and Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre.

You are able to embark at Bankside on the east-bound journey to St Katharine’s Pier only.

View our River Thames cruise timeable.



St Katharine's Pier

St Katharine's Pier is adjacent to Tower Bridge, a short 5 minutes' walk from both the Tower of London and St Katharine's Docks home to restaurants, shops and the historical Dickens Inn. (St Katharine's Pier is a 2 minutes' walk from the Guoman Tower Hotel).

You are able to hop-on or hop-off the Circular Thames River cruise at St Katharine Pier.

View our River Thames cruise timetable.

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