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Why London Eye is so famous?

Located on the south bank of the Thames River in London, the London Eye is a cantilevered observation deck in the United Kingdom. It can carry up to 800 people at a time while it rotates fully for 30 minutes. From its apex 443 feet above the ground, you can see up to 25 miles of London’s magnificent skyline. The London Eye, originally called the Millennium Wheel, was inaugurated on December 31, 1999. Today it has over 3.75 million visitors annually and is one of the most popular tourist attractions in London.

Breif History of London Eye

The Ferris Wheel

  • A predecessor to the London Eye was a similar structure known as the Great Wheel.
  • It was built for the Empire of India Exhibition and opened in 1895. The Ferris wheel was 308 feet high.
  • Over the next 12 years, the Ferris Wheel carried around 2.5 million passengers before demolishing in 1907.


The making of the London Eye

  • A husband and wife team built the London Eye – Julia Barfield and David Marks – who ran Marks Barfield Architects.
  • The concept of this Ferris wheel came about in 1993 as an entry in a competition run by the Sunday Times and the British Architecture Foundation to mark the start of the new millennium.
  • Although the competition went without a winner, the pair decided to build their masterpiece with much of the funding provided by British Airways.
  • In 1998, construction of the wheel began with the aim of launching it on New Year’s Eve 1999. Individual parts were built and transported from all over the UK and Europe to the site where they were assembled. 17,000 professionals worked hard to make this dream a reality and, as planned, the Millennium Wheel was inaugurated in December 1999.
  • The wheel was to consist of 32 egg-shaped capsules representing the 32 London boroughs.


London Eye – criticism and recognition

  • Although the London Eye was criticised for its location in its early days, it remains one of the top attractions in the world.
  • Believe it or not, initially, it was planned to keep the London Eye for a period of 5 years only. However, in July 2002, an application for permanent status for the structure was approved. Since then, the London Eye has undergone a series of ownership changes, while operations have been maintained uninterrupted.
  • When it opened, the London Eye was the tallest Ferris wheel in the world. Today it remains the tallest Ferris wheel in Europe. Until the opening of the 804-foot observation deck on the 72nd floor of The Shard in 2013, it was the highest vantage point in London.

Plan to Visit

London Eye

We recommend arriving 20-30min before the admission time we confirmed.

The fast-track ticket will save your precious time in London.

Opening time 

Opening time 11:00~18:00 (it may vary by date)

**Recommend checking the official website

Address

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

The London Eye is situated on the South Bank of the river Thames, opposite the Houses of Parliament and next to other top-rated London Tourist attractions. The ticket office is located inside County Hall, which is the building directly next to the London Eye.

 
London-Bus

By Bus

Bus number 211, 77, and 381 arrives you at the London Eye. The London Eye is on most London sightseeing bus tours and on the RV1 route that links the London Eye to other popular attractions including the Tate Modern, Covent Garden and lots more in London.

London-Tube

By Underground

London Eye is located within walking distance from Waterloo, Embankment, Charing Cross and Westminster underground (tube) station. Waterloo is the nearest station.

London-Car

By Car

It is highly recommended to find your parking space online before visiting the London Eye. Please note that the London Eye is located within the Congestion Charge Zone. Please make sure that you have paid the Congestion Charge.

London-Boat

By Boat

You can reach the London Eye via the river. There are a number of service stops at the London Pier. These include Bankside, Embankment, Blackfriars, London Bridge, Tower, Canary Wharf, Hilton Docklands, Masthouse Terrace, Greenwich and lots more.

Tips & Tricks from Ticket Here

Tips & Tricks for your visit to the London Eye

  • The London Eye is always crowded due to its popularity. To make sure your visit goes off without any queues, choose weekdays and definitely avoid school holidays and other public holidays.
  • London Eye opening hours vary depending on the season. Make sure you check the opening times before booking your tickets.
  • Do a weather check before you climb the London Eye Capsule. On a clear day, the views are exquisite and far-reaching. If it’s rainy and gloomy, your ride will certainly be marred.
  • If you are a student, be sure to take advantage of the student discount on your tickets.
  • Bring binoculars to get a wide view of the London skyline.
    Unless you are in a group of 25, there will probably be others in your capsule. Evening hours are recommended as there are fewer crowds then.
  • Food and drinks (except water) are not allowed in the capsules.
  • Many interesting attractions such as Westminster Bridge, Sea Life London, the London Dungeon and many more are within walking distance of the London Eye. Plan your visit so that you have time to explore the surrounding area.

Facilities & Services in London Eye

  • Wifi – The London Eye offers free WiFi
  • Toilets – There are male, female and disabled toilets in the London Eye ticket office.
  • Baby changing room – Baby changing rooms are also available at the London Eye.
  • Refreshments – Food and drinks are available from the London Eye gift shop, located at the exit of the attraction.
  • Air-conditioned/heated pods – The pods are enclosed and air-conditioned to ensure a comfortable experience.
  • Gift Shop – Buy souvenirs and mementos of your experience from the London Eye gift shop, located at the exit of the attraction.
    First Aid – Contact the London Eye staff if you need assistance with first aid.
  • Online Shop – The London Eye online shop is available and offers up to 20% off.