How to Do the London Eye :
The London Eye may well be the most popular contemporary attraction in London. In fact, it’s the most popular paid attraction in the entire United Kingdom. And in a city with so many amazing free attractions, the massive popularity of the London Eye should tell you just how cool this ride really is!
The unforgettable London Eye towers 135 metres (443 feet) over the River Thames at one end of the Westminster Bridge. It has 32 capsules numbered 1 to 33. Why 33 and not 32? Well, you won’t find yourself on unlikely capsule 13. What a relief!
Each capsule filled with 25 people will take 30 to complete the full rotation. 30 minutes is plenty of time to try and spot your hotel and maybe a few of those other attractions you came to see. If the weather is nice you can see all the way to Scotland. Well… maybe not that far.
London Eye tickets
Currently, a standard ticket is £26 ($33 US) if purchased in person on the day.
You can also buy tickets online. This will allow you to avoid lining up at the ticket counter at the base of the London Eye. An online purchase will also save you 10% if you book more than 24 hours in advance. Depending on the size of your party, 10% may be no small sum.
Advanced online bookings come with a timeslot however so book as close as possible to the day and check the weather reports. London does get bad weather. It’s true. You can purchase an Any Time Flexi ticket, but this costs slightly more at £29 ($37 US).
If money is no object but long lines are then you can buy a Fast Track ticket for £36 ($46 US). The Fast Track ticket can be bought in person or online. The Fast Track ticket’s also are discounted by 10% if purchased online.
Once you arrive at the London Eye, there are three possible lines so make you go to the proper line. The first line is inside the London Eye building and this is where you buy tickets in person. At the lOndon Eye itself there are two lines – one for fast track ticket holders and one for standard ticket holders.
When to visit the London Eye
The best time to visit the London Eye is at the beginning or the end of the day. And if that beginning or end doesn’t fall on a local school holiday… even better. We visited right at opening while we were in London this summer. We were able to buy tickets and get on within just a few minutes. No need for a Fast Track Pass or a trip during bad weather.
Summer hours are 10am — 8.30pm while winter hours are 11am — 6pm.
The London Eye also closes for around two weeks every January for maintenance.
How to get to the London Eye
Waterloo station is only a short five-minute walk to the London Eye, both Embankment and Charing Cross are only ten-minute walks.
But if you want to do it right then jump off the tube at Westminster station and enjoy the walk across Westminster Bridge so you can get that anticipation maximized.
Photographs created using the incredible Olympus OM-D system.