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Up in the sky on the London Eye : Our review

The London Eye review things to do in London with kids

It won't come as a surprise if we tell you that we have done a LOT of things to do in London with kids, but what might surprise you is that we hadn't done The London Eye in about 20 years! We fixed that a few weekends ago with a sunny day in the sky,so check out our review to see what we thought.

The London Eye: Our review

The London Eye review things to do in London with kids
Photography: London for Kidz

First up it has to be said we were super lucky with the weather on the day we went up: blue skies and sunshine! That did, however, mean it was busy, although the queue and bag check did move swiftly. Once on board we grabbed our spot in the high-tech glass pod and waited to 'launch'. We were told that the rotation would take around 30 minutes, so plenty of time to get those selfies and family photos.

Once at the top the views really were amazing - and we were lucky enough that there just so happened to be a slight delay due to a technical fault when we were up there so that we got a bit of extra time to take in the sights. This is definitely the way to see London in all its glory in a unique way sure to be a family pleaser.

The London Eye review things to do in London with kids
Photography: London for Kidz

Angelica, age-15, would like it known that, "This is a good idea for something to do with your friends if you're a teenager as you can get some epic photos and also see things you didn't realise were there in London."

Meanwhile, Rafferty, age-11, says, "Yeah, I liked The London Eye. I had always wanted to do it and it felt much higher once you were on it than it does when you are looking at if from the ground. I would definitely do it again and also tell my mates to do it too. I did try looking for our house but couldn't see it so next time I might bring some binoculars."

Hot tips for The London Eye with kids

The London Eye review things to do in London with kids
Photography: London for Kidz

While we thoroughly enjoyed our spin on The London Eye, there were a couple of bugbears we should share so that you can have the ultimate experience. First up, if you can then don't go on a sunny day at the weekend! While the queue moved quickly for us to board, the pod was quite busy and there were a lot of people who were unwilling to give up the 'choice' spots around the pod for other people to have a turn for a photo. On a quieter day this would not have been an issue (or perhaps we were just unfortunate to have a higher proportion of selfish eejits on this day!). If you do need to make it a weekend, go as early or as you can before the crowds flock.

Also the whole experience is only half an hour long, so don't book it expecting to make a day of it. There are lots of other really fab things to do on the South Bank so why not combine it with Shrek's Adventure, Sea Life London, or The London Dungeon? If you buy your experiences via Big City Saver then you'll bag some savings on your combos. There is also Thames Rockets right underneath The Eye which is one of our favourite things to do in London with kids.

The Eye is also not far from The Clink Museum, Tate and The Globe, so there's a pick for all. Do make sure you have a food pit stop at South Bank Food Centre which is a 5-minute stroll from The London Eye - exceptional choice and quality all in one place.

All the deets for The London Eye

The London Eye review things to do in London with kids
Photography: London for Kidz

Where: Riverside Building, County Hall, London SE1 7PB

When: 11am until 6pm or 10am until 8.30pm, depending on what day you plump for

Cost: From £19.80 using the link below.

London for Kidz were gifted tickets for the purpose of this review, but all opinions are our own.

Looking for more inspiration when it comes to things to do in London with kids? Then how about:

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