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Did you know there are six River Bus routes in London running from 22 piers between Putney and Woolwich?

If a scenic river route isn’t part of your regular commute, plan your next adventure and explore a new part of the Capital by river ⛴️

Easily get to amazing destinations like Tate Britain, London Eye, Covent Garden, Museum of London Docklands and more by River Bus, and hotspots like Hampton Court Palace and Kew Gardens by River Tour in summer.

Check out some of our favourite stops along the river line 👇

Kew Pier

Kew Gardens 🌱 is a must for every Londoner – if it’s still on your to do list, then start your botanical adventure via river.

Here you can unlock the amazing power of plants and fungi, visit London’s world-leading botanic gardens and learn more about their important science and conservation work.

If you’ve got time on your side, be sure to also check out Richmond Park nearby 🦌

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Bankside Pier

Get your culture fix at London’s South Bank 🎭🖼️🎨

Giggle until your ribs hurt or cry your eyes out at a Shakespeare’s Globe performance, then explore an exhibition and the free collections at Tate Modern. Don’t forget to check out London’s skyline from the viewing level!

Continue your adventure with a scenic stroll down The Queen’s Walk to the bustling Southbank Centre.

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Westminster Pier

Big Ben may be covered in scaffolding, but there’s plenty to see and do in the heart of Westminster!

Get that Instagram snap of the Houses of Parliament and marvel at the gothic architecture of Westminster Abbey – backdrop to the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

Continue your royal affair with a pleasant stroll through St James’s Park and finish at Buckingham Palace 👑

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Tower Pier

Get up close and personal with Tower of London by river 🏰 a view you won’t get by land or across from the other side of the Thames!

Speaking of great views, when was the last time you climbed to the top of Tower Bridge?

Finish this monumental excursion with a visit to St Katharine Docks which hosts fun activities like markets, film festivals and more!

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London Bridge City Pier

Uncover spectacular sights of London Bridge. There’s the Golden Hinde, Hay’s Galleria, and colourful and creative street art under the bridge arches 🎨 including a vibrant Shakespeare mural!

All this exploring is bound to set stomachs rumbling. Borough Market is just a skip, hop and a jump away with so many options you’ll be back multiple times to savour them all 😋

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Greenwich Pier

Greenwich is always a good idea with lots to see and do all year round. Stroll by the river, picnic in the park and explore the quaint town centre – you won’t believe you’re in London!

Some great destinations to check out are the Cutty Sark, Old Royal Naval College, Maritime Museum, and Greenwich Market 🛍️

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North Greenwich Pier

Just when you thought we’ve covered Greenwich, there’s lots left to discover around the bend at North Greenwich!

Catch a live gig at The O2 👨‍🎤 or brave the climb over the top of the venue, then bag a bargain at the ICON Outlet shopping centre, and finish your adventure with a soaring ride over the Thames to the other side on the Emirates Air Line 🚡

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Discover London at a leisurely pace with a river tour. Choose from hop-on/hop-off services, themed cruises, dining experiences and sightseeing tours with commentaries.

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