London Eye

A ride on the London Eye will give you a fabulous birds-eye view of Central London

The Huge London Eye Rotating Slowly Above the River Thames at Dusk
The Huge London Eye Rotating Slowly Above the River Thames at Dusk cc licensed photo by Alan Perestrello

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

Fee: Yes

London Eye Hours:
Opening hours may differ on holidays

  • Monday: 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Tuesday: 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Wednesday: 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Thursday: 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Friday: 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Saturday: 10:00 AM – 8:30 PM
  • Sunday: 10:00 AM – 8:30 PM

Address: Riverside Building, County Hall, London SE1 7PB, UK

Phone: 020 7967 8021

Official Website: London Eye

London Eye Reviews

Rated 4.5 out of 5 Star Rating

5 Star Rating Incredible! Well worth the price. We got a private cabin, even more spectacular! Great views especially from the very tippy top. At night on a cloudless sky is vibrant. Much different that during the day. Which could turn hazy. You are pretty high after all. But great views of the Shard and Big Ben etc.
BerryTheCat - in the last week

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5 Star Rating My first experience from inside. The view is very unique. I saw the city from a different perspective. That was really nice. The glass of the capsule was well prepared for people who like to take pictures. There is nothing wrong with this attraction except the entrance fee😁 Thank you🤩
Ales Tvrdy - a week ago

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5 Star Rating One of the best viewing decks in London. The total trip is around 45-60 mins. The most preferred time to visit is during sunset because you will get to see some amazing sunset views. The night view from a distance is just majestic. Book your tickets online and u can select the slot of your preference.
Aditya Balpande - in the last week

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5 Star Rating Twas a very busy day but the queue moved quickly. Great experience, hardly felt like the wheel was moving hence I was relaxed the whole considering that I'm afraid of heights. Take note you have to be quick swift when getting on and off the ride as it doesn't stop, I saw very old people get on with fair amount of ease. We used our phones to take pictures but there's an option to take one before and as the ride ends and this is charged separately.
Charmaine Moyo - in the last week

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5 Star Rating Enjoy 360° panoramic views of London. Plan ahead and pay for the Fast Pass, it is 100% worth it to skip the long lines. Once inside, the ride around is about 30-40 minutes. There’s a bench in the middle to sit and enjoy or you can stand around to get a closer look. Fun experience for both adults and children.
Alan YDR - a week ago

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Tube Line Nearest Station Walking Time
Northern, Bakerloo and Jubilee LinesWaterloo Station5 MInutes
District and Circle LinesEmbankment Station10 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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