Thames activities: enjoy everything there is to offer along London’s most famous watery landmark

Words Joy Montgomery

Thames Activities


Set in the visitors centre of HMS Belfast, Tom’s Kitchen offers stunning views across London landmarks including Tower Bridge and the Tower of London. Hovering just above the water, it’s the perfect place for a post-work drink or, if the sun’s setting, a romantic meet-up.


Hidden away on the gallery’s first floor, the Tate Cafe is one of the Thames’ hidden gems. With floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking St Paul’s and the Millennium Bridge, the cafe offers relaxed vibes and an abudance of delectable baked goods.


Inspired by the glamour of 1920s cruise ships, the Mondrian London is the ultra-contemporary hotel adjacent to the Thames. With achingly cool interiors from Tom Dixon, the Mondrian offers a number of stylish eateries and bars – from Rumpus Room’s panoramic views and Dandelyan’s eclectic cocktails to the street level buzz of the Sea Containers Restaurant.


Shakespeare’s Globe is the iconic reconstruction of the Globe Theatre, an Elizabethan playhouse linked to poet, playwright, and actor William Shakespeare. Wander around the historic building and grab a bargainous £5 standing ticket or enjoy a drink at the Swan, the riverside bar and restaurant connected with the theatre.


Built in Scotland in 1869, the Cutty Sark was originally designed to carry tea from China to England as fast as possible. Now housed in bustling Greenwich, conservation work has raised Cutty Sark three metres above ground, allowing you to walk directly underneath.


Ham House is the 17th century manor set back 200 metres from the River Thames in leafy south London. Surrounded by beautiful formal gardens, it’s perfect for any time of year and a great weekend getaway for all the family.



Originally used to house the Millennium Experience, the Millennium Dome is now home to a state-of-the-art arena. Make the most of the venue’s riverside views with Up at The 02 – AKA the chance to climb right over the dome itself. No better way to see London’s most beautiful body of water.