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

Official Website: London Eye

Fee: Yes

Open Now

Regular Hours:
Hours may be subject to change. Please verify on the official website.

  • 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

Address: Riverside Building
County Hall
Westminster Bridge Road
London SE1 7PB
United Kingdom


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5 Star Rating 8.25.23 Great way to see a panoramic view of the beautiful city of London. Estimated 20 people per pod. There are a few benches within the pods, but most... Read More

Carroll N. Aug-25-2023

3 Star Rating It's cool to see, but super expensive to ride it especially if you get the fast trak tickets to skip the loooog lines. I had been told it was a waste of $,... Read More

Andrea R. Jul-07-2023

1 Star Rating We tried to do this a few years back and they closed before our 8pm queue time on our tickets. They finally refunded our money after some hassle. It was our... Read More

William H. Jun-09-2023

Accommodations near London Eye:


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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