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!
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!
Boats in London are more important than they would seem to the distant traveller. There are many canals running all over the city, if not only for the River Thames which has been important since the biggining of time (nothing less, nothing more! ;-) ). You can take the boat as a bus with the London River Services http://www.tfl.gov.uk/river/map.shtml , as a day-trip http://www.canalmuseum.org.uk/boat-trip.htm , or to plan a party http://www.cpbs.co.uk/ . And if these are not enough, here is where you'll find plenty more... http://www.viewlondon.co.uk/home_feat_where_boats.asp
P.S. Go see the official website by the Environment Agency down below...
Fancy a trip under all those famous London bridges or just a relaxing cruise along the Thames then look below for times and options.
Or for the quirky experience try the AMPHIBIOUS TOUR lasts 75 minutes from by the London Eye.
This is a great way to see a different type of London.
At Little Venice (nearest tube Warwick Avenue) you can jump on a river boat and sail to Camden Lock. There's also a stop at the London Zoo.
I can highly recommend it. I loved it!
For an enjoyable afternoon trip, try a boatride on the River Thames. We started at Westminster Pier and rode up to Greenwich and back. You get to sit and see the London Eye, Royal Festival Hall, Cleopatra's Needle, Globe Theatre, HMS Belfast, Traitor's Gate, and Tower Bridge. All can be seen quicker than by foot and you get to listen to a humorous commentary. Relaxing and inexpensive. We went when it was raining and we loved it!!
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.
London maybe one of the world's most expensive cities, but this is a great freebie if you want to see the sun set over london.
The Woolwich to North Woolwich ferry has been operating in some form or other since the 14th century, but as a free service it has only be going for about 120 years ! The three boats all date from the 1960's, although only 2 operate at any one time. This provides a 10 minute service from 6 am until about 8 pm. Cars and lorries may have to queue at peak times, but foot passengers never have to.
Not really worth going visiting in it's own right, but if you are heading for woolwich barracks of just like ferries...then you are in luck. Photographers may also appreciate the setting sun over the towerblocks of docklands with the city of London in the far background.
Cost to the tax payer ? about 7 million quid a year - making your journey a nicely subsidised 6 pounds or so.
Little boys of any age will of course just enjoy see this great bit of kit at work.
The Thames Clippers company offers a transportation from Central London by boat to the North Greenwich Pier at The O2 Dome. From The London Bridge Pier the journey is 30 minutes; from the Waterloo Pier the journey takes 29 minutes.
Ticket price: A single journey on The O2 express is £6.
The London Water Bus Co. maintains tours on the smaller canals in the North of London with the characteristic small longboats.
Destinations are Camden town, London Zoo and "Little Venice".
Single trip from Camden to the London Zoo (incl Zoo entrance): £24.00; return single trip: £4.10
Single trip from Camden to Little Venice: £8.20; return trip: £11.50
Departure address at Camden:
58 Camden Lock Place - London NW1 8AF (At the Camden Lock Market).
A great piece of London transportation means is the Solar Shuttle boat over the Serpentine pond in Hyde Park.
At the start in 2008 it was the first UK electrically-powered passenger ferry driven entirely by energy from the sun.
One way ticket: 5 pounds.
Weekends, school and public holidays between March and the end of September and full-time during June, July and August from 1200 hours. The service runs approximately every half-hour until dusk.
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!
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.
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.
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..