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Welcome to our blog where we share our ideas for day trips with friends, family and groups visiting London. 

There are also some great boat trip discounts and offers through our partnerships with other London tourist attractions. 


New Year’s Eve Fireworks 2019

Celebrating the New Year wouldn’t be the same without London’s

Christmas on the Thames 2019

December is a great time to visit London, whether you want to go Christmas shopping, look at the festive lights, go sightseeing, or relax on a Circular

Lord Mayor’s Show 2019

A staple part of London’s history for the past 800 years, the Lord Mayor’s Show continues to be a popular event in the City’s calendar. 

World Travel Market 2019

Once again, Circular Cruise and our sister company Thames River Services will be at World Travel Market (WTM), an exhibition for travel trade professionals.

Accessible London

The hustle and bustle of London can be daunting for passengers with limited mobility or those travelling with young children. The good news is that over the years the Capital has become much more a

Vegan London

London is one of the most vegan friendly cities in the world, so finding something to do or a restaurant on your day out sightseeing should never be a problem.

50% off on London Car Free Day

Sunday 22nd September is Clean Air Day, so London is having a Car Free Day. In an extraordinary and brilliant move, the Mayor of London is asking us to &

Totally Thames 2019

Summer’s nearly over, but if anything, the River Thames will be even busier in September. The annual Totally Thames Festival will run throughout the month, offering an extensive programme of

Great ideas for cheap days out in London this summer

Some people think that a day out in London will cost them a fortune. Although it is definitely possible to spend huge amounts of money in the capital, it’s also possible to have a memorably e

HMS Belfast celebrates its 80th anniversary

On 5th August, HMS Belfast celebrates the 80th anniversary of the day it was commissioned - just under a month before the out

What to do with the kids on the South Bank this August

With the long summer holidays just around the corner, you may be planning different ways of keeping the kids entertained.

What's on in London in July 2019

As the summer holidays get into full swing, July is jam-packed with all kinds of events to be enjoyed by visitors to London.

LGBT+ Pride - a view from the Thames

June is Gay Pride month in countries around the world, a month which sees the LGBT+ community raising awareness of and celebrating diversity.

Foodies on the Thames

London is a great place for foodies - in among the fast food outlets and chain restaurants, there are some real gems, where people who care about what goes into a meal can enjoy high quality, delic

A glorious picnic by the Thames

Looking for a fantastic day out in London? Visit South Bank and get your shades on ready for a glorified picnic by the Thames, courtesy of The BBQ Club.

What can we do in London at Easter?

The school holidays are upon us which means finding plenty of things to do to keep the kids busy. If you’re planning a trip to London, there are more than enough activities to keep the whole

Dog-friendly London

Planning your next trip into London? Why not bring your pooch with you. There are numerous dog-friendly activities for you and your beloved canine friend to em-bark on!

Myths and legends surrounding the Tower of London

With its origins going back a thousand years, it isn’t surprising that there are so many myths and legends surrounding the Tower of London.

Get down on one knee by the Thames

What could be more romantic than proposing to your partner against the backdrop of the Thames? We’ve talked to a couple of people whose partners did just that!

Anti-Valentine’s Day on the Thames

There has been a bit of a backlash against Valentine’s Day recently, and not just from the singletons. Here are our suggestions about ways to not celebrate Valentine’s this year.  

This half-term, kids go free!

Planning a great day out with the kids in London this half-term? Looking for ways of entertaining the kids without having to spend too much? Take them for a free cruise on The Thames!

Free things to do on The Thames in 2019

A day out in London needn’t be expensive. With a little forward planning, you can have a really good touristy day out, even in the middle of winter!

See London in the warm this winter!

If you’re visiting London during Winter, you’re definitely not expecting good weather! But even though it's cold, you can still enjoy the sights dry and warm!

NY Eve on The Thames

Central London is the only destination for hundreds of thousands of people on New Year’s Eve. The bongs of Big Ben and the spectacular fireworks display are a big draw to an already buzzing a

Alternative things to do in London at Christmas

Most people love to do Christmassy things at Christmas, but sometimes you can suffer from tinsel overload - even in December! If you’re looking for something to do along The Thames this month

What to do in the Christmas holidays 2018

If you’re planning a trip to London, treat your family to hop-on hop-off tickets and organise your day around attractions you can get to by boat.

An Art lover’s trip on the Thames

London is an amazing city for Art lovers. There’s something for everyone, and many works by the world’s most famous artists are in galleries that have free entry. 

50% off during Winter Weekends

This winter, take advantage of our fabulous offer - book your Circular Cruise tickets for Saturdays and Sundays online and get them half-price. 

