london panoramic cityscape
The London EyeLondon
Observation Wheel
Riverside Building
County Hall
Westminster Bridge Road
London SE1 7PB
TfL Fare Zone 1

 

Looking like a giant bicycle wheel, the London Eye was erected in 1999 to commemorate the 2000 Millennium Year.

Situated on the south bank of the River Thames near Westminster Bridge, The Marriott Hotel (in the old London County Hall), the SEA LIFE London Aquarium and Jubilee Gardens, it is a highly visible structure and is very popular.

Standing 443 feet (135 metres) high, it was said to be one of the largest observation wheels in the world.

The wheel has 32 sealed and air-conditioned ovoid pods attached to its external circumference. Each capsule holds approximately 25 people. Although there is a central bench to sit on most people stand next to the large windows admiring the wonderful views and constantly taking photographs.

A complete revolution of the wheel takes 30 minutes so one is hardly aware of the capsule moving. It is so slow that it does not usually stop at ground level to allow passengers to embark and disembark. However, attendants will stop the wheel for elderly and disabled passengers to ensure their safety.

On a clear day the views extend up river to Battersea Power Station, over the city to Wembley Stadium and down river to Canary Wharf.

Closer-in may be seen Westminster Abbey, Houses of Parliament and Big Ben, Buckingham Palace, Trafalgar Square, St Paul's Cathedral, The Tower of London and much, much more.

Operating Hours
Opening hours vary according to the season. It is normally open every day except for 25 December each year and annual maintenance in January.
 
We suggest that Visitors check the London Eye official website to avoid disappointment. Web: Operating Times London Eye
 
For safety reasons the London Eye may be closed during exceptionally bad weather Tel: 0800 093 0123 if in doubt.
 
Tickets
London Eye Ticket Office is in the large building beside the wheel called County Hall. The Office is open from 09:30 daily.
 
Online Web Purchase
Tickets may be booked online. For information go to Web: Booking & Tickets
 
This is the London Eye's recommended option as it provides detailed information on standard tickets, river cruises and other option packages and avoids the inevitable queue at the Southbank ticket office.
 
Disabled Access
The London Eye is accessible to wheelchair users. They have a special booking line for disabled visitors. For more information go to Web:  London Eye/ Disabled Access
 
Contact & Further Information
Telephone   +44 (0)8709 908 883
 
Getting There
To plan your journey whilst in London, use the TfL 'Journey Planner'
 
- By Underground
Waterloo Station          Bakerloo, Northern & Jubilee Lines and Waterloo & City Line
There is a five minute walk along South Bank. Follow the signs.
 
Westminster Station     Circle, District & Jubilee Lines.
Exit to Westminster Pier then walk across Westminster Bridge
 
Charing Cross Station   Northern & Bakerloo Lines.
About 15 minutes walk across the Golden Jubilee Westminster Bridge
 
- By Mainline Rail
Waterloo
A 5 minute walk along South Bank. Follow the signs.
 
Charing Cross
A 15 minute walk across the Golden Jubilee Pedestrian Bridges.
 
- By Bus
Go to the Transport for 'Journey Planner' above
 
Google Maps - London Eye