Like the Eiffel Tower is to Paris, The London Eye is to the UK’s capital. With undeniably breathtaking views over the city, visitors flock to one of London’s most iconic attractions for a spot in one of the coveted capsules. Tick off all the landmarks such as Big Ben, St. Paul’s Cathedral and Tower Bridge and enjoy the stunning 360° views.
Opened back in 1999, by former Prime Minister Tony Blair, the London Eye was at one point Europe’s highest viewing point until it was overtaken by the observation deck at The Shard. Standing at the dizzy heights of 135 metres tall, it is home to 132 slow rotating capsules, each of which represent a London borough and can hold up to 25 people each. Ensuring visitors rotate in luxurious surroundings, every capsule is air conditioned and has seating in the middle for perching on. Over the years, it has seen a number of different sponsors including Merlin Entertainments, British Airways, EDF Energy and Coca Cola.
Not hard to miss, the London Eye can be reached by a number of different options. Why not try the river boat from stops including London Bridge, Greenwich, Canary Wharf, Tower and Masthouse Terraceor for a unique experience?
Parking is available at the Q-Park Westminster car park. Other spaces are nearby but keep in mind it is in the Congestion Zone.
Hop on the 211, 77 or 381. Alternatively, jump off at the London Eye stop on one of the red sightseeing bus routes.
Waterloo is the closest station with a five minute walk or Embankment with a 10-15 minute stroll to the London Eye.
Both Waterloo and Charing Cross are close by with no more than a 10 minute walk added on, just follow the signs to Southbank.
If you want to beat the queues, it’s worth booking your ticket for outside of the busy period which is between 11am and 3pm. Why not go in the evening? There’s nothing better than seeing the capital city’s landscape in lights!
The London Eye is fully accessible, however, only two wheelchairs per capsule are permitted and eight wheelchairs on the whole of attraction at one time. There’s also the opportunity to visit have your photo taken at the end of your experience and then pick up a printed version at the gift shop straight after.
Due to its great location on the South Bank, there are a variety of places to eat and drink close by.
Places to eat
Try The Library Lounge for a spot of afternoon tea or a classically London meal at the Great British Fish and Chips on Westminster Bridge Road.
Other restaurants include Las Iguanas for Mexican food and Mexican cocktails as well as Italian favourite Cucina.
Places to drink
The Pommery Champagne Bar overlooks the Thames and really is the perfect way to enjoy a drink before or after your ride. Take a stroll over the bridge Charing Cross way and head to Gordon’s Wine Bar or pull up a pew at the bar in the Royal Festival Hall with amazing views over the Thames.