Family days out in London: The London Eye, The London Eye River Cruise and SEA LIFE London Aquarium!
With the school holiday countdown clock now ticking LOUDLY – and with this amazing sunshine! – I had to post about what makes for a super-fun family day out in the capital!
We did shoot a video on the London Eye River Cruise, but it was so blowy, the sound was completely muffled (uh). So, here goes with a few shots instead.
Cue the slightly mad hair one …
… in the others, it was pretty much horizontal.
Anyway, it was FANTASTIC fun and one of those things that, as a London girl born and bred, I wonder why I’ve never done before (it’s so often the way, isn’t it, wherever you live?).
It reminded me of getting to go on a boat to watch the Oxford & Cambridge boat race as a little girl, with my Dad, and longing for the BBC helicopters overhead to spot us so we’d be on TV. I wasn’t hard to miss, with my red Ladybird anorak and very. Big. Hair.
The Cruise is a brilliant experience in itself, but also a great way to see some key sights if you don’t have the time or it isn’t practical to do them all with the kids on a hot, sticky summer’s day (or, perhaps, with grandparents – this would make a wonderful memory!).
It lasts about 40 minutes and takes in lots of key landmarks, including Big Ben and The Houses of Parliament, Lambeth Palace, St Paul’s Cathedral, The Shard, Tower Bridge and the Tower of London and more, complete with an entertaining mini history lesson from the guide along with a few movie locations, too, such as the Pirates of The Caribbean).
My number one tip: if you’d like to get a seat on the top deck, the sooner you can get in the queue for your Cruise, the better (you book specific times, and, impressively, it’s all run with the efficiently of an airport departure lounge).
This is a great one to combine with The London Eye itself (another opportunity to spot some sights!) …
… along with the SEA LIFE London Aquarium, which is HUGE, with loads to see and lots of interactive elements.
And all conveniently located on the South Bank, near The London Eye and the Cruise set off point, at the London Eye Millennium Pier.
If you’re going to make a day of it, space things out as much as possible when you make your booking, as it gets super-busy and you want to give yourself plenty of time to get from one attraction to another (there’s lots going on along the South Bank to see, and Jubilee Gardens – which is lined along the Bank with street entertainers – makes a great spot for a picnic lunch).
More info and to book tickets online for The EDF Energy London Eye, The London Eye River Cruise, the SEA LIFE London Aquarium (along with some great, combined packages) here!