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Thames Rockets RIB speedboat review: a big splash of fun in London!


Thames Rockets things to do in London with kids

Hold onto your hats people, because if you're looking for things to do in London with kids, then a Thames Rockets speedboat ride is something that will really float your crew's boat for sure! We recently took a spin along the Thames ourselves with Thames Rockets and not only did it make a huge splash in the fun stakes, but we as a famalam collectively agreed that it was one of the best adventures we've ever been on in London town!


What is Thames Rockets?


Thames Rockets things to do in London with kids
London for Kidz Team Meeting... Photography: London for Kidz

Thames Rockets just so happens to be the ultimate way to explore some of London's most fabulous landmarks, all from your seat aboard one of its RIB speedboats. Expect a high-speed, high-energy ride along the Thames while whizzing past some of London's famous sights including The Tower of London, Big Ben, Canary Wharf et al (depending on what tour you take).


About those tours: tell me more

Thames Rockets things to do in London with kids
Ahoy there, Captain Rafferty! Photography: London for Kidz

With around 12 different regular and seasonal tours operating at any one time, there's plenty of action-packed fun to choose from when it comes to a Thames Rockets experience. If it's a big slice of family adventure you're after, then you can't go wrong with the Captain Kidd’s Canary Wharf Voyage: kids will love spotting HMS Belfast, Tate Modern and more as you whip down the Thames accompanied by feel-good tunes and a super duper captain and tour guide.


Other epic picks include the original Ultimate London Adventure (taking in sights from Big Ben to Tower Bridge), Thames Lates (for when you can ditch the kids and fancy the ultimate date night), and plenty more.


The need to knows


Where? Boarding Gate 1 at The London Eye Pier, London SE1 7PB

How long is the experience? 50-80 mins depending on your tour choice.

How much? Tickets vary from tour-to-tour but start at £49.95 per adult and £39.95 per child.

Is there an age restriction? Some of the experiences have age restrictions, including ‘Break the Barrier’ which is for passengers aged 10 years and up and Thames Lates which has a minimum age of 18 due to the serving of alcohol on-board. Other tours are generally suitable for all ages, but check when making your booking.

Is it Covid-secure? Thames Rockets have been granted 'Good to Go' status from Visit England as a result of the measures and procedures put in place to minimise the risk of transmission.

How can I book tickets? Book tickets for Thames Rockets online.


Our advice? If it's a bucket load of laughs you're looking for when it comes to things to do in London with kids, then it's not Rocket science... this is IT.


Top image: London for Kidz


Looking for other fun things to do in London? Then try these guides:


Family guide to the Tower of London

London museums we love

Country parks and forests to explore around London

Best dim sum restaurants in London

Outdoor adventures for kids in London

Quirky things to do in London with the family

Get on down to a London farm



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