The London Eye

16:37 Mon 24th May 2010 |

The London Eye isn’t just one of London’s top tourist attractions; it’s an extraordinary piece of engineering design and architecture. Since opening in March 2000 The Merlin Entertainments London Eye has become an iconic landmark and a symbol of modern Britain. The London Eye is the UK’s most popular paid for visitor attraction, visited by over 3.5 million people a year.

The London Eye is the vision of David Marks and Julia Barfield, a husband and wife architect team. The wheel design was used as a metaphor for the end of the 20th century, and time turning into the new millennium.

A flight on the London Eye takes roughly 30 minutes, the time it takes for the London Eye to revolve completely and passengers in the capsules can see up to 40 kilometres in all directions. See Big Ben towering above the Houses of Parliament, follow St. James Park as it sweeps down to Buckingham Palace. Is the Queen at home? You’ll spot the flag flying if she is.

The London Eye can be booked for corporate events with various private capsule options and nearby venues suitable for any business function. Also available are river cruises which last about 40 minutes and give a unique view of London.

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Opening Times:

Winter: October to March daily 10.00am - 8.00pm
Christmas Eve (24 December): 10.00am - 5.30pm the last flight boards at 5.30pm. The last cruise will be at 4.45pm.
Christmas Day: closed
New Years Eve: 10.00am - 3.00pm Last flight boards at 3pm. The last river cruise will be at 1.45pm
New Years Day: open as normal.
April daily 10.00am - 9.00pm
May- June Sunday to Thursday 10.00am - 9.00pm; Friday and Saturday 10.00am - 9.30pm
July - August daily 10.00am - 9.30pm

The London Eye County Hall ticket office opens at 9.30am each morning. Tickets can also be booked online. Opening times may be subject to change.

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