London’s Illuminated River Tour extended by popular demand

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Not a bad view for a Christmas party - or even just a way to arrive to your venue

Due to popular demand, extra dates have been added for the Illuminated River Official Boat Tours. Thames Clippers, working in partnership with the Illuminated River Foundation have added extra dates to the previously sold-out run.

Starting on 26 October and then every other week from 23 November these extra dates will allow more people to experience the multi-bridge light installation from the best possible vantage point, the Thames itself.

Illuminated River, the longest public art commission in the world, has been transforming the capital with a unified light installation across central London’s bridges since the summer.

Connecting, celebrating and capturing the spirit of the River Thames and its diverse communities, the installation sees four bridges light up the capital at night. Once complete, Illuminated River will light up to 14 bridges, from Albert Bridge in the west to Tower Bridge in the east.

Thames Clippers’ catamarans glide under each illuminated bridge – London Bridge, Cannon Street Railway Bridge, Southwark Bridge and Millennium Bridge – while learning from official City of London Guides about the bridges and their history.

In addition, children on board these sailings can further engage with artist Leo Villareal’s masterpiece with Thames Clippers’ Learning the Ropes activity pack, which has been updated to include the Illuminated River project.

The 30-minute evening tours depart from Tower Pier and cost £7.50 for adults, £5 for children aged 5 – 15 years or for London Freedom Pass Holders. Children aged 0 – 4 years travel free of charge.

Lead image by Levanterman