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Visible from all over the city, the London Eye is one of the world's biggest observation wheels; a sedate rotation offers great views of the capital.

On a clear day you can see as far as Windsor Castle, 25 miles away, from the top of the London Eye, one of the world's largest observation wheels. A circuit on the London Eye will show you all the city's key sights in 30 minutes, and each of the 32 capsules (one for every London borough) is equipped with a touchscreen to explain what you're looking at. There are usually tickets available for walk-ups, but tickets are more expensive than if you book ahead online; disabled visitors and wheelchair users must book in advance. These days there are also a number of variations on the basic trip: Champagne, Hotel Chocolat tastings, perhaps a private capsule, or combining your visit with a London Eye River Cruise.


Venue name: London Eye
Address: Riverside Building
County Hall
Opening hours: Jan-Mar Sept-Dec: Daily 10am-8.30pm; Apr-Jun: Mon-Thur, Sun 10am-9pm; Fri, Sat 10am-9.30pm; July-Aug: Mon-Thurs, Sat, Sun 10am-9.30pm; Fri 10am-11.30pm
Transport: Tube: Waterloo
Price: £20.95 (£17.96 online), £15 (£12.60) under-16s, free under-fours, £17.50 (£14.85) seniors, £71.90 (£54.33) family
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The Man on the Street
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As I walked across Westminster Bridge today I had to stop and take this photo. London is such an amazing city - and The London Eye is a worthy modern landmark contrasting with the history of Parliament opposite.  

John Cuthbert
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I would have reviewed 5, but it turns out I am surprisingly afraid of heights. My girlfriend loved it though, and thought seeing me go pale every time it stopped was incredibly funny. It was our 1 year anniversary, and I thought it would be nice to do something spectacular, and the views (what I could see of them sitting down with my eyes half shut anyway) certainly were spectacular. overall had a good time, and would probably do it again now I know there is no chance of dying horrifically. Thanks guys!


Great views of London, but at a fairly inflated price. There are 32 capsules and it takes about thirty mins. The views are phenomenal, but I'm not sure it's worth the money. It's one of England's greatest landmarks and is iconic of London. It's better to book in advance as the queues on the day are long.

Jorge A.
Staff Writer

Views are great, and the experience is long enough to satisfy everyone. The negative point is the (always long) waiting queue, and the price.

South Carolina

After three years in London I finally did what as a new Londoner I vowed I would do. I guess I can go now, eh? While I’ll admit I caught the eye on one of those all too familiar gray, drab days it was still amazing. It’s one thing that I’d say everyone living in London should definitely do, it gives you an opportunity to see London in a totally different way (I had no idea the Thames was so bendy!) You’ll find yourself overhearing tourists pointing out all the big landmarks while you try to find home or your favourite lunch spot. The queue wasn’t nearly as bad as I anticipated, it’s a bit pricey so maybe wait until you have a visitor then get yourself into one of those signature orbs!

Corina B

The truth is that the views are incredible and nothing really beats them, nevertheless I'm not really quite sure it's worth it. If you've got the money and time to spare then this a perfect experience, if not, you might be better off going to the shard for an amazing view. The queue is ridiculous,especially on a cold day, and although the views are incredibly beautiful, after the first 10 minutes you've taken all the pictures you could possibly want to take. 


Looks great on the outside, but not awe inspiring on the inside.

Views on the river and houses of Parliament are great, not jaw dropping, but still lovely. Pick a sunny day for the real experience. But there’s nothing another tall building or rooftop in London couldn’t give you.

A few tips for those who still want to go:

First: buy your tickets in advance. You will still have to queue, but an hour is better than two!

Second: beware of the tourists. You’ll be sharing the pod with strangers and will definitely have to battle them and their selfie sticks for the best vantage spots.

Third: do not rush. The wheel spins very slowly. Take your time; you’ll have plenty of chances to see Big Ben all you want. If you rush it, you might get very bored…

Tiago Almeida

I brought my niece from Portugal has a reward for her good grades and this meant that I was able to be a tourist again and do many of the things I haven't done since I arrived, the London Eye was an obvious attraction to go.

Beautiful views (even with cloudy sky) and I would even say that it's much better then what you see from the shard.

Highly recommended!


Despite being relatively recently erected (1999), it is considered one of the most iconic landmarks in London. Imagine a metallic circular structure with 120m diameter and glass capsules full of people going round & round! You will be amazed from the view up there, seeing Thames river/Westminster Palace/Big Ben etc. But...the tickets are too expensive and the queues are so long...I am not so sure if it's really worthy paying for that, instead of just spend some time outside to have a look on it... 

Pavlos G
Staff Writer

Great to go at least once. The view from the top of the London Eye is amazing. You can see the whole of London. The wheel spins very slowly so you have enough time to take all the pictures you need and feast your eyes with the view. 

Jerry C

Just been back to The London Eye for the first time in ten years. Man it's still a good ride and on a clear day you can see for miles - but the PRICE OF THIS ATTRACTION - I think it would be cheaper to hire a helicopter lol.

Lady of Leisure

Went to a Time Out Card event here last night and had a great time! We started with champagne cocktails in the VIP Pommery Champagne Bar and then headed over for a private rotation with more champagne. The service and the views were both stunning!

Becka Seymour

I booked the London eye as a birthday surprise for my husband, neither of us had been up in the evening, and the skyline was beautiful! Staff were all very helpful and ushered us through quickly ahead of a large school party. All in all, a wonderful experience!


APPALLING EXPERIENCE! As I made two bookings for a total of 3 people through TimeOut site i was refused entrance to the attraction on the grounds that i should have printed the vouchers beforehand. given that i was a tourist in London it was hard for me to print it let alone the fact that nowhere in your site stated that I would be refused entrance if i didnt. So i had to queue TWICE ( approx. 50 min per time) only to be asked to RE-BUY the tickets and asked for a refunfd from TimeOut. When I contacted TimeOut customer Service i was directed to " encore" company. A week later i m still waiting for a single reply to my letter of comlaint. BOTH THE EDF ENERGY LONDON EYE and the TIMEOUT are REDICILOUSLY IRRESPONSIBLE given the tasks and responsibilities they assume as of that of a World famous attraction such as the london Eye. I regret every minute i spent booking the attraction and I would expect both Companies to have already acted towards my refund instaed of redirecting me here and there. APPALLING!

George A

I went at nighttime, and the light over London were beautiful, I am not a massive fan of heights, so I thought it would be really scary!! But it wasn't that bad, and I absolutely loved it!!


This is a real test of calmness for a tourist as you need to queue for quite a while. So before visiting the London Eye you need to practice being calm and patient. If you need something to amuse yourself while waiting, you could check out the Party Ideas Incubator on YouTube from your smartphone. Some people send me tweets @bigsands and I send them links to my Pinterest board with more images of London - After surviving the queues, get ready to capture some amazing views of London. If you tweet, then get someone to take a picture of you up inside the capsule with Big Ben in the background and send it to @bigsands. The best thing about the London Eye is that they allow you to hire a private capsule. They may even allow you to have 2 or 3 musicians as you enjoy champagne in your private capsule.


Enjoyed a lovely view of the whole of London on the London. It was a cold snowy day in London. most parts of London were covered with snow. Beautiful Scene. No queue either.