This is definitely an attraction where you need to book online. If you don’t, you have to stand in a very long line, one person said she’d been in line for at least half an hour, and even then you may not get a time slot until later in the day. Then when you time slot comes up, you could be in a queue for over an hour like us just to get onto the London Eye. If you pre-book, you may still get the second long queue but at least you will have a time that you want. Plus, you can always book fast queue tickets so that your queue is a lot shorter.
If you are going on a Saturday, Sunday or when the kids are on holiday from school, you will have long queues. I have been on a weekday and a Saturday and I preferred it so much on the weekday as there was less queues and crowds.
As you are in the queue you get to have a green screen picture done, you get given a ticket and you pick up the picture at the end.
When you get to the front of the line, you have to be quick to get on the pod when you are told to by the staff because the only time that the London Eye stops is for someone in a wheelchair.
The views when you are in the pod are amazing all the way round, it’s truly amazing how far you can see. There’s never been more than about 20 people in a pod when I have been on it so there is plenty of room to move around plus there is a little bench in the middle if you need to sit down.
Towards the end of the ride, you can have your picture taken in the pod by a big special camera that you can get along with your green screen picture. The pictures are a bit expensive but they are great pictures and a brilliant memento.
Standard tickets for a weekday are from £19.50, weekends are from £23.45 and if you want the day and night experience where you can go on during the day and then again in the evening, tickets start from £32.45. Make sure you book via the website.
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