The London Eye is also known as the Millennium Wheel and was built to usher in the new millennium. This giant ferris wheel sits on the South Bank of the River Thames and has become one of the London skyline's landmarks. It is currently the most popular tourist attraction in London, hosting over 3.75 million visitors every year. Sitting in a capsule on the London Eye, visitors enjoy a bird’s-eye view of the city of London spread out below. Once night begins to fall, the area surrounding the Eye transforms into a fantastical dreamscape. Taking a ride in the London Eye at sunset paints an unforgettable picture of the gorgeous city.
The London Eye, situated on the Thames River in London, UK, is the world's first and largest Ferris Wheel as of 2005. It is one of London's landmarks and famous tourist attractions. The London Eye opened at the end of 1999, when British Airways was the sponsor and hence the Millennium Wheel, with a total height of 135 meters (443 feet). There are 32 cabins in London Eye (from No. 1 to No. 33). Because of religious taboos, there is no No. 13. Because the cabin is made of tempered glass inside and outside, there is an air conditioning system. Each cabin can carry about 25 passengers, and the rotation speed is about 0.26 meters per second, that is, a lap takes 30 minutes. The London Eye was built to celebrate the new millennium, so it is also called the Millennium Ferris Wheel. Passengers can take London Eye and take a bird's eye view of London in the upper half of the sky. The London Eye becomes a huge blue halo at night, which greatly adds to the dreamlike temperament of the Thames River. The London Eye also lights up the 2015 British election, with the red light representing the British Labour Party, the blue representing the Conservative Party, the purple representing the British Independent Party and the Yellow representing the Liberal Democratic Party.
Still can, recommend a few words to friends, 1. Must buy fast tickets. 2. It is very important to go to the official website to check the opening time. Not every day. 3. Don't want to go too late. We just want to go to see the evening later. When we get down, we even turn off the 4D movies. The staff said they could go back later with the ticket. But we gave up.
This is definitely for the tourist. You hear very little English here. Having said that, it is well worth the expense to see London from the revolving vantage point of The London Eye. The lines can be long, because of the popularity of this attraction. There is a provision to Fast Track if your pocket book can stand the expense. It saves standing in long lines. We were thee in late afternoon, and enjoyed seeing London as the lights just began to come on in the city. We highly recommend this activity, but beware it is expensive.
This is the first attraction that I visited in London. I cannot forget my first day in London. I had booked a taxi for a day with a company called Totally Driven and the driver who came to pick me was the one who suggested me this attraction. He also suggested Big Ben, Buckingham Palace and Madame Tussauds. At the beginning I was not much interested in London Eye, since I need to wait for long to collect the ticket and moreover it's just a giant wheel. Once it started moving, I started enjoying with full of excitement to reach the top. It was an amazing experience and I suggest London Eye for all the first time visitors. Worth visiting!
The London Eye has fast become an iconic attraction, a must-do for all holiday makers in London unless afraid of heights that is. Situated on the bank of the River Thames close to Westminster Bridge, it affords great 360 degree views of the city. Numerous photo opportunities too from high atop.
What I usually like to do in big cities is to find a great panoramic location from where I can admire how the city has extended its districts and areas into a big homogeneous modern landscaping of cement, bricks and iron. Therefore, in London I went for the London eye, a big sightseeing panoramic wheel from where you can see almost the entire city, London is in fact very large in its extension... If the weather is good you can see pretty much all the monuments of the center and the Thyme River just below your feet. It is really a very nice experience to go up and down in the air having the royal city of London at your feet.
A last-minute decision to take the London Eye was very much worth the long wait. It was a beautiful day out and once inside the large capsule, furnished with a bench that my acrophobic mother had to be pulled off of, the ride starts. The wheel turns slowly but once you're higher up, the view is magnificent. It stretches out in all directions and you have a relatively good amount of time to look at it all. A pre-ordered ticket is handy for escaping lines and private capsule ride is a must if you want to really absorb everything with your loved one(s). Night rides are especially gorgeous.
Although it is definitely worth it to ride the world's largest ferris wheel, it is one of the newest sights of London so be prepared for crowds and a long line. The wheel never stops (except for handicap access), but it moves at a very slow speed so no need to worry about motion sickness. You get a great view of London if you happen to have your camera ready. If not, they take pictures for you (available for purchase). The area around the wheel itself provides a lot of street entertainment as well. You will not be disappointed.
We are a family that likes to find the highest point in a city and climb it. The London Eye does the climbing for us! It's best to book ahead but there is usually plenty of availability during off-peak season to walk up and purchase tickets. Children love the pod, the queue moves quickly and they are contained in the space so you can put your bags down and help them explore the landscape. A full rotation takes 30minutes and there are no toilets so make sure you plan a trip to the toilets with little ones before boarding.
After a long day of touring, we were seriously debating on skipping the London Eye before we headed back to the state. I am so glad we didn't! There was a line to purchase tickets as well as to get into a pod on the wheel, but the wait was worth it. Visiting at night and seeing the beautiful lights was breathtaking. Our photos turned out better than we thought, getting gorgeous shots of Parliament and being able to see all the way to Buckingham Palace. A great way to get a bird's eye view of London.