Tower Millennium Pier

Tower Millennium Pier is a pier on the River Thames, in Tower Hill, London, UK. It is operated by London River Services and served by various river transport and cruise operators. The pier is close to Tower Bridge and is situated immediately adjacent to the southwest corner of the Tower of London.

Tower Millennium Pier
Tower Millennium Pier from The Tower Bridge Experience (2) - - 1271350.jpg
TypeRiver bus and tourist/leisure services
LocaleRiver Thames, London, UK
OwnerLondon River Services
OperatorLondon River Services


The pier is used by the river bus route RB1 from Embankment to Woolwich (operated by MBNA Thames Clippers) and Westminster-Greenwich tourist boats (operated by City Cruises).[1] Private-charter entertainment boats also use Tower Pier.[2]


Tower Millennium Pier, with the City of London's financial core behind, as seen from City Hall

Tower Millennium Pier was opened on 14 July by London Mayor Ken Livingstone. Its creation was funded by the Millennium Commission as part of the Thames 2000 project, and was one of five new piers provided by the Commission on the Thames (the others being Blackfriars Millennium Pier, London Eye Pier, Westminster Millennium Pier and Millbank Millennium Pier). The pier has at its upstream end a small cruise terminal facility which is used for processing passengers and baggage transferred by boat from cruise ships berthed alongside HMS Belfast. The Tower Pier project was part of an integrated transport and regeneration strategy for the Thames led by London's Cross River Partnership.[3]


Lifeboat pier moveEdit

In 2002 the RNLI's Thames lifeboat service was introduced to the River Thames following the Marchioness disaster, and Tower Pier was initially used as a base for the lifeboat service. In 2006 the RNLI station moved up-river to a new base, the former Waterloo Police Pier on Victoria Embankment next to Waterloo Bridge, which took the name Tower Lifeboat Station.[4]



  London River Services  
RB1 Thames Clippers service
Westminster to Greenwich City Cruises Service


  1. ^ Transport for London. "London River Services timetables". Retrieved 30 March 2008.
  2. ^ For example "Thames Leisure". Retrieved 24 August 2016.
  3. ^ "Ken Livingstone Opens New Millennium Commission Funded Pier". The Millennium Commission press release. 13 July 2000. Archived from the original on 9 December 2008. Retrieved 30 March 2008.
  4. ^ "Tower Lifeboat Station website". 8 May 2006. Archived from the original on 23 January 2008. Retrieved 13 November 2007.

Coordinates: 51°30′27″N 0°04′45″W / 51.507367°N 0.079182°W / 51.507367; -0.079182