The London Eye is one of the top 1o attractions in London: UK, it is not only the most reviewed sights by tourists but one of the top visited attractions. In short, a must see, and a must do, if you do not mind standing in long lines for about 40-60 minutes . But what is the London Eye?
Well, it is something like the Eiffel Tower to Paris, but perhaps a tiny bit more fun. The London Eye is a huge Ferris wheel (the tallest in Europe) by the River Thames in London. The wheel has 32 air conditioned egg shaped capsules, which move very slowly without stopping, and in half an hour you can go round on the 135m tall Ferris wheel, and take a good look at the world famous sights and landmarks of London. Mind you, there is no sightseeing guide map inside the capsules, but you can buy the London Eye View 360 Guidebook at the ticket office.
London Eye Basic Info (officially known as EDF Energy London Eye)
Opening hours of the London Eye: there are seasonally changing opening hours.
Summer opening times are from April to September:
- April to June: 10 am – 9.00pm every day
- July – August: 10 am – 9.30pm every day
Winter opening times are from September to December
10.00am – 8.30pm every day
Entrance fee to the London Eye: there are various admission fees, the standard ticket prices start from over 18 GBP, and you can save 10% of the price if you buy it online. In addition to standard tickets, you can buy fast track tickets (to enter the capsule first but not to jump the queue), flexi standard tickets (to pick the day and time you want to have a ride on the London Eye, but not to jump the queue), flexi fast track, champagne tickets (no drinks and foods of your own are allowed), wine tasting entrance fees, chocolate tasting admission fees, etc. So how much does it cost if you buy a normal ticket to the London Eye?
- Standard adult ticket prices: £18.60, or £16.74 bought online (adults are from 16 up to ‘senior’)
- Standard children ticket prices: £9.54, or £8.58 bought online (children are from 4 up to 15 years of age) free for children under 4
- Standard senior ticket prices: £15.00, or £13.50 bought online (not available on weekends and during July and August)
- Standard family (of 4) ticket prices: £56.28, or £45.60 bought online (family of 4 means 2 adults and 2 children under 16)
Note: The London Eye ticket office is inside ‘County Hall’, the building next to the London Eye.
Miscellaneous info about the London Eye: one ride on the London Eye is about 30 min. The Eye only stops to let disabled and elderly passengers to embark and disembark safely, otherwise it is in constant motion.
There are lots of exceptions to the above though
Easter 10.00am – 9.30pm
May/June Half Term 10.00am – 9.30pm
Friday and Saturdays in May and June 10.00am – 9.30pm
Address of London Eye:
The London Eye is opposite the Houses of Parliament
EDF Energy London Eye, Riverside Building, County Hall
Westminster Bridge Road, London SE1 7PB
The London Eye is within easy walking distance from the following London Underground stations: Waterloo, Embankment, Charing Cross and Westminster.
The best option is to get off at Waterloo metro (and train) station as it is the closest to the London Eye, approx. 5 minutes walking distance. At the metro station follow the signs for the ‘South Bank’. You can also get off at Embankment metro station or Charing Crossten-fifteen station: it is a 10-15 minute walk to get to the London Eye (from the station, cross over Hungerford Bridge). The third option, Westminster metro station is great if you are visiting the Houses of Parliament with the Big Ben and then the London Eye. After getting off at Westminster ‘tube station’, take exit 1, and then follow the signs for ‘Westminster pier’.