Breathtaking views over London from the London Eye

The London Eye - also known as the Millennium Wheel - is one of London's best-known attractions and a symbol of its modernity. Every year, almost 3.5 million tourists take a ride on the London Eye. In fact, the London Eye became one of the British capital's star attractions as soon as it opened in 2000. On the north bank of the River Thames, next to the Houses of Parliament, the Ferris wheel is a masterpiece of engineering: 135 metres high, it has 32 gondolas, each referencing one of the city's boroughs. From up there, passengers can admire London's monuments and landmarks, including Big Ben and the Palace of Westminster. Follow the guide, we'll tell you all about the London Eye!

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The history of the London Eye

Set up in 2000 to celebrate the turn of the millennium, the London Eye was only due to operate for 5 years before being dismantled. However, due to the popularity of the attraction and the massive influx of visitors, the City of London finally decided to keep the structure and issued a permanent permit to occupy its site on the south bank of the Thames. The attraction therefore remained in place and continues to stand proudly on the Thames, next to County Hall: it is now an integral part of the London skyline.

The London Eye in front of the Palace of Westminster and Big Ben.

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The London Eye receives more visitors a year than the Taj Mahal, Stonehenge and even the Great Pyramids of Giza. In 2002, nearly 8 million people tried the experience, and 30 million in 2008. In March 2020, London's flagship attraction celebrated its twentieth anniversary.

Why visit the London Eye?

From the gondolas of the London Eye, visitors can enjoy unique views of the English capital. On a clear day, the view stretches for almost 40 kilometres and every detail of the city can be seen.

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All air-conditioned and closed, each cabin can accommodate up to 25 people and the journey takes 30 minutes. Travelling at a constant speed of 26 centimetres per second, or less than one kilometre per hour, and without stopping, tourists have time to admire all of London's monuments and** parks in detail.

A 4D cinema experience has even been added, and interactive touch-screen guides in several languages have been installed to give visitors more information about the breathtaking views of the city.

A cruise ship in front of the London Eye.

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After admiring the monuments from the sky, take a cruise on the Thames to see all the beauty of London from another angle! The London Eye offers combined tickets with their own cruise line- great!

Since 1 January 2005, the London Eye has also been involved in the highlights of the London calendar. For example, it has become the focal point of New Year's Eve celebrations, with a 10-minute countdown on the structure and a fireworks display. Don't miss a trip there on 31 December if you're in the area.

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Practical information for the London Eye

The London Eye is one of the most visited attractions in the world, so it's unthinkable not to include it in your next trip to London! The Ferris wheel ride lasts 30 minutes but allow around an hour, the queue can take a while, even with a time-stamped ticket.

🚌 How do I get to the London Eye?

  • Waterloo station (5-minute walk): Bakerloo (brown), Jubilee (grey), Northern (black) and Waterloo & City (turquoise) lines.
  • Embankment station: Circle (yellow), Northern and District (green) lines
  • Charing Cross station: Northern and Waterloo lines
  • Westminster station: Jubilee, District and Circle lines

👉 Hop-on hop-off buses also stop close to the London Eye.

The London Eye gondolas.

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⏰ London Eye opening times

London Eye opening days and times vary by day and season, visit the London Eye diary to find out more.

👛 London Eye prices

  • Full fare: £32.5
  • Express ticket: £47.5
  • London Eye and Thames Cruise combined ticket: £43
  • London Eye and Madame Tussauds combined ticket: £50

To find out all the fares and book your ticket online, go directly to the official London Eye website.

A few tips for your visit

  • The London Eye is a very popular attraction in London, so there can be a long wait. We advise you to come early in the morning or book your ticket online to avoid the crowds.
  • The Champagne Experience offers you a unique opportunity to enjoy a glass of champagne during your ride!
  • You can hire a cabin on the London Eye for £625.
  • The London Eye is fully accessible to PRMs.
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