London Eye River Cruise

London Eye River Cruise
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The London Eye River Cruise is a 40-minute circular sightseeing tour on the River Thames with live commentary. It takes in many of London's most famous sights including the Houses of Parliament, St. Paul's Cathedral, HMS Belfast, and the Tower of London.

London Eye River Cruise Review

The London Eye River Cruise is a popular addition for visitors to the London Eye. While on the London Eye you do not have any commentary but can spend time admiring the views.

On this cruise you have live commentary to help you discover the historical significance of each landmark as you pass by, including many of the bridges that cross the river. The commentary is both factual and entertaining.

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 was 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 onboard and listening to the commentary.

And the second important point to note is the fact this cruise brings you back to the same location by County Hall so you're still on the South Bank for plenty of evening dining options.

Just walk down to the 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.

Highlights

  • It takes in many big London sights in a short space of time
  • It brings you back to County Hall on the South Bank so you're still in central London
  • It runs all year round, whatever the weather
  • It's free children under four year olds
  • There are multi-lingual audio guides available

Information and Contact Address

The London Eye River Cruise departs from the London Eye Millennium pier, next to the the London Eye. You can save 10% on ticket prices by booking online. There are discounts for seniors and children, plus children under four go free. Please allow extra time for boarding as all bags will be security checked.

London Eye
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 or the Citymapper app to plan your route by public transport.