The Circular Cruise is truly a Hop-on, Hop-off service, offering passengers unlimited travel throughout the day enabling travellers to disembark and re-embark at any of the en-route piers that the vessels call at on their way downstream to St.Katharine's Pier. Calls are made at Embankment, Festival, Bankside and St Kathrines Piers, then non stop to Westminster throughout the year.
Please Note: During Winter Season, the cruise does not stop at Festival and Bankside Piers
There is a commentary pointing out the places of interest to enhance your trip as the boats make their return journey back upstream.
Please note: Attractions in blue type are not visable from the River.
From Westminster Bridge:
The original bridge completed in 1750 was the second bridge over the Thames. The present bridge was opened in 1862.
1. The Houses of Parliament
Designed by Charles Barry and the underlying genius of Pugin who was responsible for all the decorative work. The buildings occupied the site of the old Royal Palace of Westminster which had burnt down in 1834. Neither Barry nor Pugin were to live to see the new buildings completed. The famous tower and clock are known as Big Ben but this is in fact the name of the 16 ton bell which rings the hour.
2. Florence Nightingale Museum at St Thomas
3. Greater London County Hall
Former council administration centre now converted into apartments and a hotel. It also contains the new London Aquarium.
3a. The London Eye (Millenium Wheel)
4. Old Scotland Yard
Until 1967 this was the headquarters of the Metropolitan Police. The name derives from Great Scotland, a street within Whitehall Palace.
5. Cabinet War Rooms
6. South Bank Centre Royal Festival Hall
Opened in 1951 for the Festival of Britain, the concert hall seats up to 2,930 - has a bookshop and a number of restaurants. It is now part of the South Bank Centre, together with (9) Queen Elizabeth Hall, Purcell Room and (11) Hayward Gallery.
7. Cleopatras Needle
This obelisk was first erected in Egypt by Pharaoh Thotmes lll around 1500BC. It was presented to the British people in 1819 in recognition of Nelsons victory over the French fleet at the Battle of the Nile in 1798.
8. Savoy Hotel
Built on the site of the Savoy Palace. The hotel founded in 1889, is one of Londons most famous and luxurious.
9. Queen Elizabeth Hall Purcell Room
10. Museum of the Moving Image and the National Film Theatre
11. Hayward Gallery
12. Royal National Theatre
Opened in 1976, this building contains three theatres: Olivier, Lyttleton and the Cottesloe, as well as restaurants and a bookshop. Visitors can join tours of the building.
13. Somerset House
This Palladian building was erected in 1786 when the river still reached its walls. It takes its name from the Duke of Somerset who started a palace on this site in 1547. This building now houses the Courtauld Gallery.
14. Coin Street Development