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Roar down the Thames in a speeding boat!

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Thames Rockets
Where? Thames Rockets, Millennium Pier (London Eye), Southbank When? 10th December 2022 to 31st October 2023 Tours depart every hour from 10 AM to 6 PM (Thu-Sun during Jan-Feb, and Mon-Sat during Mar-Dec) Running time? The ride lasts for 40 minutes (approx) Tickets? Adult from £44.95; Child from £39.95 See thamesrockets.com Parking: Nearby car parks Trains: The closest station is Waterloo Bakerloo Jubilee Northern Wat&City Other nearby stations: Charing Cross, Embankment and Westminster Train fares

This is not your normal kind of boat trip on the river... if you're expecting a nice, leisurely and relaxing ride as it floats slowly down the Thames, then forget it!

You should be able to guess how fast it is by the company's name: Thames Rockets. You'll be zooming under the capital's bridges in a speeding boat. You'll only be travelling at 35mph, but it seems like ten times that when you're actually sitting inside with the water spray in your face. I think it's probably something to do with how close you are to the water... The wind will be buffeting your face and the icy sea will be bulleting your skin and you'll be holding on tight and praying for it to end!

Only joking... it's not that bad. But it's certainly the speediest boat that goes down the river. This is a real thrill ride. You'll have a live guide at the front trying to entertain you as you zoom past the Houses of Parliament, the London Eye, Tower of London and Tower Bridge, before 'pulling G' at Canary Wharf. But it's not the sights you're here to see: they are just the icing on the cake. It's the speed of the boat that provides the entertainment.

Important note: You will have to undergo a safety briefing before you set off. The tour operates in all weather conditions, and wet weather gear will be provided for all ages and sizes. You will definitely get wet.

If you quite like the idea of a boat tour, but you don't fancy the speed of a Thames Rocket, then you might like to check out the Thames Clippers, City Cruises and Thames River Services instead.

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