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London Eye
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London Eye map
Address:
London Eye, Riverside Building, County Hall, Westminster Bridge Road, Waterloo SE1 7PB
Tel:
Work 0871 781 3000
Web:
London Eye’s website

Opening times and price

Opening hours:
Closed (middle 2 weeks of Jan); 11 AM to 6 PM (1st and 4th week of Jan, Feb-Mar, last 2 weeks of Apr, first 3 weeks of May, Sep-Nov, first 3 weeks of Dec); 10 AM to 8.30 PM (first 2 weeks of Apr, last week of May, Jun-Aug, last week of Dec)
Ticket cost:
Adults £26.00; Children £21.00 (3-15); Infants free entry (under-3); Family ticket £94.00
Visiting hours and entry charges are subject to change
Time required:
A typical visit to London Eye lasts 30-50 mins for the queue, plus another 30 mins for the ride (approx)

Getting to London Eye

Parking:
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Taxis:
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Buses:
12, 53, 59, 76, 77, 148, 159, 211, 341, 381, RV1
London bus fares
Trains:
Charing Cross BKL NRN, Embankment BKL CRC DSC NRN, Waterloo BKL JUB NRN W&C, Westminster CRC DSC JUB
The nearest train station to London Eye is Waterloo
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Craig recommends… Here’s my latest London Eye review. If you enjoy looking at the skyline from the top of tall buildings then try the Sky Garden, Shard and the dome at St. Paul’s Cathedral. You can also climb The Monument and Westminster Cathedral’s bell tower. Or how about a ride on the cable car? We have put together a list of the best viewing spots in London.

The London Eye is No.2 in our list of London’s best attractions for kids, No.7 in our list of must-see landmarks, and No.7 in our list of best places to take a photo.

The London Eye

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

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

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.

Boarding a capsule at the London Eye

Craig’s review of the London Eye

This review originally appeared in his London blog

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 to sit on.

One of the London Eye pods

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.

View from the London Eye

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. 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.

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.

 
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  • 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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If you enjoy this then try: Emirate Air Line Cable Car (catch the tube from Waterloo to Emirate Air Line Cable Car); The Shard (walk it in 30 mins or catch a train from Waterloo to The Shard) and Sky Garden (catch the tube from Waterloo to Sky Garden).

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