The London Eye is now a permanent attraction of London

It’s been a fixture of London’s skyline for so long that it may come as a surprise to learn that the London Eye is technically a temporary structure – but it’s not anymore. Last night Lambeth Council granted permanent planning permission for the London Eye, removing the temporary status which was due to be renewed in 2028.

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The updated planning permission now includes a clause that 1% of the attraction’s annual turnover will be paid towards the maintenance and management of the public area around the site. This money is invested in partnership with the South Bank Employers’ Group and the South Bank Business Improvement District.

Following the Planning Applications Committee vote, Lambeth Council will shortly issue a Decision Notice confirming this outcome.

Honestly, can you imagine the outcry if the council rejected the proposal to make the London Eye permanent and even called for its removal?

In a city with a growing number of free galleries for visitors, the London Eye stands out from the rest because it’s right next to the tourist hub for views of Parliament and because it’s a little more mobile – the rotation adds a little more excitement compared to an office lift.

It is also a commercial attraction for the rest of the Southbank, bringing in large numbers of visitors who buy their lattes and toasties in local shops and increasing footfall to the rest of the Southbank attractions.

Of course, the decision kept the New Year’s Eve fireworks in London, which would be hard to see happening anywhere else now.

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Londoners can currently get half price entry to the London Eye.


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