When it first opened in 2000, the London Eye was the world's tallest observation wheel at 135 meters. 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 every day in its 32 capsules. It's officially the most popular paid for UK visitor attraction and sees 3.5 million people rotate on its axis a year. While traveling in complete safety 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.
The opening times can vary seasonally (there are extra evening slots in December and August, for example) but these are the general times to be aware of:
Winter: October to May: Daily 10am to 8pm
Summer: June to September: Daily 10am to 9pm
Exceptions: The London Eye closes for annual maintenance for up to a couple of weeks every January (check the official website for exact dates) and is closed on Christmas Day (25 December).
London (both also run by Merlin Entertainments), and The London Aquarium.
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 London Eye River Cruise
The London Eye River Cruise is a 40-minute circular sightseeing tour on the River Thames with a live commentary, taking in many of London's most famous sights including the Houses of Parliament, St. Paul's Cathedral, HMS Belfast, and the Tower of London.