Greenwich Tall Ships Festival: priority booking open now until 21 May

Royal Greenwich, 27-31 August

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London’s maritime heart, Royal Greenwich, is home to the Tall Ships Festival this August. Near the iconic tea-clipper Cutty Sark, several large Tall Ships will be moored on the Thames.

There will be a selection of cruises on the river, taking you from the Greenwich Heritage Centre and the Woolwich Royal Arsenal Pier past the lovely sights on the banks of the Thames including The O2, the Old Royal Naval College and Canary Wharf, and a host of majestic ships, including the third-largest sailing ship in the world, Dar Mlodziezy.

For a more exclusive experience, board one of the two VIP cruises with a spectacular evening fireworks display all the way to Tower Bridge, or a grand parade of Tall Ships through Greenwich with a farewell salute at Royal Arsenal.

There is also a range of hospitality packages offering cruises and deck parties on some of the largest Tall Ships to have ever visited London.

We’ve teamed up with the Tall Ships Festival to offer readers the chance to book their place before the tickets go on general sale on 21 May.

To book, visit and use promo code THAMES to receive your complimentary drink.

Tall Ship Cruise (27-30 August)10.30|13.30|16.30




Firework Cruise (27-30 August)20.00




VIP Firework Cruise (27-30 August)18.30




VIP Parade of Sail (31 August)13.00





Booking fee and debit/credit card fees applies*. Sweet and savoury snacks are served on board, while VIP cruise guests can enjoy a buffet dinner. There is a cash bar available on board. For group bookings (min. 20 guests) call 0203 040 2350.

Terms and Conditions: Subject to availability. *Booking fee applies at £2.50 per ticket. Debit charge £0.40 per order; credit card charge 4.5% of order. Priority booking applies to non-VIP cruises only. Passengers aged 18+ can choose either an alcoholic or soft drink. Only soft drinks available for under 18s. Child is under 15 years of age. On some VIP Fireworks cruises, passengers will travel in a single ship. The exact route of the cruises may vary for safety or other reasons. Excludes transport to the festival. Concession applies to military personnel, students and over-65s (please bring identification). The promotion is open to readers of The Independent and i, and readers of their sister paper the Evening Standard. Promoter: Sail Greenwich Ltd.