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The London Eye, a Ferris wheel par excellence, is one of the most popular attractions in the British capital. At 135 m (443 ft) high, it is the second highest Ferris wheel in Europe and offers an impressive view over the metropolis. Originally built as a time-limited attraction, the London Eye has now become a permanent feature of the London skyline.

Especially during the vacation season, the London Eye is a popular destination not only for tourists, but also for locals. So it is advisable to book a ticket without queuing online. Especially since these bookings are cheaper than buying a ticket on the spot.
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8 tips for visiting the London Eye

Get a great view of London from one of the London Eye’s pods.
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Time your visit right A full rotation of the London Eye takes about 30 minutes, but crowds should be expected, especially during the peak summer season. It is recommended to be on site about 30 minutes before your chosen time slot. However, the London Ferris Wheel is open late into the evening during summertime and at this time queues are shorter. In addition, the city lights can be enjoyed while looking out. Normally, shortly before noon the fewest guests are on site.
The impressive frame of the Coca-Cola London Eye.
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Avoid queuesQueues are not uncommon at the London Eye, after all it is one of the most popular attractions in the city - among tourists as well as locals. These can be avoided with pre-booked tickets or, especially in summer and during school vacations, with fast-track tickets (online bookable time slot for priority admission via a separate entrance).
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Use the tablets in the carriagesThe Skyline of London is bursting with historic buildings and sites. For more information on the view, there are tablets in every train car that make it easy to find key landmarks.
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Try the 4D-Experience The so-called 4D-Experience combines 3D aerial shots of London with sensory effects like light, wind, sound, and water within an approximately four-minute film. The light effects are produced in such a way that they are accessible for photosensitive people. The 4D-Experience is optional, but already included in the ticket for the London Eye. So it is well suited as an introduction to the ride.
London Eye bank | Fred Romero - CC BY 2.0
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Take advantage of the big capsulesThe London Eye allows up to 28 people in each capsule, providing ample room to move around and fair opportunities for views in all directions. For guests who want to rest a bit, there is a long bench in the center of each car.
London Eye skyline | Unsplash: Pablo Martinez
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Take advantage of exclusive offersThe London Eye also offers extravagance for those who want to indulge in a little bit of luxury. With a ticket for the Champagne Experience, a Pommery Brut Royal Champagne may be enjoyed with the view over the British capital. It is also possible to rent a private gondola all for yourself and your companion.
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Explore the south bank of the ThamesSince the London Eye resides at the Thames, the riverbank should also be explored. After all, many other attractions are can be found there and be combined with the London Eye, including the The London Dungeon and the SEA LIFE London. If you’re interested in a more relaxed attraction, take the wonderful walk past the Tate Modern and Shakespeare's Globe to Borough Market with its tempting delicacies.
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Want more London panorama?If the London Eye isn't high enough for you, you should consider visiting The Shard. The huge skyscraper replaced the London Eye as the city’s tallest tourist attraction in 2013 and was even the tallest skyscraper in Europe in the beginning.
London Eye and Big Ben | 0ChrisLambert0 - CC BY-SA 4.0

Things to know about the London Eye

Nowadays, it's hard to imagine London's skyline without the London Eye, but that wasn't always the case. Here you’ll find the most interesting facts about the amazing Ferris wheel.

Beginnings at the start of the millennium

For the inauguration of the new millennium, on December 31st, 1999, the London Eye was opened under the name of Millennium Wheel, although it remained closed for improvement works until March 2000. Actually, it was supposed to be closed again after five years, when the lease was supposed to expire. But everything turned out differently - already in 2002 the contract was extended and thus the Ferris wheel became a permanent part of London's skyline.

Symbolic wagons

The 32 carriages of the London Eye represent the 32 boroughs of London, but are numbered from 1 to 33. That’s because the number 13 is missing, since it is supposed to bring bad luck. Wagon number 2 has been declared the Coronation Capsule on the occasion of Queen Elizabeth II's 60th coronation anniversary. For her 70th anniversary in 2022, a small pub has also been dedicated to her in one of the gondolas.

Almost the biggest attraction in London

Until the opening of the viewing deck of The Shard, the London Eye was the highest vantage point in London with a fantastic view of all of London's iconic buildings. To the east can be seen St. Paul's Cathedral, Tower Bridge, The Shard as well as Nelson's Column, Buckingham Palace and the Houses of Parliament to the west. The view can reach up to 25 miles (40 km) wide on a clear day.

No normal Ferris wheel

Technically speaking, the London Eye cannot be called a Ferris Wheel, after George Gale Ferris Jr. who constructed the first such object in 1893. That’s because it is supported laterally, i.e. it rotates on a cantilever. Although it was the tallest Ferris wheel in the world when it opened, there are now taller wheels in Nanchang, Singapore, and Las Vegas, but they are actually Ferris Wheels. Thus, the London Eye can claim to still be the tallest Ferris wheel of its design.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is the London Eye accessible for disabled persons?

The London Eye is wheelchair accessible, but only two are allowed in a car at a time and eight on the entire Ferris wheel at a time. A limited number of wheelchairs are available for hire on site, but require a wheelchair space to be booked. One companion for each person with a disability may enter the attraction free of charge. Induction loops are available at the ticket booth for persons who are hard of hearing. Assistance dogs are allowed. Read more.

Is the London Eye suitable for children?

Children are allowed on the London Eye, but must be accompanied by an adult until the age of 15. Strollers are allowed in the gondolas, but must remain folded. Read more.

Is there internet on the London Eye?

Free wifi is available in the ticket office and all 32 carriages of the London Eye. Read more.

Can I take my luggage into the train cars?

Before boarding, a security check comparable to airport protocols is carried out. Small bags, strollers, laptops and water bottles are allowed on board. Motorcycle helmets, large bags or suitcases that cannot be folded, skateboards and inline skates, sharp objects or camera tripods are prohibited. Read more.

Can I store my luggage before the ride?

Yes, the London Eye offers stowage facilities at the entrance. Read more.

General information

opening Hours

Opening hours vary depending on the month, in midsummer they are usually longer. In any case, the London Eye opens during the week at 11:00 am at the latest, on weekends at 10:00 am. Closing time during the week is 18:00 at the earliest, on weekends not before 20:30.

tickets

Tickets cost at least £30.50 online, from £53 upwards there are tickets with faster entry (Fast Track Tickets). Families (with at least 2 children) can save a little with a family ticket, for which each person pays at least £28.

address

The London Eye
Riverside Building
County Hall
Westminster Bridge Road
London, SE1 7PB

website

Official site: https://www.londoneye.com

how to get there

The Coca-Cola London Eye is easy to walk to from several London Underground stations, including Waterloo (Bakerloo, Jubilee, Northern, and Waterloo & City lines), Embankment (Circle, District, Northern, and Bakerloo lines), Charing Cross (Bakerloo and Northern lines), and Westminster (Circle, District and Jubilee lines). Charing Cross, Waterloo, and Waterloo East stations are also served by trains from London and the south of England. The London Eye can also be reached via bus numbers 211, 77, and 381, and the RV1 bus connects it to the Tate Modern and Covent Garden. The Coca-Cola London Eye has its own pier which is served by London river boat services. Car parking is available at a discounted rate at the Q-Park Westminster car park if you book tickets in advance, but if you intend to drive then please be aware that the London Eye is within the Congestion Charge Zone.
Klaus Kainz
Written byKlaus KainzAs a studied historian, Klaus is not only interested in historical sights, but also in their fascinating backgrounds. For TicketLens, he gets to the heart of the most interesting information about attractions and travel destinations.
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