When it first opened in 2000, the London Eye was the world's tallest observation wheel at 443 feet tall. It was overtaken by the High Roller in Las Vegas in 2014, but it's still one of London's best-loved attractions and carries around 10,000 visitors daily in its 32 capsules. It's officially the most popular paid-for visitor attraction in the United Kingdom and sees 3.5 million people rotate on its axis a year.
While inside, you can see up to 25 miles away in all directions from each capsule.
In 2009, a 4D Film Experience was added as a free extra to enjoy before your ride on the Eye. The 4D effects are superb, and this short film features the only 3D aerial footage of London.
Riverside Building, County Hall
Westminster Bridge Road
London SE1 7PB
Nearest Tube and Train Station: Waterloo
Buses: 211, 77, 381, and RV1
Check with the London Eye to find out the opening and closing times. In addition, the attraction is closed for maintenance for a couple of weeks every year.
The London Eye is on the South Bank, an area full of London attractions. Further attractions inside County Hall include The London Dungeon, Shrek's Adventure! London (both also run by Merlin Entertainments), and The London Aquarium.
On the other side of the River Thames is the Houses of Parliament and The Supreme Court.
Continue along the South Bank and you'll soon reach Tate Modern (the free national contemporary art gallery), HMS Belfast (a unique reminder of Britain's naval heritage with nine decks to explore), and Tower Bridge (which now features a glass floor section on the high walkway). From there you can head across the bridge to the Tower of London.
Small Buggies Only
Small fold-up buggies are generally allowed in the London Eye capsules. If you have a large buggy, the Information Desk will be able to store it for you.
Try the River Cruise
The London Eye River Cruise is a 40-minute circular sightseeing tour on the River Thames. It features live commentary, and you can take in many of London's most famous sights including the Houses of Parliament, St. Paul's Cathedral, HMS Belfast, and the Tower of London.