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Birthday Celebration Dinner Cruise on the Thames River


We all gathered in London to celebrate my dad’s birthday celebration dinner cruise on the Thames River this July 2022. We heard a lot about it and wanted to celebrate this occasion on the Thames River cruise. It is a fantastic place to celebrate birthdays, anniversaries etc. I booked the tickets for 6 of us from Viator which was the London Dinner cruise on the Thames River. My wife and I travelled from Tallinn, Estonia and my mom, brother and his wife travelled from New Delhi, India.

It was a special occasion, as it is very rare that we are able to gather all in London after so long. Especially due to Covid restrictions lasting 2 years. It has been a rough time for friends and family to gather. So here we are at the Westminster Pier sharp by 6.30 pm. Even though our cruise will start by 7 pm. We wanted to make sure that we reach in time and in case of any issues with finding the cruise we have ample time to go to the right place.


Dinner Cruise Starting Point

We had to reach the departure point which was: Westminster Pier, Victoria Embankment, London SW1A 2JH, UK. See the map below.

At the entry which was the boarding point gate, we walked along and were greeted by the ticket checker. we had our London Dinner cruise on the Thames River in hand. Also, Viator sent us a mail where we can add the ticket to the Apple wallet as well.

Dinner cruise starting point
Dinner Cruise Starting Point

We waited in the waiting area to post our ticket check. And we were called to get inside the cruise in like another 10 minutes or so. I was super excited to see the Thames River, London Eye, Big Ben and Westminster Abbey. We were asked to queue and we entered the cruise and were given a table for six next to the window. The fantastic view around, while the cruise was a little wobbly.


4 Course Meal Experience at Dinner Cruise

We sat for a while and the background music started playing. The cruise was moving along and we crossed London Eye, Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, Tower Bridge, and Canary Wark. While enjoying the London city views. The Food service started and we were first served some drinks. We had the option of having alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks. By default, they were serving Sparkling wine.

Bread, butter and Salad for Starters

we were served Bread, butter, and Salad, as we opted for the vegetarian option when we were booking for the cruise. Just want to highlight that please do make sure that when you are doing your booking, please share your food choice i.e. vegetarian, non-vegetarian and any allergies in advance. When you are placing your booking you will be asked about your food preferences.

salad and bread with welcome drink for starters
salad and bread with a welcome drink for starters

Vegetarian Artichokes Lasagne for the main course

had Lasagne Of Artichokes, Spinach And Sauté Of Mixed Mushrooms, and Goats Cheese (V), Served With Seasonal Vegetables. The meal was delicious and was enough for one person. We ordered some wine. It was overall a good combination of food and drink.


lasagne of artichokes at Thames river dinner cruise
lasagne of artichokes at Thames River dinner cruise

Chocolate Truffle cake for Dessert

Finally, we reached the dessert and we got white, Dark And Milk Chocolate Truffle Cake (V) Served With A Raspberry Coulis. The dessert was too big for my wife, so we said we want only one. And my mother knowing diabetic, asked for tea for her instead.

After dessert, we all had the option of coffee, or tea as a palate cleanser.

I wished we had a cake as well, would have been awesome to cut it on the cruise, but we completely forgot about it. Anyways, overall the meal was delicious and all six of us enjoyed it.


Chocolate Truffle Cake at Thame Dinner Cruise
Chocolate Truffle Cake at Thame Dinner Cruise

Live performance at the Cruise

There was nice celebration-related music all the time in the background. After our meals, there was a live performance and the anchor was asking everyone to share the reason for their visit to come to the dinner cruise today. The majority of the people were celebrating their birthdays or anniversaries. The anchor came to us and asked us as well, we shared it was our dad’s birthday. So everyone gave a round of applause and wished him a happy birthday.

Live performance at the Cruise
Live performance at the Cruise

The whole cruise was full of positive vibes and everyone enjoyed it. We all started dancing later and took loads of pictures of all of London’s iconic buildings. As the festive time of the year is approaching you can also book the Christmas Dinner Party Cruise to have fantastic Christmas celebrations with your friends, office colleagues and family.


From Westminster Pier to HMS Belfast and Back

The cruise started from Westminster Pier and we were taken through beautiful London Icons like:

  • Westminster Pier
  • London Eye
  • Shakespeare Globe Theatre
  • Tower Bridge
  • Canary Warf
  • Tower of London
  • The Shard
  • Sea Life London Aquarium
  • St Pauls Cathedral
  • HMS Belfast
  • Canary Wark
  • Cutty Sark
  • O2 Arena
  • Old Royal Naval College

Overall Experience at Thames River Dinner Cruise

It was a fantastic place to celebrate a birthday or any occasion you want to make it special. We enjoyed the food, live music, and ambience set on the cruise. The duration of the cruise is less than 3 hours or so. It is a perfect place for any celebration. We enjoyed our time and at the end of the day when you have your family the time always becomes enjoyable and amazing.


Christmas Party Dinner Cruise


Get into the festive spirit and celebrate Christmas as you sail along, taking in London’s iconic skyline. Enjoy a traditional 3-course meal on the board. Get your dancing shoes on as the onboard DJ plays a selection of Christmas classics and contemporary hits.

Board your boat for the evening at Westminster Pier and enjoy a welcome glass of sparkling wine. The boat departs Westminster and sets sail towards Canary Wharf, passing by a selection of London’s most iconic landmarks and attractions along the way. Pose for photos with your friends and family as you admire the Tower of London, London Eye, The Shard, Tower Bridge, Cutty Sark, and more, lit up against the backdrop of the city. After some sightseeing, it’s time to head inside where a festive 3-course meal is served.

