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 Amazing been there already 4times. Recently discovered that there’s afternoon discount which is great. Highly recommended to visit and to buy tickets in advance. Unfortunately there is nothing you can do in terms of the weather so you might be lucky and have sunshine. £25 pack for photos? Fairly good.
Michał Wysocki - 2 weeks ago

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5 Star Rating This was such a cool experience! The line up wasn't long at all so we were able to buy our tickets within 5 minutes at the self purchase kiosk and get on the Eye very quickly. The ride was steady and not shaky at all. Amazing views of Big Ben and London lit up at night. I would recommend going at night because it was so beautiful. The total time to go around was 30 minutes which was the perfect amount of time to enjoy the view and take a lot of pictures. I would love to go again someday!
Stacy Lofgren - a month ago

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5 Star Rating The place which never gets old. It's great place to see all of London and just chill and enjoy a slow ride. I would say a good one time experience. It's not that crowded and they manage it well. It's quite expensive so I would book in advance to get any discount possible. Book early from the site.
Dr. Chethan Bharatha Prahalad - a week ago

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5 Star Rating First time going on the London Eye, I wouldn't say it's worth the price for the ticket but it was an enjoyable experience. You get to see a lot of London from a great view. And the queue moved quite quickly for standard entry.
Jessica Powell - a week ago

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5 Star Rating A must do in London. You can enjoy a 360-degree view of the city. It's better to book in advance. If you buy cruise tickets as well, then there is a substantial discount. Parking is not there so it is better to approach on public transport.
Muhammad Badar Bashir - in the last week

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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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