London Eye and Madame Tussauds Museum: how to arrange a visit to two of the city's most popular attractions
If you're looking for a way to save a little during your trip to London, buying combined tickets to several attractions can help. Read on!
If you are planning to see several of London' s most popular tourist attractions during your stay in the city, the best way to save some money is to buy a combined ticket to some of them, as buying them separately can be much more expensive.
Such is the case of the combined tickets for the London Eye and the Madame Tussauds Museum in London. In this post I tell you how you can buy combined tickets and how much you can save with them, among other things. Don't miss it!
1. Where to buy combined tickets for the London Eye and Madame Tussauds Museum in London?
Both the London Eye and the Madame Tussauds Museum in London are two of the city's most famous tourist attractions.
This at the ticket office means long queues to try to buy tickets, so if you decide to get them there there is always the risk that they will be sold out quickly due to high demand and when your turn comes you will see the 'Sold Out' sign. In addition, you will have lost precious time of your trip to London waiting in line at the ticket office when you could be visiting one of the museums in London or taking a sightseeing bus tour of the city.
The best option
My recommendation is that you avoid this scenario at all costs and choose the fastest and most convenient option, which is to buy tickets online and in advance to access the London Eye and to visit the Madame Tussauds Museum.
It's all advantages! You will be able to get your tickets from the comfort of your home, without having to go to the ticket offices of the attractions or to stand in unnecessary long queues and you will take them with you in your suitcase before traveling.
2. How to buy combined tickets online? How to use them?
Combined tickets to the London Eye and Madame Tussauds can be obtained from either attraction's website.
For example, if you use the London Eye website to purchase the combined ticket, when you are browsing through it you will only have to select the combined ticket you want, the date and time you want to do the first activity (the visit to the London Eye) and the number of tickets. It's that easy!
Then you can book the date and time to visit the other attraction (Madame Tussauds Museum) when you are ready. This combined ticket is valid for 90 days from the day you visit the first attraction (the London Eye).
In case of booking the combined tickets through the Madame Tussauds Museum, the process is the same with the Madame Tussauds Museum being the first attraction you will visit and the Ferris wheel the second attraction.
3. How much can I save with a combined ticket to the London Eye and Madame Tussauds Museum in London?
From £45 you can get a combined ticket to the London Eye and Madame Tussauds Museum which can save you around 33% when purchased together.
If you clearly want to include both attractions in your agenda during your stay in London, getting a combined ticket is an option that I highly recommend to save a penny, as buying them separately has a higher cost and they are two attractions that are currently not included in the London Pass or the London Explorer Pass, unfortunately.
However, the visit to both the London Eye and the Madame Tussauds Museum is included in the Magic London Pass, a tourist card that includes access to several attractions in London (for example Madame Tussauds London, The London Eye, The London Dungeon, SEA LIFE London or Shrek's Adventure London) and is especially recommended for families traveling with children to the city and want to enjoy the British capital in a more fun and familiar way.
To learn more about London tourist cards, I recommend you to take a look at the post The best London tourist card where each pass is analyzed in detail.
4. When can I do the combined visit to these two attractions?
Buying a combined ticket to the London Eye and Madame Tussauds Museum does not mean that you have to see both attractions in one day in a hurry. You can plan both visits at your convenience.
For example, if you buy a combined ticket on the London Eye website the first thing you have to do is select the date and time you want to do this first activity to the London Eye and once you have made the reservation, you will receive a confirmation email that includes a link to book the visit to the other attraction (Madame Tussauds Museum) in advance.
With this combined ticket to the London Eye and Madame Tussauds Museum you have up to 90 days from the date of the visit to the first attraction (London Eye) to visit the other remaining attraction (Madame Tussauds).
Once you purchase the combined ticket you cannot change the date and time of your visit to the first attraction (London Eye) but you have a maximum of 5 times to edit the date of your visit to the other attraction before the original date selected.
5. What will I see at the London Eye and Madame Tussauds?
The London Eye
With more than 130 meters high, from the cabins of the London Eye you will have stunning panoramic views of the British capital in constant motion. This will allow you to contemplate the London skyline from a very original and different perspective, something that other London observatories do not offer.
