The London Eye
Latitude / Longitude: 51.50319, -0.11982
Our Locals' Tip: When you get off The Eye, head down along the riverside, away from The Eye itself and the Aquarium. You'll shortly come across some lovely sandwich cafes and snack bars. They're cheap and tasty and you can enjoy your food on one of the benches along the riverbank.
The London Eye opened in 2000, and was designed by architect David Marks and his wife Julia Barfield.
It is the highest observation wheel in the world and, from its peak, you can see for up to 25 miles (40km) across across all regions of London.
The wheel's shape was intended to symbolise the turning of the century into the new millennium.
Its size and scale has helped it to quickly become one of London’s top attractions. Standing at 135m high and weighing 2,100 tonnes, the wheel has a circumference of 424 metres, and can carry 800 passengers in its 32 capsules, with around 25 people in each capsule at busy times.
The Eye receives over 3.5 million visitors a year. A ride (or 'flight') on the Eye lasts for around 30 minutes, taking passengers to a height of 135 metres. You'll get one full rotation of the wheel, turning at a speed of 0.9 kilometres per hour without stopping; passengers can board and alight whilst the wheel is in motion.
The Eye is designed to be fully accessible, with discounts and a fast track service for disabled passengers, who may be accompanied by a carer at no extra charge. Pre-booking is advised, although same-day tickets are often available and can be booked two hours before the intended flight time, either online or by telephone. Baby buggies can be taken on board if folded down, otherwise they can be left in the ticket office, which is situated in County Hall, next to the London Eye. It is also possible to book a private capsule for a party and even to hold a wedding at 135 meters from the ground.
Opening times: October - May: 9:30 - 20:00 - - June: 9:30 - 21:00 - - July – August: 9:30 - 21:30 - - September: 9:30 - 21:00
Prices: On the day: Adults (16+): £18.90 - - Children (4-15): £9.90 - - Under 4: free - - Senior: £15.00 - - Family of four: £57.60, Online: Adults: £17.09 - - Children (4-15): £8.91 - - Under 4: Free - - Senior: £13.50 - - Family of four: £46.08
Location: Southbank, opposite Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament.
Nearest Tube: Waterloo (Jubilee, Bakerloo, Northern Lines)
Best For Whom:
- Families With Children
Best For What:
- A View To Die For
"Once you step onto the road, and you don't keep your feet, there's no telling where you might be swept off to" - J.R.R. Tolkien