London Eye – City of London under your feet

Like an Eye of a storm, London Eye a remarkable and a 135m tall breathtaking structure sits in the epicentre of the hustle and bustle of London.

The London Eye, the largest and the tallest Ferris wheel in Europe, is one of the best ways to see the entire city of London first hand.

Innovative 4D theatre experience elevates your mood and gives you a warm up before your journey to experience London at your feet.

Popularly known as the Millennium Wheel, London Eye was built for the Year 2000 millennia celebrations. This celebratory monument to the new era was opened on the 31st of December 1999 by the then prime minister in power, Tony Blair.

A predecessor to the London Eye is the Great Wheel, which was built for the ‘Empire of India Exhibition’ at Earls Court.

Envisioned by the revolutionary architects Frank Anatole, Nic Bailey, Steve Chilton, Malcolm Cook, Mark Sparrowhawk, and the husband-and-wife team of Julia Barfield and David Marks, this colossal London Eye never ceases to impress tourists.

While being among the massive structures protruding into the timeless skyline, you’ll be flabbergasted.

It has 32 ‘pods’ that can accommodate up to 28people in each capsule which rotates at an eased pace. Hence, there is enough time to enjoy yourself and to take lots of photos for the next 30 minutes.

Additionally, It is interesting to note that each pod is named in the order. However, 13 is missing as it was and still is considered an unlucky number.

A quote from Sir Richard Rogers the winner of the 2007 Pritzker Prize (architectural prize) sums up the London Eye so simply. He states, “The Eye has done for London what the Eiffel Tower did for Paris, which is to give it a symbol and to let people climb above the city and look back down on it. Not just specialists or rich people, but everybody. That is the beauty of it. It is public and accessible, and it is in a great position at the heart of London.”

London Eye is the most visited paid attraction thrilling around 3.5million visitors a year, is located on the Southbank of the River Thames. It is just a walking distance from the many compelling attractions that London has to offer.

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  • London Eye Ferris wheel experience - incredible views of the instantly recognisable skyline
  • This largest and the tallest Ferris wheel in Europe, sits in the epicentre of the hustle and bustle of London
  • Each capsule rotates at an eased pace to enjoy yourself for the next 30 minutes
  • London Eye has 32 ‘pods’ that can accommodate up to 28people in each capsule
  • Journey to experience London at your feet
  • One of the best ways to see the entire city of London first hand is a Flight on London Eye
  • London Eye a remarkable 135m tall breathtaking structure protruding into the timeless skyline

Category

Ferris wheel / Entertainment

Transport from central London

The London Eye is easily locatable, and accessible by any mode of public transport to the City of London.

The closest tube is the Waterloo station, and from there it is a 5-minute walk to London eye.

If you want to take the bus, RVI(stop Y), Country hall stop F(77&381), Country hall stop G(76,77,211,341,381,507).

If you want to get there by cruise, then there is a London eye pier right next to the Eye.

Also, most sightseeing buses have a stop near London Eye.

Planning to drive? You can instantly rent a car suited to your personal needs filtered by price, availability, time and pickup/dropoff locations, by major car service providers.

 

 

Car Park

Finding a car park near London eye is limited. Q-park Westminster car park offers discount for pre-booking. Since you are in Central London, you will be in congestion charge zone. Alternatively, park your car near a tube or train station and hop on the tube/train to travel to the city. For more information on public transport, visit Transport For London to plan your trip.  

 

Address

Riverside Building, County Hall, Westminster Bridge Road, London, SE1 7PB (ticketing office)

 

Phone no.

44 (0) 871 781 3000/+44 870 990 8881

 

Website

https://www.londoneye.com

Opening times

London eye ticketing office is open daily from 9.30am. London eye opening times varies throughout the year. Approximate opening time is 10am and closing time can be anywhere between 5.30pm to 10pm. The attraction is closed on Christmas day.  Check website for further details.

 

 

Admission

There are different types of online tickets available standard tickets, fast track entry, day and night experience tickets, group tickets, Merlin annual pass(covers 32 other attractions), champagne experience, private capsule, combi tickets(includes other attractions).

The standard and fast track tickets have again standard entry, anytime flexi, Flexi fast track, ultimate fast track and guided tours.

Adults are 16+, children 3-15 and children under three are free. Arrive 30min before to collect the tickets from ticketing office.  

Age group

All ages are sure to enjoy this unique experience.

 

Activities

The main activity is the ride on the Ferris wheel.

The other activity is a 4D experience showcasing the London eye and the Ferris wheel experience where you can enjoy the incredible views of the instantly recognisable skyline.

Visit duration

The original Ferris wheel rides last for approximately 30minutes however the optional 4D experience, Gift shop, photo and the queue times may increase the time needed to up to two or more hours.

 

Best time to visit

If you are going for the first time, you won’t go to London eye and come back without a photo. Best time to go on the London eye is a bright sunny day with the clear sky and an impeccable visibility. You can also choose to go during sunset or when the night lights are lit.  April to September are more suitable for this attraction.

Food and Drink

You can book for the Champagne and chocolate experience.

Alternatively, dine at 135(quite pricey £8500) up to 8 guests can experience to enjoy a surreal culinary experience during the ride.

There is an ice creamery at the exit.

 

Services & Retail

There is a gift shop, and you can also get a souvenir photograph.

Toilets are located in the Ticketing office hall.

Tickets need to be collected if your booking was made online.

You can take your pram/buggy but needs to be folded inside the capsule.

Disabled guests need to book in advance due to limited entry at the capsule.

 

Nearby sites

As the London eye is in an ideal central location, there are many close by attractions including the London Dungeon, Florence Nightingale Museum, River Cruise, Sealife Aquarium, National Theater and much more. Slightly further away are Big Ben, Parliament House, Westminster Abbey, and so on.

Things to note and safety tips:

  • Be sure to check the weather forecast before booking your ticket.
  • Battery fully charged to take some amazing videos and photos.
  • Towards the end of your journey, don’t forget to pose for a photo on the marked footsteps to have some beautiful photos that can be bought from the gift shop.
  • Queues can be very long during peak season; a fast track pass is an option.
  • Mobile vouchers are not accepted, bring your paper voucher for this activity.

 

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