- 1 Take a Trip Up High on the London Eye for Children!
- 2 A Guided Tour of the London Eye for Children –
- 3 World Schooling – teaching your kids as you travel!
- 4 The Inside Scoop
- 5 Eat and Drink
- 6 Our Top Tips
- 7 Toadstool Rating (by the kids)
- 8 Instagram: Family Travel Ideas with Roam the Gnome
- 9 Click here to follow us!
Take a Trip Up High on the London Eye for Children!
The London Eye for children? Should we or shouldn’t we? That was a question I asked myself. It’s not cheap and I didn’t want to waste money we could have used for other things. Is it worth it?
After LOTS of research into pricing, and money-saver deals, we booked a Guided Tour on the London Eye! It was the best decision ever and here’s why…
A Guided Tour of the London Eye for Children –
World Schooling – teaching your kids as you travel!
Fast track entry.
- NO waiting in queues. We pre-booked our ticket, arrived 15 minutes before boarding as requested, and were given a special spot to wait in the main reception area. The kids entertained themselves by talking with the other kids who were also in our group. Bonus! A few minutes before boarding time, we met our guide, who then led our motley crew up to the loading platform and onto the capsule. Easy peasy.
Specialist Guide providing commentary. (Take a little sneak peek above)
- Our guide was a jolly fellow, with a love of England and full of stories that gave us insight into the history but also the quirks of the buildings and landmarks we could see. This in-person live commentary was far more captivating and FUN for Roam the Gnome, myself AND the kids than a taped recording could ever be. I was worried that the kids might get a little fidgety or bored on a 30-minute circle of the sky, but they both tuned in from time to time. (Of course, at other times, they stared out the window, laid on the floor to peer over the edge, or showed off their flexible bodies and gymnastic skills on the silver handle bar, but as they were quiet, no one batted an eyelid!)
- Opportunities to ask questions about the things you see, as you see them. Ned is a chatty kid who loves to know everything, so he was so happy to have a captive audience in the guide!
- Not just the boring stuff. Guides can tell you all about movies that have been made in London (Bridget Jones and James Bond fans, listen up), where life-changing and heroic events have occurred, plus give you tips on where to take the kids next!
Complimentary 360° Mini-Guide
- This round map (that folded down to look like a slice of pizza) helped Ned and I to navigate our way around London town, spotting buildings including the dome of St Paul’s Cathedral, Tower of London and Tower Bridge, the MI6 Spy headquarters, the iconic Big Ben, Westminster Abbey where Kate and Wills were married, Cleopatra’s needle, Buckingham Palace, and Nelson’s Column and Trafalgar Square.
- The best things to spot are along the Thames River as they are close up. Kids will have more difficulty spotting the sights beyond the river, but they are just as fascinated by the river ferries, the bridges, and people watching, both on the ground and in the capsules on either side of you! Get ready to wave, and wave some more.
Entry to the London Eye 4D Experience
- The fun of the London Eye for children doesn’t stop at the end of the ride. Then it’s time for the 4D movie. This is a bonus experience that both my kids loved.
The Inside Scoop
- 9.30am Ticket Office opens. 10.00am first rotation. Closing times below refer to the time of the last rotation. Open daily except Christmas Day (25 December)
Entry Fees at 31st July 2016
- Guided Tours start from £27.95 adults, and £22.95 children 4-15. Children under 4 are FREE! (but must still have a ‘ticket’ to ride. Include them in your booking)
- Book a guided ticket through the London Eye Experiences page here.
- All other types of tickets can be bought here.
- For family-fun deals combining up to 4 London experiences including London Eye with children, Madame Tussauds, Shreks Adventure, SeaLife Aquarium, and London Dungeon, click here. Tickets to all attractions must be used within 90 days.
- For super saver passes for the London Eye capsule ride only, click here.
- Telephone Bookings 9am to 5pm Monday to Sunday on +44 (0)871 781 3000 or 0333 321 2001
- Phone: 44 (0)870 990 8883 or 0333 321 2001
- London Eye Website
- Email (guest relations): firstname.lastname@example.org
- The Coca-Cola London Eye is located within easy walking distance from several London Underground stations: Waterloo, Embankment, Charing Cross and Westminster.
- Waterloo is the closest tube station to the Coca-Cola London Eye. Waterloo is about five minutes walking distance. Exit the station following signs for the South Bank.
- Embankment and Charing Cross stations are close together on the north side of the River Thames. Both tube stations are a ten-fifteen minute walk to reach the Coca-Cola London Eye. From the station, cross over Hungerford Bridge.
- Westminster tube station is the closest station to Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament. From Westminster tube station, take exit one and follow signs for Westminster pier.
- The closest rail stations to the Coca-Cola London Eye are Waterloo and Charing Cross.
- Waterloo is the closest rail station to the Coca-Cola London Eye. Waterloo is about five minutes walking distance; take exit six for the South Bank and follow the signs.
- Charing Cross is about a fifteen minute walk to the Coca-Cola London Eye. Cross over Hungerford Bridge
- Buses to the Coca-Cola London Eye include the 211, 77 and 381. The Coca-Cola London Eye is on most London sightseeing bus tours and on the RV1 route that connects the London Eye to the Tate Modern and Covent Garden
- The Coca-Cola London Eye offers 15% discount at the Q-Park Westminster car park on all pre-bookings; located a short walk from the London Eye. To use this discount please visit here, click on the pre-book your parking button and enter the promotional code LONDONEYE. Then click to update the price and the discount will be applied.
- Alternative car parks are also available within walking distance of the London Eye. Please note that the Coca-Cola London Eye is within the Congestion Charge Zone.
Location and Map
- Address: The London Eye, Riverside Building, County Hall, Westminster Bridge Road, London, SE1 7PB
Eat and Drink
The Southbank affords you many different dining options, by walking just a few yards from Coca-Cola London Eye you will find:
- Gillrays at the Marriott Hotel County Hall
- Locale, Belverdere Rd
- Skylon, Royal Festival Hall
The closest coffee shops to Coca-Cola London Eye are:
- Jenny’s Cafe
- Starbucks, both located on Belverdere Rd.
Our Top Tips
- We rode in the daytime on a lovely Spring sunny day. Our best bet for the London Eye with children is to do the same. You see more and further.
- Look out for the very cool nature playground as you complete your circle journey. We had NO idea this existed before our Capsule trip- what a find! Head there next. Details here.
- Thinking about a family trip to London? Then visit here to find ALL the family-friendly info you’ll need on ground transportation, places to stay, where to eat, and SUPER DOOPER fun things to do in the city with kids.
Toadstool Rating (by the kids)
Guided tour definitely the way to go! Every family needs to take this trip at least once.
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