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London Eye Tours and Activities

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The London Eye offers unparalleled views of central London's world-famous landmarks from its prime location on the Thames River waterfront, opposite Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament. The gigantic, 443-foot-high observation wheel was built to mark the millennium in 2000 and quickly became one of the most popular paid attractions in the United Kingdom.

The Basics
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 to the London Eye
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.

Unlucky 13
It's no accident that the London Eye has 32 capsules—each one represents one of the city's 32 boroughs. However, observant visitors will notice that the last capsule is actually No. 33—the creators skipped pod No. 13, deeming it unlucky.
Address: Westminster Bridge Road, London SE1 7PB, England
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 London Eye Standard Ticket

London Eye Standard Ticket

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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.
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London Eye Fast-Track Ticket

London Eye Fast-Track Ticket

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Experience one of London’s must-see attractions with this skip-the-line Lastminute.com London Eye ticket. Bypass the long queue and enjoy priority access and boarding for a standard flight in a shared capsule. Then admire panoramic views over the Thames River, Big Ben and other landmarks on your "flight." Your ticket includes interactive Samsung Galaxy Tab-powered guides and admission to the London Eye 4D Experience, an immersive journey that brings London alive through 3D film and multi-sensory effects.
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  • 30 minutes
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Big Bus London Hop-On Hop-Off Tour and River Cruise with Optional London Eye

Big Bus London Hop-On Hop-Off Tour and River Cruise with Optional London Eye

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Discover the grandeur of London aboard the open-top, double-decker Big Bus on this hop-on hop-off sightseeing tour. With your 1-, 2-, or 3-day ticket, design a personal itinerary with stops including Buckingham Palace, Hyde Park, St. Paul’s Cathedral and more. Enjoy unobstructed views and onboard commentary as you view the city’s highlights and upgrade to The Big London Day Out option to get an aerial view of the city aboard the London Eye giant observation wheel. Hop off to enjoy a Thames River cruise, currently operating Friday to Sunday only.
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  • 1 to 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Best of London Including Tower of London, Changing of the Guard, with a Cream Tea or London Eye Upgrade

Best of London Including Tower of London, Changing of the Guard, with a Cream Tea or London Eye Upgrade

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See the English capital’s top landmarks on this most comprehensive of London magical tours. Take a tour of beautiful St Paul’s Cathedral, then make a photo stop at Westminster Abbey. Watch the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace and visit the Tower of London, where you'll have free time for lunch (own expense). Enjoy an extended river sightseeing cruise, and upgrade to cap everything with a London Eye flight or cream tea at Harrods.
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  • 9 hours
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London Eye River Cruise and Standard London Eye Ticket

London Eye River Cruise and Standard London Eye Ticket

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Many of London’s top attractions lie along the Thames River. This boat tour cruises by most of them and includes a London Eye ride to see them from above. Get to know the city’s beating heart and great contrasts as you pass historic sites such as Big Ben, St. Paul’s Cathedral, and the Tower of London as well as contemporary landmarks like the Tate Modern and Millennium Bridge. Then, ride the Lastminute.com London Eye for sweeping views of the city.
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  • 40 minutes
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The London Dinner Cruise on the Thames River

The London Dinner Cruise on the Thames River

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Enjoy a memorable evening of food, wine, and entertainment on this showboat dinner cruise on the Thames River in London. Feast on a 4-course dinner aboard your sightseeing boat as you sail past London attractions such as the Tower of London, the London Eye, and Tower Bridge, all illuminated at night. While you eat and admire the sights, enjoy live entertainment from a cabaret singer, and, if you wish, take to the dance floor.
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  • 3 hours
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London In a Day: Tower of London, Westminster Abbey & Changing of the Guard

London In a Day: Tower of London, Westminster Abbey & Changing of the Guard

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Limited time in London doesn’t have to mean a limited view of the capital. Soak up the key sights in just one action-packed day on this guided small-group tour. Explore Westminster Abbey and watch the Changing of the Guards at Buckingham Palace. Then cruise the Thames River to Tower Bridge and explore its inner workings before delving into British history at the Tower of London.
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  • 8 hours 30 minutes
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London in a Day Private Custom Tour

London in a Day Private Custom Tour

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Discover the spectacular sights of London according to your own personal itinerary on a private custom tour of the vibrant capital with a knowledgeable guide. Opt to enjoy a half- or full-day tour and customize your itinerary according to your cultural and historical interests. Allow your expert guide to pre-plan logistics like public transportation and reservations, and then delve into the capital’s rich history by listening to illuminating commentary. See iconic attractions like Big Ben and the Tower of London, and stray from the conventional tourist trail for a unique experience of London.
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  • 7 hours
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Vintage London Bus Tour Including Thames Cruise with Optional London Eye

Vintage London Bus Tour Including Thames Cruise with Optional London Eye

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See London’s signature sights by vintage Routemaster bus and Thames River cruise on this sightseeing tour. Board a retro, red double-decker bus London Routemaster, and enjoy stellar views of top London attractions including the Tower of London, St. Paul’s Cathedral, and Westminster Abbey. Then, after a short Thames sightseeing cruise, ride your London double-decker to Buckingham Palace for a photo stop or to witness the colorful Changing of the Guard ceremony. If you wish, upgrade to add a visit to the London Eye, Tower of London, or UNESCO-listed Stonehenge after your tour.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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London by Night Sightseeing Tour - Open top bus

London by Night Sightseeing Tour - Open top bus

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Experience the enchantment of London after hours on a night sightseeing tour. Aboard a double-decker bus, take a trip through the city to see illuminated attractions like Westminster Abbey, the Houses of Parliament, and the London Eye. Hear fascinating facts about passing sites and insider tips on where to visit in the bustling capital city from your expert guide.  
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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London Eye River Cruise

London Eye River Cruise

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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).
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Private Tour: Traditional Black Cab Tour of London’s Christmas Lights

Private Tour: Traditional Black Cab Tour of London’s Christmas Lights

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See London’s Christmas lights in style on this private tour by black cab. Cruise past top London sights and jump out for a stroll down the city's bustling shopping streets. Marvel at glitzy illuminations, twinkling lights, and extravagantly decorated shop windows in upmarket neighborhoods such as Belgravia and Chelsea, and see the iconic Oxford Street Christmas light displays. Receive undivided attention from your guide on this private tour.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Thames Lunch Cruise with 2-Course Meal

Thames Lunch Cruise with 2-Course Meal

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Partake in a unique sightseeing excursion on this delightful lunch cruise along the Thames River. See the best of London’s riverside attractions on a cruise from Tower Pier to Westminster. Stroll the deck, savor a delectable 2-course meal, and admire great views of the London Eye, the Tower of London and more. An onboard bar offers additional drink options for spicing up your afternoon (own expense).
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