Visit the London Eye

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London Eye map location

London Eye address and telephone

Address:
London Eye is located at: Riverside Building, County Hall, Westminster Bridge Road, Waterloo,
London SE1 7PB
England
Telephone:
You can contact London Eye on Work +44 (0) 871 781 3000
Website:
The London Eye website can be visited at www.londoneye.com

London Eye opening times and ticket price

Opening hours:
London Eye is open to the public from: 10 AM to 8.30 PM (last week of Jan-3rd week of Mar); 10 AM to 9.30 PM (3rd week of Mar-1st half of Apr); 10 AM to 9 PM (2nd half of Apr); 10 AM to 9 PM (Sun-Thu, May-Jun); 10 AM to 9.30 PM (Fri-Sat, May-Jun); 10 AM to 9.30 PM (Jul-Aug); 10 AM to 8.30 PM (Sep-1st week of Jan); Closed (middle 2 weeks of Jan)
Time required:
A typical visit to London Eye lasts 30 mins for the ride, plus another 30-60 mins for the queue (approx)
Ticket cost:
The entry price for London Eye is: Adult price £0.25; Child cost £0.20 (3-15); Infants free entry (under-3)
Visiting hours and admission charges are subject to change, and may not apply on public holidays. Always reconfirm entrance fees and whether it’s open to visitors before booking tickets and making plans to visit London Eye

How to get to London Eye

When visiting London Eye you can use the following:
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History of the London Eye

The London Eye is a giant Ferris wheel, and one of the largest observation wheels in the world.

It has variously been known as the Millennium Wheel, British Airways London Eye, EDF Energy London Eye, and now the Coca-Cola London Eye.

It was originally designed as a temporary structure to celebrate the year 2000, but it’s future has now been secured as one of London’s most famous landmarks.

The London Eye Ferris Wheel

The huge wheel turned out to be too large to build in situ, so each part was floated down the Thames and reassembled horizontally in front of the Houses of Parliament. Once it was completed it was hoisted upright by two cranes.

London Eye facts

The London Eye height is 443-feet from top to bottom, and the big eye has a diameter of 394 feet. Each of the 32 glass-covered capsules hold 25 people each.

View from the London Eye

Boarding a capsule at the London Eye

The duration of the ride takes 30 minutes and the capsule moves at a stately 0.6 miles per hour.

The best views from the London Eye are of Parliament, Horse Guards Parade, Buckingham Palace, the dome of St. Paul’s Cathedral, The Shard, and The City skyscrapers. On a clear day you can see as far as 25 miles.

Craig’s review of the London Eye

This review originally appeared in his London blog

One of the London Eye pods

My first time on the London Eye today. Normally the queue is snaking all the way to Timbuktoo so I waited until the end of September when all the kids were back at school and the tourists had gone home.

We only had about ten people in our pod so it was nice and empty and we had a good view all around. There’s not a lot inside the pod. There are no maps or telescopes or anything like that. No parachutes either. All they’ve got is a little wooden bench in the middle for the old people to sit on.

The first few minutes are a bit of a snooze-fest because you are low down and the best sights (like Big Ben) are blocked behind the metal wheel. All you’ve got to look at is Charing Cross station and Waterloo Bridge. But then you get above the rooftops and you can look down upon Horse Guards Parade and Buckingham Palace. I must admit that I thought the view would be better from the top, but you can’t see much farther then The City. St. Paul’s and the Gherkin all poke above the buildings, but Canary Wharf is pin-prick size. Wembley Stadium is about the same size as an atom.

View from the top of the London Eye

The little map they hand you says that you can see the Tower of London as well, but I reckon you’d need a magnifying glass to pick that one out. In my mind’s eye I had visions of being able to see all the way to the Thames Barrier, but you can’t even see Greenwich. I don’t know why I thought that (because I’m an idiot) but I wanted to see France. I wanted to see the Statue of Liberty. Considering that you can see the all the way to the moon just by looking up, I thought we’d be able to see a little farther than the Circle Line.

A visit to the London Eye

Once the pod gets closer to the top it suddenly dawns on you that the only thing between you and death is a few rivets and banged-in nuts. But thank Christ it doesn’t sway in the wind. It hardly even moves. You can’t hear motors, engines or nothing. It is totally silent… like it’s broken. And I’m a big jessy when it comes to heights so my legs started getting bendy and I had to hold onto the rail in case I feinted. Inside my head I was praying that the pod didn’t fall off and float down the river. And this goes on for ten minutes, until you start coming back down. It’s just you and a load of foreigners stuck inside a big glass ball six miles in the sky with no hope of rescue.

View from the London Eye

Once you start coming back down you get a better view of Big Ben and Parliament. You can also see farther down the river to Battersea Power Station, but that’s about as far as the view goes. Then you plant your feet on terra firma and praise Jesus that you didn’t die.

Craig’s London blog> Read Craig’s latest review of the London Eye  “Normally I don’t like heights but the London Eye is a bit of fun – it’s like a big Ferris wheel they have at the circus. What can possibly go wrong? As long as you don’t think about it too much then you’ll be fine. I made that mistake today as I was waiting to go on, because I couldn’t for the life of me work out how it was standing up. What exactly is holding the wheel on, apart from those flimsy little spokes? I’m being serious: the next time you’re there see if you can work out what is holding it up, and why the whole thing doesn’t just topple into the river. (It’s probably best to do that after you’ve finished, though, so you don’t freak yourself out)… continued.”

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If you enjoy looking at the skyline from the top of tall observation platforms, then check out the Sky Garden, The Shard and the dome at St. Paul’s Cathedral. You can also climb The Monument and Westminster Cathedral’s campanile bell tower. Or how about a ride on the cable car? We have put together a guide to the best viewing spots in London in our events guide.


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  •  Guest – “This is a superb way to get an overview of the city, to see how big it is, and where things are in relation to each other. My only advice is that you should do it at the start of your holiday, so you can get an idea for the city before you set off on individual things. And pick a Sunny day! You can see for miles all around, although its only really worth looking north because there's not much to look at in south London. One of the most impressive sights I though, was the rising shard of light, which seems to be reaching higher and higher every time I see it. It towers above everything on the skyline, and is London's first really amazing skyscraper, to rival any skyscraper in the world.”
  • donald – “When I look at the London eye I wonder how on earth it stays up. Because those thin wires coming from the edge of the wheel to the middle are the only things holding it up. The tripod thing only goes to the middle, it doesn't connect with the wheel.. Only the little thin wires are doing that. So why doesn't the whole thing drop down, or fall over into the river? It's a death trap, you won't catch me going on it. One of these days it is going to fall over and float down the river, with everyone in it, and the last we will see of them is when they float off into the north sea, towards the north pole.”
  • GrannyRoars – “I have a fear of heghts. I promised to go and look, so I did. Looking up at the wheel turning, nearly did me in though! I got dizzy and felt sick simply watching. So I’m afraid I chickened out.”

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