London Eye - Jubilee Gardens, South Bank, London, SE1
Tel. credit card booking line: +44 (0)870 5000 600 (advance booking is advisable during peak times)
Capital's Top Attraction
The British Airways London Eye is now considered the capital's top tourist attraction and is the world's highest observation wheel. Its 30 minute slow-moving flight gives unrivalled panoramic views over central London and beyond. On a clear day you can see across seven counties and even Windsor castle, some 25 miles / 40 km away. It stands at 135 metres / 442 feet high above the South Bank of the River Thames, between Waterloo and Westminster Bridges, opposite Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament.
Complete with high-tech fully enclosed steel and glass capsules, The London Eye is one of the most visually striking structures in the world - offering a new perspective on London's magnificent skyline. It was first conceived as much more than a landmark or attraction - a symbol of technological and design excellence in the new millennium, providing a focus for new development within its area of London. It has contributed considerably to the regeneration of the communities and businesses that surround it.
Visit the Eye after dark and you will enjoy spectacular views of London with stunning buildings such as the Houses of Parliament, St Paul's Cathedral, Battersea Power Station and the Oxo Tower lit up. Alternatively, visit at sunset and see the skyline awash with vibrant colours as the city's lights come on during your flight.
The London Eye in-flight mini guide is available to purchase, providing a handy pocket-sized guide to London, in a pull-out format. The guide gives panoramic maps from each direction of the capsule, labelling the main landmarks of London. Combined river cruises and flight packages are also available.
Open: daily - 09:30 to 20:00 in winter, 09:30 to 22:00 in summer
Admission: charge, children under five are free
Nearest tube station: Waterloo or Westminster
Weddings on The London Eye
Getting married on the London Eye can make a very special occasion even more memorable with a civil ceremony package through the Lambeth registry office. A private capsule is decorated with beautiful flowers and when the couple reach the very top of the wheel, they are pronounced husband and wife. During the descent, the host serves the happy couple and their guests with chilled Laurent-Perrier champagne. Champagne flights are also available.
The British Airways London Eye is situated on the south bank of the River Thames and the ticket office is located inside County Hall, which is the building directly next to the London Eye.
The Eye is approximately five minutes' walking distance from Waterloo tube (follow signs for the South Bank) and Westminster tube station (exit one, follow signs for Westminster pier).
The Eye is a 15-minute walk from Charing Cross station, which is accessed via Hungerford pedestrian bridge.
Buses to the London Eye include the 211, 24 and 11. Most London sightseeing bus tours stop at The London Eye.
Facts about The London Eye
- The London Eye was the idea of architects David Marks and Julia Barfield
- The design came from a number of different influences, such as the Ferris Wheel built in 1893 in Chicago and the Eiffel Tower constructed in 1889
- It was chosen as the project to mark the Millennium in London
- The design and construction has received worldwide recognition
- The London Eye provides a spectacular contrast to the backdrop of central London, with views of the city rivalled only by a helicopter ride
- Standing at 135 metres / 442 feet, it is over 27 metres / 88 feet taller than St Paul's Cathedral, over 33 metres / 108 feet taller than Victoria Tower and over 37 metres / 122 feet taller than Big Ben
- The London Eye is the world's largest observation wheel. The closest competition comes from the Technocosmos, which was used at the 1985 Expo' in Japan. This stood at 85 metres / 280 feet, more than 50 metres / 164 feet shorter than the London Eye
- The main structure was constructed in Holland using nearly 2,000 tonnes of steel
- The experience lasts for 30 minutes and rotates through 360° giving visitors a whole new perspective on London's magnificent skyline
- Commentary has been designed to provide interesting facts during the flight
- The London Eye can handle up to 1,500 passengers every hour
- The 32 capsules can hold up to 25 people each
- Over two million people travelled on the London Eye in the first year
- The London Eye provides views into the back garden of Buckingham Palace