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The London Eye

Viewing platform and ride in Westminster opposite Big Ben

The London Eye by River Thames
London Eye offers some of the very best views in London

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).

As well as enjoying a breathtaking London Eye flight, you can also see London by water; London Eye Thames River Cruises are very popular.

A range of experiences are now available with London Eye including Champagne, Private Pods, Cupid's Pod, and the unforgettable Eye Lounge; a luxurious bar with spectacular views.

As part of the Merlin Group, London Eye can also be combined with other top London Merlin attractions, saving you lots of money on visiting individually.

You can read more to learn about the London Eye on the The London Eye official website.

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Enjoy amazing views of London's iconic skyline

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 three of the four other Merlin attractions that London Eye also belongs to: SEA LIFE London Aquarium, Shrek's Adventure! London and The London Dungeon. (Madame Tussauds is the fifth Merlin attraction in London, situated further away in Marylebone.)

Why not combine London Eye tickets with a 1950s classic Routemaster bus and river cruise?

London Eye

LASTMINUTE.COM LONDON EYE TICKETS + OPTIONAL RIVER CRUISE

London Eye

Take flight through the heart of the city

• Enjoy 360 degree views of London's iconic skyline • Save money when you book online and 1 week in advance • Option to add on or purchase separately London Eye River Cruise • Fast track tickets available • Combination tickets available • Private capsule hire available

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, The Shard, 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
The Queen's House: Tower of London

Opening times

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

 

Location

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, Shrek's Adventure! London and SEA LIFE London Aquarium.

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

Ticket information

London Eye Pods with Big Ben in the background

London Eye tickets office

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 you will pay more for your ticket and how long you will have to wait will depend on when the next availability is and the ticket type you select. Child tickets are cheaper and a child is considered between the ages of 3-15 at the London Eye. Any child under 3 is free.

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

 

1) Standard tickets - save money by booking a week in advance

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.

Ticket includes entry to the 4D Cinema Experience located at the back of the ticket office, and can be enjoyed before or after your Lastminute.com London Eye experience.

If you want to save money buying the online in advance tickets the earliest you can book is the week before your experience. Anything before this time, you will be charged at the normal walk up rate.

 

2) Fast Track tickets

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.

As with all Merlin attractions, fast track tickets cost around £10 more than the standard ticket.

As with standard tickets there are two prices for fast track tickets: walk up and online in advance. The online tickets are always around £6 cheaper than walk-up tickets, which if you are buying multiple tickets, can add up.

The cheapest tickets of all the four options then (standard online; standard walk-up; fast-track online; fast-track walk-up) are the standard online tickets.

 

3) Student and family discounts

Discounts are available on standard ticket prices for families and students.

For family discounts (minimum one adult, two children), simply navigate to the standard ticket section of the website using the banner below.

For student discounts you'll need to see under 'More ways to visit' where there is a page advising you about 'Student Beans' where you can register and verify your student status to claim a generous discount.

 

5) Big City Saver - combining London Eye with up to 4 other major attractions in London

London Eye is owned by a company called Merlin who own and operate several other major attractions in London.

Combine the London Eye with other Merlin attractions: get huge savings with 1, 2, or all 4 of the remaining Merlin London attractions:

Madame Tussauds

London Dungeon

Shrek's Adventure! London

SEA LIFE London Aquarium.

 

Big City Saver pass by Merlin - what is it about?

 

6) Third party discounters and combination tickets

For stand-alone tickets for London Eye the best price guarantee offered by London Eye is pretty good. If you find somebody offering lower priced tickets than London Eye let us know!

However, very few visitors buy London Eye tickets in isolation. Great deals from third parties of all kinds are available - the best are those where you cannot identify how much exactly you are paying for the Madame Tussauds tickets hidden with in the package - thus neatly bypassing the London Eye best price guarantee for stand-alone tickets.

The most fruitful places to seek out these great deals are:

Discounted combination London Eye tickets combining two or sometimes up to seven London attractions in one discounted package. Both third party discounters and Merlin who own London Eye offer these.

- London's popular hop-on hop off sightseeing buses will make available discounted attraction tickets when bought in advance together with their hop on, hop off bus tickets.

- There are several London attraction passes and discount schemes where London Eye appears as a supported attraction.

 

London Eye

LASTMINUTE.COM LONDON EYE TICKETS + OPTIONAL RIVER CRUISE

London Eye

Take flight through the heart of the city

• Enjoy 360 degree views of London's iconic skyline • Save money when you book online and 1 week in advance • Option to add on or purchase separately London Eye River Cruise • Fast track tickets available • Combination tickets available • Private capsule hire available

London Eye River Cruises (circular tour) with fish & chips meal

Enjoy a 40-min circular river cruise lasts and you can see the sights of The Shard, The Tower of London, The Houses of Parliament, Shakespeare's Globe, The Millennium Bridge, St Paul's Cathedral and the Gherkin.

