The London Eye is a 135-metre high Ferris wheel located on the south bank of the Thames, just opposite Big Ben and the British Parliament building. It has become London’s most popular attraction, which usually means that a “flight” requires advance booking and often a queue. However, the experience (a ride, lasting about 30 minutes) is well worth it. It is one of the most visited attractions in London, receiving around 3.5 million visitors a year. Not to be missed, there are 360 degree panoramic views of the city and its surroundings, and it is possible to see up to 40 km away on a clear day!
The 32 vignettes, representing the 32 districts of London, have a capacity of 25 people each and take a full tour in about 30 minutes. Each capsule is suspended so that it is always vertical and the movement is so slow that it hardly feels like it is spinning. Inside each capsule there are shelves with an interactive guide that provides photos and information about the attractions and buildings you see.
The London Eye ticket includes a 4D movie, with aerial images of London (in 3D) and some special effects. The film is less than 5 minutes long and can be viewed before your “flight” on the Ferris wheel.
There is a counter and specially designed machines, usually without queues. It is recommended that you arrive 10 minutes early to collect your ticket.
If you have an appointment, you should arrive 30 minutes early, or 45 minutes if you wish to watch the film in 4D.
In the summer, on sunny weekends, public holidays and British school holidays, there may be a queue, but as tickets are sold by appointment, the wait is never more than 30-40 minutes.
Also be aware that the wait to enter the attraction is in an open area, so if it’s too cold or too hot, you’ll be in a bit of pain.
How to get to the London Eye
In the heart of London, it is very easy to get to the London Eye. You can get off at Westminster tube station and cross the Westminster Bridge, or go to Waterloo station, already on the south bank of the Thames, and from there take a short walk to the attraction.
Westminster Bridge Road London SE1 7PB