Best Things to do on the River Thames This August


To kick off this river-themed blog post, let’s start with some fun facts:

Did you know that there are a whopping 119 different fish species in the River Thames? Could you have guessed that 2/3 of the drinking water in London comes from the river? Did you know there are a seemingly limitless number of things to do in and around the River Thames this summer?

While we may not be able to offer you more detailed information about the first two facts, we can certainly help with the third.

Here are a few fun activities you can engage in on your next trip to London and M Montcalm Shoreditch that involve the River Thames.

Sightseeing Tours

Take a break from city life and get a new perspective by swapping out a sightseeing tour on a double-decker bus with a sightseeing river cruise on the River Thames.

Hop onto the Thames River Cruise or another boat company (there are several, do a bit of research online!) and look up in awe at the cityscape as its set against the stunning liquid backdrop of the Thames.

It’s a fun way to spend the day if you’ve been roaming the streets of London and visiting museums for a few days. Sit back, relax and learn about the city’s history while enjoying the sun. This is a family-friendly activity, so don’t hesitate to bring the little ones!

A Need for Speed

Buckle down for a speedboat tour of London. With this tour, you get to see multiple attractions in a matter of seconds!

Expect a rush of adrenaline that will leave you exhausted and ready to retire to your room at the M Montcalm Shoreditch.

Top tip: If you’re prone to feeling seasick, this might not be the activity for you. If you’re keen to go but concerned about how your body might react, visit a pharmacy or consult your doctor for advice.

Brush up On Your Bridge History

The infamous river has plenty of binding bridges full of culture and history. Stop by them all while reading up on the history of each. Check out the Tower Bridge, Millennium Bridge, Hungerford Bridge, and the Albert Bridge. It’s a fun way to spend your day and get in some exercise.

Keep in mind that this is quite the trek, so ensure that you add a café, pub or restaurant break during your walk. Remember to bring sunscreen – UV rays will get you even if it’s cloudy.

HMS Belfast

There’s more to British history than learning about the monarchy. You can also explore the history of World War II by climbing on-board the HMS Belfast.

It’s a Royal Navy warship that’s been transformed into a tremendous naval museum on the River Thames. With nine floors, visitors get to discover war stories from the ’40s. If nothing else, it’s worth a visit simply to say that you’ve been to a floating museum.

Tower Bridge

Tower Bridge – one of the most recognisable structures in London – is an impressive piece of engineering. It has a high-level walkway over the River Thames and the traffic below, making it a wonderful place to enjoy sweeping views of the city. Of course, that’s not all it’s good for –  a tour of Tower Bridge will give you an opportunity to learn something new about its history.

Photography Tours

If you’re into the art of photography (and burnt out on museums), take one of the photo walks of London tour.

There are multiple different tours with different specialisations, with some being held in the evening and others during the day. That means you can tailor your experience to get exactly what you want out of it.

With so much street art in East London, don’t be surprised if you stop off at one of the many trendy restaurants near Shoreditch for a bite to eat during your photography sessions.

Sea Life Aquarium

This attraction isn’t exactly on the River Thames, but they do have an exhibition dedicated to the ecology of the river.

The Aquarium is an indoor adventure that’s great for rainy days. They have a fantastic shark walk and numerous themed zones, including a Pacific Walk and rockpool area.

Do it in a Dinghy

Head on over to Westminster Boating base and sail along the river in a dinghy.

Youth membership is only £10 and provides the option to go canoeing and kayaking as well. Hammersmith and Chiswick also have boat clubs where you can do a little private boating.

Richmond Rowing

Richmond is one of the most beautiful areas in London. It lies along the Thames and provides tourists and locals alike with the opportunity to rent boats. Check out the Richmond Bridge Boathouse, Parr Boats, Thames River Boats, and Turks Launches.

Whether you’re out with friends or family, this is a must-do activity for the summer.

Cable Cars

Instead of being on the Thames River, this activity is above it.

Emirates airline set up cable cars that cross the river between the Royal Docks and Greenwich Peninsula. It’s a great way to get a unique view of London that isn’t from the London Eye.

Fishing Locations

If you’re looking to escape to nature while in the city, bring your fishing pole to one of the designated fishing areas along the Thames. It’s a peaceful activity that requires time and patience, so bring a sandwich and sunscreen.

It’s free in most locations to fish, but you might need a rod license.


Mudlarking – scavenging for hidden and forgotten treasures in the mud – is a great way to remember history and take an active part in discovering something new.   

While this might not appeal to everyone, adventurous history buffs will certainly want to get involved. Are you keen? Hop into a pair of waterproof trousers, wellies and a tool for combing the beach. It’s only a 20-minute drive from your Old Street Hotel.