What you will see
Thames Barrier Explorers Voyage (80 mins)
Or as we like to call it – home! This is where you'll be whizzing out on your RIB ride London with Thames Rockets, and we think it's the perfect base. 443 feet tall and 394 feet in diameter, the London Eye is the most successful tourist attraction in the UK, with 3.5 million people riding the London Eye every year.
On the north bank of the Thames some people may miss this when they visit London. This Egyptian obelisk is one of the oldest things you will see in London (other than the river of course!). Over 3,500 years old, it was given as a present from the ruler of Sudan (named Mohammed Ali – no relation!) to Nelson for his part in the Battle of the Nile 1798.
St Paul's Cathedral
Well what can you say?! The masterpiece of the genius of Christopher Wren – the architect we traditionally thank for rebuilding London after the Great Fire of 1666, which destroyed two thirds of the medieval city.
Ah, Shakespeare's Globe, the only building in London today since the Great Fire of 1666 that is allowed by law a thatch roof in its construction. See Shakespeare as it was originally in this beautiful replica near its original location on the South Bank.
Many people who visit the capital comment that one of its greatest charms is the diversity of the architecture. From one building to the next you can travel hundreds of years. The Shard continues this tradition with the highest viewing platform in Western Europe. The Shard views are not to be missed on any London tour.
Now a staple of the London skyline, 30 St Mary's Axe, more commonly known as 'The Gherkin', was opened at the end of May 2004. Designed to maximise daylight and reduce the need for artificial light, with reduced carbon dioxide emissions and energy use due to its aerodynamic form, this is an all green super slick construction by the seemingly ubiquitous Norman Foster.
One of the most iconic places to visit in London! To see this bridge open in the centre archway for the first time in 1894 must have been an amazing sight. Quite frankly we think it still is! Sail under the centre bascules on your Thames Rockets London river cruise to truly appreciate this piece of Victorian super-architecture!
Welcome to the heart of Britain’s maritime history! Look at the glorious buildings of the Old Royal Naval College designed by none other than Christopher Wren (designer of St Paul's Cathedral). Greenwich is a royal borough and it was on this site that Henry VIII was born. The perfect place for a quick breather on your Thames speed boat adventure!
The reason London is in existence (and Thames Rockets for that matter!) is the river. No river, no London. It is how London has made money and grown by trading with Europe. It is also London's biggest threat, with the flood barrier protecting it from the daily tides.
Houses of Parliament
The awesome Victorian façade of this English Gothic Perpendicular Architecture (now that's a mouthful!) is sure to take your breath away from our particular vantage point on the river, a must in any London tour!
A rather nice place to live we think! Certainly for the Duke of Somerset who began building his dream palace in 1547. Somerset House is now home to art galleries, an ice rink in the winter and a cinema in the summer!
The same 'Mr Tate' of 'Tate and Lyle' sugar fame opened the Tate Britain way back in the 1880's for his classical art collection. What is housed here in the old Bankside power-station is its up to date younger brother - the Tate Modern, both Tate museums are highly popular places to visit in London.
The eponymous bridge of our city! London Bridge has stood on this site for nearly 2000 years. Not the prettiest bridge in London (which is probably why many visitors confuse London Bridge with the much more opulent Tower Bridge), but certainly one of the most important. One of the ‘must do’ places to visit in London.
This is one of the most significant battle-ships of our recent history. It's 6th June 1944. 06.30 and as the sun rises one of the most important events of modern history is about to take place. It would become known as D-Day. HMS Belfast was the largest ship in the British fleet and it's these guns, with a range of 12.5 miles, which started firing at Hitler's troops on that historic day.
The Tower of London
What's the most famous date in British history? 1066. The race for the English Crown after the death of the childless Edward the Confessor came to a head at the Battle of Hastings, where William the Conqueror became the last person to ever successfully invade Britain.
Canary Wharf is home to some of the tallest buildings in the UK. These are the world or European headquarters of some of the worlds major banks, professional services firms and media organisations including Barclays, Citigroup, Credit Suisse, HSBC, J.P. Morgan, KPMG, MetLife and Morgan Stanley. Ker-ching!
Built as the Millennium Dome to celebrate the start of the third millennium with a huge exhibition, the dome opened to the public on time on 1st January 2000. Unfortunately, visitor numbers didn't reach anticipated figures and the dome faced an uncertain future after its first year. Huge redevelopment ensued and on the 24th June 2007 the rebranded O2 arena opened its doors with a huge concert from Bon Jovi.