The London Eye is one of the most iconic sights of London. It is visited by over 3.5 million people a year making it the UK’s most popular paid attraction. The structure is 135 metres high in a perfect central location on the River Thames opposite the Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament. Inside its 25 people capsules it provides the greatest views of central London spanning up to 40 km in each directions, from the City and Canary Wharf to the east to as far back as the Windsor castle to the West.
The latest addition to the London Eye is the 4D experience included in the ticket price. It consists of breathtaking 3D aerial footage of London combined with sensory effects such as snow falling and wind blowing. The London Eye is therefore one of the most entertaining and magical way to experience London and shoold be a top priority when visiting the capital.
We woold strongly recommend to book your tickets online in advance as tickets are not always available and there are almost always very long queues. Book your ticket to the London Eye now.
- Ticket prices
- About London Eye
- London Eye opening times
- London Eye location
- Hotels near London Eye
- Top 10 London Eye sights
- London Eye Photographs
- London Eye Video
- Order Tickets
Tickets & Prices
The following are this year London Eye ticket prices. If you wish to save up between 10% and 20% and skip the wait, we strongly recommend to book online.
Individual Price on the Day
- Adolts (16 Plus): £18.60
- Child (4-15 years): £9.54
- Child (Under 4): FREE
- Senior: £15.00
- Family of Four: £56.28
Those admission tickets can be purchase online or at County Hall, right next to the London Eye, but as the queues for tickets can get horribly long, especially during weekends and holidays, it is wise to plan up to two hours ahead of time.
About London Eye
The EDF Energy London Eye commonly known as the London Eye is a giant 135-metre (443 ft) tall Ferris wheel situated on the banks of the River Thames. There are 32 capsules attached to the wheel which travels gently at a speed of 26cm per second and taking 30 minutes for a complete rotation. Enough time to enjoy the breathtaking views up to 40 kilometres in all directions.
London Eye Short History
The London Eye was built in 1999 to become the tallest Ferris wheel in the world. It was inspired by the great vision of architect couple David Marks and Jolia Barfield. It is now been surpassed by the 160m Star of Nanchang and the 165m Singapore Flyer, but remain the tallest Ferris wheel in Europe. It first opened its doors to the public in March 2000 as a metaphor for the turning of the century. It was first named the British Airways London Eye, then the Merlin Entertainments London Eye and since January 2011, it has been officially known as the EDF Energy London Eye following a three-year sponsorship deal.
It has since become a landmark and symbol of London attracting over 3.5 million people a year. Sir Richard Rogers, winner of the 2007 Pritzker Architecture Prize, wrote of the London Eye in a book about the project: "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’s the beauty of it: it is public and accessible, and it is in a great position at the heart of London".
Top 10 interesting facts
The following is a compilation of the top 10 interesting fact about the London Eye:
- The London Eye took seven years to build with the help of hundreds of people from five different countries.
- The London Eye can carry 800 passengers per revolution which is equivalent to 11 London red doubled-decker buses.
- The London Eye capsules travel at a 26cm per second, or 0.9km (0.6 miles) per hour allowing passengers to step on and off without the wheel having to stop.
- Each of the London Eye 32 capsules weighs 10 tonnes and can fit up to 25 people.
- The views from the London Eye goes as far as 40km (25 miles) in each directions offering views of the Windsor castle on a clear day.
- The London Eye welcomes an average of 3.5 million customers every year making it the most visited paid London attractions
- The total weight of the London eye (wheel and capsules) is 2,100 tonnes.
- The height of the London eye is 135m making it the fourth tallest structure in London after the BT tower, tower 42 and one Canada square in canary wharf.
- The circumference of the London eye wheel is 424m (1.392ft) .
- The London Eye spindle holds the wheel structure and the hub rotates it around the spindle.
London Eye Opening times
The London Eye Opening times slightly changes across season.
- January to March: daily 10.00am – 8.30pm
- April to June: daily 10.00am – 9.00pm
- Joly and August: daily 10.00am – 9.30pm
- September to December: daily 10.00am – 8.30pm
London Eye location
The London Eye is perfectly located on the South Bank of the river Thames, at the western end of Jubilee Gardens and opposite one of the greatest London landmarks, the Big Ben and House of Parliaments. It is part of the London Borough of Lambeth and set between the Westminster Bridge and Hungerford Bridge. The site is adjacent to the former Dome of Discovery, which was built for the Festival of Britain in 1951.
