Image Credit: Lambeth Bridge © Paul Crawley

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Image Credit: Lambeth Bridge © Paul Crawley

A must see...
See London in a new light from the comfort of the Uber Boat by Thames Clippers boats.
The Illuminated River Official Boat Tours will run every Saturday during the winter months from Tower Pier.

Illuminated River is a long-term art installation transforming the capital at night, bathing nine of the bridges that cross the Thames in environmentally-friendly LED light: London, Cannon Street, Southwark, Millennium bridges were the initial bridges to undergo vivid night-time transformations in 2019; followed by Blackfriars, Waterloo, Golden Jubilee, Westminster and Lambeth bridges in 2021.

The best way to enjoy the world’s longest piece of public art is to join an Illuminated River Official Boat Tour; showcasing the spectacle from the river itself!

You'll hear from City of London and Westminster Guides as you glide beneath the newly-reborn architectural, social and historical landmarks that have shaped the capital's history.

Illuminated River is a long-term art installation transforming the Thames at night with an orchestrated series of light works that span nine bridges in central London. Its subtly moving sequences of LED light symbolically unify the Thames bridges, drawing inspiration from the spirit and history of the river and from the architectural and engineering heritage of its bridges.

Internationally-acclaimed artist Leo Villareal and British architectural practice Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands has used the latest LED technology to ‘paint the bridges with light’. Patterns subtly unfold across the bridge structures, delicately drawing attention to their unique features whilst paying attention to each bridge's heritage, wildlife and surroundings. The project is sustainable and energy efficient, creating a lasting transformation that celebrates the bridges' roles in the enduring global identity of London, and encourages people to enjoy the river and riverside at night.

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Guide Prices

Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
Adult£13.50 per ticket
Child (Ages 0 - 4)Free
Child (Ages 5 - 15)£9.30 per ticket
Concession£9.30 per ticket

Note: Prices are a guide only and may change on a daily basis.


Booking & Payment Details

  • Advance booking essential
  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)


  • On-site light refreshments


Map & Directions

Illuminated River Official Boat Tours

Type:Tour Guide

(Tours start and end at Tower Pier) Uber Boat by Thames Clippers, Lower Thames Street, Tower Pier, London, EC3N 4DT


  • Other AwardsVisit Greenwich Partner Visit Greenwich Partner 2021

Opening Times

Illuminated River Official Boat Tours (6 Jan 2025 - 24 Feb 2025)
Saturday21:30 - 22:10

* Boarding Time: 9:15pm

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