Sure, it’s slow, taking almost 30 minutes to make one revolution. And yes, you’re behind a sheet of plexiglass, not open-air, so the ride feels more like a gondola than a Ferris wheel. Yet, the views are worth every penny and are a great introduction to the city for all members of the family. You can spot Big Ben, Houses of Parliament, St. Paul’s Cathedral, and farther afield, you can just make out Wembley Stadium. Try to get here when the ride opens at 10 a.m. to avoid the long lines, especially in summer.
You can also elect to try a London Eye River Cruise to see London from a different perspective. It’s a 40 minute cruise on the River Thames with live commentary about the city of London’s past, present and future. You get up close and personal views of Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament, St. Paul’s Cathedral, Tower Bridge and the Tower of London. You can relax while your kids learn a thing or two about the history of London. The London Eye River Cruise is available all year round and in any weather, and operates daily operates daily. Cruises depart at every hour beginning at 10:45 a.m. until the last cruise departs at 6:45 p.m. (Opening times may vary so please see dates below for opening time.)
Individual and combination attraction tickets are sold at the same ticket window, with a discount for riding both the Eye and the cruise.