The London Eye has become, since its installation in 2000, a key point of London with more than 70 million visitors since then. This 'Millennium Wheel' is the tallest in Europe and, until 2006, in the world.
If you are already convinced to climb aboard this marvel of design, I recommend buying your tickets online and in advance to save time and money.
Enjoy incredible panoramic views from the London sky.
Ride the London Eye for 30 minutes and experience the world's most famous Ferris wheel on the banks of the River Thames. Take the best high altitude photos of Big Ben, Buckingham Palace or Westminster Abbey.
This is one of the typical must-do activities during your visit to the British capital. Get on one of the 32 capsules of this iconic 135-meter-high Ferris wheel, the highest in Europe.
Designed by Marks Barfield Architects and inaugurated in 2000, London Eye is today one of the main attractions of the city and receives around 3 million visitors a year. From there the views are spectacular, reaching to see Big Ben, Westminster Abbey and Buckingham Palace, among others.
Recommended if... you want to ensure the best photos of London at altitude and enjoy one of the icons of the city. Climbing the London Eye is a "must" in your visit to the British capital.
London Eye ticket prices
Being one of the most important tourist attractions in London, the demand for tickets is very high. So I recommend you buy them in advance and ensure a place in this Ferris wheel, emblem of British culture that takes all the looks and the best photos.
If you book your tickets in advance at Hellotickets prices are:
- Adults (+16): about 44€.
- Children (3 to 15): about 40€.
- Children under 2 years: free
Why it's worth going on the London Eye
The London Eye is a panoramic rotating observatory from which to enjoy the best views of the city (360º) and from where you can make authentic 'shots' to Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, St. Paul's Cathedral or Buckingham Palace.
Also, if you are not a great lover of heights or traveling with small children, do not worry, I assure you that it is a completely safe experience and adapted for all audiences. The capsules are perfectly attached to its steel structure and do not sway as in a conventional Ferris wheel, allowing you to travel standing up.
About the 4D interactive experience
As if it wasn't enough to see the London skyline in motion, inside the London Eye you can watch the 4D Cinema Experience, an interactive short film that is an inspiring journey of discovery through a London that comes to life through multi-sensory special effects, such as wind or fog, during its projection.
Vicky's Top Traveller Tip
If you are interested in enjoying the 4D London Eye experience before the Ferris wheel ride, arrive 30 minutes in advance.
London Eye opening times
The London Eye is open every day of the year except Christmas (December 25) and annual maintenance days, which is usually done in January.
However, the schedules vary between seasons and may even change within months of the same season, so we recommend that before planning your visit, consult their website to check them.
How to get to the London Eye
The London Eye, erected in the Riverside Building, in the County Hall Westminster Bridge Road, is located in the heart of London and among many other places you can visit, such as Westminster Bridge, so it is perfectly connected with public transport services in the city.
You can get there from Waterloo tube station (the nearest) or from Embankment, Charing Cross and Westminster stations.
The nearest stations are Waterloo (5 minutes walk) and Charing Cross (15 minutes walk).
Bus lines 77, 211 and 381 will leave you very close to the London Eye, but you can also reach it through one of the dozens of stops that make the tourist bus if you have a London Pass or with the RV1 route that connects the wheel with the Tate Modern and Covent Garden.
There are many services that stop at the London Eye Pier (O2, Bankside, Embankment, Blackfriars, London Bridge, Tower, Canary Wharf, Hilton Docklands, Masthouse Terrace, Greenwich, Royal Arsenal Wollwich, St. Katherine's or Westminster Pier).
If you are going to spend several days in the British capital, I recommend that you get your Oyster Card, a transport card that you can buy and recharge at any of its subway stations and that will give you access to all public lines in the most agile and economical way.
Useful information about the London Eye
- The cabins of the Ferris wheel do not have toilets inside but they do have them in the entrance hall.
- There is a store at the exit where you can buy gifts and souvenirs of the experience.
- Also, if you give advance notice, the attraction has facilities for passengers with reduced mobility.
- Visitors under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult over the age of 18 in the immersive projection of the London Eye 4D Cinema Experience.
Combined tickets to the London Eye
If you feel like looking for a more complete or different experience, there are several options and combined proposals to make the most of your stay in the British capital, enjoy its various attractions and of course, go up to the London Eye. Here are some ideas:
- Westminster Tour with tickets to London Eye: a walking tour of about 4 hours with a professional guide, which will visit the most iconic places in the city such as Buckingham Palace, Trafalgar Square and Westminster Abbey. Then you will arrive at the London Eye and you can get on it to enjoy the most wonderful views of the city. The entrance is included in the price of the tour, which is around 89 €.
- Tour of London with tickets for London Eye: an excursion of about 10 hours of duration by the most emblematic points of the city. Hand in hand with an expert guide. You will visit places like Saint Paul's Cathedral or the Tower of London and then get on a cruise on the River Thames and get to the London Eye. There you can ride the Ferris wheel and take the most impressive panoramic views of the city. All tickets are included in the price of the tour, which is about 180 €.
