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  • Address: Westminster Bridge Road, London, England SE1 7PB
  • Hours: April–Aug 10am–9:30pm; Sept–March 10am–8:30pm
  • Admission: From £21.20
One of the world's most famous Ferris wheels, the London Eye is also officially the United Kingdom's most popular paid tourist attraction. The gigantic, 443-foot-high observation wheel was built to mark the millennium in 2000 and boasts a prime location on the Thames River waterfront, opposite Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament. In short, it'd be a mistake to skip the London Eye.

A 30-minute ride in one of the 32 glass pods offers panoramic views, so travelers can spot London landmarks like St Paul's Cathedral and Buckingham Palace from every angle. On a clear day, it might even be possible to spy Windsor Castle on the horizon. One full trip around takes 30 minutes, with the structure rotating at a fairly slow speed, meaning visitors are free to walk about their capsule and take photos from all sides.

With over 3.5 million annual visitors and notoriously long lines, pre-booking a skip-the-line ticket to the wheel is the best way to make the most of your time. For an even more unforgettable experience, opt for a private capsule or treat your loved ones to a champagne experience.

Insider's Tip: Look out for special events—the London Eye has hosted flash mobs, pop-up dining events, Valentine's Day dinners and even weddings. Plus, the wheel is a main feature in the city's famous New Year's Eve fireworks display.

Practical Info

The London Eye is located on the south bank of the River Thames, opposite Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament. The closest tube station is Waterloo, reachable on the Bakerloo, Jubilee, Northern and Waterloo & City lines. The Eye opens at 10am and closes at either 8:30 or 9:30pm depending on the time of the year.

Did You Know? It's no accident that the London Eye has 32 capsules—each one represents one of the city's 32 boroughs. However, observant visitors will notice that the last capsule is actually No. 33—the creators skipped pod No. 13, deeming it unlucky.

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London Eye and Thames River Sightseeing Cruise, London, null
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London Eye and Thames River Sightseeing Cruise

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Roll up, roll up. Get your combined tickets to two of London's top attractions: a trip on the London Eye and a Thames River sightseeing cruise. You'll save ...  Read more

Location: London, United Kingdom
Duration: 1 Day Pass

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London Eye Ticket with Skip-the-Line, London, Day Cruises
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London Eye Ticket with Skip-the-Line

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Skip the line for a perfect Coca-Cola London Eye experience! With fast track entry for your standard flight in a shared capsule, you get to skip the majority ...  Read more

Location: London, United Kingdom
Duration: 30 minutes (approx.)

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London Eye: Private Capsule

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Book a private capsule to turn your Coca Cola London Eye day into a real flight of fancy. Great savings with a set price for up to 24 people per capsule. And ...  Read more

Location: London, United Kingdom
Duration: 30 minutes (approx.)

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BIG London Attraction Ticket Including Madame Tussauds, SEA LIFE Aquarium, London Eye and Shrek's ... 
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BIG London Attraction Ticket Including Madame Tussauds, SEA LIFE Aquarium, London Eye and Shrek's Adventure! London

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Enjoy London for less with the BIG London Attraction Ticket. Experience 4 of London's top attractions, including Madame Tussauds London, SEA LIFE London ...  Read more

Location: London, United Kingdom
Duration: Flexible

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London Day Tour Including Lunch Cruise, London, Attraction Tickets
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London Day Tour Including Lunch Cruise

Explore the famous attractions and treasures in London. At 9am, you will be picked-up from your hotel and the tour will start with a visit to Madam Tussauds ...  Read more

Location: London, United Kingdom
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $1,757.86
London Eye: Champagne Experience, London, Lunch Cruises
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London Eye: Champagne Experience

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No visit to London is complete without a trip on the London Eye! Indulge yourself with this breathtaking experience. Book a flight and add a glass of Pommery ...  Read more

Location: London, United Kingdom
Duration: 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $49.49
London Eye: Romantic Private Capsule for Two with Champagne, London, Attraction Tickets
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London Eye: Romantic Private Capsule for Two with Champagne

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Are you planning a special occasion and considering hiring your very own private Coca-Cola London Eye capsule? This is a private London Eye flight offering you ...  Read more

Location: London, United Kingdom
Duration: 30 minutes (approx.)

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Private Custom Tour: London in a Day

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Put together your perfect day in London, and see the sights that you want to see on this half- or full-day tour with a private local guide. Customized ...  Read more

Location: London, United Kingdom
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

From USD $123.07
Thames Clippers River Roamer: Hop On Hop Off Pass, London, Custom Private Tours
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Thames Clippers River Roamer: Hop On Hop Off Pass

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Location: London, United Kingdom
Duration: 1 day (approx.)

From USD $22.90
River Thames Fast Boat Experience in London, London, Day Cruises
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River Thames Fast Boat Experience in London

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Enjoy a fun filled, adrenaline fuelled experience, enjoy sightseeing, speed and awesome aquabatics. This 50 minute experience passes some of London's most ...  Read more

Location: London, United Kingdom
Duration: 50 minutes (approx.)

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