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.
- 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.
|Family (2 adults and 2 children)||£63.00|
Flexi General Admission – Allows visitation at anytime during the day of your choice.
|Family (2 adults and 2 children)||£61.80|
Fully Flexi General Admission – Allows visitation at anytime during the week of your choice.
|Family (2 adults and 2 children)||£82.40|
Fast Track Admission – Skip the boarding queues.
|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.
|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.
|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.
Guided Tour Admission
Champagne Experience Admission– Bypass the boarding queues and receive a complimentary glass of champagne.
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 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
- 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.