We love spending time in London but all too often people get caught up in thinking that the underground is the only way to get around. As much as I love using the normal buses to see some great landmarks what I really enjoy is the London River Bus.
Not to be used when you are in a rush, the London River Bus helps you to reach some of the amazing attractions along the banks of the River Thames. In this article, I share some of our favourite attractions that you can reach using this form of transport.
Staying at the Park Grand Lancaster Gate means that you have easy access to our first recommendation and a great place to start your journey.
Millbank Pier for Tate Britain
Tate Britain is a free to enter art gallery that houses the largest collection of British artwork. They host some great family activities to keep the kids entertained and regularly run family events to showcase different exhibits.
Westminster Pier for the Houses of Parliament, Big Ben and Westminster Abbey
Steeped in British history the Houses of Parliament makes for quite an impressive building. You can take a tour around the building and learn more about how our government works. Westminster Abbey has a rich history full of both good and bad. This working abbey is still in use for worship but it also houses the Queens Diamond Jubilee Galleries which was closed to the public for more than 700 years.
London Eye Pier for the SEA LIFE London Aquarium, The London Dungeon, Shrek’s Adventure and the Coca-Cola London Eye
For kids and adults alike, the London Eye Pier is home to lots of Merlin attractions. If you have a few days to visit it is worth getting a multi-attraction ticket to really make the most of this location. We still love Shrek’s Adventure and think that the SEA LIFE London Aquarium is the best one we have visited in the UK. If you have yet to go on the Coca-Cola London Eye then I recommend you do at least once and preferably on a clear day to really make the most out of the views.
Bankside Pier for Tate Modern
Unlike the Tate Britain, the Tate Modern has artworks from all over the world. Housing Modern and Contemporary arts the two galleries contain very different exhibits so it is definitely worth exploring them both. Free to enter the Tate modern always has additional exhibitions which showcase different artists. I already have the Andy Warhol exhibition in my diary for next year as I love his work. If you are visiting as a family there are always free activities to collect when you arrive.
London Bridge City Pier for HMS Belfast
We have yet to visit the HMS Belfast but it is on our bucket list. This second world war cruiser is moored up ready for you to explore and with 9 decks to look around make sure you leave yourself a good 90 minutes if not more. I can’t wait to take my girls and will try and tie it into them learning about the second world war.
Tower Millennium Pier for Tower of London
I love it when history comes to life as it really helps the kids learn and The Tower of London is a brilliant example of this. The Tower of London served as a prison for hundreds of years and held some very well known prisoners. They have some great family-friendly activities in place, especially during the school holidays.
North Greenwich Pier for The O2
A trip on the River bus wouldn’t be the same without a stopover at the O2. Whether you are there for a show or just visiting one of the many restaurants and attractions inside, it is a great place to spend a few hours. With a cinema, trampoline park and a bowling alley you should never hear the words “I’m bored” whilst here.
So there you have it our top attractions to visit using the London River Bus. I hope it has convinced you to hop on board and give it a go for yourself.