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iCAN River Thames Speedboat Experience in London

Picture of a speedboat on the river thames
from £29.95

London by Speedboat!

The River Thames Speedboat Experience is one of the most exciting ways to enjoy the sights of London! We're not just saying that, according to Trip Advisor it's Number One! This experience delivers a historical tour, taking in world-famous landmarks along the River Thames, combined with a witty commentary expertly delivered and the exhilaration of a 630-horse-power RIB (Rigid Inflatable Boat) speedboat ride! What more could you ask for?

Sight's to see in London ......

You have the choice of taking a 50-minute speedboat trip up the River Thames to the world-famous Canary Wharf or an 80-minute trip out to the world’s largest movable flood defence, the Thames Barrier, giving you even more time to enjoy the thrilling speed and manoeuvrability of the 630hp speedboat!

This activity can be enjoyed by people with a variety of disabilities, due to a wheelchair-accessible launch point and a fantastic boarding team! Please note, wheelchair users will need to transfer out of their wheelchair as wheelchairs cannot be taken onboard.

Family Fun!

There's no doubt that kids and young children love the thrill and fun of the River Thames speedboat experience, so be sure to take advantage of our family ticket, allowing 2 Adults and 2 Children (14 or under) to enjoy this amazing experience together!

Note: Family tickets cannot be used at weekends between 12:00 - 16:00 during summer months, apart from that, it's fun for all the family whenever you like!

Watch this video to get a taste of the amazing Thames speedboat experience! 

On the Day

For your River Thames speedboat trip you will need to make your way to the boarding pier, conveniently located no more than five minutes from the nearest London Underground station.

You will be greeted by a member of the boarding team who will sign you in and fit you up with wet-weather gear (if required) and a self-inflating life jacket.

You will be helped aboard the 12-seater RIB speedboat where you can settle into your seat ready for the launch. After a brief run through of safety procedures, your tour begins! Your tour guide will provide an engaging commentary as you cruise down the River Thames for approximately 20 minutes, taking in all the wonderful sights.

Then, the exhilarating part of the activity begins as the speedboat’s skipper zooms along the River Thames, cutting through the wake of other boats and making sure you experience a thrilling journey.

You’ll return to the pier where you will disembark and be on your way to enjoy everything that London has to offer.

Need to know

How long does it take?
The River Thames Speedboat Experience takes 50 or 80 minutes, depending on which experience you book.

When can I try it?

  • The Thames Canary Wharf speedboat trip is available seven days a week, all year round.
  • The Thames Barrier speedboat trip runs only on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

What should I wear/bring?
Wear sensible clothes suitable for the weather, bearing in mind that it can be colder out on the river than on land, and secure long hair with a hair tie. We’ll provide lifejackets and wet-weather coats and trousers if required.

I’m booking for someone who needs a carer. Is that a problem?
Carers are welcome at all iCAN activities. For more details of what the carer place involves, please see our Questions and Answers page.

Can I book for children?
This activity is suitable for all ages, but under-18s should be accompanied by a parent. When you purchase this experience, please note that age 14 and under are considered children.


  • Not suitable for people suffering from back problems or heart conditions.
  • Not suitable for pregnant women.


Due to the location of this activity, there is no dedicated parking, disabled or otherwise. There are public car parks around the area, a short walk from the pier.

Disabled toilet facilities can be found near the pier, about 2-3 minutes walk away. Details will be provided upon purchase of this activity.

The boarding pier is located in the heart of London, five minutes’ walk from two London Underground stations. Due to the busy nature of central London, we would recommend anyone who is unfamiliar with the city to bring a carer, friend or family member to assist with negotiating the human traffic!

The riverside is a well-maintained paved area, with a lot of street entertainers around, so it can be busy at times.

The boarding pier consists of a series of floating ramps, completely accessible to wheelchair users and wide enough for two wheel chairs side-by-side.  

The boarding ramps have handle rails all the way along, right to the speedboat, to aid those who need some extra stability.

It is possible to get right next to the speedboat in a wheelchair, making the transfer from wheelchair to speedboat as easy as possible.

Guide dog owners will need to leave their dog secured at the boarding gate with the boarding team. Wheelchair storage is also available.

The team is experienced in working with people with disabilities. All team members are helpful, understanding and patient. They will do everything they can to ensure you have a fantastic time!

Who can do this?

This Gift Experience is suitable for people with the following disabilities:

  • Hard of hearing / deaf
  • Restricted - Arm*
  • Restricted - Leg
  • Visually impaired

* Please note: the ride is a bumpy one and it is essential therefore that customers are able to hold on to the grab-rail in front of them with at least one hand while the speedboat is travelling at speed.

If your disability is not listed here, but you are interested in taking the River Thames speedboat ride, please do give us a call as we may well be able to accommodate other disabilities.