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Guide - The London Eye

Celebrating 20 Years Of Outstanding Views



A remarkable feat of design and engineering, The London Eye gave London’s skyline a dramatic new addition and has been offering guests a new perspective on London ever since. Originally, it was intended as a temporary structure, able to be dismantled and transported to a new location, and had planning permission for just five years. But with millions boarding it every year, its popularity has prompted its lease to be extended. Today it is a permanent fixture on the London skyline and a beautiful symbol of modern London.


The London Eye: 20th Birthday


Thirty two pods, twenty years, one London Eye.


In 2020, The London Eye celebrates it's 20th Birthday. Throughout the year we will be celebrating this occasion with a range of events and surprises!

The London Eye


  • 40 minute cruise through the heart of the city

  • Expert commentary provided by our professional and knowledge guides on board

  • Audio commentary available in various languages

Top Tips

- If you are a Merlin Premium Passholder, remember that you can enter through the Fastrack Lane to skip the line when boarding The London Eye. This is located on the left hand side of the Main Entrance.


- If you a sightseeing around London and are planning on visiting other Merlin Attractions, such as: The London Dungeon, SeaLife London, Shreks Adventure! London or Madame Tussauds London, we highly recommend purchasing a Merlin's Magical London Pass that reduces the cost of these attractions highly if purchased in a package with the different Merlin Attractions. To learn more about this ticket, please click here.

Please note, all images & videos used on this page belong to The London Eye.