The London Eye is a gigantic Ferris wheel with enclosed cabins located on the South Bank of the River Thames across from Westminster Palace.
The London Eye appears somewhat like a fish out of water among the historical London landscape that surrounds it. It's not that London doesn't have lots of modern architecture, but that the London Eye is located in one of the oldest parts of the city right across from the Houses of Parliament. Of course, that is also one of its strengths since there is no other high vantage point this close to Westminster and the South Bank, not even The Shard.
The London Eye is actually very popular with tourists, in fact it is the single most popular non-free tourist attraction in the UK with about 3.5 million riders per year. At 520 feet tall, it is Europe's tallest Ferris wheel and the 2nd tallest in the world. It offers amazing views of the heart of London.
Passengers are carried in large enclosed air-conditioned capsules that are very stable and hold up to 25 people. Passengers can stand and walk around inside the capsules or sit during the ride which takes approximately ½ hour and completes one revolution.
Tickets for the London Eye are available online at a discount from walk-up pricing. There is a multi-tiered pricing system with higher priced tickets allowing you to avoid the long lines.
The London Eye is normally open daily, except on Christmas. Opening times are between 10 AM and 11 AM and closing times range from 6 PM to 9:30 PM depending on the time of year. Hours are subject to change due to special events and annual maintenance.
Facts For Your Visit
Official Website: London EyeFee: Yes
Hours may be subject to change. Please verify on the official website, especially where Covid restrictions are in effect.
- Monday: 10:00 am - 8:30 pm
- Tuesday: 10:00 am - 8:30 pm
- Wednesday: 10:00 am - 8:30 pm
- Thursday: 10:00 am - 8:30 pm
- Friday: 10:00 am - 8:30 pm
- Saturday: 10:00 am - 8:30 pm
- Sunday: 10:00 am - 8:30 pm
Category: Landmarks & Historical Buildings
Westminster Bridge Road
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Paris M. Aug-25-2021
If you ever visit London, you must do the London Eye. When we got there there was a long line but the line moved quickly. The London Eye has 32 pods and... Read More
Cara E. May-25-2021
I have always wanted to visit the London Eye, and finally got to on our trip to London in 2018. It may be touristy and a little pricey, but it was so worth... Read More
Renee N. Aug-10-2020
Okay drum roll please..........For my 500th review I had to review someplace epic so I chose this fun and touristy spot. For a first timer to London, you... Read More
Accommodations near London Eye:
|Tube Line||Nearest Station||Walking Time|
|Northern, Bakerloo and Jubilee Lines||Waterloo Station||5 MInutes|
|District and Circle Lines||Embankment Station||10 Minutes|
How to get to London Eye by Tube
From Waterloo Station just follow the signs for Southbank.
From Embankment Station on the north side exit onto Victoria Embankment and walk south across the Hungerford bridge.
You can also access the London Eye with a number of River Services by getting off at the London Eye-Millennium Pier.
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