Soaring 135 metres above the River Thames, this slowly rotating observation wheel is a wonder to look at – and on a clear day the half-hour round trip is a memorable way to get a fine view over London.
It was conceived and designed by Marks Barfield Architects and was launched in 2000.
It has won over 85 awards for national and international tourism, outstanding architectural quality and engineering achievement. In fact, it has become the UK’s most popular paid for visitor attraction.
Completed in 2000, this surprising 443 feet (135m)-tall metal Ferris wheel has become one of the city’s top attractions and emblematic icons.
The London Eye was the world’s largest Ferris wheel until 2006, when it was surpassed by the Nachang Star in Nachang (China). In 2008, the Singapore Flyer marked a new record, standing 541 feet (165 m) tall.
Inside the Eye
This impressive structure is made up of 32 glass capsules, each weighing 10 tons, and holds up to 25 people.
The wheel turns very slowly but constantly, to allow visitors to get on and off without stopping. The ride takes approximately 30 minutes.
The London Eye offers an incredible panoramic view of the city and its surrounding countryside. On clear days it is possible to see out over 24 miles, although the sun can hinder views of certain parts of London.
The entry fare includes the “4D Experience”, a short film in three dimensions about London.