A 30-minute ride in one of the 32 glass capsules offers panoramic views, so travelers can spot London highlights such as St Paul’s Cathedral and Buckingham Palace from every angle. One rotation takes 30 minutes, with the structure rotating at a fairly slow speed, meaning visitors are free to walk about their capsule and take photos from all sides.
With more than 3.5 million annual visitors, lines for the London Eye’s capsules can get quite long. Pre-booking a fast-track ticket is the best way to maximize your time in England’s capital. Travelers with a penchant for luxury can opt to sip champagne while they ride. Many tours combine a rotation on the wheel with other popular London activities such as afternoon tea, a Thames River cruise, a hop-on, hop-off bus tour, or a city tour that covers top sites, including the Tower of London and London Dungeon.
Things to Know Before You Go
- Take a spin on the London Eye at the start of your London vacation to orient yourself and grasp the layout of the capital city’s seemingly endless sprawl.
- On a clear day, it may be possible to spy Windsor Castle on the horizon from one of the capsules.
- If gray skies threaten rain, nearby indoor activities abound: the SEA LIFE London Aquarium, the BFI IMAX cinema, Madame Tussauds London, and Shrek’s Adventure ensure kids and adults stay entertained during a storm.
How to Get There
Located on the south bank of the River Thames. The easiest way to reach it is by tube to Waterloo station, which is serviced by the Jubilee, Northern, Bakerloo, and Waterloo and City lines. From the station, it’s a 5- to 10-minute walk. Visitors traveling on the District or Circle line can disembark at Westminster station for a scenic walk across Westminster Bridge. Surrounding the Eye are street performers, food stalls, and fairground attractions in Jubilee Gardens.
When to Get There
Look out for special themed events—the London Eye has hosted flash mobs, pop-up dining events, romantic Valentine’s Day dinners, and even weddings. Plus, the Eye is a main feature in London’s famous New Year’s Eve fireworks display.
London Eye Tours & Tickets
London Eye Standard Ticket
One of London’s most recognizable and in-demand attractions, the Lastminute.com London Eye welcomes millions of visitors every year. Save yourself any sightseeing hassle, and secure your admission before you travel, when you book your tickets in advance. Upon arrival, step into a large, air-conditioned capsule and take to the skies. The Lastminute.com London Eye stands at 443 feet (135 meters) high, and offers impeccable views of Big Ben, St. Paul’s Cathedral, Buckingham Palace, and other key landmarks. Tickets also include entry to the companion 4D Cinema Experience.
London Eye River Cruise
Have only a short stay in London? See more of the city’s landmarks in less time—and enjoy a memorable way to travel—on a Thames river cruise. Pick from numerous daily departure times, and head to the London Eye Pier near the famous Lastminute.com London Eye, where you’ll hop aboard your vessel. As you cruise along the river, glimpse monuments ranging from St. Paul’s Cathedral and the Tate Modern to Big Ben and the Tower of London. Live commentary is included (as are audio guides in eight additional languages). See many of London’s iconic attractions in the space of a single tour
London by Night Sightseeing Open Top Bus Tour with Audio Guide
Have only a limited amount of time in London? See the city’s top sights in the space of a single bus tour—and enjoy a different perspective on the British capital when you explore after dark. Meet in central London as twilight descends, and climb aboard your open-top bus. You’ll discover landmarks ranging from Buckingham Palace and Tower Bridge to St. Paul’s Cathedral and the Tower of London. Learn the stories behind the sights from your guide’s live commentary; audio guides are additionally available in 11 languages. Enjoy an efficient way to explore on this evening open-top bus tour
Tower of London River Cruise from Westminster
Cruise from Westminster to St Katharine’s on a 1-hour circle cruise in London. Choose to disembark at any of the stops, including St Katharine’s Pier, Bankside Pier, Festival Pier and Embankment Pier, to visit the landmarks in central London. While on the boat, listen to live audio commentary by your captain about the sights you pass and London’s rich history. Departures every 30 minutes from Westminster Pier between 11am and 6pm.
London Panoramic Open Top Bus Tour with Audio Guide
Sit back and relax as one of our well-ventilated open-top buses reconnects you with your favourite London landmarks. Glide past the Houses of Parliament, Buckingham Palace and Piccadilly Circus in this 2 hours fully guided tour of Central London. This tour is not Hop-On Hop-Off and guests will be required to remain on the same bus for the duration of the tour. The buses will be running at reduced capacity and tickets will be sold in specific time slots to avoid overcrowding. Compulsory masks and gloves will be provided
Attractions in London
Below are our Attractions, Activities & Sightseeing Tours in England.
- London Tours
- Attractions in London
- London Nightlife
- Outdoor Activities in London
- Sightseeing Tours in London
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- Park Plaza County Hall London
- The Clermont, Charing Cross
- Wilde Aparthotels by Staycity – Covent Garden
- The Resident Covent Garden
- The Royal Horseguards
- Club Quarters Hotel London, Trafalgar Square