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Evening Thames Cruise on the Paddle Steamer Waverley The World’s Last Sea-Going Paddle Steamer

Join us for an evening cruise on the River Thames in style - aboard a steam-powered paddle steamer.  Departing from Tower Millennium Pier next to the Tower of London, we will pass through Tower Bridge, which will open especially to let us through, steam past the rapidly-expanding developments on the Docklands Peninsular, the Cutty Sark and historic Greenwich, the O2 Arena and the Thames Barrier and on to within site of the Queen Elizabeth II bridge.  On the way we will see Docklands and London flood-lit at night and there is a jazz band on-board.

The Waverley was built in 1947 for the London North Eastern Railway, transferring to the British Transport Commission upon nationalisation in 1948. Waverley’s early years saw her mainly used as a summer steamer on the Upper Firth of Clyde.  However in 1973, by now the final steamer on the Clyde, she was finally taken out of service following increasing breakdowns.  In 1974 she was sold to the Paddle Steamer Preservation Society for £1.  

On board there is extensive open deck space, lounges, a fully-licensed bar, restaurant, tea room and good views of her gleaming triple-expansion steam engine.  The Copper Rail Jazz Band will be playing in the forward lounge bar.

Cruise Details:  Depart Tower Millennium Pier at 19.30.   Return to Tower Pier at 22:30

Tower Millennium Pier is close to the entrance to the Tower of London, five minutes walk from Tower Hill Underground Station and Fenchurch Street National Rail Station and within twenty minutes walk of London Bridge Station.  Further details will be given with your ticket.

To Book:  

Cost of tickets is £21.00 per person.

Bookings open to all - you do not need to be a Locomotive & Carriage Institution member.

For L&CI members with protected travel facilities, please note that this trip is NOT eligible for an educational free pass.

Friday 23rd September 2016


Tickets for all bookings received by 14th September have been sent out in first class post on 15th September.

Tickets for bookings received by 15th September have now been reserved with the Paddle Steamer Preservation Society and will be sent out on receipt.  There is now insufficient time to post out further tickets, but if you would still like to travel on the trip please contact me and it maybe possible hand over tickets at the pier.

Further Details:

If you require any further information, or would like to make an enquiry on last-minute ticket availability, please email:

Note proceeds from the ticket sales go to the Paddle Steamer Preservation Society to keep paddle steamers Waverley and Kingswear Castle steaming.

For a booking form, please click

Waverley Booking