Taking you 135 metres above the majestic city of London, the London Eye provides an intimate and unique observation experience found nowhere else in the city. The Ferris wheel is made up of numerous capsules where riders can stand or sit in comfort as they take in 360-degree views of London. There are numerous packages available, from a basic 30-minute capsule ride to wine-tasting or romantic capsules. Unlike other observation attractions in the city, the London Eye allows visitors to experience London without suffering from unwanted crowds blocking their view. From the ground it is a marvellous construction; however, only those who ride inside a capsule to the peak truly experience the London Eye’s full value.

Highlights

  • The Views – Of course the main appeal of the London Eye is the incredible 360-degree views, which stretch farther across the city as your capsule climbs higher. At the 135 metre peak, the sight is absolutely breathtaking, with about 40KM of London able to be seen. You’re able to see major landmarks such as Big Ben, Buckingham Palace, and even Windsor Castle on a clear day. The best part about this is the view only has to be shared with a small group of people. The capsules hold no more than 28 people each and usually have enough space for everyone to see, so you won’t have to strain your neck trying to look around anyone standing in front.

  • 4D Experience – The 4D Experience is complimentary with every ticket and is a brilliant addition to your visit. It’s a cinematic journey that invokes the senses to create an immersive experience, focusing on London and the London Eye. The movie functions as a short and effective introduction to the London Eye before you board a capsule.
  • Private Capsules – The private capsules really add to the London Eye experience and can be a great time for those visiting with a large group or with some extra money. There are various options, with the basic Private Capsules fitting up to 25 guests and allowing you to take in the London views with friends. There are also capsules that include chocolate, wine, or champagne tasting. The Cupid Capsule caters to romantic couples and includes a private capsule for two with champagne and chocolate. For anyone wanting to further shape their own experience, the Create Your Own Capsules allow guests to design their own food and drink combinations. All of the private capsules come with priority boarding.

  • Guided Tour – Purchasing a guided tour ticket means you are joined by a tour guide for the ride. This is an excellent option for those wishing to learn about the various landmarks seen from the London Eye. There are audio guides available; however, these do not supply the detailed and unscripted information about London’s history and architecture that an educated guide does. This is definitely worth the small increase of about £3.50 for a ticket. Unfortunately it is only available after 3:30pm, when the bigger crowds have dispersed.

Prices

General Admission

Adult (16+)  £19.20
Child (4-15)  £12.30
Family (2 adults and 2 children)  £63.00

Flexi General Admission – Allows visitation at anytime during the day of your choice.

 Adult (16+)  £20.28
 Child (4-15)  £14.07
 Family (2 adults and 2 children)  £61.80

Fully Flexi General Admission – Allows visitation at anytime during the week of your choice.

Adult (16+)  £25.28
Child (4-15)  £16.07
Family (2 adults and 2 children)  £82.40

Fast Track Admission – Skip the boarding queues.

Adult (16+) £29.16
Children (4-15) £29.16
Family (2 adults and 2 children) £116.64

Flexi Fast Track Admission – Allows you to skip the boarding queues and visit anytime during the day of your choice.

Adult (16+) £31.75
Children (4-15) £31.75
Family (2 adults and 2 children) £126.96

Fully Flexi Fast Track Admission – Allows you to skip the boarding queues and visit anytime during the week of your choice.

Adult (16+) £37.25
Children (4-15) £37.25
Family (2 adults and 2 children) £148.96

Day and Night Admission – One ride during 10am-4:30pm and one ride between 4:30pm and closure.

Adult (16+) £26.22
Children (4-15) £17.28

Guided Tour Admission

Adult (16+) £23.90
Children (4-15) £16.10

Champagne Experience Admission– Bypass the boarding queues and receive a complimentary glass of champagne.

Adult (16+) £35.04
Children (4-15) £35.04

Save 10% on certain tickets when you book online.

When booking online you must specify what time, day, or week you will be visiting the London Eye depending on whether you purchase general admission, flexi admission, or fully flexi admission tickets respectively.

Children under the age of 4 can visit for free. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Email [email protected] or call +44 (0)871 222 3345 for group bookings.

Private Capsules

Private Capsule £500.00 per capsule
Cupid’s Capsule £325.00 per capsule
Hotel Chocolat Capsule £875.00 per capsule
Wine Tasting Capsule £850.00 per capsule
Champagne Tasting Capsule £950.00 per capsule
Create Your Own Capsule From £400.00 per capsule

Email [email protected] or call +44 (0)871 222 4002 to book a private capsule.

Create Your Own Capsules can be modified to include combinations of wine, champagne, canapés, birthday cakes, finger food, and seasonal delicacies.

