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London Eye and Cruise

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I think every kid wants to ride that giant ferris wheel as soon as they spot it!  The London Eye is perfect for families with kids of all ages.  You can even bring babies on board as the capsule is completely enclosed. What better way to get the view of London!

If you're planning a day out in London and trying to string together a number of attractions which are close together and can be done one after the other without wasting time or energy, then the London Eye and a river cruise are a perfect combination.

These two London attractions can be combined so easily that you can now even buy combo tickets for the two.

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The Energy London Eye

This huge Ferris wheel is a modern addition to all the historic sites of London, the fun is twofold, you get to ride in this incredible contraption and enjoy the breathtaking views 135 meters above London.

 It is the city's most popular site and the tallest Ferris wheel in Europe. Visitors sit in large glass capsules giving them 360° views and they can learn about the sites they see from the interactive touch-screen guides.

 A ride on the London Eye lasts 30 minutes as it slowly makes a complete rotation stopping at regular intervals so you can see the sites from the best vantage points.

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River Cruises

The London Eye River Cruise can be taken from just beneath the London Eye. The circular route takes about 40 minutes and lets you see London from a different angle.

 Sail past some of the city's greatest landmarks like the Houses of Parliament, St. Paul's Cathedral and the Tower of London.

Along the way there is a live commentary by well informed guides who point out the sites and explain a little about them. If you prefer there is an audio commentary in Spanish, Italian, German, Japanese and Mandarin. 

 The cruise operates daily, all year round no matter what the weather. The only time the cruises are suspended is for 2 weeks in January for maintenance. The cruises leave at a quarter to the hour from 10:45am to 6:45pm.

 There are covered and open areas on the boats so you can always duck inside if the weather changes during your cruise and there are toilets on board.

Tickets and Pricing

A combo ticket from the London Eye website for both the London Eye and the river cruise costs £28.55 for adults, £16.9 for kids, £23.2 for seniors and £90.9 for a family ticket. The ticket has a chosen specific date but the time is flexible. When you book online there is a 10% discount.

 Although there are a number of various flexible fast track tickets and tickets that include a meal, champagne or a personal guide the standard ticket for the London Eye alone costs £19.2 for adults over 16 years old, £12.3 for children 4-15 years old, £15.3 for seniors and there is a family ticket for two adults and two children under 16 years old at £63. 

The family tickets must be bought online at the London Eye River Cruise website. If you take only the river cruise it costs £11.7 for adults, £6.3 for kids, £10.35 for seniors and £36 for the family ticket.

In short taking the London Eye and River Cruise combo ticket you pay £28.55 instead of £30.9 saving £2.35 per person or you save £8.1 on the family ticket. To book tickets and get more information go to the London Eye website.

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