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London Eye River Cruise with Optional Standard London Eye Ticket
London, England – United Kingdom
Overview: Discover London’s main riverside attractions by boat with a 40-minute Thames River cruise and optional London Eye flight. You’ll witness the city’s great contrasts as you pass historic sites such as Big Ben, St. Paul’s Cathedral and the Tower of London, and contemporary landmarks like the Tate Modern and the sleek Millennium Bridge. After your cruise, take a 30-minute ride in the London Eye for sweeping city views (upgrade required).
What to Expect: Your fun sightseeing cruise departs throughout the day from the London Eye. Make your way to London Eye Pier and board the all-weather boat for a cozy ride in winter, or a breezy ride on the open-air deck during the lovely summer months.
Enjoy virtual maps and interesting live commentary as you glide past Westminster’s iconic Houses of Parliament and Big Ben, followed by St. Paul’s Cathedral, Tower Bridge, the formidable Tower of London and more. Your 40-minute river circuit returns to the departure point at the London Eye. With the optional the London Eye flight upgrade, head next to the boarding deck and enjoy an exciting 30-minute ride in a large observation capsule. Marvel at panoramic views of London as the Ferris wheel hits the peak of its 135-meter (443-foot) tall rotation.
Note: This excursion offers ‘Cruise-Only’ or a ‘Cruise plus Standard London Eye Ticket’ options. Please make your selection at purchase.
What Reviewers Say: “On a beautiful Saturday, I took my daughter and grandson on the London Eye and River Cruise. Pre-booked tickets meant no queuing and everything ran like clockwork. Staff were helpful and security on the Eye was unobtrusive and reassuring. Clear weather meant we had excellent views across the city. The commentary on the river cruise was excellent with plenty of unusual facts included and the total experience offered excellent value for money.”
Where To Stay: Top Hotel Pick near London Eye
Park Plaza County Hall London
Park Plaza County Hall London enjoys a superb location on the South Bank, rubbing shoulders with many of London’s most famous attractions such as the Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey, Shrek’s Adventure, London Dungeons and the London Eye. Previously awarded the ‘Best Family Friendly Hotel’ at the HRS Hotel Excellence Awards, the hotel specialises in treating children like VIPs through its Family Getaway package. Spacious family rooms include substantial closets, a kitchenette with microwave, sink and tea/coffee making facilities, giving plenty of space to relax and unwind, while Studio Rooms and Penthouse Suites afford an enhanced feeling of indulgence with defined sleeping and living areas. Additional facilities include the AA Rosette accredited L’Italiano Restaurant, the all-day dining Spectrum Bar and a modern fitness centre.
What Reviewers Say: “We are just back from our long weekend in London. We had a great stay and Park Plaza County Hall Hotel has contributed to it much. The room was clean and spacious, we could see the London Eye from our window. The location is perfect, just a few steps from the Houses of Parliament. I highly recommend the place to anybody looking for a nice hotel in London.”
With more attractions than you can shake a stick at, this groovy capital is home to world-renowned landmarks like Tower Bridge, the Houses of Parliament and Buckingham Palace. The amazing galleries, such as the Tate Modern and the National Portrait Gallery, have an everlasting appeal. And when it comes to eating out, the options are endless; you’ll find everything from contemporary Japanese cuisine to old-fashioned Cockney pie and mash shops. If shopping gets you excited, head to Portobello Road where you’ll find unique and vintage treasures. Or maybe browse the high-end shops at Covent Garden.