City Cruises' River Red Rover

City Cruises' River Red Rover

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With regular cruises every day of the year except Christmas Day, see the splendor and sights of London aboard City Cruises' scheduled sightseeing services all with live commentary. The ticket is for unlimited use all day, so hop on and off as many times as you like of their luxury fleet of riverliners at four points : Westminster Pier, Tower Pier, Waterloo Pier and Greenwich Pier.

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Our journey through history begins at Westminster, in the shadow of Big Ben's tower, whose chimes have signalled freedom and democracy around the world. Just a few steps away from the Abbey, where kings and queens have been crowned for almost 1,000 years.

To the North, the stunning office development above Charing Cross station echoes the arched roof of the original Victorian terminus - and testifies to the property value of "air rights" above the platforms, making a significant contribution to the railways' income.

Across the river, County Hall no longer echoes to the cries of councillors but down below, the London Aquarium reveals the aquatic secrets of the deep while, above, visitors and business people relax in the comfort of the Marriott hotel.

A few yards downstream we see the Millennium wheel - British Airways London Eye. In a 25-minute ride it offers unrivalled views across London and far beyond. Beyond Waterloo Bridge comes the London Television Tower, home of London Tonight, the news programme with the river as its backdrop - providing millions with a daily view of our operations.

Just beyond, the OXO tower has gained a new lease of life with studios, restaurants and flats. The design was a clever attempt to circumvent the ban on advertising- and it works. Still on a domestic theme, on the North side of Blackfriars Bridge lies the home of Persil - the head offices of the Anglo-Dutch giant Unilever.

Beyond Blackfriars, look up the steps for a view of St Paul's as we pass the new millennium bridge, which provides a pedestrian link to Bankside. Among the attractions in this area: the new Tate Gallery, and the re-creation of Shakespeare's Globe.

Now for London's latest attraction - a "theme park for the grown-ups": Vinopolis, the World of Wine. The South bank here is the heart of historic Southwark, famed for its riverside pubs and of course the capital's oldest cathedral.

Through London Bridge and the thrilling vista unfolds: the Tower of London, Tower Bridge and HMS Belfast, the latter recently restored to her former glory in her new camouflage paint.

Tower Bridge is one of London's newer bridges, opened in 1894 by Prince Albert after more than half a century of clamour by the City. All proposals for a bridge were resisted vigorously by the shipowners and merchants who needed free passage through the Pool of London. The resulting design is a typically British compromise: the upper level providing an uninterrupted passage when the lower bascules are lifted. Many of the old docks have now disappeared while those that remain now play host to yachtsmen, weekend sailors and narrowboats

The riverside pubs, once the haunts of seafarers and dockers, now play host to local families, tourists and City workers escaping from the Square Mile. Among the pubs which retain their traditional charm: the Mayflower, where the Pilgrim Fathers moored before setting off for the New World; the Angel, well known to Samuel Pepys in his days as head of the Admiralty, and the Grapes, one of Charles Dickens's favourite watering holes.

As we approach Canary Wharf, the new face of Docklands is revealed. Canary Wharf and its neighbouring developments are bringing thousands of new jobs to the area. Along the river banks the "crane count" increases almost daily as new residential, commercial and leisure developments get under way.

And so to historic Greenwich; the home of time itself. The Maritime Museum, with its new Neptune Court and galleries, offers a fascinating and entertaining visit for all the family. These, together with the historic clipper ship Cutty Sark, the Royal Observatory, Queen's House, Fan Museum, traditional covered market and many more attractions form the World Heritage Site of Greenwich.

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Children 5-16 years of age.
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November 2004 - March 2005

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Westminster to Tower Pier daily:
1000#, 1040#, 1120#, 1200#, 1240#, 1320#, 1400#, 1440#, 1520#, 1600#, 1640#, 1720#* N.B. N o service Mondays to Fridays inclusive
Westminster to Greenwich Pier daily
1000#, 1040#, 1120#, 1200#, 1240#, 1320#, 1400#, 1440#, 1520# N.B. N o service Mondays to Fridays inclusive
Waterloo to Tower Pier daily
1010, 1050, 1130, 1210, 1250, 1330, 1410, 1450, 1530, 1610 plus, on Saturdays and Sundays only, 1650# and 1730#*
Waterloo to Greenwich Pier daily
1010, 1050, 1130, 1210, 1250, 1330, 1410, 1450 plus 1530# on Saturdays and Sundays
Tower to Westminster and Waterloo Piers daily
1010, 1050, 1130, 1210, 1250, 1330, 1410, 1450, 1530, 1610*, 1650* plus 1740#* on Saturdays and Sundays only. N.B. N o service Mondays to Fridays inclusive
Tower to Greenwich Pier daily
1040, 1120, 1200, 1240, 1320, 1400, 1440, 1520 plus 1600# on Saturdays and Sundays only.

Greenwich to Tower, Westminster & Waterloo Piers daily

1050, 1130, 1210, 1250, 1330, 1410*, 1450*, 1530*, 1610* plus 1700#* on Saturdays and Sundays only. N.B. N o service Mondays to Fridays inclusive

* One-way trip only
# Not Mondays to Fridays inclusive