Insider’s Guide To London Eye

1. London Eye; Online Savings

When looking to make some London Eye Ticket Savings our guide would be take a look at online savings when you book in advance.  You can pick up discounts of up to 10% off walk up prices and online tickets also allows you to bypass the queues at the ticket booths.  Those with advance tickets can make straight for boarding line, (standard ticket holders will need to queue for access to the London Eye), with fast track options available for those planning to fit more into their day.

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2. London Eye; Fast Track Tickets

A Fast Track ticket allows you to bypass the majority of the boarding queues for The London Eye by making use of a dedicated priority entrance. Whilst this Fast Track ticket will not completely avoid the queues, (London Eye suggest you should anticipate up to a 15 minute wait during peak times), it will substantially reduce your waiting times.  Ideal for those planning to pack in a number of sights during a trip to London.

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3. London Eye Tips; Choose Your Line

If you have booked online tickets, then ensure you have joined the correct line for BOARDING rather than queuing to purchase tickets as these are 2 distinct lines.  It may seem like simple advice, but many a person has joined the wrong queue so if in doubt check with a member of staff before joining a queue!  Fast Track ticket holders should report to the PRIORITY ENTRANCE directly in front of the London Eye, (close to the gift shop), rather than joining the standard boarding queue.

Take a light hearted look at why the London Eye remains one of the most popular visitor attractions in London today.


night view of the houses of parliament

Houses of Parliament at Night, (photo Phil Loach)


4. Tips for the London Eye; Timing

Timing is everything, particularly during busy times, if you are looking to beat the queues.  London Eye states that the busiest times of the day to visit are between 11am & 3pm so worth bucking the trend and visiting outside these hours.  Closing times vary at London Eye so worth checking out the times on the day of your visit and plan accordingly.

5. Tips for the London Eye; Whatever the Weather?

When planning a visit to the London Eye, it is clearly important to choose your day wisely so don’t forget to check the weather forecast before you visit.  To avoid inclement weather, you can take advantage of Any Time Flexi Tickets that offers you greater flexibility on when you visit.

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london eye & london sea life aquarium on the south bank

London Eye, South Bank, (photo; Phil Loach)


6. Tips for the London Eye; Flexibility

If you have any flexibility on when you visit London Eye, then an off peak visit will not only reduce your wait times but your ticket costs too.  When booking online, cheaper price tickets are available on quieter days & times  so worth playing around with the date to see the range of ticket prices available to you.

7. The London Eye; Merlin Passholders

Guests with a valid Merlin Pass can access the London Eye as well a whole host of other attractions including LEGOLAND Windsor, Warwick Castle & London Sea Life Aquarium during the year.  Keep an eye out for restrictions on use at the London Eye with standard passes, (not valid during August, bank holidays, 14 February & 29 – 31 October).  Premium Merlin Passholders have no restrictions on use & can join the priority entrance whilst standard passholders can upgrade to include priority entrance for an additional charge of around £50pp.

8. The London Eye, Tussauds, SEA Life & Shrek

The London Eye is surrounded by many other Merlin Attractions such as London SEA LIFE Aquarium, The London Dungeon & Shrek’s Adventure.  It is worth considering combi ticket options that can offer substantial savings off single entry tickets that offer flexibility.  Look out for fastrack options too!

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The London Eye is always a popular attraction but there are ways & means to get ahead of the queues!


view from the top of the London Eye

View from the London Eye, (photo; Phil Loach)


London Eye; More Top Tips

Day & Night Experience; you can purchase a combined  ticket that offers you 1 rotation during daylight hours and 1 rotation during the evening for the full experience.

Don’t Forget Your Camera; snap away from within your capsule of great views over London including Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament, River Thames & the London skyline.

Know Your Sights; whilst there is no commentary aboard, there are 6 interactive media guides in each capsule that highlight the main sights.

Pack a Mac; the boarding queue is located outside so you’ll be subjected to the unpredictability of the English weather.  Always worth having a waterproof close-by just in case the weather turns on you.

Lockers; unfortunately there are no lockers at the London Eye. There is a left luggage facility within Waterloo Station, just a short walk away, (charges apply).

Picnics; unfortunately no food & drink is allowed within your capsule unless served by staff from the London Eye during an experience package. Bags are searched before embarkation.

London 4D Experience; whilst the 4D film experience is included within your ticket price, you may wish to avoid this attraction.  To my mind this is more PR exercise than enhancing to your London  Eye experience.

Budget Views of London; follow our guide to Budget Views of London for those looking for cheap/free options during a visit to the city.


Inside a London Eye capsule

Inside the London Eye, (photo; Phil Loach)


London Eye; Interesting Facts

1. For superstitious reasons, there is no number 13 London Eye capsule.

2. Whilst there are 32 capsules in total, the thirteenth capsule has been replaced by the number 33.

3. The total number of capsules on the London Eye represent the 32 boroughs of London.

4. The London Eye can carry 800 people at any one time with each rotation taking 30 minutes to complete.

5. You can see up to 25 miles from the top of the London Eye on a clear day.

6. Did you know that the London Eye contributes 1% of ticket sales in perpetuity to the local community?


Big ben and London Eye

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By Liz Walsh

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