You also have choices where you board from at one of three piers: Westminster, Tower, or Greenwich. 

All of the boats include cafés where you can buy hot and cold drinks as well as food, and this particular tour below also bundles your London Eye cruise with a delicious meal at Poppie's Fish and Chips.

Note this cruise does not include a flight on the London Eye, however if you book through London Eye direct using the normal banner above you can purchase London Eye tickets in conjunction with the river cruise.

London Eye River Cruises

BOOK LONDON EYE RIVER CRUISE IN LONDON

River Cruises London

London Eye River Cruise and Fish & Chips meal (London Eye flight not included)

• 40-min circular river cruise along the River Thames • Meal in Poppie's Fish & Chips restaurant • London in your Pocket app access

Save money! Combine London Eye with St Paul's, Madame Tussauds, London Dungeon...

Discount London offer various ticket combinations for top London attractions including St Paul's Cathedral, London Dungeon, Buckingham Palace, Madame Tussauds, Tower Bridge and a Thames River Cruise - alongside The London Eye.

Booking this way you can save as much as 39% on purchasing tickets separately.

Discount London - sightseeing and attraction tickets

DISCOUNT LONDON

Discount London - sightseeing and attraction tickets

Book discounted London sightseeing and attraction tickets

• Hop-on hop-off buses • Madame Tussauds • London Eye • London Dungeon • Tower of London • Tower Bridge • The Shard • Westminster Abbey • Historic Royal Palaces and more...

London Eye & London's attraction passes and promotions

Included: Railways 2 for 1 Promotion - The railways 2 for 1 entrance promotion is valid at the London Eye, and you need to pre-book your tickets in advance online.

Big City Saver pass (2, 3 or 5 attractions) - This pass includes up to five London attractions (owned by Merlin) including London EyeMadame Tussauds, London Dungeon, SEA LIFE London Aquarium, and Shrek's Adventure! London. Visit all of these in 90 days for big savings off the normal price.

Merlin Annual Pass - This pass also includes the London Eye but offers attractions spread throughout the UK, including Legoland Windsor.

London City Pass - Want to visit Tower of London plus London Eye and have a relaxing Thames River Cruise included? This pass saving you £££'s could be right for you!

 

Not included: The London Pass - The London Eye is not supported by London's most popular attraction pass. However - there are plenty of top attractions on the London Pass list - including the London Zoo, Westminster Abbey, St, Paul's, View from the Shard and the Tower of London.

Big City Saver Merlin Pass

BIG CITY SAVER LONDON ATTRACTION PASS 2, 3 OR ALL 5 ATTRACTIONS

5-in-1 Merlin's Magical London Pass

HUGE SAVINGS: Buy a 2, 3 or 5 attraction pass
for top London attractions

including:

• London Eye • Madame Tussauds London • London Dungeon • Shrek's Adventure! London • SEA LIFE London Aquarium

Adult from £50 for 2 attractions Child (age 3-15) from £45

New London City Pass includes London Eye and Tower of London

New London Tourist Pass

Combine London Eye with a hop-on, hop-off sightseeing bus ticket - Big Bus and Golden Tours

London Eye with Big Bus

The London Eye have teamed up with Big Bus to offer you a great deal. Part of the Merlin group (see above), this deal is basically a variation on the Merlin offer (we are offering through Golden Tours above) but comes with the addition of a Big Bus hop-on bus tour of London.

Hop on tours are excellent for your 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.

So with this deal you can combine a London Eye flight with one or up to four other Merlin attractions, with the addition of a ticket for a Big Bus hop on bus experience in London.

You have up to 90 days to visit your chosen attractions. Choose from: Madame Tussauds, London Dungeon, London Aquarium and/or Shrek's Adventure, in addition to the London Eye and Big Bus tour.

The more attractions you book - the more you save!

See banner below for more details and to book.

Golden Tours hop on bus plus London Eye and Thames River Cruise

Golden Tours offer a similar hop-on bus service in London. They have put a package in place allowing you to buy London Eye tickets with a Golden Tours hop-on bus ticket for either 1-day or 24 hours. With this ticket you also get a free Thames River Cruise.

Buses run every 20 minutes and an audio guide in a number of different languages is also included. See banner below for more details and to book.

