London Eye River Cruise

Circular Sightseeing River Tour

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 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 four year olds.
  • Multi-lingual audio guides available.

Cons

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

Cruise Duration

40 minutes

London Eye River Cruise Review


The London Eye River Cruises started in 2002 and 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 a live commentary to help you discover the historical significance of each landmark as you pass by (including the bridges). This timely 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 for a while and listening to the commentary.

And the second important point to note is the fact this cruise brings you 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.

Information

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 under fours go free.

Security Checks

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

Contact Address

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.

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, London Dungeon, and Shrek's Adventure! London.