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Illuminated River Official Boat Tour

Illuminated River Official Boat Tour



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The first four bridges of Illuminated River, the public art commission to light up the bridges of the Thames at night, are now complete! Artist Leo Villareal has used the latest LED technology to ‘paint with light’, producing beautiful patterns that subtly unfold across the bridge structures. The artwork is best experienced from the river itself, so join the official City of London Guides on board as they take you on an evening boat journey, and learn all about these great landmarks of London.

The Illuminated River Official Boat Tours will run every other week from 23 November from Tower Pier at 18:30. There are two special events in addition: on Thursday 28 November, at 19:30, the tour will be led by Sarah Gaventa, Director of the Illuminated River Foundation.  An additional pre-Christmas midweek tour will also run on Tuesday 10 December at 19:30.



  • Passengers should arrive at Tower Pier for 18:15; the tour will depart at 18:30 sharp and return to Tower Pier for passengers to disembark at 19:00. Find your pier here:
  • Passengers for the tour on the 28 November or 10 December should arrive at Tower Pier for 19:15; the tour will depart at 19:30 sharp and return to Tower Pier for passengers to disembark at 20:00.

Terms & Conditions:

  • Tickets must be purchased online, they will not be available at Thames Clippers piers.
  • Children 4 and under travel for free but a ticket still needs to be booked.
  • Tickets are valid for the Illuminated River Boat Tour for the date selected when booking.
  • Tickets cannot be used to board a different Illuminated River Boat Tour on a different date.
  • Tickets are not valid on Thames Clippers regular services.
  • Illuminated River boat tours are wheelchair accessible. The boat can carry two unfolded wheelchairs and an unlimited number of folded wheelchairs.
  • Passengers with a Disable ID/badge benefit from the concession rate and should select the London Freedom Pass fare.
  • It is the passenger’s responsibility to be at the departure pier at the time indicated above as there will be no refund or exchange if the boat is missed.
  • Passengers must present their London Freedom Pass at the pier if this discount was selected

All travel is subject to our Conditions of Carriage