The Emirates Airline cable car crosses the River Thames between North Greenwich (The O2) and the Royal Docks. You can board the cable cars at either side of the river and the journey takes around 10 minutes each way. You can opt to just do a single trip, round trip (staying on the cable car) or a return where you get off at the opposite end and take the return journey later.
MUMMY’S GIN FUND SAYS:
This is a really great attraction and one that kids and adults alike will enjoy. The cable car is an inexpensive way to get a new perspective on this part of London and see some spectacular sights across the Thames from above. The cable cars are fully wheelchair and buggy accessible. We’ve been on with a double buggy and the attendants flipped up one of the seating benches to accommodate us, though we’ve also been on with a single buggy and managed to fit in fine with both sets of seats down and other people in with us.
You can pick up a leaflet which highlights some of the sights you can see, and there is also an audio guide running during the journey with more information. There’s also a new app that you can download to use on the journey.
Every time we’ve used the cable car, we’ve taken it from The O2 side and got off at the other side of the river for a bit of exploring. There are a few cafes, a small Tesco metro, a boat pub, and a watersports centre where you can watch people wake-boarding. During the summer months, there’s a manmade beach too with deckchairs for you to sit in and rest whilst the kids build some castles and watch the cable cars go overhead. If you just want to see everything from the air, then you don’t need to get off at all and can just do the return journey in one go. We’ve never had to wait long to get on a cable car and have been at weekends too. Use your Oyster card for a 25% reduction on ticket prices.
On the North Greenwich side, you are right by The O2 with all of the restaurants on offer there but it’s also nice to walk along the river Thames Path where you’ll find a couple of small play areas and the Greenwich Ecology Park about 10 minutes walk away. There’s a great pub called The Pilot about five mins walk away too. If you want to take in some London sights from the water too, there’s also the Thames Clipper that you can pick up from The O2 as well (by Philippa Hulse).
Me and my daughter were very dubious going on this as it looked so high! But when we finally were up in the air we felt relaxed and could take in the scenery. You don’t see that much really – the o2, Thames barrier faintly, the gherkin. The cable cars have audio you can listen to as you go along and are quite cool. I’d say you can fit about 6 people in without being squashed. On a sunny day like when we went you could see everything. There’s a ticket you can get including entry to the aviation museum but this is extremely small. Cable car trip return is decently priced (Natalie losinski).
Address: Emirates Cable Car Terminal, Edmund Halley Way, London SE10 0FR / 27 Western Gateway, London E16 1BW.
Playground: No. Small play areas nearby along the Thames Walk.
Cafe: Nearby cafes at The O2 and across the river. Ice-cream van/coffee stand often in place too.
Toilets: None but pretty sure the cafe nearby the Aviation Museum has toilets.
Pram / wheelchair / mobility friendly: Yes, fully wheelchair/buggy accessible. There are steps going up to the cable car and a lift but they can stop the cars momentarily while any disabled passengers get on.
Parking: Closest parking would be at The O2 – www.theo2.co.uk/visit-us/parking .
Tube: North Greenwich, 5-10 minutes walk away.
DLR: Royal Victoria.
Bus: 161, 472, 108, 422, 486, 129, 132 all stop at The O2.
Under 5s travel free and there are child fares for 5-15 year olds. Tickets can be bought on the day and there is a 25% discount if you have a pre-pay Oyster Card. Full ticket information can be found – http://www.emiratesairline.co.uk/tickets-information/ Alternative packages are available to combine cable-car and Thames Clipper boat service, and the opportunity to hire out an individual pod. Bad weather can disrupt the running of the cable car.
Review by Philippa Hulse and Natalie losinski.