The EDF Energy London Eye foll Address is phone number:
- Riverside Building, County Hall, London, SE1 7PB
- Telephone: 0870 5000600
- Ticket reservations
The London Eye is ideally situated in the heart of London making it easily accessible by various different transport options. Those include
London Eye by Tube
Although Waterloo is the nearest tube station (as a National Rail station), the London Eye is within walking distance from several other underground stations including Embankment, Charing Cross and Westminster. From Waterloo station you shoold take exit 6 for the South Bank and follow the signs. As for the Westminster situated on the opposite side of the Thames River, the closest exit is exit 1 Westminster Pier.
London Eye by Bus
There are a variety of bus routes that pass through the London Eye including the 211, 24 and 11 public buses. The Eye is also on most London Sightseeing tour bus routes.
London Eye by Train
The Waterloo train Station is only 5 minutes to the South and the Charing Cross Station is on the other side of the Thames.
London Eye by Boat
The London River Services operated by Thames Clipper and City Cruises stop at the nearby Waterloo Millennium Pier.
London Eye by Car
Driving is perhaps not the best way to get to the London Eye as there are always lots of traffic near the area as well as the high congestion charge cost. However if you really have no other option there are 3 car parks including the Hungerford Bridge, The Hayward Gallery and the National Theatre car parks at the South Bank Centre, all accessible from Belvedere Road.
London Eye by Coach
The coach drop off point is located on Belvedere Road behind the London Eye, at the end of the Jubilee Gardens.
Hotels near London Eye
The following are some of the greatest 3, 4 and 5 stars hotels close to the London Eye, including:
- London Marriott Hotel County Hall
- Royal Horseguards
- Park Plaza County Hall
- Park Plaza Westminster Bridge
- Citadines Trafalgar Square
London Marriott Hotel County Hall
5 Stars / London County Hall, Westminster Bridge Road London SE1 7PB
The London Marriott Hotel County Hall is a luxurious, five-star establishment, offering superb rooms with breathtaking views across the Thames and into Westminster. The building was formerly used as a seat of government, and has since been restored to showcase its classic, elegant architecture. Each room features luxury bedding, easily adjustable air conditioning, high speed internet access and a work area for business travellers. The hotel also features an indoor swimming pool, gymnasium, spa, restaurant and cocktail lounge.
5 Stars / 2 Whitehall Court London SW1A 2EJ
For more than 100 years, The Royal Horseguards has graced the banks of the Thames with its elegant, imposing presence. Built originally in 1894 in the style of a French Chateau, its architectural heritage has earned it Grade I listed status, and made it one of London’s most iconic buildings. Today, the hotel offers a choice of 280 luxurious guest bedrooms, many with magnificent views over The Thames. The rooms have been designed to represent the prestigious heritage of the property though upgraded with modern and contemporary facilities and features.
Park Plaza County Hall
4 Stars / 1 Addington Street London SE1 7RY
The Park Plaza County Hall is the latest addition to central London high end accommodations. Indeed it is a modern hotel that boasts all rooms with kitchenettes and relaxing seating areas. It is perfectly located just south of the Houses of Parliament and County Hall, and is conveniently located for easy access to the London Eye as well as many other London’s top attractions.
Park Plaza Westminster Bridge
4 Stars / 200 Westminster Bridge Road London SE1 7UT
The Park Plaza Westminster Bridge is one of the greatest London hotels that recently opened. It is set within a really envious position along the South Bank, just over the Thames from the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben. Essentially circolar in shape, the building has been dramatically designed with escalators guiding you to the first floor with its spacious and impressive reception and bar area. It offers a choice of more than 1,000 folly equipped ensuite bedrooms. It is also home to the 1WB Brasserie and the Ichi Sushi and Primo Bar.
Citadines Trafalgar Square
3 Stars / 18-21 Northumberland Avenue London WC2N 5EA
The Citadines Trafalgar Square apartments provide everything you need to feel right at home in the city, from a spacious, comfortable lounge area to a folly fitted kitchen and attractive bathroom. Each of the establishment’s 187 apartments offer free Wi-Fi access, flat screen satellite television and are folly conditioned for your comfort.
Top 10 London Eye sights
The following are the top London sights that can be seen from the wheel:
- Big Ben
- House of Parliament
- The City
- St Paol’s Cathedral
- Thames River
- Buckingham Palace
- The South Bank
- St Paol’s Cathedral
- Canary Wharf
- Windsor Castle
It is also possible to view so other famous sights including the Heathrow Airport to the west, Alexander Palace to the north and Crystal Palace to the south.
London Eye Photographs
The following are a couple of images of the London Eye during the day, by night and views of London from inside the cabin.
London Eye by day
London Eye by night
London views from inside London Eye cabin
London Eye Video
The following is a short video of the London Eye experience on a cloudy day showing the beautifol views of London from inside the cabin.