From the highest point on the London Eye you can see the River Thames in all its immensity and enjoy magnificent views of Big Ben and the Palace of Westminster, Westminster Bridge or the great dome of St. Paul's Cathedral, to name a few examples.
The views from the London Eye are spectacular at any time of the day but at dusk London has a unique and special charm.
Seeing the city illuminated at your feet is a magical feeling and one of the coolest experiences you can live during your stay. Even more if you accompany it with a glass of champagne.
Before booking your tickets, take a look at the opening hours of the Ferris wheel and if it fits your schedule, I advise you to read the post The London Eye at night to know all the advantages of visiting the attraction at sunset.
Madame Tussauds Museum
If you feel like a change of scenery and get out of the classic circuit of the most famous museums in London, a visit to Madame Tussauds Museum is a very fun plan that I recommend you to do during your stay in the city.
The surprising thing about this museum is how well made are their hyper-realistic wax figures, which have been made in detail and are practically a copy of the celebrities they represent. Something that, unfortunately, cannot be said of other wax museums in the world. Unlike them, Madame Tussauds in London has deservedly earned its fame.
In addition, Madame Tussauds is cool because you can pose with the celebrity figures exhibited at Madame Tussauds in the different sets and take home a hilarious photo album of your visit.
And not only that, in the museum apart from wax figures of famous people, you can also enjoy several interactive experiences that will make your visit much more exciting.
For example, 'Kong: The Skull Island' (where you will encounter a giant animatronic robot of King Kong that will give you goosebumps) or the 'Marvel 4-D Cinema Experience', an amazing film with 3D and 4D technology that includes special effects such as water, wind and even smell during the projection. You will feel as if you were in the middle of a battle with these superheroes - you will be amazed!
6. How to get from one attraction to another?
If you want to take advantage of your combined ticket to the London Eye and Madame Tussauds Museum to visit on the same day, the fastest and most convenient way to get from one attraction to the other is to take the Jubilee line of the London Underground that connects Waterloo (the closest to the Ferris wheel) and Baker Street (the closest to the museum) stations.
7. Where to eat near the London Eye or Madame Tussauds Museum?
Near the London Eye
- Oh My Dog! Hot Dogs Southbank: Their hot dogs are delicious. Perfect if you need a quick lunch because you are in a hurry.
- Gillray's Steakhouse & Bar: Ideal to immerse yourself in British gastronomy. It has great views of the Thames, the London Eye and Big Ben.
- Fishcotheque: One of the best fish & chips in London. The restaurant is one of the oldest specialized in this dish and has a very curious retro atmosphere.
If you want to know other restaurants near the London Eye to stay and eat in the surroundings, do not miss the post Places to eat near the London Eye.
Near Madame Tussauds Museum
- Bill's Baker Street: A fantastic place decorated with a retro look for breakfast or brunch.
- Crepes & Shakes: A small stall near the museum where they prepare fabulous sweet and savory crepes. Ideal if you need a quick bite to eat before continuing your tour of London.
- The Metropolitan Bar: A pub to eat at an affordable price typical dishes such as fish & chips, meatloaf or burgers, among others.
8. Other tips for a combined visit to the London Eye and Madame Tussauds Museum in London
Tips for visiting the London Eye
- The best time to visit the London Eye is early, as soon as the attraction opens in the morning: in summer at 10 AM and in winter at 11 AM.
- Go on a weekday to the London Eye instead of weekends or holidays if you want to avoid the long lines.
- Remember to bring your camera to take pictures of the cityscape from the London Eye booth.
- If you visit London in December, go on the London Eye to see the city's Christmas lights in all their glory.
- Go to the Golden Jubilee Bridge to take the best pictures of the London Eye from the outside.
Tips for visiting the Madame Tussauds Museum in London
- To avoid the queues to access the museum, it is best to visit early in the morning, as soon as the attraction opens.
- If you bring a selfie stick for your visit to Madame Tussauds , place the camera at the level of the wax statue's eyes. This will make the photo look more realistic.
- Take advantage of your visit to Madame Tussauds to visit the Marylebone district, an area with the highest concentration of Georgian houses in the capital.
- Remember that it is not allowed to bring food and drink to visit the museum.