The whole family (except those with a fear of heights) can get an overview of London during a 30-minute ‘flight’ in this giant observation wheel on the South Bank. Its spacious glass pods afford terrific views across London’s landscape – and, on a sparkling-clear day, beyond (for a distance of up to 40km, including Windsor Castle). 

Best for: All ages – it travels at a very stately pace so won’t alarm even the youngest kids.

Location

London Eye

What to expect

Public transport
Picnic areas
Open year-round

What to do

Pre-book – queues can be horribly long! At very busy times of year, consider upgrading to fast-track tickets for an additional cost per person (still free to under-4s), allowing you to check-in at a priority desk just 15 minutes before your allotted boarding time (otherwise, you can join the queue 30 minutes before your scheduled flight time, but you need to leave extra time to buy tickets or collect pre-booked ones).

For an extra special experience, why not book a Private Capsule.

Book a night flight for an extra-spectacular ride during which you can admire London’s landmarks in all their illuminated glory.

Invest in an in-flight mini-guide from the gift shop so that you can play ‘Guess the landmark’ with your kids.

Swot up on fantastic facts about the Eye and its construction from the website in advance, so that you can regale your kids with interesting titbits of info during the ride.

Get your kids to take their own cool photos of the Eye and upload them to one of its Flickr groups.

Look out for special events such as Halloween Tricking or Treating. The Eye is also the venue for London’s spectacular New Year’s Eve fireworks display over the River.

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Ice skating at the London Eye© VisitBritain

Ice skating at the London Eye

Where to stay

See our London destination guide for our recommendations for family-friendly hotels and other accommodation in the capital.

When

May–June and Sept 10am–9pm daily, July and Aug 10am–9.30pm daily, Oct–Apr 10am–8pm daily except certain days over the festive season and in mid-January for maintenance – see the London Eye website for full details.

View from the top of the Victoria Tower, Westminster© VisitBritain  – James McCormick

View from the top of the Victoria Tower, Westminster

Eat

The Eye’s two cafés, Zen, are located inside County Hall (by the ticket office) and opposite the gift shop (with great views of the wheel itself). However, the area is awash with child-friendly places to eat – stroll along the river to the Royal Festival Hall and you’ll find branches of Giraffe, Wagamama and other family favourites.

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Cost

A family ticket (for four) will cost you around £90, but you could get a discount if you book online (a good idea anyway, since queues can be huge). Under-4s go free in any case, though they do require a ticket. You can also get combined tickets with Thames river cruises, or packages including a restaurant, hotel, another attraction or a show.