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  • Address: Westminster Bridge Road
  • 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.

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. 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.

For an even more unforgettable experience, opt for a private capsule or treat your loved ones to a glamorous champagne experience. Look out for special events too—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.

Insider's Tip: One full trip around the wheel 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.

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 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.)

From USD $42.26
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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: Thames River Cruise Experience with Optional Standard London Eye Ticket

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Take an Coca-Cola London Eye River Cruise and see London from a different perspective. Highlights of the 40-minute circular cruise include Big Ben and the ...  Read more

Location: London, United Kingdom
Duration: 60 minutes (approx.)

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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 $50.31
London Attraction Pass Including London Eye, Madame Tussauds and St Paul's Cathedral, London, ... 
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London Attraction Pass Including London Eye, Madame Tussauds and St Paul's Cathedral

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See London and beyond with a London Flexi Attractions Pass. Choose to visit three, five, seven or 10 attractions, and gain cash- and voucher-free entry to some ...  Read more

Location: London, United Kingdom
Duration: Flexible

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London Combo: The Original London Sightseeing Tour: Hop-on Hop-off and London Eye Champagne Experience

Celebrate London’s famous skyline in style with a special London Eye Champagne Experience plus hop-on hop-off bus tour package. Board the iconic red ...  Read more

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

From USD $737.83

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