London Eye and Thames River Sightseeing Cruise
- Fully narrated tour
- Enjoy fantastic aerial views
- Perfect introduction for first-time visitors
- Travel by boat and see the sights from the water
The London Eye is one of the world's tallest observation wheels, with views over London from more than 442 feet (135 meters) in the air. Situated on the banks of the River Thames, it offers unrivalled panoramic vistas over London.
Since opening at the turn of the century, the London Eye has become an iconic landmark, up there with Tower Bridge, Big Ben, and the Tower of London. It has been used as a backdrop in countless films and is loved by Britons and visitors alike.
Thames River Sightseeing Cruise
The best way to see the sights and splendor of this great city is from the deck of a boat. Aboard the sightseeing cruise, you'll travel in comfort and style past London's world-famous landmarks. The boats have open upper decks for great sightseeing and comfortable lower saloons. Relax and enjoy the views, onboard commentary, light refreshments and full bar service as London's famous sights glide by.
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Cruise departs from all the following piers at different times throughout the day:
- Westminster Pier (beside Westminster Bridge)
- Waterloo Pier (near London Eye)
- Tower Pier (near Tower of London)
- Greenwich Pier (near Cutty Sark)
- January to May: 10:00am - 8.00pm - every 30 minutes on the hour and half hour
- June to September: 10:00am - 9:00pm - every 30 minutes on the hour and half hour
- October to December: 10:00am - 8.00pm - every 30 minutes on the hour and half hour
Thames River Cruise
- Westminster to Tower Pier -10:00am, 10:40am, 11:20am, 12:00 (noon), 12:45pm, 1:30pm, 2:15pm, 3:00pm, 3:45pm, 4:30pm
- Westminster to Greenwich Pier - 10:00am, 10:40am, 11:20am, 12:00 (noon), 12:45pm, 1:30pm, 2:15pm, 3:00pm, 3:45pm
- Waterloo to Tower Pier - 10:10am, 10:50am, 11:30am, 12:10pm, 12:55pm, 1:40pm, 2:25pm, 3:10pm, 3:55pm, 4:40pm
- Waterloo to Greenwich Pier - 10:10am, 10:50am, 11:30am, 12:10pm, 12:55pm, 1:40pm, 2:25pm, 3:10pm
- Tower to Westminster and Waterloo Piers - 10:10am, 10:50am, 11:30am, 12:15pm, 1:00pm, 1:45pm, 2:20pm, 3:05pm, 3:50pm, 4:35pm, 5:20pm
- Tower to Greenwich Pier - 10:40am, 11:20am, 12:00 (noon), 12:40pm, 1:25pm, 2:10pm, 2:55pm, 3:40pm
- Greenwich to Tower, Westminster and Waterloo Piers - 10:50am, 11:40am, 12:20pm, 1:00pm, 1:40pm
Last times shown are the latest embarkation times for the full round trip. Additional departures operate from April to October.
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British Airways London Eye
- Hop-on hop-off tour Thames River Sightseeing cruise
- Live commentary onboard
- Flight on The London Eye
- Gratuities (optional)
- Hotel pickup and drop off
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking
- Bar, cafe and toilets are available onboard
- Wheelchair accessible
The journey through history begins at Westminster Pier, in the shadow of Big Ben's tower and just a few steps away from Westminster Abbey, where kings and queens have been crowned for almost 1,000 years. This is also the pier closest to the Churchill Museum and Cabinet War Rooms off Whitehall, the center of national government, and the Banqueting House, the last remaining building from the old Palace of Whitehall.
Across the river, County Hall, once the headquarters of the London County Council and then the Greater London Council, no longer echoes to the cries of councilors. Down below, the London Aquarium reveals the secrets of the deep while, above, visitors and business people relax in the comfort of the Marriott Hotel.
A few yards downstream see the Millennium Wheel, better known as the London Eye. In a 25 minute ride it offers spectacular views across London and far beyond.
Through the Jubilee and Hungerford foot bridges and Charing Cross railway bridge, the Royal Festival Hall recalls the post-war days when the river carried some 6million people to celebrate the Festival of Britain at this very site.
Beyond Waterloo Bridge comes Somerset House, the grand building on the north bank that was once the home of various government departments and is now a vibrant arts, heritage and entertainment center.
Beyond Blackfriars, look up the steps on the north bank for a view of St. Paul's Cathedral as you pass beneath the new Millennium Footbridge, which provides a pedestrian link with Bankside, part of the South Bank regeneration development. Among the attractions in this area are the Tate Modern art gallery and Sam Wannamaker's re-creation of Shakespeare's Globe theatre, the first building with a thatched roof to have been built in London since the great fire of 1666.
The South Bank here is the heart of historic Southwark, famed for its riverside pubs and the smallest of the capital's three cathedrals. Through London Bridge a thrilling vista unfolds: the Tower of London, Tower Bridge and the retired battle-cruiser HMS Belfast.
On into Docklands: historic Wapping and Limehouse to the north, Bermondsey and Rotherhithe to the south. Many of the old docks have disappeared while those that remain now play host to yachtsmen, weekend sailors and narrowboats.
And to the historic Greenwich, the home of time itself. The Naval College and Seamen's Hospital have taken on a new role as the main campus of Greenwich University and Trinity College of Music.
The National Maritime Museum, with its new Neptune Court and galleries, offers a fascinating and entertaining visit for all the family. These, together with the historic clipper ship Cutty Sark, the Old Royal Observatory, Queen's House, Fan Museum, traditional covered market and many more attractions form the World Heritage Site of Greenwich.
Reviewed by: angela h, February 2014
everything was wonderful, more than we expected, we especially enjoyed the thames river cruise, very comfortable, able to get drinks and snacks on board. the commentry was very interesting. shame about the rain but did not really spoil anything
Reviewed by: Kylie B, January 2014
Had a great day for our trip on the Eye. Beautiful clear day and the views are supurb. You get a really lovely view of London and see just how much it is spread out. We worked out how to use the screens about half way through the journey. That was good as we could then work out what the buildings were.
The sightseeing cruise was a lot of fun. It was extremely chilly but we sat upstairs outside. The views up the Thames were lovely. One of the Freeman operating the cruise gave a fantastic comentary about what we were passing and some history.