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London Eye

Aereal view of the London Eye. Photo © London Eye Management Services Ltd

For a breathtaking experience and inimitable panoramic views, contemplate London from one of the 32 cabins of the tallest Ferries wheel in Europe. You can enjoy the London Eye 4D Cinema Experience before climbing to the top of the Ferris wheel. This 4-minute film provides great images of London with impressive special effects including different smells, bubbles and realistic fog.    

A tour lasts about 30 minutes and will allow you to calmly admire Big Ben, St. Paul’s Cathedral, Buckingham Palace and Westminster Abbey. If the day is clear, you can see up to 40 metres away, so it is best to take advantage of this panoramic view.

Children under 15 must be accompanied by an adult.

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What is the London Eye?

The London Eye  is the tallest cantilevered observation wheel in Europe and one of the most popular attractions in the United Kingdom. It is located on the south bank of the river Thames in London.

When was the London Eye built?

The London Eye was formally opened by the Prime Minister Tony Blair on 31 December 1999, but did not open to the paying public until 9 March 2000 because of a capsule clutch problem.

Who built the London Eye?

The London Eye was designed by the husband-and-wife team of Julia Barfield and David Marks of Marks Barfield Architects. The project was European with major components coming from six countries: the steel was supplied from the UK and fabricated in The Netherlands by the Dutch company Hollandia, the cables came from Italy, the bearings came from Germany (FAG/Schaeffler Group), the spindle and hub were cast in the Czech Republic, the capsules were made by Poma in France (and the glass for these came from Italy), and the electrical components from the UK.

Why was the London Eye built?

It was built to celebrate and commemorate  thge beginning  of the new millennium: the original name was in fact The Millennium Wheel. The presence of the wheel  was originally planned for only 5 years, but that period was soon extended to 20. Since than the huge steel construction has changed its name in London Eye and has become one of the symbols of the city. In December 2001, operators submitted an application to Lambeth Council to give the London Eye permanent status, and the application was granted in July 2002.

General informations

Useful information for your visit to the London Eye.


It is located in the heart of London on the south bank of the Thames between Westminster Bridge and Hungerford Bridge.

The address is:  Riverside Building, County Hall, London SE1 7PB

Opening hours

To visit the London Eye the times are as follows:

  • From 1st January to 31st March, and from 1st September to 25th October: Monday to Friday: from 11 am to 6 pm. Saturdays and Sundays: from 10 am to 8:30 pm.
  • From 1st April to 16th July, from 26th to 31st October, and from 19th and 30th December: Every day from 10 am to 8:30 pm.
  • Easter, and from 16th July to 31st August: Every day from 10 am to 9:30 pm.

Closed: 25th December.

How to get to the London Eye

To reach the London Eye:

Metro stops: Westminster (420 mt), Waterloo, Charing Cross, Embankment

Buses: 211, 77 and 381

Attractions nearby

  • Westminster Palace (421 m)
  • Big Ben (425 m)
  • Westminster Abbey (725 m)
  • Trafalgar Square (777 m)
  • National Gallery (845 m)

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