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London Eye tickets

Is it worth purchasing tickets for the London Eye ahead of time? I've heard that the line for reserved tickets is longer than if I just walked up without one.

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780 posts

Surprisingly, around 3, 4 pm is when the line is almost non-existant.

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780 posts

Surprisingly, around 3-5 pm is when the line is almost non-existant.
I think its about the time when tired tourists are looking for dinner since their stomachs are still in different time zones!

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6898 posts

We rode the eye last year. A bit of a line to buy tickets but it went quickly. Lots of ticket counters. Then, you go into a small theatre to see a short film about the eye (no seats - you stand and watch). Then, you there will be a short line to get on the ride. It wasn't bad at all.

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48 posts

Is it the general consensus then, that it's better to just go later in a day that fits your schedule (and weather), and not reserve tickets?

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710 posts

We went last summer around 6PM and there was no line. We waited to buy the tickets there, so we could pick a clear day... which happened to be the first day we were in London. We also had done it a few years ago and it was crowded back then, but wanted to show the views to someone who was traveling with us.

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We went in 2008 and there wasn't a line around 5pm.
Personally, I do not think it is worth the money. If you do go I wouldn't buy the booklet. Simply is not worth it.