London Eye Tickets & Other Ways To Beat The Lines

Soaring 443 feet into the sky, with views stretching 25 miles in every direction, the London Eye — the world's most famous and tallest Ferris wheel — has been a popular draw since it opened in 2000 On a clear day you can see as far as Windsor Castle!

More than 3.5 million people a year take a spin on the London Eye (that's an average of 10,000 a day). Which takes us to our next point — with it being so popular, it's highly recommended that you buy your skip-the-line London Eye tickets or book a tour in advance. Here we present our favourite ways to journey on the London Eye. No big surprise, our favourite way includes renting your own pod with a bottle of champagne!

London Eye Tickets – Skip the Lines

London Eye Tickets

With your skip-the-line pass, you only need to check in just 15 minutes before your flight. (That's what they call a ride on the Eye, a "flight"!)

Enjoy the ride as you gaze over the best of the city. Nice touches include entrance, priority boarding, a free mini-guide for adults, an in-flight pack for children, and the interactive 4D Experience. Likely to sell out.

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With the pre-booked tour with fast lane access we had to wait for only 1 person. Yes, a single one in line, then went on for an amazing experience. Worth every penny!"
– 5-Star Review

London Eye Champagne Experience

London Eye Champagne Experience

Breeze by the long lines and be rewarded with a glass of Pommery Brut Royal champagne. Your host will handle your skip-the-line access and priority boarding. In the sky, spot famous landmarks including Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament, Buckingham Palace and Westminster Abbey. Includes skip-the-line London Eye tickets, champagne for you, and fruit juice for your children, with an in-flight pack and binoculars.

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A must! We got there and waited maybe 10 minutes, avoided having to wait in line with the crowds. The champagne was a really nice touch. What a view! A must do when in London!"
– 5-Star Review

London Eye + Thames River Sightseeing Cruise

London Eye + Thames River Sightseeing Cruise

What we like about this tour is that it gives you views of London from two different perspectives — from a Thames River cruise and a flight on the London Eye.

Virtual maps and on-board commentary point out the essential London landmarks from the Eye and on the River Thames. The all-weather river cruise is included with skip-the-line London Eye tickets.

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Excellent way to spend a day getting a good sense of where things are in London! Brilliant commentary from the crew on the boats. We really enjoyed being able to hop on and hop off the boats at different stops. We did the London Eye after our cruise and loved being able to see from above so many of the places we'd seen earlier from the river!"
– 5-Star Review

Romantic Private Capsule for Two with Champagne

Romantic Private Capsule for Two with Champagne

Ready to splurge? Consider booking your own private London Eye capsule. Soar above London, taste champagne and admire spectacular views in your own private world.

Your dedicated champagne host will pop a bottle of Pommery Brut Royal Champagne and open a box of Charbonnel et Walker pink champagne truffles. The bubbles will flow as you admire the most famous monuments in London. Of course, the private capsule booking guarantees skip-the-line access tickets and priority boarding.

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This was the first thing that my fiance and I did after we arrived in London. The views are amazing from the top of the London Eye. Definitely worth the money…and the fast pass is worth the extra change as well!"
– 5-Star Review

Fun Facts About the London Eye

Fun Facts About the London Eye

It's said that the London Eye is not a Ferris wheel but the world's tallest cantilevered observation wheel.

The London Eye attracts more visitors per year than Taj Mahal or the Great Pyramids.

The 32 capsules of the London Eye represent the 32 London boroughs, however, there is not a number #13 capsule for superstitious reasons. Crazy!

It is also known as the Millennium Wheel.

To date, Kate Moss holds the celebrity record for the trips taken on the Eye with a reported whopping 25 times and counting.

It's a popular engagement and wedding location with 5,000 engagements and 500 weddings so far!

Selfie sticks are still allowed on the Eye (as we write this) but, thankfully, are not allowed at many London attractions.

It's the fourth-tallest structure in the city, ahead of it is the Heron Tower, One Canada Square, and the Shard (which is also the tallest building in Europe).

There are 32 sealed pod capsules, with total capacity of 800 people. One full rotation takes 30 minutes with the wheel turning at a little faster than a tortoise sprinting. (That's 1 kilometre per hour, in case you didn't know.)