Thames Rockets RIB speedboat ride review and discount code
Updated: Jul 23
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 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
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 tour guide. Or, with Father's Day around the corner, why not treat the dad / step-dad / grandad in your lives to its Licence to Thrill tour? With the new Bond film postponed until October (sigh) this trip will take the whole famalam into a world of high speed chases and mission impossible-type action. Prepare to be shaken AND stirred!
Other epic picks include Rockets Rule of 6 (great value for family bubbles of 6), 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. And, as if all that excitement were not enough, we've also got a special discount code for London for Kidz readers to bag a 20% off the ticket price with (see below). Let's get a big 'Woo hoo' to that!
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 £44.95 per adult and £29.95 per child. Don't forget to use the London for Kidz discount code for 20% off: just pop in TRinsta20 at checkout.
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 this is IT.
* Disclaimer: London for Kidz were gifted tickets for the purposes of this guide.
Top image: Courtesy of Thames Rockets
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