Tips

  • When to Go – The crowds are largest between 11am and 3pm during the day, so try to visit the London Eye outside of this period. One recommendation is purchasing the Day and Night ticket for an additional £7. This will allow you to visit in the morning and night, avoiding the busy times. Unlike general admission, you won’t be restricted to a specific time. London looks very different and just as beautiful during the day and at night, so it’s worth seeing it twice.
  • Arrival Time – General admission ticket holders that book online need to specify what time they intend to visit the London Eye. Arrive about 15-30 minutes earlier than your intended visit to allow time for lining up and ticket collection.
  • River Cruises – For a different experience than most guests, combine your London Eye ticket with a London Eye River Cruise. Along with everything a visit to the London Eye includes, you are also taken on a guided cruise down the River Thames, seeing and learning about a lot of the historic monuments on the river banks. Adult tickets cost £25.70 when you book online. You can also choose from numerous other cruises, which have their own unique styles and perks.
  • Photograph – During your ride on the London Eye a photograph is taken of your capsule. Make sure you know when this is going to happen so you and your group can strike a memorable pose. You can buy the photograph after your ride or just take a picture of it with your camera if you’d rather not spend the money.
  • Combination Tickets – It’s possible to purchase combination tickets that include the London Eye with Madame Tussauds, London Aquarium, and London Dungeon. This will save you money if you plan on going to more than one of these attractions.

Transport

  • London Underground – The London Underground provides the easiest and cheapest means of transportation to the London Eye. With stations all around London, you’ll rarely find the Underground an inconvenience to reach. For the London Eye, catch the Underground to Waterloo, Embankment, Charing Cross or Westminster station. Waterloo is the most convenient and only a five minute walk away. Westminster station is also nearby. Embankment and Charing Cross stations are a 10 to 15 minute walk away and you’ll need to use Hungerford Bridge to cross the river. Tickets aren’t expensive, but your best option is to buy an Oyster Card: a convenient swipe card that stores credit and gives a generous discount on all tickets. Click here for a map of all the Underground stations.
  • Hop-on Hop-off Bus– The Hop-on Hop-off Bus provides reliable and easy transport for anyone wanting to see numerous attractions during their visit to London. Purchasing a 24-hour ticket ($42) enables the holder to catch the bus as many times as they wish during a 24-hour period. The bus visits all the popular attractions in London. For the London Eye, make sure you get on the City Sightseeing Tour (Red Route) and disembark at the London Eye stop.
  • Walk or Ride – If you’re staying nearby, walking or riding a bicycle is a very cheap and feasible way to travel. It also allows you to take in the contrasting atmospheres of London’s hectic streets and calm river pathways. Barclay’s Cycle Hire provides numerous bikes and docking stations around London. You simply pay the £2 fee for 24-hour access and as long as you don’t have a bike for more than 30 minutes, you won’t need to pay one cent more. The nearest docking stations for the London Eye are: Jubilee Gardens, Concert Hall Approach, Waterloo Station, and Embankment (on the other side of the river).
  • Rail – You can catch the above-ground trains to Waterloo or Charing Cross station. Waterloo is the closest (5 minutes away), while Charing Cross is on the other side of the river and will take a 10-15 minute walk to reach the London Eye.
  • Local Bus– Catch bus lines 211, 77, or 381 to the London Eye.
  • Coach – If you’re bringing a group via coach you will need to pre-book a temporary parking bay. These give you 20 minutes to drop-off and pick-up your group. Call +44 (0)870 990 8886 to book.

History

The London Eye was opened in 1999 by Prime Minister, Tony Blair. It was initially the tallest Ferris wheel in the world, until 2006.

In 2006, the Tussauds Group bought the Eye. When Merlin Entertainments purchased Tussauds Group in 2007, Merlin became the sole owner of the London Eye.

On June 5th, 2008, the London Eye had it’s 30 millionth visitor since opening. In 2009, Merlin Entertainments added the 4D experience and began a £12.5 million capsule upgrade.

Today, the London Eye continues its reign as the United Kingdom’s most popular paid attraction, welcoming more than 3.5 million visitors each year.

Interesting Facts

  • Renowned architect, Sir Richard Rogers, applauded the London Eye for its design and ability to let all people, not just the wealthy, gaze out at one of the most renowned cities in the world.
  • Because the rotation rate is so slow, passengers are able to step into the capsules without the wheel stopping.
  • The London Eye has welcomed celebrities and royalty, including Kate Moss, Jessica Alba, Prince Harry and Prince Philip.

26 Reviews

  1. rosie
    rosie 21 Comments
     -  25 Aug 2018

    Amazing views

    A ride on the London Eye provides amazing views across London, especially in the evening. It’s a great way to spend some time and there are plenty of other attractions nearby.

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    brendalsh 27 Comments
     -  16 Aug 2018

    it was okay

    It was rather underwhelming for its price and the long queue. However, there was a food fair nearby called Underbelly festival and it was great.

