The London Eye is an observation wheel resembling a giant Ferris wheel situated on the south bank of the River Thames in London between Westminster Bridge and Hungerford Bridge. The £70 million giant observation wheel took nearly six years to construct. The gigantic London Eye opened to the public in March 2000.
The London Eye stands at 135 metres (443 feet) and on a clear day, you can see as far as 30 kilometres (20 miles) from the highest point on the wheel. The giant observation wheel initially opened to celebrate the entry of the new millennium and originally planned to stay open for only a few years. However, the attraction became extremely popular and today one of London’s most iconic landmarks.
The London Eye by Danbu14
The London Eye was once the world’s tallest Ferris wheel. Competitors eventually surpassed the London Eye with the Star of Nanchang (China) in 2006 at 158 metres (520 feet), Singapore Flyer in 2008 at 165 metres (541 feet) and the High Roller (Las Vegas) in 2014 at 168 metres (550 feet). However, the London Eye is still Europe’s tallest Ferris wheel and one of the most popular tourist attractions in London, receiving over 3.7 million visitors each year.
The capsules by Bjørn Erik Pedersen
See & Do
The London Eye comprises of 32 glass-walled air-conditioned capsules attached to the external circumference of the wheel. Each capsule can accommodate a maximum of 25 people but can be fewer depending on the number of people waiting to board. You can also book a private capsule for £500 but must have at least three passengers. Each trip is for a single rotation that takes about 30 minutes to complete. The wheel does not stop to take passengers but is slow enough for people to get on and off the capsule at the ground level. However, the wheel will make a short stop for elderly and disabled passengers.
Inside a capsule by Adrian Pingstone
A ride on the London Eye offers stunning 360-degree views of Central London as you walk around the capsule. You can get close views of major landmarks from above including the Palace of Westminster, Westminster Abbey, St Paul’s Cathedral, Buckingham Palace, Tower of London, Tower Bridge and Trafalgar Square. There is no commentary while you are in the capsule but you can purchase a booklet titled 'London Eye View 360' that guides what to see to the north, south, west and east of the capsule. You can purchase the booklet before you board the capsule from the shop below the wheel.
Visiting the London Eye
The London Eye opens daily but opening times vary throughout the year from 10:00-11:00 a.m. to 6:00-10:30 p.m. The London Eye usually closes for two weeks in January for maintenance work. You can purchase tickets at the venue on the day of the visit or online at the official London Eye website. Purchasing online offers a better deal since you can get between 10 and 18 percent discount compared to tickets purchased at the venue.
Waterloo (Underground) Station is the nearest station from the London Eye and serves the Northern, Bakerloo, Jubilee and Waterloo & City Lines. Other London Underground stations located within walking distance are Charing Cross (Northern and Bakerloo Lines), Embankment (Circle, District, Northern and Bakerloo Lines) and Westminster (Circle, District and Jubilee Lines) Stations. Riverboats operated by Thames Clippers and City Cruises under the London River Services stop at the London Eye Pier.
London Eye on the Map
Lambeth, London SE1 7PB, UK
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