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The 360-degree view from the top of the London Eye is a spectacular way to orientate yourself in London. Below, the River Thames meanders through the teeming metropolis, and on a clear day the views stretch to Windsor Castle, almost 25 miles (40 kilometers) away.
A standard ticket for the London Eye buys you a 30-minute experience, which equals one complete revolution of the wheel. On your “flight,” catch an aerial glimpse of royal homes and see Big Ben towering over the Houses of Parliament. Should you time your flight well, the London Eye can serve up a stellar sunset.
Officially opened to the public in 2000, “The Eye” quickly became one of London’s most recognized icons. Cameo appearances in films like “Harry Potter” and “The Fantastic Four” have boosted its profile. Its futuristic presence beside the Thames has made it the ideal backdrop for London’s New Year’s fireworks displays since 2005.
Each year approximately 3.5 million people take a seat in the air-conditioned, state-of-the-art pods, making the London Eye the most popular paid tourist attraction in the United Kingdom. With a high point of 442 feet (135 meters) above the ground, The Eye holds the title as Europe’s largest observation wheel.
Easily accessible, the London Eye is situated on the River Thames’ South Bank in Jubilee Gardens. The wait to climb aboard can be lengthy, so it’s a good idea to purchase tickets online in advance.
Continue your London explorations by boarding one of the many Thames riverboats or stroll to Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament, just upriver.
The London Eye is about a five-minute walk from Waterloo Underground station.
Located in London City Centre, this spa hotel is steps from Southbank Centre Book Market and Florence Nightingale Museum. St. Thomas' Hospital and Sea Life London Aquarium are also within 5 minutes. Waterloo Underground Station is only a 4-minute walk and Lambeth North Underground Station is 6 minutes.
Located in London City Centre, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Covent Garden Market, Piccadilly Circus, and London Dungeon. Big Ben and Buckingham Palace are also within 1 mi (2 km). Charing Cross Underground Station is 5 minutes by foot and Covent Garden Underground Station is 5 minutes.
Located in London City Centre, this hotel is 0.9 mi (1.4 km) from Tower of London and within 3 mi (5 km) of The Shard and Coca-Cola London Eye. The British Museum and Big Ben are also within 3 mi (5 km). Aldgate East Station is only a 2-minute walk and Aldgate Station is 4 minutes.
Located in London City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of St. Thomas' Hospital, Westminster Bridge, and Coca-Cola London Eye. Big Ben and Westminster Abbey are also within 15 minutes. Lambeth North Underground Station is only a 2-minute walk and Waterloo Underground Station is 8 minutes.
Located in London City Centre, this spa hotel is steps from Southbank Centre Book Market and Florence Nightingale Museum. Jubilee Gardens and The Vaults are also within 5 minutes. Waterloo Underground Station and Lambeth North Underground Station are within a 5-minute walk.
Located in London City Centre, this hotel is steps from Prince of Wales Theatre, Piccadilly, and Piccadilly Circus. Regent Street and Leicester Square are also within 5 minutes. Piccadilly Circus Underground Station and Leicester Square Underground Station are within a 5-minute walk.
Located in London City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Tate Britain and Houses of Parliament. Westminster Abbey and Big Ben are also within 15 minutes. Pimlico Underground Station is 10 minutes by foot and Westminster Underground Station is 13 minutes.
This family-friendly London hotel is located in the historical district, within a 10-minute walk of Piccadilly Circus, Trafalgar Square, and Oxford Circus. Buckingham Palace and Green Park are also within 1 mi (2 km). Piccadilly Circus Underground Station is only a 2-minute walk and Leicester Square Underground Station is 7 minutes.