Plan to serve champagne to Thames cable car passengers

Passengers could soon be enjoying the views with a glass of champagne in their hand Credit: PA

Passengers on the Thames cable car could soon be sipping champagne as they travel across the river if a request to sell alcohol is granted.

An application has been submitted to Greenwich Council for a licence to sell alcohol to passengers before they board the Emirates Air Line.

The application by Docklands Light Railway Limited states passengers would be allowed just one glass of champagne.

It would be sold "as part of a package" and supplied "from a table within the terminal before guests boarded a cabin" from 10am to 1.30am every day.

Operators also want permission for live music and dance performances Credit: PA

Councillors are also being asked to approve a licence to allow films to be shown, live music played and dance performances.

Concerns have been raised about the plans, including by Newham Council’s licensing officer Kerry Wood, who said part of the Emirates Air Line falls inside a Cumulative Impact Zone, an area with disorder and public nuisance problems.

Greenwich Council will decide on the application for the cable car, which spans the river between the Greenwich Peninsula and the Royal Docks, on Monday 5 September.