What to do in London this half-term

Another school holiday? We’re travelling full steam towards the October half-term so it’s time to think about what to do with the kids. Luckily there are plenty of London attractions al

A cultural day out on The Thames

London is a magnet for culture-vultures and there are plenty of reasons why. If you’re on a Circular Cruises boat, you’ll pass places that represent some of the best of the world’

Wildlife on the River Thames

You don’t normally associate big cities with wildlife, but you’d be surprised by how much there is in, on and near the River Thames. London is associated with pigeons of course, and any

Looking Forward To The Totally Thames Festival

As the long summer holiday draws to a close, we all need something that we can still look forward to. That’s why we love the Totally Thames Festival, which runs throughout the whole of Septem

Free London Theatre Tickets In August

The West End of London is renowned throughout the world for its theatre, and no holiday in the capital can be without a visit to a play or a musical. London’s ‘theatreland’ has an

What to do in London in the school holidays

How did the summer holidays come round so quickly?! It doesn’t seem like two seconds since the kids were starting the new school year... and now they’re looking forward to six weeks off

An historic day out on The Thames

The history of London goes all the way back to Roman times, and you can still see elements of the 2,000 year old Roman walls around the Barbican. Along the river, however, you can only go back a th

Shakespeare productions

One of London’s most famous theatres is The Globe Theatre where, just over 500 years ago, many of Shakespeare’s plays were originally performed. 

Historic Barge Rowing Event

The Thames Historic Barge Rowing Event will start at Greenwich at midday, and is expected to end at Westminster Bridge at any time between 1.45-2.30pm

Kid-friendly places in London

There are many kid-friendly places to go to in London, and four of them are just over the river from where you can board our boats at Westminster Pier!

Treats on The Thames

Just because London is a major tourist centre, it doesn’t mean to say you have to run around like a headless chicken taking in as much history and culture as you can.

Making your commute more interesting

If you live and work in London, you’ll understand only too well the misery of the daily commute to and from work. If you travel by tube, you’re either squashed in like sardines (particu

Celebrating the London Marathon

The 2018 London Marathon will take place on Sunday 22 April. Once again, thousands of spectators and millions of TV viewers will be treated to a spectacle of stamina, heroism and sheer determinatio

Easter Offer - Save 50% on all tickets

The Easter holidays are a great time to take the kids to London and introduce them to the capital’s attractions, and what is more iconic than the great River Thames. So if you’re planni

What to do in London over the Easter holidays

Even though it feels like we’ve only just had half term and the weather still feels very wintry, the early Easter this year means the school holidays are nearly upon us. And according to the

Mother’s Day on the South Bank

If you’re looking for a last-minute idea to treat your mother this Mother’s Day, why not bring her to London for a day at the South Bank. You may need to wrap up warm, but there’s

A romantic day out in London

Whilst 14th February is supposed to be the day of romance, there are no reason why you can’t embraced romance all year round. If you want to show your partner how romantic you can be, whateve

A day at the Tower

With half term in full swing, there’s the perennial problem of what to do with the kids. Now that the short days of winter are mercifully coming to an end and the weather is (sort of) 

Half Term Offer

If you’re looking for something to do with the kids this half term, why not treat them to a Circular Cruise trip on the River Thames - and we’ll treat you to a massive 50% off o

London on a shoestring

It’s January, traditionally the month when we tighten our belts after the excesses of Christmas. But just because you’re on a budget, it doesn’t mean to say you can’t have f

Keep the January blues away in London’s ’blue space’

A study published at the end of last year showed what most of us instinctively know, that being near a river makes us happy.

What to do in the Christmas holidays

The period between Christmas and New Year can be great fun - the kids are on holiday and many businesses are closed for the week, so grown ups also get to relax. It doesn’t matter whether you

A family day out on the Thames

When you bring the kids on a family day out to London, you want them to get as much out of their visit as possible. Most of the time, these trips involve a lot of walking, but there is a very effec

Unusual places to meet Santa in London

Father Christmas is a very busy man. With so many children who’d love to meet him, he’s using a lot of his Christmas magic to accommodate them all. We’ve picked out some of the mo

Christmas activities in London

Christmas is a great time of year to be in London by the River Thames. There’s so much going on in terms of shopping, activities and festivities that you could spend hours wandering around an

Suggested itinerary for a day trip to London

If you’re looking for ideas for a great day out in London, why not combine a cruise along the River Thames with a visit to the iconic Tower of London. 

Things to look for at Westminster Pier

Less than a 10-minute walk from Westminster Pier away are some of London’s major tourist attractions but what should you look for closer to Westminster Pier? 

Half Term offer at the Tower of London

If you’re planning to take the kids to London this half term, we have some interesting and exciting places to visit and activity ideas. Top of the list has to be our

Tower of London – Execution Site

Blood gives the Tower of London its infamous reputation. Bloody Tower was where the murder of two young princes took place. Cradle Tower was prison to the notorious Krays.

Visit the White Tower at the Tower of London

The White Tower is the most iconic of the Tower of London’s nine towers, and a famous London tourism landmark.

What to do with relatives visiting London for Chinese New Year?

Every year, hundreds of thousands of people flock to the capital to celebrate the Chinese New Year. In 2017, the Chinese will be celebrating the Year of the Rooster.

Christmas events along River Thames

Travelling with us this Christmas and looking for something to do before or after your River Thames cruise? We give you a round up of the best Christmas events along the River Thames.