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    Tate to Tate Riverboat Service

    by phil_uk_net Written May 28, 2003

    This is quite a new service and I haven't had a chance to try it yet. When I do I will report back and I may even have a picture to post.

    The service runs between the two Tate galleries - Tate Britain and Tate Modern - stopping at Millbank Millennium and Bankside piers respectively. There is also a stop in the middle at Waterloo Millennium pier.

    A newly commissioned 37 metre long, 220-seater catamaran, designed by renowned artist Damien Hirst, has been specially built for the task. I am a little sceptical about this based on examples of his previous work - dead animals in formaldehyde, etc, but I'm sure the boat will look fine.

    Boats appear to set off every 40 minutes and the journey takes just 18 minutes between the two galleries.

    Fares vary depending on your age (cheaper for under 16's and pensioners) and whether or not you have a Travelcard. Best to look at the fares info on the official web site.
    The service is run by Thames Clippers.

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    LONDON WATERBUS COMPANY

    by Rhondaj Written May 3, 2003

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    The company runs four converted traditional working narrowboats that travel back and forth, hourly between 10 am and 5pm, from Little Venice to Camden Lock. The boats also stop on-route at the London Zoo.

    Round trip fares for adults were 6.20 pounds. Children under 3 travel free. (and they will allow fold-up strollers on board) No Booking Necessary

    To get to Little Venice, we took the Tube to Warwick Ave. (Bakerloo Line) Then it's a five minute walk down the street.

    Wonderful way to see London serenely! And the markets at Camden Lock are awesome! Make a full day of it!

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    Boat trips along the Thames

    by phil_uk_net Updated Mar 28, 2003

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    Tower Bridge

    A boat trip along the Thames is recommended. Get on at Westminster pier and go down to Greenwich, or possibly on to the Thames Barrier. There are also boat trips going the other way to Kew and Hampton Court but I have no experience of these.
    The men working on the boats will point out some points of interest along the way and then go to great lengths explaining that they are not paid to do this and only do it out the goodness of their hearts to make the journey more interesting, etc etc ... yaaaawn. A collection box for them will then be passed round!

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    Messing about in boats

    by deeper_blue Written Mar 27, 2003

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    Take a river cruise or hire a boat on the Thames. Its a great experience, allowing you to get away from the congested streets and view the city from a different angle. Don't copy the James Bond scene in the Q boat though!

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    Boat ticket

    by filipdebont Updated Mar 1, 2003

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    Boat ticket

    Ticket for a City Cruises boat ride.

    Normal price was 5.20 pound, so with my travel card I payed 3.46 pound.

    I think it is great to travel the city form one end to the other end above the ground, instead then going underground. There isn't much to see under the ground, if you are lucky you might encounter a lost mole . . .

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    River trip

    by TinKan Written Feb 2, 2003

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    River trip

    You can take the river tour to see London.
    The boats run every 20 min. or so and offer some very nice views.

    The boat here is one of the night time dinner trips that goes up the river for dinner and music.

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    Thames boating

    by grandmaR Written Dec 15, 2002

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    Sightseeing boats from London Eye

    A free Thames boat ride is included in The Big Bus hop on hop off bus ticket. We arrived in London during a tube strike, and we found that the boats were free at that time and some people were using them for transportation along the river. This is a good way to get out of the traffic. You can also get a boat to or from Greenwich.

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    Take a trip down the river

    by leffe3 Written Nov 10, 2002

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    London has finally woken up to the fact that with the River Thames running through it, a perfectly straightforward transport hub is 'on tap'. There has always been the tourist jaunts from Central London east to Greenwich or west to Richmond. But know there are a series of relatively fast boat connections all along the river at strategic points. Quick and enjoyable, giving you the opportunity to see many of the key sights.

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    Boats or ferries

    by Robin020 Written Nov 18, 2011

    You can take a tour boat where you can enjoy the London eye,big ben,and tower bridge
    it is for about 5£

    or you can take a ferry to London from Amsterdam,Paris and Belgium..

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    Thames Clipper

    by GrantBoone Written Nov 10, 2010

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    The Thames clipper is a great way to see some of the famous sights of London. You can buy your tickets at piers dotted all along the Thames from Kew in the West to Docklands in the East.

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    City Cruises

    by Gili_S Written Sep 3, 2008

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    You can take a cruise on the river themes with one of many local cruise companies. On a nice sunny day that can be very nice experience.

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  • London Waterways

    by Mariajoy Written Sep 2, 2005

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    Canal Boat on The Regents Canal by the Zoo
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    The London Waterbus Co runs a scheduled service between Camden Lock and Little Venice and London Zoo. Very handy if you are at the Zoo and want to get back to the tube station in Camden!

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