The river Thames has plenty to offer, whether you prefer a river cruise, a slow-paced stroll around riverside parks, or a thrilling speedboat ride on the river.
1. Join Thames events in London
2. Take a Thames river cruise
3. Enjoy high-speed Thames speedboat rides
4. Find culture along the river
There are plenty of cultural landmarks along the river that deserve to be on your to-do list. Discover a broad range of theatre, music, film, art, and dance at Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, Tate Modern, Tate Britain, the National Theatre, BFI Southbank and the Southbank Centre.
Alternatively, get your culture fix by spotting sculptures and art installations along The Tide. Or follow public art trail The Line, which runs alongside the Thames and the river Lea.
5. Uncover history along the river
6. Relax in restaurants and pubs on the Thames
7. See London from above
8. Explore parks, gardens and wildlife
9. Learn about London's bridges
The bridges over the Thames make dramatic focal points for photos. A visit to Tower Bridge should be part of any London trip. Wander across the Millennium Bridge between Tate Modern and St Paul's Cathedral; across Hungerford Bridge for its impressive night-time views; and across the Albert Bridge to admire its design.
Make sure to also check out the Illuminated River installation, which transforms London's bridges into a dazzling public artwork with coloured lights and designs.
10. Thames travel to new areas
Aside from all the great activities available on or next to the river, the water also makes a great mode of transport. Use river services to explore new areas of London: take in the leafy suburbs of Kew and Richmond; wander through the parks and historical sites in Greenwich; admire the boats in St Katharine Docks; soak up the diversity of Bankside; and discover trendy Battersea Power Station and Nine Elms.