London Eye, or Millenium Wheel, is one of the most known attractions in London. If you want to see London for a unique and wonderful perspective, you must have a tour on this giant wheel.
Keep on reading to find all the information about tickets, costs, booking, timing and much more.
WHERE TO FIND IT
London Eye is on the Southern shore of Thames, between Westminster Bridge and Hungerford Bridge.
To reach it, you can easily use London Underground. Excluding bicycle, underground is definetely the cheapest and more practical way of moving around London. You can buy your tickets or your cards in every station.
Waterloo stop is the closest one. It will take you only five minutes by foot to get to London Eye. You can use Northern Line, Jubilee Line or Bakerloo Line to reach this stop. Alternatively, you can choose Charing Cross (Northern Line and Bakerloo Line) or Embankment’s stops (Northern Line, Bakerloo Line, District Line and Circle Line). These ones are on the Northern shore of Thames and it will take you a quarter of hour to reach the Wheel by foot. However, you can get great captures of it from the other side of the river.
London Eye access is just in front of the wheel. On your left you will find ticket office, where you can buy or just collect your ticket. On the right there will be the queue to get on the Wheel. Tourists get sorted into different letters in order to organize queues, based on reservation time.
CHOOSE YOUR TICKET
There are different tickets. You can choose among standard ticket, fast track tickets, private pod tickets, group tickets or passes for 2 or more attractions. Our only suggestion is to book in advance.
Access to Millenium Wheel, as most of London’s attractions, is not so cheap and pre-booking can help you saving some money. An online standard ticket may cost from 25£ to 36£ based on the offer you select. Tour lasts 30 minutes and it includes the view of a 4D short movie. In order to avoid long queues, consider buying a fast track ticket, especially if you’re travelling with kids.
If you’re staying in London for a few days, passes might be the best solution for you. There are infinite attractions’ combinations like Madame Tussaud + London Eye or River Cruise + London Eye. You can choose the one you prefer. Before buying a ticket make sure to have a look at different websites. Some offers are really convenient while others…just rubbish 🙂 If you’re looking for some ideas to plan you trip to London, have a look at our suggestions: here you can find our personal tour of Harry Potter locations in London, in this article you’ll discover the beautiful Tower of London with us and, if you’re travelling in winter, here you can read our Winter Wonderland review.
Once you get your online ticket just follow the instructions given. You’ll certainly have to select date (and sometimes also time) of your visit. You might need to show up at the ticket office to confirm your tickets before the selected date.
Side note: it is always a good idea to have your online tickets printed if possible.
We went to London during Christmas’ holidays so there was no long queue. We booked our online tickets in advance choosing standard tickets. Once we got them confirmed at ticket office, we only had to select the time we wanted. We decided to make a tour in the evening (about 5 pm) in order to see the city at twilight. Unfortunately it was a bit cloudy but the view of London from a 135 meters’ height was magnificent.
Tickets’ convalidation took about 10 minutes. We then showed up a bit in advance on our tour date. Queue lasted about 40/45 minutes and it was pretty well organized. Every tour is carefully scheduled so it’s hard to get your visit consistently delayed. The only flaw is that queue is outside so make sure to be prepared in case of rain (quite common in London).
London Eye tour is well planned. Cab is not full and there’s a comfortable seat in the middle to rest or to leave bags. The wheel turns really slowly so don’t be afraid about it. Also kids will love the view of London town and Thames through the glasses.
It is not cheap, but it’s a once in a lifetime experience!
If you’re planning a trip to London, don’t miss our recommended destinations. On our blog you’ll find posts about London’s parks, a tour of Harry Potter locations, Winter Wonderland and the wonderful Tower of London.