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London Eye

Climb aboard this observation wheel for the best bird’s-eye view of the British capital. 

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.


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Park Plaza Westminster Bridge London ¥15,674
Park Plaza Westminster Bridge London

Park Plaza Westminster Bridge London

200 Westminster Bridge Road, London, England
     
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    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.

    ME London ¥25,134
    ME London

    ME London

    336-337 The Strand, London, England
       
      5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in London City Centre, this luxury hotel is steps from Lyceum Theatre, The Strand, and Aldwych Theatre. Covent Garden Market and Royal Opera House are also within 5 minutes. Temple Underground Station is 5 minutes by foot and Covent Garden Underground Station is 7 minutes.

      The Trafalgar St. James London, Curio Collection by Hilton ¥25,235
      The Trafalgar St. James London, Curio Collection by Hilton

      The Trafalgar St. James London, Curio Collection by Hilton

      2 Spring Gardens, Trafalgar Square, London, England
         
        5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in London City Centre, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Trafalgar Square, London Eye, and Buckingham Palace. Big Ben and The British Museum are also within 1 mi (2 km). Charing Cross Underground Station and London Charing Cross Station are within a 5-minute walk.

        Point A Hotel - Westminster, London ¥6,222
        Point A Hotel - Westminster, London

        Point A Hotel - Westminster, London

        118 - 120 Westminster Bridge Road, London, England
           
          3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in London City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Imperial War Museum, Sea Life London Aquarium, and London Eye. Big Ben and Houses of Parliament are also within 15 minutes. Lambeth North Underground Station is only a 2-minute walk and Waterloo Underground Station is 9 minutes.

          The Strand Palace Hotel ¥14,823
          The Strand Palace Hotel

          The Strand Palace Hotel

          372 The Strand, London, England
             
            4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            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.

            The Grand at Trafalgar Square ¥10,702
            The Grand at Trafalgar Square

            The Grand at Trafalgar Square

            8 Northumberland Avenue, London, England
               
              4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in London City Centre, this boutique hotel is steps from Charing Cross and The Strand. Trafalgar Square and National Gallery are also within 5 minutes. Charing Cross Underground Station and Embankment Station are within a 5-minute walk.

              London Marriott Hotel County Hall ¥27,250
              London Marriott Hotel County Hall

              London Marriott Hotel County Hall

              London County Hall, Westminster Bridge Road, London, England
                 
                5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in London City Centre, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of London Eye and Big Ben. Buckingham Palace and St. Paul's Cathedral are also within 2 mi (3 km). Westminster Underground Station is only a 4-minute walk and Waterloo Underground Station is 6 minutes.

                Park Plaza County Hall London ¥15,224
                Park Plaza County Hall London

                Park Plaza County Hall London

                1 Addington Street, London, England
                   
                  4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  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.