Created by Marks Barfield Architects and inaugurated in 2000 to commemorate the turn of the millennium, the London Eye stands as a testament to modern engineering and design. Soaring to a height of 135 metres, the London Eye proudly holds the title of the world’s largest cantilevered observation wheel, featuring 32 capsules that offer panoramic views of the city.
Initially conceived as a temporary installation with a planned lifespan of five years, the London Eye was designed to be dismantled and relocated. However, its overwhelming popularity, with millions of visitors boarding it annually, prompted an extension of its lease. This unforeseen transformation from a temporary to a permanent fixture underscores the enduring appeal and iconic status that the London Eye has achieved over the years. Guests on a Thames River Sightseeing cruise can enjoy uninterrupted views of the structure on most of our sightseeing tours such as the Westminster to Greenwich cruise.