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Big Ben and Houses of Parliament from the River Thames on a London Eye River Cruise.

Big Ben and Houses of Parliament from the River Thames on a London Eye River Cruise.

© Laura Porter, licensed to About.com, Inc.
The London Eye River Cruise is a 40 minute circular sightseeing tour on the River Thames with a live commentary, taking in many of London's most famous sights including the Houses of Parliament, St. Paul's Cathedral, HMS Belfast, and the Tower of London.

Pros

  • Many big London sights in a short time.
  • Brings you back to the same place so you're still in central London.
  • Runs all year whatever the weather (two decks in case of rain).
  • Free for under fives.
  • Multi-lingual audio guides available.

Cons

  • River cruises aren't cheap but this compares well with other operators.

Cruise Duration

40 minutes
Tower Bridge from the River Thames on a London Eye River Cruise.

Tower Bridge from the River Thames on a London Eye River Cruise.

© Laura Porter (2008) licensed to About.com, Inc.

The London Eye River cruise operates daily from 9 January to 30 December excluding 25 and 26 December.

The London Eye River Cruise departs from the London Eye Millennium pier, next to the the London Eye:
10.45am*, 11.45am, 12.45pm, 1.45pm, 2.45pm, 3.45pm, 4.45pm, 5.45pm*, and 6.45pm*.

From 20 October to 4 November the Spooky Cruises run daily at 4.45pm, 5.45pm, and 6.45pm.

* These cruise times are available April to October.

Tickets

(2008 Prices)
Adults: £12.00
Children (5-15 years): £6.00
Children under five: Free
Seniors: £10.00
The Seniors discount is not available on weekends and during the months of July and August.
Disabled: £10.00
All paying disabled guests may bring an accompanying personal assistant with them for free.

Combined Ticket Options

You can buy combined tickets for the London Eye and/or Madame Tussauds.

Multi-Lingual Guides

Audio commentary is available in French, Spanish, German, Dutch, Italian, Russian, Japanese and Mandarin. T-loops system is also available.

Security Checks

Please allow extra time for boarding as all bags will be security checked.

Contact Information

London Eye Address
Riverside Building
County Hall
Westminster Bridge Road
London
SE1 7PB
The Waterloo Pier is next to the London Eye, on the right.

Nearest Tube Station
Waterloo

Use Journey Planner to plan your route by public transport.

Telephone Bookings
Telephone 0870 5000 600
9am to 5pm seven days a week

Official Website:
www.londoneye.com

Nearby Attractions
The London Eye is on the South Bank is full of London attractions, such as Tate Modern, HMS Belfast, Tower Bridge (and cross the bridge to The Tower of London), and the attractions inside County Hall: The London Aquarium and Dali Universe.

London Eye River Cruise Review

Tower of London from the River Thames on a London Eye River Cruise.

Tower of London from the River Thames on a London Eye River Cruise.

© Laura Porter, licensed to About.com, Inc.

The London Eye River Cruises started in 2002 and won the London Tonight People's Choice Award in 2005 so we know it's well-liked.

I tried an early evening London Eye River Cruise and although it was a slightly chilly evening, I still stayed on the upper 'sun deck' which I could imagine would be lovely during the day.

The live commentary is superb and everyone who takes this river cruise will learn something new about one of the attractions they pass. And, of course, you can ask a real person questions, so don't be shy. (Multi-lingual audio guides are available too.)

A major plus point for me was the length of the cruise (only 40 minutes) as I could round off a fun day of sightseeing while relaxing for a while and listening to the commentary. And the second important point for me with the fact it brought me back to the same location so I was still on the South Bank which has loads of options for evening dining. Just walk down to Southbank Centre or Gabriel's Wharf and the OXO Tower for options to suit all budgets.

The London Eye River Cruise allows you to have a riverside view of the Houses of Parliament, St. Paul's Cathedral, Tate Modern, Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, Tower Bridge, and the Tower of London.

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