Family Thames Rocket Powerboating, London

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Take to the Thames as a family for a truly unique sightseeing experience. Begin with a safety briefing, before donning the appropriate gear and getting comfortable in a light, speedy powerboat known as a Thames Rocket; this craft is a rigid inflatable capable of exhilarating speeds. Then it’s up and down the great river that splits the capital, enjoying a novel view of landmarks including royal residences, the Coca Cola London Eye, museums and more. The friendly skipper is passionate about his job and will happily point out interesting areas, tell fascinating stories and impart fun facts about London that most people will never know!


Seven days a week during the summer season (March – October) and Thursday – Sunday for the remainder of the year (closes over the Christmas period).


The weather shouldn’t affect this experience as trips go ahead in virtually all conditions, but please do call the venue on the morning of your experience if in any doubt.

How long does the experience last?

Lasts up to one hour and 15 minutes, including your briefing, kit issue and around 50 minutes on the water. Please arrive 15 minutes prior to the booked time. In season runs daily, on the hour between 10am and 6pm. After October, at weekends only.

How many other people?

Share the powerboat with up to 10 other passengers , plus a skipper and guide.

Can I take people to watch?

Spectators are welcome to watch from the shore, but won’t be able to see much of the action. However, there is lots to see and do on the South Bank while they wait.

What do I wear?

Wear flat-soled shoes. Lifejackets are provided (you may get wet). Please secure glasses with a safety strap to make sure they aren’t blown away.

Are there any restrictions?

Valid for two adults aged 18 or over and two children under 14. If you have ever suffered a serious back, neck or knee injury, we recommend that you seek medical advice before booking. Wheelchair users welcome but pregnant women can’t participate.

Anything Else?

All skippers are commercially qualified, with years of experience driving high-speed RIBs and lots of fascinating stories to tell about the history of the Thames. Take your booking confirmation letter with you on the day in order to participate.

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