See London from the top of the London Eye

, Riverside Building, County Hall, Westminster Bridge Road, Waterloo, London 51.503413 -0.119747
Dates & Time:
Closed (middle 2 weeks of Jan); 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)
Tickets & Cost:
If bought online: Adult from £21.20; Child (3-15) from £16.95; Infant (under-3) free
If bought at the door: Adult £24.95; Child (3-15) £19.95; Infant (under-3) free
The contact number for London Eye is +44 (0) 871 781 3000
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The following bus routes go near London Eye: 12, 53, 59, 76, 77, 148, 159, 211, 341, 381, RV1
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The best London underground train stations to visit London Eye are Charing Cross Embankment Waterloo Westminster
Note: The actual closest train station to London Eye is Waterloo
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Craig’ London blog> Read Craig’s review  I’ve seen this view myself and posted some photos and a review on my blog

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A ride on the London Eye is one of the Top 10 must-dos for every tourist's itinerary.

Once you've negotiated the queues (which can be quite lengthy -- so allow for at least thirty minutes), you will step into a wobbly pod as it rises slowly around the wheel. As you get higher and higher you can peer down into Horse Guards parade ground and pick out Buckingham Palace, which appears to be marooned inside a forest of trees at the end of St. James's Park.

Part of the fun comes in spotting hard-to-see landmarks like Nelson's Column amongst the rooftops (you'll have to be good to spot that one), as well as the easy spot like the distant dome of St. Paul's Cathedral. The Shard and Canary Wharf are easy, but separating out the buildings in the Square Mile will take a bit more knowledge.

Once your pod gets over the top of the wheel and starts coming back down, you can enjoy the best view of Big Ben and Parliament from anywhere in London.

We know exactly what you're thinking... is it scary? Not really, no. If we're honest it does wobble around a bit, which takes a bit of getting used to for the first couple of minutes, but there's a small bench to sit on in case you get jelly legs. That's pretty much all there is inside the pod. There are no telescopes. But you do get floor-to-ceiling windows all the way around, so you'll always be able to hog a bit of window space.

Craig absolutely hates heights, but he has been on the London Eye a couple of times now and thinks it is well-worth doing. Read his review of the London Eye on his blog before you go, and feel free to ask him a question. You can also post a question on the forum.

If you enjoy the view from tall places, check out our page of the best viewing spots in London. The best one by far is The Shard, closely followed by the Sky Garden (have you ever heard of that one? It's great! It's like a tropical garden at the top of a skyscraper).


Got a question? – Talk about this event

 Guest – “Dear Londondrum,Which one would you recommend.. Day London eye or Night London eye?Is it worth to do a river cruise after London eye? I am planning to have a evening/night London eye + river cruise.. any cruise recommendation? Thanks!”

Admin – “I'd probably recommend... them both. It's hard to choose. They're both good, and you should enjoy either one. But the view will be better during the day. Night views are impressive, but I always think it's very hard to pick out individual landmarks because the lights all look the same. You'll be able to see the easy ones, like the dome of St. Paul's, the Houses of Parliament, and big skyscrapers like the gherkin and shard, but distant parts of the city will just be indistinguishable office lights....but it will still be good. It's still worth doing.Check the timetables for the river cruises, because they don't run very late -- ... -ferry.php.Maybe you could do a dinner cruise, like this one --”


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If you enjoy great views then you might like these other London events…

View from The Shard — London’s tallest building – Every dayEnjoy the stunning views from the top of The Shard -- London's tallest skyscraper -- more than 1000-feet above the city.

Cable car across the River Thames – Every dayThis cable car offers fantastic views as it carries you across the Thames from The O2 to the ExCel Centre in five minutes.

Tropical garden at the top of the Sky Garden – Every dayThe Sky Garden is a three-story garden that spans the top three floors of 20 Fenchurch Street (aka the Walkie Scorchie).

Enjoy the view from Primrose Hill – Every dayPrimrose Hill is a lot higher than it looks, and boasts one of the finest views of the London skyline from anywhere in the city.

Whispering Gallery at St. Paul’s Cathedral – Monday to SaturdaySt Paul's Cathedal has got three domes that you can climb up -- the Whispering Gallery, Stone Gallery and Golden Gallery.

Climb to the top of The Monument – Every dayThe Monument to the Great Fire of London has a balcony at the top, which gives tourists some decent views of The City.

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