London’s answer to the Eiffel Tower, the London Eye is one of the capital’s most-loved tourist attractions. With breathtaking views over the city, visitors flock here to queue for a spot in one of its coveted capsules. Tick off all the landmarks such as Big Ben, St Paul’s Cathedral and Tower Bridge and enjoy the stunning 360° views. After your spin on the wheel, why not stay at our London County Hall Premier Inn hotel with its very own views of the London Eye? Or, rest up in another of our London hotels - with so many to choose from, there’ll be one near your favourite tourist attraction. But can you spot it from the top of the London Eye?
Opened back in 1999 the London Eye was at one point Europe’s highest viewing point until it was overtaken by the observation deck at The Shard. But at 135 metres, it’s still impressively tall though, so make sure you bring your head for heights!
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 typically opens between 10am and 6pm during the week, and until 8pm at weekends, but opening hours do vary throughout the year so check the website. Tickets costs £28 on the day, but are £25 bought online.
4D cinematic experience
Included in your ticket is admission to the first live action, 4D film ever produced in the UK. With stunning 3D aerial photography, the four-minute long film is a great introduction to what it’s like on the Eye. You’ll find it in the ticket office.
There are 132 slow-rotating glass capsules, each representing a different London borough. With space for 25 people inside, they never feel over-crowded plus they’re all air-conditioned and come with seating in the middle in case your legs get tired.
The London Eye is fully accessible, however, only two wheelchairs per capsule and eight wheelchairs on the whole of attraction at one time are permitted. There is some queuing involved, but if you’re unable to do that, there is an assisted boarding service.
Eating and Drinking
At the foot of London Eye you’ll find The Pommery Champagne Bar which overlooks the Thames and is the perfect way to enjoy a drink before or after your ride, as well as take in the sights of the capital. Or push the boat out and go for a private dining experience inside one of the capsules! The Dining at 135 package includes a Champagne reception, a three-course meal and three spectacular rotations on the Wheel after dark.
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 cocktails as well as Italian favourite Cucina. For drinks, 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.
Getting to the London Eye
Not hard to miss, the London Eye can be reached by a number of different options. Why not try the river boat or hop off a sightseeing bus for a unique experience?
Parking is available at the Q-Park Westminster car park. Other spaces are nearby but keep in mind the area 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.
By river boat
Arrive at the London Eye pier by boat from stops including London Bridge, Greenwich, Canary Wharf, Tower and Masthouse Terrace.