  3. tinathanabalan
    tinathanabalan 33 Comments
     -  14 Aug 2018

    great views

    Truly an eye in the sky. I would say for a good view of the city it is definitely something that needs to be done if you aren’t scared of heights that is. You are literally in a glass capsule that rotates like a ferris wheel. It is honestly really cool though

  4. AndrewPiper
    AndrewPiper 21 Comments
     -  30 Jul 2018

    Unparalleled views

    As to be expected, the London Eye provides views of the city that you can’t get anywhere else in the city. At night, it is truly something remarkable as it’s almost like the view from an airplane, but much closer so you can see everything so much better. You’ll be in a pod the size of a mid-sized elevator and it’ll take around 25 minutes to go all the way around. The lines can be long because it is a tourist attraction, but it is truly worth the wait.

  5. Tracey Best
    Tracey Best
    Australia 23 Comments
     -  24 Apr 2018

    Fair bit of money but great views

    I’ve visited the area of London eye several times and when I first was in London in 2009 I went on the eye. It was worth it in my opinion to see the great sights that are so close (Parliament houses, Victoria Bridge, Big Ben and obviously Thames). It is a lot of money in my opinion but this is tourism. Also depending on when you go and what time of the day, expect to be in a long line to hop on. It takes about 40 minutes for one revolution.

  6. lilyardenlao
    lilyardenlao
    Philippines 27 Comments
     -  23 Apr 2018

    Viewing London at different heights

    I love Ferris Wheels, so of course we went on the London Eye. The line to the Eye looked frightful, but I had to exchange my ticket receipt for the actual Eye ticket somewhere nearby – more lining up. However, the line to get on the Eye moved quickly – we only waited 15 or so minutes. It was afternoon so maybe there were less people. I found this ride relaxing – just taking in the London skyline slowly, peacefully, tuning out the rest of the passengers… It was nice. Again, expensive, but nice. You can take selfies with Big Ben in full view here.

  7. cointoss
    cointoss 22 Comments
     -  05 Mar 2018

    Needs improvement

    One of the best way to see the skyline of London. However, the trip is a bit long and the price is a bit high for what it is. I would rather spend the money and time at one of the nice restaurant with a nice view of London.

  8. Leanne Emily
    Leanne Emily
    United Kingdom 20 Comments
     -  04 Mar 2018

    Excellent

    A great way to see some of the sights of London (although I probably would only do it the one time)
    We had pre-purchased tickets and visited on a week day which made it slightly quicker/easier (we did still have to wait quite a while) – I would definitely recommend pre-booking, especially in busy periods.
    The eye moved a lot slower than I expected, if you have young children it may be tricky to keep them entertained!

  9. Kyra_Kiwa
    Kyra_Kiwa 44 Comments
     -  02 Jan 2018

    Fantastic attraction

    Although a little expensive, London Eye is a must try experience. The fast track ticket saved me a lot of time from queuing. Try to stand on the designated areas to get your photos taken toward the end of the circle; there are two cameras on both sides. There are a lot of food trucks in the area. I felt the 4D movie didn’t add much to the experience. There are lots of friendly staff who can point you to the direction you need to go. I would definitely recommend going at night. London lit up is quite a sight!

  10. tamara-v
    tamara-v
    Yugoslavia 26 Comments
     -  01 Jan 2018

    Excellent

    One of the best spots to catch London skyline. We went there during the Easter holidays and the line was really long, so you should be prepared to wait. I suggest going there on a sunny day or even in the evening to catch sunset.

  11. tamara-v
    tamara-v
    Yugoslavia 26 Comments
     -  30 Dec 2017

    Fantastic attraction

    Prepare your nerves for a long line. Two of us were there during the Easter holidays. Long lines and some nerves are totally worth of the view! If it is possible try to go in the evening so you can catch sunset. One of the best London viewpoints!

  12. lhajro
    lhajro
    Bosnia and Herzegowina 41 Comments
     -  18 Dec 2017

    Fantastic attraction

    Really a must see attraction when coming to London. All ages will enjoy the amazing view that can be seen from the top. The price is a little bit high, but it the view really is magnificent. The best time to take a ride is at night when the city is all lit up. Truly spectacular!

  13. TatianaMoniz
    TatianaMoniz
    Portugal 22 Comments
     -  15 Dec 2017

    Excellent

    It is a beautiful view point, i have to say, but it just doesn’t justify the price. The view is beautiful and the time up there is long, longer than i find satisfactory. I would suggest that if you really would like to have this experience and see a beautiful view of the city, bring along some good company and relax a bit in there, or maybe take care of your itinerary or something else of leisure nature.

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    mona91rai 8 Comments
     -  04 Dec 2017

    Fantastic attraction

    Amazing view of London. Was fortunate to not have to queue as long during the day on a weekday, as compared to when my family wanted to go at night, where the queue was never ending, but eventually, after an hour of queuing, the view was well worth the wait. Great for taking photos with London in the backdrop.

