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The London Eye attracts around 3.75 million annual visitors. Read our guide to everything you need to know about the UK’s most popular tourist attraction.
London Eye Facts
- The UK celebrity with the record for most London Eye rides is Kate Moss (25 times)
- Per ride, the London Eye can carry as many people as eight double decker buses
- The London Eye capsules travel at twice the speed of a sprinting tortoise (26cm per second)
- The London Eye is Europe’s tallest Ferris wheel
- Until The Shard opened in 2013, the London Eye had the highest public viewing point in the capital
- The London Eye was originally planned to be a temporary structure in place for five years only, until it was granted a permanent licence in 2002
- The carriages in the London Eye are numbered from 1 to 12 and 14 to 33, for anyone with any superstitious tendencies
When was the London Eye built?
The London Eye was completed in 1999, being formally opened by then-Prime Minister Tony Blair before officially opening to the public in early 2000.
Who owns the London Eye?
Merlin Entertainment have owned the London Eye since 2009, with sponsorship by Coca-Cola since 2014. The London Eye’s original owners were architects Marks Barfield, Tussauds Group and British Airways.
How much did the London Eye cost to build?
The London Eye cost £70 million to build. A £12.5 million upgrade was undertaken in 2009, when every capsule was refitted with heating and ventilation systems.
Nearest London Eye tube stop
The closest tube stop to the London Eye is Waterloo, which is around a five-minute walk. Other tube stations nearby are Charing Cross, Embankment and Westminster.
What are the London Eye opening hours?
The London Eye is open from 10am-6pm between April and September and 11am-8.30pm most other times, every day of the year except Christmas Day. Times can vary around school holidays.
What is the average London Eye queue time?
The queue for the London eye usually takes around 45 minutes on average, though should be around half that for London Eye Fast Track ticket holders. A good tip is to visit in the evening, when queues are shorter – and the views of the bright lights of the city are especially impressive.
Visiting the London Eye bar
Below the London Eye is a bar called the Eye Lounge, which is exclusive to riders and overlooks the River Thames. It’s open from 11am each day until 30 minutes before the ride closes, and can be accessed via the ticket office. The Eye Lounge bar stocks everything from beers and ciders to wine, cocktails and champagne.
Going on the London Eye with a fear of heights
The London Eye is the perfect experience for conquering a fear of heights. With plenty of comfort from the carriages and a breath-taking view of the city, there’s no better way to feel at ease.
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