London

LONDON EYE ATTRACTION DEAL WITH BIG BUS TOUR

Big Bus tour

Save up to 48% on ticket prices by combining London Eye with 1-4 other attractions PLUS Big Bus tour

• London Eye with London Dungeon, Madame Tussauds, SEALIFE London Aquarium and/or Shrek's Adventure! • Choose how many you visit • Visit other attraction(s) within 90 days • Big Bus hop-on bus tour included

London

LONDON EYE WITH GOLDEN TOURS HOP-ON HOP-OFF BUS TOUR

Combine Big Bus hop on hop off bus tour with London attractions

London Eye tickets plus Golden Tours hop-on hop-off sightseeing bus package

• Hop-on Hop-off London Bus Tour & London Eye flight • Choice of 24-hr or 1-day tickets • Includes River Boat Cruise

Combine London Eye with a vintage bus tour of London's main attractions

Combine London Eye with a vintage red bus tour
London vintage red bus tour

London Eye and Routemaster vintage bus tour with Thames river cruise

This tour allows you to add on a London Eye flight with a fabulous experience aboard a retro, red double-decker bus London Routemaster, with the addition of a River Thames sightseeing cruise.

Enjoy sights such as Buckingham Palace for the colourful Changing of the Guard ceremony from the top deck on this vintage bus tour of London.

 

Vintage bus tour & London Eye tour  

 

Windsor Castle and the London Eye (or fish and chips lunch)

Windsor Castle in the morning, followed by a ride on the unforgettable London Eye in the afternoon. This tour is a sure winner.

When you click the link below you can choose between three options - just Windsor Castle as a half day tour, or Windsor plus the London Eye or alternatively a fish and chips lunch.

Windsor Castle - more about

windsor castle

WINDSOR CASTLE AND THE LONDON EYE

Buckingham Palace

Windsor Castle morning tour with the London Eye in the afternoon

• Adult from £99 • Child (3-16 years) from £89 • Senior & student from £96

• Entry to Windsor Castle • 1 ride on the London Eye • Professional guide • Luxury air-conditioned coach with free Wi-Fi

FAQ for London Eye

Position of London Eye near to Waterloo Station
Waterloo Station is just a 7-min walk from London Eye
Position of London Eye near to Waterloo Tube Station
Waterloo Underground is a 6-min walk to the London Eye

What is the price of London Eye Tickets?

Ticket prices vary depending on whether you purchase in advance or using a pass or in a group. Please see our tickets section for further details.

 

London Eye address and telephone

The full address of London Eye to use with Satnav is:
Riverside Building, London SE1 7PB
Telephone: 0870 5000600

 

Which tube station is close to London Eye?

Waterloo Underground Station.

It is also possible to get down from the tube in Embankment or Charing Cross stations across the Thames and take a lovely short walk from there to the London Eye with a London view.
Similarly, the closest train station to London Eye is Waterloo. But Charing Cross is just across the river with a lovely walk down to the river and across the bridge.

Tube: Westminster/Embankment
Train: Waterloo/Charing Cross
Bus: Routes 211, 77 and 381

 

How long does it take to go around the London Eye?

Your ticket will give you one rotation on the London Eye, taking around 30mins.

London Eye map

Attractions near London Eye

London Eye is walkable to many top attractions, with many other attractions being just a short tube ride away.

After your fantastic London Eye flight you can easily make a day of it by visiting other top Merlin attractions which are right next to the Eye: The London Dungeon, Shrek's Adventure! London and SEA LIFE London.

To save yourself some money on these tickets Merlin offer a pass Big City Saver which allows you to visit combinations of 2 up to all 5 London Merlin attractions over a 90 day period.

Just the other side of Westminster Bridge over the river are Westminster Abbey, the Clock Tower with Big Ben, The Imperial War Museums, and further behind St James's Park with Buckingham Palace.

Hungry? Restaurants and cafes near the London Eye

Just 200 yards away there are a series of restaurants on the south bank overlooking the river.

Hotels near the London Eye

If you want to stay in the southbank near London Eye and Houses of Parliament then check out our Hotels near Waterloo Station.

POPULAR LONDON ATTRACTIONS - ADVANCE PURCHASE AND/OR FAST TRACK TICKETS

London Eye Amazing panoramic flight on the world's highest observation wheel. » Fast track tickets available.
The Shard Tallest building in Western Europe with viewing of London from the top. » Fast track tickets available.
St Paul's Cathedral Cathedral of the Diocese of London, venue for royal weddings. » Pre-book to guarantee entry.
Westminster Abbey Along with St Paul's, England's main religious building.» Pre-book to guarantee entry.
Tower of London Home of the Crown Jewels and a rich thousand year history. » Fast track tickets available.
Madame Tussauds See wax statues of the most famous people in the world. » Fast track tickets available.
London Dungeon The creepiest attraction in town, the London Dungeon. » Fast track tickets available.
Hampton Court Palace   Henry VIII Medieval Palace set in vast grounds. » Pre-book to save money.
The London Zoo World class zoo in the centre of London. » Flexi tickets available.

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