  15. katyamart
    katyamart
    Russian Federation 23 Comments
     -  01 Dec 2017

    Fantastic attraction

    There are few places in London where you can see a nice city view, the most famous and symbolic is of course London Eye. Whether it is a shiny day or night, a spectacular view will be guaranteed to you. You will see Themes River, Big Ben, Westminster Abbey and other attractions! Worth coming here!

  16. Angelo S
    Angelo S
    Indonesia 21 Comments
     -  29 Nov 2017

    Excellent

    A must do activity when you are in London! the view from up there is just amazing. You could see the whole city. I would recommend to go at night, its more beautiful. The ride will take you around 15-20 minutes, which I think is enough. One downside is the waiting lines. I waited for around one hour. Don’t go if you’re afraid of heights! its pretty high.

  17. NicoleH
    NicoleH
    Canada 52 Comments
     -  15 Oct 2017

    Excellent

    The London Eye has amazing views of London but it’s definitely not cheap. I actually thought the views from London’s Sky Garden were better, but this is a unique experience and worth doing once if you have time. Make sure you check the weather before you book a ticket as the view doesn’t look quite as good on a rainy day.

  18. sattard
    sattard 15 Comments
     -  15 Jul 2017

    It was good

    Best view in London BUT a) too pricey and b) line is usually ridiculously long. This part of the Thames is beautiful so it is worth the view – but you need to give yourself enough time to do it. Don’t get caught out with theatre tickets or flights to catch because it could take some time!

  19. shae23
    shae23
    Australia 74 Comments
     -  03 Jul 2017

    Needs improvement

    The line for the London Eye is ridiculous – we waited for 2 hours! The views were great but when we got off, we did a river cruise up to the Tower of London and this was SO MUCH better. There was a great guide on board with a really strong accent who told terrible jokes that just made the whole experience amazing (and better than the eye!)

  20. AlanStock
    AlanStock 41 Comments
     -  05 Jun 2017

    Fantastic attraction

    Amazing views of London, although to be honest I don’t rate London’s aerial view that highly compared to other cities I have visited. Although its fun to spot famous London landmarks and look up and down the big river Thames. Takes about 20 minutes to do a full rotation in the big, spacious pods and that’s what you get for your money. My main problem is the price, it’s really expensive. I would personally head to the Shard instead for your London views, the price is similar, the views better and you can stay as long as you like.

  21. thewizardoflozz
    thewizardoflozz 10 Comments
     -  17 May 2017

    Excellent

    Not to go on if you’re afraid of heights! It’s a heart stopper seeing how high you are comparing to the city but it’s definitely a skyline of the city and a must do activity! It’s not like you’re on it for 5 minutes, it gives you a great amount of time to actually fully look at the city, with not an extreme amount of people per carriage that you go on. I don’t think a trip to London is complete without this!

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    Sarah 10 Comments
     -  21 Apr 2017

    Fantastic attraction

    I highly recommend this activity. Great views of London can been from the top of the eye. You can even spot a couple of London’s iconic landmarks such as Big Ben, Tower of London and Buckingham Palace on a clear day.

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    Gillian Miller 6 Comments
     -  13 Mar 2017

    Excellent

    A ride on the London Eye is a must if you’re in London. The ride itself lasts 30 minutes and gives you a great view of the city. As a photographer, it’s a great place to snap some incredible aerial shots of London. It is a bit expensive for what you get, but that’s to be expected in London.

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    lindseyg 7 Comments
     -  09 Mar 2017

    Fantastic attraction

    The London Eye is iconic, and for good reason! The ride is actually decently long and you’ll get fantastic views of the entire city, including Big Ben & Parliament. There is a nice little gift shop near the bottom, too, and the boardwalk surrounding it has plenty of ways to entertain people of all ages. The prices are a bit high because it’s such a touristy area and you’ll have to deal with glare/reflections if you visit on a particularly sunny day, but the London Eye is something that you absolutely can’t miss!

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    MaryaMarevna 6 Comments
     -  03 Mar 2017

    Fantastic attraction

    You will have spectacular and amazing views over London. I recommend to book ticket on-line to save time to queue. The wheel rotates slowly and takes approximately 30 minutes to do the one complete cycle. The staff are helpful and friendly. This is a must in London!

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    alexg 10 Comments
     -  02 Mar 2017

    Fantastic attraction

    I’ve visited the London Eye numerous times now, enjoying each visit more than the last. The “ride” lasts for 30 minutes, giving you plenty of time to enjoy the amazing views over London. Whilst the queue can sometimes be quite long, it’s definitely worth the wait as nowhere in London can rival the London Eye for its views of the city. It’s very close to Waterloo station so it’s an easy location to visit, too!

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