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London Eye, London
Fast Facts




County Hall
Westminster Bridge Road
London SE1 7PB
+44 870 990 8883

London Eye, London

Photo by Alfredo De Simone

The London Eye is as much a London landmark as Big Ben and Buckingham Palace. Even if only 10! Built in 2000, this ferris wheel-like attraction is a metaphor for the new millennium. The Millennium Wheel, as early on nicknamed, towers 135 meters above the skyline of London and weighs more than 2,400 metric tons. The 32 pod-shaped passenger capsules represent the boroughs of London. They are made mostly of glass and rotate within mounting rings. The London Eye wasn't easy to make. It took 7 years and the skills of hundreds of people. It was floated up the River Thames on barges and assembled onsite one piece at a time. The London Eye is the tallest cantilevered observation wheel in the world. It offers dramatic 360-views of the city. On a clear day it's possible to see 40 km in every direction.
Getting There
The London Eye is located on the South Bank of the River Thames and is situated on the opposite side of Westminster Bridge from Big Ben and the House of Parliament. The ticket office is in County Hall, the building next to the ferris wheel. The nearest underground stations are Waterloo, Embankment, Charing Cross and Westminster. Waterloo and Charing Cross are the nearest railway stations. A number of cruise boats stop at Millennium Pier. Millennium Pier is found at the foot of the ferris wheel. Waterloo is a 5-minute walk; Embankment, Charing Cross and Westminster are 10-15 minutes by foot. Buses 77, 211, 381, and RV1 all stop near the London Eye as do the ever-popular open-top sightseeing buses. The London Eye is within the congestion charging zone. While there are three car parks nearby, there are none onsite. The nearest cycle docking station is found on Belvedere Road.
Hours & Times
The London Eye is open daily. Closed December 25 and for two weeks in January. Hours are seasonal. The first flight is at 10:00. The ticket office opens at 9:30. Flights are roughly 30 minutes.
Admission & Fees
The view from the London Eye comes with a steep price tag. Here are few ways to save pennies. A reduced rate is available for children aged 4 - 15. Children 3 and under are free of charge. Book online, at least one day in advance, and save 10%. Combination tickets offer a greater savings. All tickets include the 4D experience. Of note, the family rate, available online only, offers no savings at all.
Things to Keep in Mind
The London Eye isn't for folks that suffer from vertigo and may not be appropriate for adults and kids with a fear of confined spaces. Pushchairs and strollers are permitted in the capsules but must be folded flat throughout the flight.
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