The new Emirates AirLine and Aviation Experience in London is in fact a ride on a cable car which connects the north and south side of the Thames River. It is the UK and London's first urban cable car and is unique in spanning the river.
The cable car runs from the Royal Docks Terminal on the north side of the river to the Greenwich Peninsula Terminal on the south side. The cable car flight across the river takes less than 10 minutes. The cable car cabins don't actually stop to let you board, they keep moving along, slowing down for passengers to step on to with the assistance of cable car staff.
The Emirates Airline London experience has cabins that are wide enough for wheelchairs, pushchairs and motorized wheelchairs if they are no wider than 80cm. However there are weight restrictions for heavy motorized or large wheelchairs. Each cable car cabin can take up to 10 passengers at a time.
At either end there are a number of attractions to see nearby. The Royal Docks Terminal is near the Excel Exhibition Center, the Crystal, Newham City Farm and the Museum of London Docklands. The Greenwich Peninsula Terminal is near the O2, the Greenwich town center, the Thames Path and the Emirate Aviation Experience.
Explore the technology and science behind flight crafts through interactive displays. The Emirate Airline London Aviation Experience has flight simulators and life-size aircraft models spread over 300m². The experience is laid out in zones.
The In-flight Zone lets you sit in a replica of a A380 seat and see what happens while you're in flight. You can also explore the cockpit of an Airbus A380. In the On the Ground Zone there are huge video wall displays of the aircrafts and enjoy a surround cinema journey along the baggage handling system of Dubai. The Science of Flight Zone puts you through a virtual wind tunnel so you can feel the force of the wind on the aircraft.
enter a half-scale model of a Rolls Royce Trent 800 engine made out of Lego bricks. The final zone is the flight simulator section where you can choose to try out your flying skills in an Airbus A380 or a Boeing 777.
An added piece of high-tech that kids will love is the microchip wristband that all visitors get so that they can interact and share their experiences with friends and family.
Take note that the flight simulators are suitable for 9-year-olds and over and kids 9-12 years old need to be accompanied by an adult on the simulators. Pushchairs must be folded down (and the child removed) before boarding the cable car cabins. Large bags cannot be taken on board. Cafes, restaurants and bars can be found at both terminals. According to the Emirate website there are no toilets at the terminals.
Location: North side of the river at Royal Docks Terminal, 27 Western Gateway. South side of the river at Greenwich Peninsula Terminal, Edmund Halley Way.
Open Hours: The cable car operates Mon-Fri 07:00-21:00 in summer and 20:00 in winter; Sat 08:00-21:00 during summer and closes at 20:00 in winter; Sun 09:00-21:00. The Aviation Experience operates daily 08:00-18:00