One of the most popular and famous London attraction, the London Eye is a can’t-miss in the capital. Check out our top tips when visiting the London Eye.
The Coca-Cola London Eye is one of the most iconic structures of the capital’s skyline, a gigantic observation wheel with just 32 gigantic glass cabins that carry thousands of people up to the city’s heights. It holds its own alongside the likes of the Houses of Parliament, Tower Bridge and the Shard; all of which you’ll be able to spot from the very top on a good day, by the way. Here’s some tips for visiting the London Eye – don’t forget to bring your camera.
London Eye Opening Times
Over the summer months (June – August), the London Eye will be open between 10am and 8:30pm. From September 3rd onwards when the daylight hours get a little shorter and the weather much colder, the opening hours shift to 11am – 6pm.
The attraction is open all year long, however it’s best to avoid coming at the height of tourist season if you can help it (which isn’t a bad shout for London in general, to be honest). If you can time your trip around the fringes of the school holidays, you’ll find the attractions much less hectic. You can also grab a London Explorer Pass or fast track ticket, if you want to avoid the hassle of waiting around.
Although London is a picturesque city, the weather can sometimes make picking out the landmarks a bit of a struggle. There’s nothing quite like a glorious British summer day when the city glitters under a blue sky – you’ll be able to see for miles from the very top of the 135 metre high observation wheel.
London Eye Tickets
Standard tickets for the London Eye are priced at £22.95, while fast track tickets are priced at £33.30. You can also book on the day but we wouldn’t recommend it, as the prices climb to £27 and £37 respectively. Student tickets are priced at £15.
London Explorer Pass holders can ride the London Eye for free.
London Eye Events
If you want your experience to go a step further, there’s a number of cool events that you can sign up for that take place in the London Eye’s crystal cabins. Time Out magazine has actually teamed up with the London Eye to bring a series of sports classes to the heights which include yoga and barre, as well as a gorgeous sunrise ride which takes place on the summer solstice.
Leave time for queues
The queue for the London Eye usually takes about twenty to thirty minutes, with the ride itself lasting a rotation (thirty minutes). If you’re coming at the height of tourist season in the summer however, bring sturdy shoes as the wait gets notably longer – try to head over when the attraction first opens or around lunchtime when everybody else is off grabbing a meal.
Make it romantic
Want to make your trip unforgettable? There’s a dreamy Cupid’s Capsule package that you can book for you and your other half, which scores you your own private capsule for a lush thirty minutes. Besides the fact that you won’t have to muscle fellow tourists out of the way to see the sights, the experience comes primed for romance with a complimentary bottle of Pommery Brut Royal Champagne, Hotel Chocolat truffles and – wait for it – your own personal butler. It comes with a steep price tag at £425, but if you’re ready to make a once in a lifetime commitment then it might be worth it…
Don’t rush off afterwards
The London Eye is situated on one of the most beautiful stretches of the capital: Southbank. Take things slow and wander along the waterfront which will take you past Westminster, Southbank Centre (where there’s always a play on and groups relaxing in its sprawling courtyard with a cider in hand), a colourful skatepark, the Tate Modern and even London Bridge where you can hop out and grab a bite at Borough Market.