We are the number #1 'Activity to do in London' on Tripadvisor
Originally London RIB Voyages, Thames Rockets took to the river Thames in 2006 becoming the first ever speedboat tour operator in London. Within a matter of months our first award ‘Small Business of the Year’ was proudly mounted on our now overflowing mantelpiece, quickly followed with the ‘Best New Tourist Attraction: Gold Award’ from VisitLondon. Soon after came Five Stars from the famous Timeout, London magazine.
Before long our customers returned with their friends, and friends of friends. Word soon spread to TripAdvisor and over the next 12 years the five star reviews flooded in. 2014 saw Thames Rockets crowned #1 Activity in London – all thanks to our valued passengers taking to the internet to shout about our unique brand of off-beat humour and 21st century sightseeing. It didn’t stop there – in 2016 we entered the Hall of Fame after receiving our 8th consecutive Certificate of Excellence and most recently VisitEngland awarded us 'UK Family Attraction, 2017'... Speedy by name, speedy by nature!
We are always on hand and ready to bring you and your friends, family and colleagues on Rocket experiences through the most famous city on Earth. Revved up and raring to fly, come and see why we are the #1 ‘thing to do’ in London.
We’ve always enjoyed our residence at the iconic London Eye, and now operate out of St Katharine Pier next to the amazing Tower Bridge. So wherever you may be in London you can always catch a ride on board any of our renowned experiences. It’s all there – sightseeing, adrenaline, thrills, spills, speed, smiles and adventure each and every time.
Over 70,000 passengers took to our fleet last year alone. With numbers like that there really is no point in accepting imitations of this truly outstanding attraction. With the best tour guides, the most talented skippers and the only Rocket boats in town our experience and know-how means you are guaranteed the best service – all with the added personal touch that keeps our lovely customers returning year after year.
No advertising – simply word of mouth means we believe in our product fully, as do our passengers. 100% of our bookings come from our customers. We really couldn’t do it without them!
The Thames Rockets commitment to our passenger experience remains #1. Our commitment to safety is consistently #1. Your enjoyment always #1. Why settle for anything less? Find out more about how we make sightseeing in London easy here.
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39 York Road
London SE1 7NQ
020 7928 8933
The Fastest River Thames
Ever noticed that everyone is looking for that one special, unique, stand-out activity in London? The proud owners of an experience they can take home and tell anyone and everyone about? The one attraction that went above and beyond all expectation…
Going above and beyond underpins everything we do here at Thames Rockets. Whether we are part of your birthday celebrations, your family trip to London, your work do or even your stag party – our passengers return time after time to enjoy everything speedboat sightseeing has to offer, all with that little extra sprinkling of Rocket magic as we enter the high speed zone.
The best guides, the most experienced skippers and the most cutting edge speedboats on the river Thames are just a part of why we’re #1, but don’t take our word for it - just check out our TripAdvisor reviews to see what our valued customers say about their experience with us!
Thames Rockets – London
sightseeing with a twist!
See over 20 iconic London landmarks and sights on our Ultimate London Adventure on-board the newest fleet in the UK, take in the mighty Thames Barrier on our Thames Barrier Explorer’s Voyage, or go all out with our all speed Break the Barrier – we put something special on for everybody passenger and for every occasion, and the personal touch guaranteed each and every time we sail.
With quick witted guides and super skilled skippers guiding you every step of the way through the capital, you can find that special London highlight with Thames Rockets. Just check out our TripAdvisor page with over 7000 fantastic reviews – a direct result of our valued passengers raving about their time with us online!
Quite simply we love what we do, because we do what we love. That’s why we have received numerous ‘Best Tourist Attraction’ awards, 5* from TimeOut, cruised our way through 7 consecutive ‘Certificates of Excellence’ from TripAdvisor earning a place in their esteemed Hall of Fame. Most recently Thames Rockets were awarded “Family Friendly Attraction of the Year, 2017” by VisitEngland and we’re still raring for more.
So it’s time to see what all the fuss is about. Isn’t it time you came aboard and tried the best?
What people have been saying
“A thrilling ride!”
“We thoroughly recommend it!”
“They’re fast, they’re slick’ they’re comfortable and the big new thing on the Thames.”
“What a fantastic experience, we didn't want this to end!”
“Until you have taken the river in this boat, you probably haven’t lived.”
“A brilliant introduction to London for visitors.”
What people have been asking
Frequently asked questions
Find answers to our most popular frequently asked questions. In the unlikely event that our FAQ’s have not answered your question please call 020 7928 8933 and one of our team will be happy to help.
- Can I bring luggage on-board?
Handbags, backpacks and rucksacks are all permitted on-board our speedboats. Suitcases or larger items can be left at the Left Luggage facility at Waterloo Station.
- Where can I park?
There are three pay and display car parks near London Waterloo and The London Eye Pier. We would, however, advise checking ahead of time and (for a more relaxed experience) taking public transport into central London where possible. For more information click here.
- Are you in the Congestion Charge Zone?
Lambeth and Waterloo are in the zone, the cost varies from £10.50 to £14.00 depending on when and how you pay these charges. For more information click here.
- Are there public toilets?
From the London Eye Pier departure point the nearest toilets are located in County Hall, just a few minutes’ walk from our departure gate. From the St Katharine Pier departure point there are facilities in the nearby Starbucks and Tower Hotel.
- Is there an age restriction?
Some of our river experiences have an age restriction, one being ‘Break the Barrier’ which is for passengers aged 10 years and up, this is simply due to the volume of speed (from start to finish) out on the water. The other being Thames Lates which has a minimum age of 18 due to the serving of alcohol on-board.
- What time do I need to arrive?
You need to check-in 15 minutes prior to your departure time. All our sailings leave on time so as not to impact later departures or our passengers.
- What happens if I am late?
Due to the nature of the business we cannot guarantee any relocations or amendments to bookings due to lateness. We operate a tight sailing schedule due to the popularity of our experiences and must adhere to strict check-in times. Unfortunately if you miss your booked experience those particular seats on-board are forfeited.
- What if I have a pushchair or wheelchair?
Please advise us before your trip and we will ensure a member of the Thames Rockets team is on hand to look after your property whilst you are enjoying the trip.
- Will I get seasick?
It is incredibly rare for anyone to feel seasick on Thames Rockets. Our speedboats sit low in the water and you won’t experience the same motion as you would on open water or at sea.