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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 and our lastest offers.

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


Westminster Pier

Westminster Pier

Westminster Pier is the most popular starting point for people travelling on Circular Cruise’s hop-on/hop-off London sightseeing boat service on River Thames. It is easily accessible.

 

Westminster Pier timetable for boat trips

Our boat trips depart daily from Westminster Pier. View our timetable.

You are able to hop-on/ hop-off our boat service at a number of piers along the River Thames from Westminster Pier to St Katharine’s Pier. Our boats are popular with both locals and tourists looking to travel to Tower BridgeTower of London and St Katharine's Docks.

Read our suggested itinerary for a day trip to London.

 

Boat departure times from Westminster Pier

View our year round River Thames boat trip timetable where you can board our boats from central London piers en-route to St Katharine's Pier.

 

Where can I buy tickets for Circular Cruise Westminster?

You are able to purchase tickets online or from our ticket booth at Westminster Pier*. 

Our Westminster ticket office is located on the north side of the River Thames at Westminster Pier next to where you board our sightseeing boat.

Westminster Pier
Victoria Embankment
London
SW1A 2JH

 

Thames River Cruise Ticket Office Westminster Pier

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(*We also have ticket booths at other piers along the River Thames where you can buy tickets.)

 

How to get to Westminster Pier?

Westminster Pier is just 2 minutes’ walk from Westminster Tube Station served by Central, District and Jubilee lines. View TFL website for more information.

You can also travel to Westminster Pier by bus. View TFL bus stop information for Westminster.

Westminster Pier is fully accessible.

 

What tourist attractions are near Westminster Pier?

When you are planning your visit to Westminster there are a number of tourist attractions within easy walking distance.

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

Less than a 10-minute walk away from Westminster Pier are some of London’s major tourist attractions including Westminster Abbey, the Cabinet War Rooms, the London Eye, the London Aquarium, the London Dungeon and Shrek’s Adventure!

Read our blog Things to look for at 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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