- Tickets for London Eye, tourist bus pass and cruise on the Thames: ideal if you want to go at your own pace in London, but with your life solved. This proposal includes three experiences: land, water and air. You will have tickets for the sightseeing bus with audio guide included, which will allow you to visit the key points of the city. You will also have a ticket to take a boat ride on the River Thames and see London while you relax on the water. And finally, you will have access to the London Eye, to marvel at the views. This combined option has an approximate price of 73 €.
Other options to go on the Ferris wheel: the tourist passes
Another option and the one I recommend to visit the London Eye if you are going to spend several days in London is to purchase a tourist pass of the city.
As you can see in this other post about London PassLondon Eye, these are very convenient for visits of at least 4 days in the capital, as they include a much faster and cheaper access to its main attractions. Two of these passes include, among its many options, the entrance to the London Eye:
The London Explorer Pass
The Explorer Pass is the must-have pass in London. You can choose up to 7 attractions from among the 31 offered in its list. Its main advantages are that you get fast-track access to some of the most important attractions in the city and that you can save up to 35% on the price of standard attraction tickets.
The London Pass
The London Pass is the best pass for family travel because it gives you quick and much cheaper access to 5 of the city's top leisure attractions. It offers access to a world of super fun entertainment to visit in addition to the London Eye, the spectacular Madame Tussauds wax museum, Shrek's Adventure London, the thrilling interactive tours of the London Dungeon and the London Aquarium, SEA LIFE London.
The London Eye in numbers
3.5 million tourists visit the London Eye every year. If that figure doesn't tell you anything, perhaps knowing that its average number of spectators is 10,000 per day and that it is larger than the Taj Mahal or the Pyramids of Giza, will help you to visualize its power of attraction.
The London Eye can carry up to 800 people on each of its rotating rides (25 passengers per capsule), but queues are guaranteed at almost any time of the year, especially if you travel on weekends, public holidays or during school vacations. Buying tickets online will save you all this time, which you can spend on making the most of your visit.
The Ferris wheel has 32 glazed and air-conditioned capsules (one for each neighborhood of London), but for superstitious reasons, are numbered from 1 to 33, skipping the number 13.
Vicky's Traveller Tip
On a sunny day you can see the 40 km around that reach their views. Look closely and you'll see as far as Windsor Castle.
Discover the surroundings of the London Eye
Big Ben and Houses of Parliament
The London Eye managed to turn the area where it is located, the South Bank district, in the focal point of the new millennium. There you can find other wonders of architecture and nature to make your sightseeing day a round day.
You can not miss one of the emblems of the city, Big Ben, and in which only 537 meters from the London Eye, you will discover that its name is actually the 14-ton bell that houses the clock of the Elizabeth Tower, erected over the Parliament.
The latter, also known as the Palace of Westminster, is another must-see as it houses the two chambers of the British Parliament, that is, where the government formulates its legislation.
Returning to our trip, another attraction very close to the area is the impressive Westminster Abbey, which, just 639 meters from the London Eye, presents some of the best examples of medieval London architecture. You can read in this article about London Westminster Abbey Tickets: how to buy and prices how to visit its interior.
Between this Abbey and Buckingham Palace you can take a break in the beautiful natural environment of St. James Park (735 meters from the London Eye).
St. James Park and Buckingham Palace
This former royal hunting ground is the oldest park in London, one of the most beloved by Londoners and the ideal place to spend a morning or afternoon with the family, as it is full of cafes, waterfowl and original playgrounds. Part of the route in memory of the late Princess Diana passes through it and has served as the setting for well-known films such as Match Point, 28 Days Later and 101 Dalmatians.
Once you have replenished your energy you can finish the day by visiting the nerve center of London, Trafalgar Square (778 m from the London Eye), a huge square where, in addition to other places of interest, is one of the most famous monuments of the capital: Admiral Nelson's Column.
Trafalgar Square is a hive of people and street performers every day, but especially on those in which major events are held, as it is the meeting place for Londoners to celebrate New Year's Eve, sporting triumphs and even royal weddings.
Where to eat near London Eye
Despite not being a country of great gastronomic tradition, London has good restaurants, although most of them tend to be somewhat expensive. In your stop to enjoy lunch I recommend three restaurants near the London Eye area.
In them you can eat typical English dishes, as in St Stephen's Tavern (on the sidewalk in front of Big Ben), to savor the exclusive food of a Michelin Star restaurant near the Parliament, the Roux at Parliament, to take quality food and good service aboard a boat, in the London Showboat, which you can get on from Westminster Bridge.
Other activities that may interest you
Cruises on the Thames
Since you are here, on the river, and so close to several piers from which depart the cruises that cross the Thames, it would be a good idea to complete your day in London with a relaxing cruise on the river, from which you can see the contrasts offered by the London Skyline and even reach the Greenwich meridian by boat. I leave here a post I made about 7 Best Thames River Cruises in London in case you are interested in organizing the excursion.