Enjoy a tasty salmon starter and delicious roast turkey main, followed by an indulgent chocolate dessert. Dinner is accompanied by a half-bottle of wine per person, but you can keep the drinks flowing all night long at the onboard bar. Once you’re full up from dinner, get your dancing shoes on and dance the night away as the onboard DJ plays a selection of iconic Christmas hits as well as contemporary tracks.

This is the perfect boat party to celebrate Christmas in style and get yourself well and truly into the Christmas spirit. Surely you don’t want to miss out on a spectacular timeout with your friends and family at the Christmas party dinner cruise. Amazing time and experience are guaranteed.

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Dinner at Christmas Party Cruise
Dinner at Christmas Party Cruise

Christmas Party Dinner Cruise Highlights

  • Celebrate Christmas in style on a cruise of the River Thames
  • Dine on a deliciously festive 3-course meal
  • Admire London’s famous skyline on a 4-hour cruise
  • Dance the night away to a selection of Christmas classics
Enjoy christmas party dinner at cruise
Enjoy a Christmas party dinner at the cruise

What Included in the Dinner Cruise

  • 4-hour cruise
  • Welcome glass of sparkling wine
  • 3-course traditional festive dinner menu followed by tea/coffee
  • Half a bottle of wine per person
  • DJ and dancing
  • Onboard bar as per request

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Important Information about the Dinner Cruise

  • This cruise requires a smart-casual/festive dress code
  • Guests will be seated at tables of 10, which are located in very close proximity to each other, perfect for the festive spirit.
  • Bookings of less than 10 customers will be sharing a table
  • Boarding: 18.30 for 19:00 departure and 18:45 for 19:15 departure.

How to Reach the Christmas Party Dinner Cruise?

Staff will be at City Cruises’ Westminster Pier to direct you to the correct boarding point. Please arrive 20 minutes before the departure time: Westminster Pier, Victoria Embankment, London SW1A 2JH, UK

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Check Christmas Dinner Cruise Availability

It’s always better to plan your Dinner cruise well in advance. Chances are that the event will get sold out knowing its popularity. We recommend checking the availability below to plan and book the dinner cruise.


London Showboat Dinner Cruise – Thames River tour

Enjoy an evening of food, wine and entertainment as you cruise down the River Thames. The London Showboat Dinner Cruise on the Thames River tour is a spectacular tour of various landmarks of London. Glide past some of London’s most spectacular landmarks including the Houses of Parliament, St. Paul’s Cathedral and Tower Bridge, as you cruise from the centre of London to the Thames River barrier and back.

London Showboat Dinner Cruise – Thames River Tour Highlights

  • Free drinks included
  • Travel by boat and see the sights from the water
  • Vegetarian meal options available
  • Dinner included

Begin your cruise in the heart of historic London, as you are welcomed aboard the London Showboat with a glass of sparkling wine in the lounge saloon. Following this, you will enjoy a four-course meal, with a choice of a half bottle of red or white wine included. During your cruise, you will be entertained by a live singer, followed by more live entertainment, and plenty of time for dancing!

Starting in Westminster, you will see the historic buildings of St Paul’s Cathedral and the Houses of Parliament; pass under the iconic Millennium Bridge and Tower Bridge, and see the more recent iconic constructions of Canary Wharf, the O2 Arena, the Thames Barrier, HMS Belfast and the London Eye.

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The London Showboat Dinner Cruise on the Thames River tour
The London Showboat Dinner Cruise on the Thames River tour

Dinner Cruise Departure Point:

Westminster Pier
Westminster Pier, Victoria Embankment, London SW1A 2JH, UK
Below are some pictures to help you guide through the entry gates of the Westminster Pier.
Enter London Showboat Dinner Cruise from Westminster Pier
Enter London Showboat Dinner Cruise from Westminster Pier

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Boarding Points for the London Showboat Dinner Cruise
Boarding Points for the London Showboat Dinner Cruise

Cruise Departure Time:

7:45 pm

Cruise Duration:

3 hours (approx.)

Cruise Return Details:

Returns to the original departure point at approximately 11:00 pm

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Showboat Dinner Cruise Inclusions:

  • A pre-cruise glass of sparkling wine
  • Delicious 4-course dinner
  • Choice of half a bottle of red or white wine with your meal
  • Live singers performing songs from West End shows

Dinner cruise Exclusions:

  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Hotel pickup and drop off
  • Food and drinks, unless specified

Additional Information:

    • Confirmation will be received at the time of booking
    • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at the time of booking
    • A vegetarian option is available, please advise at the time of booking if required

Dinner Cruise Itinerary:

Sample Menu:

First course:
  • Oak-smoked Scottish salmon mousse with a mustard and dill centre
  • Vegetarian option: Feta salad with walnuts, green beans, cherry tomatoes, roast peppers, pumpkin and olives
Second course:
  • Tomato, roast pepper and basil soup
Third course:
  • Roast chicken wrapped in parma ham, dauphinoise potato, mushroom, and seasonable vegetables, served with a thyme and red wine sauce
  • Vegetarian option: Lasagne, made with artichokes, spinach, saute of mixed mushrooms and goat cheese and served with seasonal vegetables
  • White, dark and milk chocolate truffle cake with raspberry sauce, served with tea or coffee

Please note:
menus are subject to change without notice.

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Cancellation Policy
If you cancel at least 4 days (s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.
If you cancel within 3 days (s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 per cent cancellation fee.