Overview

Times

Daily: Opening times vary (check official website) but general hours are: Mon-Fri, 11am-6pm; Sat-Sun and school holidays,10am-8.30pm

Duration

30 minutes

Age

All

Location

The London Eye

Address
Riverside Building
London
SE1 7PB
Telephone:
0870 5000600
Public transport:
Tube: Westminster/Embankment Train: Waterloo/Charing Cross Bus: Routes 211, 77 and 381

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Experience unparalleled 360-degree views over London on the lastminute.com London Eye - the world’s tallest cantilevered observation wheel at 135m (443 ft) high! Wave hello to some of London’s most spectacular landmarks, including Big Ben, Buckingham Palace and St Paul’s Cathedral.

Built to celebrate the millennium in 2000, the special engineering achievement has become a symbol of the modern capital and a world-famous icon of architecture.

Enjoy the gradual rotation and views of London life as you soar across the skyline during the daytime or after dark.

How long does the London Eye take to go around?

A leisurely rotation in one of the 32 high-tech glass pods takes approximately 30 minutes and gives you an ever-changing perspective of London. If you can’t wait to get up in the sky you can skip the queues with a fast-track entry ticket.

How to book London Eye tickets

Tickets to the London Eye must be pre-booked online with timed entry.

Do you have to book London Eye tickets in advance?

London Eye tickets must be pre-booked online with timed entry.

How many pods are on the London Eye?

The London Eye has 32 pods, each representing one of London’s 32 boroughs.

How tall is the London Eye?

The London Eye is an impressive 135 meters (443 ft) high.

What can you see from the London Eye?

From the London Eye, you will be able to spot some of the capital’s most iconic landmarks and top attractions including Big Ben, St Paul’s Cathedral, the Houses of Parliament and Buckingham Palace. On a clear day, you can see up to 40km (25 miles) to Windsor Castle.

Fun facts about the London Eye

  • The London Eye travels at a speed of around 0.6 miles per hour, advancing roughly 26 cm every second.
  • There is no 13th capsule as it is believed to be unlucky.
  • The London Eye can hold 800 people per revolution, with a maximum capacity of 25 people per pod.
  • Since 2000, the London Eye has taken more than 70 million people on a journey across London’s skyline, including celebrities such as Kim Kardashian, Mo Farah, Hugh Jackman and Royal favourites Prince and Princess of Wales Will and Kate.
  • The London Eye weighs 2,100 tonnes – that’s as heavy as 1,272 black cabs.
  • The London Eye is supported by a frame only on one side, making it the largest cantilevered observation wheel in the world.
  • David Marks and Julia Barfield came up with the idea for the London Eye in response to a 1993 competition asking Londoners to design a new landmark celebrating the millennium, and therefore being known as the Millennium Wheel.
  • The lights were changed to LED lighting in 2006, so the London Eye can change colours and light up the sky to mark special occasions such as Coronations, movie premiers and London community events.
  • On New Year’s Eve, the London Eye is the focal point for the fireworks over the Thames.

What is the best time to visit the London Eye?

Boarding the London Eye includes some queuing. The quieter times of the day to visit are usually early morning for first entry or later in the day towards last entry.

During peak periods such as weekends and school holidays, you may experience longer waiting times. You can upgrade your London Eye tickets to fast-track entry when booking online.

What is the closest tube station to the London Eye?

The London Eye is located on the south bank of the river Thames. London Eye's nearest tube station is Waterloo station (Jubilee, Bakerloo and Northern lines).

Charing Cross (Bakerloo and Northern lines), Westminster (Circle, District and Jubilee lines) and Embankment (Circle, District, Northern and Bakerloo lines) are also a short walk away.

Several bus routes stop near the London Eye: 1, 12, 59, 68, 76, 77, 139, 148, 159, 168, 176, 188, 211, 243, 77 and 381, 507, 521.

London Eye Experiences

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Make your visit extra special by booking the London Eye Champagne Experience, including fast-track entry and a glass of Champagne. Or have the views all to yourself, friends and family, with your very own London Eye private capsule experience for up to 25 people – perfect for special occasions!

You can also see even more London sights, from different angles, by combining a 30-minute rotation with the London Eye River Cruise along the Thames.

Prices and opening times

Child Ticket From £29.00 per ticket
Concession Ticket Free
Adult Ticket From £32.00 per ticket

Children under three years old are free.

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Opening Times

The London Eye opens at 11am and closes at 6pm.

Facilities & Accessibility

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Access into the Building
Assisted wheelchair access
Automatic doors
Flat routes from parking area to entrance
Full, non-assisted wheelchair access
Ramps from parking area to entrance
Ramps with handrails to entrance
Temporary ramps available
Payment Facilities
Group rates available

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