The London Eye has now become one of the iconic sights of London. Opened in March 2000 the wheel is a metaphor for the turning of the century. The Cavendish is a 4 star hotel near London Eye that is perfect for visiting the famous attraction.
- The London Eye is 135m/443ft high and weighs 2100 tonnes.
- There are 32 capsules attached to the wheel which travels gently at a speed of 26cm per second.
- Each rotation takes 30 minutes in which time you can marvel at the views that span up to 40km in all directions (depending on the weather).
- This is the UK's most popular paid for visitor attraction, visited by over 3.5 million people a year.
- The London Eye is within walking distance from several underground stations including Waterloo, Embankment, Charing Cross and Westminster. Waterloo is the closest tube station.
Gift shop and cafés
- October to May - 10.00am - 8.00pm daily
June - 10.00am - 9.00pm daily July - 10.00am - 9.30pm daily
September - 10.00am - 9.00pm daily
Not open on Christmas Day.
The London Eye gift shop is located next to the London Eye wheel, opposite the ticket office entrance. The gift shop offers a range of high quality London Eye gifts and souvenirs to help make your flight on the London Eye special. Gifts and souvenirs include photography, guidebooks and in-flight mini guides.
Zen Cafe offers a range of tea, coffee, drinks, sandwiches, cakes and snacks. There are two cafes: one inside County Hall and one opposite the gift shop, with great views of the London Eye. £12.5m investment sees The London Eye looking to the future
The London Eye is investing around £12.5 million in upgrading the UK's number one paid-for visitor attraction, the biggest investment since it opened in 2000. Having already welcomed over 33 million visitors, and with impeccable customer satisfaction feedback, the iconic attraction - which has come to represent London worldwide - is looking to continue this positive track record even further. With this significant investment, the world's largest cantilevered observation wheel is being further 'future proofed' to maintain its position on the Southbank for many years to come.
By removing and upgrading one (of the 32) capsules at a time, this project will improve their functionality, capabilities and longevity and, ultimately, enhance the customer experience. The programme commences this summer to be completed in time for the London 2012 Olympics, and will not interrupt normal operation of the attraction.
A number of upgrades will be made to each capsule in addition to a minor visual facelift. As a direct result of customer feedback, the existing heating and ventilation system (HVAC) will be upgraded to a more efficient, environmentally friendly one. In addition, one of the upgraded capsules will have increased technological functions, which all other capsules will be built to support in the future. The advanced capsule will include four ceiling mounted screens and enhanced multi-media and wi-fi capabilities enabling the capsule to provide music and on-screen visuals.