The London Eye

Viewing platform and ride in Westminster opposite Big Ben

The London Eye

Spectacular views: London Eye

The London Eye official website

Built as part of the year 2000 millennium celebrations, the London Eye seems to have captured the imagination of visitors to London. It is now one the most popular attractions of all. Essentially the proposition is a very simple one. Ride a giant big wheel 135 metres high taking 30 minutes to travel one revolution.

The London Eye is situated right at the tourist heart of London, (opposite Big Ben by the River Thames) with commanding views, (25 miles on a good day).

London Eye Fast Track Tickets

The attraction was originally sponsored by British Airways, so rides are called flights. The Eye is besides the River Thames on the opposite bank to Big Ben. Nowadays the sponsor is Coca-Cola.

You ride in a luxurious capsule in comfort; each capsule is fully air-conditioned to keep its visitors completely comfortable no matter what the temperature outside. Each capsule also rotates on a special device designed to keep everyone upright as the wheel makes a slow but progressive revolution.


The London Eye is by Westminster Bridge on the other side of the river to Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament. The booking office is in the adjacent County Hall building, at one time home of London's governing body. County Hall also houses two hotels and two other attractions - The London Aquarium and London Dungeon.


There is a spacious patch of grass by the London Eye which would be nice on a good day. The London Eye is a victim of its own success. Turn up on the day and you will have to queue and wait, sometimes a very, very long time.

London Eye Fast Track Tickets

London Eye - what can I see?

You will see the Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey, Elizabeth Clock Tower (Big Ben), Buckingham Palace, St. Paul's, The Tate Museum, Tower Bridge, not to mention the longest and most intricately styled stretches of the famous Thames River.

London Eye - opening times and location

Boarding A London Eye Capsule

Boarding: London Eye capsule

Opening times

Daily 10am to between 8.30pm or 9.30pm (variable).




The London Eye is located by County Hall and Westminster Bridge on the south bank of the River Thames. The London Eye is next to the London Dungeon, on the opposite side of Westminster Bridge is Big Ben, Westminster Abbey and the Houses of Parliament.


Nearest Underground station

4-5 minutes' walk from Waterloo Underground & Railway station, which is on the Northern, Jubilee and Bakerloo Lines. A similar distance away is Westminster Underground Station across Westminster Bridge and opposite Big Ben on the Circle, District and Jubilee Lines.


Hop-on, hop-off buses & river services

All of London's hop on, hop off sightseeing buses have stops at the London Eye/London Dungeon. The London Eye has its own pier where many of the river services stop including those used by the the hop on, hop off sightseeing buses. Westminster Pier is directly opposite on the other side of Westminster Bridge too and is one of London's busiest river service piers.


London Eye - tickets

The London Eye is one of London's most popular attractions and at peak times queues are lengthy.

If you just turn up on the day as well as paying more for your ticket, how long you will have to wait will depend on when the next availability is and the ticket type you select.

There are various ticketing options, in order of cost these are:

Standard tickets

Ticket holders enter via the standard entrance. During the online booking process you will need to specify the half hour time slot for your experience.

Tickets includes entry to the 4D Cinema Experience located at the back of the ticket office, and can be enjoyed before or after your Coca-Cola London Eye experience.

Fast Track tickets

Allow you to bypass the majority of the queue, and save time during your visit. Ticket holders enter via a dedicated Fast Track entrance.

Flexi tickets

Allow you to visit Coca-Cola London Eye anytime during the day of your visit, so are perfect if you know what day you will be in London.

The standard entry queue time can be around 45 minutes, and the Fast Track entry queue time around 20 minutes, however these can increase during peak periods.

London Eye Fast Track Tickets

Save Money! - Combine London Eye with other major London attractions

Combine your own mix of attractions into a money saving package:

London Eye Combination Tickets
London Attractions 5 in 1 Pass

Combine London Eye with a hop-on, hop-off sightseeing bus ticket

The Original London Tour as its name implies is the original hop-on hop-off London sightseeing bus service. The hop-on, hop off sightseeing buses are an excellent first day in London quickly getting you up to speed and orientated with the layout of London and your guide pointing out sights and destinations you might have not previously considered visiting.


But most visitors to London will have their own "must see" list of attractions. So why not save some money and purchase your hop-on, hop off sightseeing bus tickets and your "must see" attractions as a package? You don't have to use the attraction tickets on the day you use the sightseeing bus either. Madame Tussauds, The London Eye, London Dungeon, London Aquarium, St Paul’s Cathedral, Kensington Palace and Tower of London are all available.

Original London Tour & Attravtion Packages

London Eye & London's attraction passes

Railways 2 for 1 Promotion - The railways 2 for 1 entrance promotion is sometimes valid at the London Eye, often being withdrawn at peak periods. However, the promotion is only for the walk-up tickets with the longest wait times.

The London Pass - The London Eye is not supported by London's most popular attraction pass.

London Pass