Most of London’s spectacular sights are historic buildings, but standing
on the opposite bank of the River Thames to the Houses of Parliament, is a huge
Ferris wheel more than 442 ft (135 m) tall; The London Eye.
Designed by several architects, its official name is EDF Energy London Eye.
This gigantic structure was built to celebrate the new millennium. Tony Blair,
the then Prime Minister, opened it on December 31st, 1999. The London Eye
consists of 32 capsules, each with a capacity of 25 people, meaning that at
any time, 800 people can be taking a ride and soaking up the view! You can even
rent a capsule for private purposes—some guests have weddings and parties in
them. A normal ride lasts 30 minutes. You can choose to overlook London by day with
its spectacular historic splendor, or by night, in its twinkling
There are several rules that you must obey when entering the London Eye. You
can take small baggage and laptops with you as well as drinking water. However,
you shouldn’t take any food bought outside the wheel with you. You cannot take
large bags, motorcycle helmets or rollerblades, either. Do not carry any sharp
objects with you; they may be taken during the security check.
You can't miss the wheel since it is situated on the edge of the Jubilee
Gardens and on the banks of the River Thames. There are several London
Underground stops around—Waterloo, Embankment, Charing Cross and Westminster.
From each of them, it is a short walk to the London Eye. If traveling by train,
get off at Waterloo or Charing Cross. Three bus lines— 77, 211 and 381—go
to the wheel. If you want to be original, you have the option of going by boat
and getting off at London Eye's Millennium Pier.
Daily: 10.00 a.m - 9.00 p.m., 9:30 p.m. in July and August.
Adult 16+: £19.20
Child (4-15 years): £12.30
Tickets are significantly cheaper when bought on the internet.
Phone: +44 (0)871 781 3000