The London Eye, located on the banks of the River Thames, is a giant Ferris wheel that is one of the most iconic landmarks of London. Standing at 135 meters tall, it was originally built as a temporary structure to celebrate the new millennium, but due to its immense popularity, it has now become a permanent attraction that draws millions of visitors each year.
The idea for the London Eye was first conceived in 1993 by architects David Marks and Julia Barfield. They submitted their idea for a giant observation wheel as part of a competition to design a landmark for the new millennium celebrations. Their concept was selected as the winner, and work on the London Eye began in 1998.
The wheel was designed to rotate continuously, with each revolution taking 30 minutes, providing breathtaking views of the city skyline. It was officially opened to the public on March 9, 2000, by then-Prime Minister Tony Blair.
Since its opening, the London Eye has become one of the most popular tourist attractions in London. It has also been used as a venue for special events, such as weddings, corporate events, and even the New Year’s Eve fireworks display.
The London Eye is a giant Ferris wheel with 32 passenger capsules, each of which can hold up to 25 people. The capsules are attached to the wheel by a fixed spindle and are designed to remain horizontal as the wheel rotates.
The wheel itself is supported by two large A-frames, which are anchored to the ground with large concrete foundations. The wheel is made of steel and is equipped with a braking system that allows it to be stopped at any point during its rotation.
The design of the London Eye was inspired by the design of a bicycle wheel. The wheel’s spokes are made of steel cables, which are tensioned to support the weight of the capsules and ensure that the wheel remains stable as it rotates.
Visitors to the London Eye are provided with stunning views of London’s skyline. On a clear day, visitors can see as far as 40 kilometers in every direction. The London Eye is particularly popular at sunset when the city is bathed in golden light, and the river Thames takes on a magical glow.
Visiting the London Eye:
The London Eye is located on the south bank of the River Thames, opposite the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben. It is easily accessible by public transport, and the nearest tube station is Waterloo, which is a 5-minute walk away.
Tickets for the London Eye can be purchased online or on-site, with prices varying depending on the time of day and whether you opt for a standard or fast-track ticket. Visitors can also choose to purchase a combination ticket, which includes entry to other popular London attractions.
Each capsule on the London Eye can hold up to 25 people and is fully air-conditioned, with benches for visitors to sit on and take in the view. Visitors are free to move around the capsule and take photographs, and there is a 360-degree view of the city available from each capsule.
In addition to the standard experience, visitors can also choose to book a private capsule, which includes a glass of champagne and a personal host to provide insights into the landmarks visible from the capsule.
The London Eye is a must-visit attraction for anyone visiting London. It provides breathtaking views of the city skyline, and the experience of riding the wheel is both exhilarating and peaceful. Whether you’re a first-time visitor to London or a long-time resident, a trip on the London Eye is an unforgettable experience.
Do I need to wear a face covering in your attraction?
We recommend guests continue to wear face coverings throughout our attractions, unless you are exempt.
What if your staff are ill, will you still get them to self-isolate even though restrictions have been removed?
Yes, if an employee has symptoms, or tests positive, they either work from home (if possible) or take sick leave for at least the recommended five days. We will continue to make lateral flow tests available at our UK attractions and corporate sites until current stocks are depleted. At Merlin Entertainments, the safety of our guests and staff remains of paramount importance and we’ll therefore continue to monitor and review this situation.
I have pre-booked tickets but am now unable to visit, what should I do?
It is easy to re-validate your ticket to visit on a later date. You can change your ticket date via our booking portal, details of which you can find on your e-ticket. Our booking guarantee allows you to move your ticket up to five times, with the flexibility to move bookings up to 24 hours before your arrival time. Please note our booking guarantee is only available on standard or multi-attraction tickets. For further assistance address yourself to our chat bot
I am a Merlin Annual Passholder, how do I pre-book entry?
We've made it even easier for our Merlin Annual Pass Holders to pre-book entry tickets. Please follow this link for information on how to book.
What new measures will I see on my visit to the London Eye?
We have implemented an extensive range of safety measures across the attractions. For more details, please see our Know Before
Will your toilets be open and how will you ensure they are safe?
Our toilet facilities will be open for guests and we have introduced new measures within these facilities to ensure spatial
What do I do if one of my family is ill at the last minute?
We understand that due to unforeseen circumstances or if you have developed symptoms of the coronavirus you may require
I’m not sure when I want to visit/I already have an open dated ticket. Can I arrive at the attraction at any time?
No, pre-booking is essential as we have significantly reduced the daily ticketed capacity of our attraction
Why do I need to book online?
We’re restricting the number of guests who can visit each day, to ensure we can maintain social distancing
I have booked a ticket and it’s for a date when you are now reopened – but I don’t want to visit /my flight has been cancelled / I am on the NHS shielding list. What are my options?
We would like to reassure everyone that we are taking the necessary measures to provide a safe and hygienic environment.