The London Eye provides you an excelent view of London. You can take amazing pics when you are at the top. You have to buy your ticket in the building just by the entrance. It is advisable that you buy a multipass ticket, it is cheaper and you get a great deal on the tickets to other attractions. In this case we bought tickets for the Londoy Eye, the River Cruise and Madame Tussaud's Museum. We were there on July, it was a beatiful day, we stay in line for about 20 minutes so it is not much the time you spent down there. The whole trip on the Eye lasts for about half an hour. The only bad thing is the other people, each capsule carries about 20 people so you are not alone in there, and sometimes you have to get yourself up in the front so you can take some pictures. But it is a Must Do when in London.
London eye I wasnt sure about doing this but Emma wanted to and if Im honest it was a fantastic experience. We went up just as the sun was setting and it was magnificent. your ticket also includes a 4d cinema experience.
If you book tickets in advance you make a saving and you can buy combi tickets with other attraction to get it even cheaper again.
Across from Big Ben and the Parliament building we opted to go on tourist mode and went for a ride on the London Eye our first evening in London. It was a weeknight in late October and there was no line to speak of. We watched the 3D movie with the corny 3D glasses, and then queued up about 10 minutes before we walked inside our pod with about 6 other people. The staff did not pack each pod probably because there were not that many people in line. The cruise around the eye is relaxing. We started our tour just after dark, which provided a great view of the city in lights, but was hard to photograph.
The London Eye is a Ferris-wheel of sorts with 32 high-tech, glassed-incarriages, each accommodating up to 25 passengers, rotating upward and aroundwith continuous piped-in commentary. Each air-conditioned carriage rotates on adevice designed to keep everyone upright as the wheel slowly revolves. On aclear day, the panorama can stretch as far as Heathrow Airport and WindsorCastle. By night, London's landmarks are floodlit against the darkness,showcasing the Gothic houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey, the Tate Museum,and Tower Bridge along with stretches of the Thames.
The London Eye stops for no-one. It moves continuously around its axis at 26 centimeters per second - enough time to fill its 25 passenger capsules as it makes its way around on its 30 minute rotation. Well it does stop for the disabled and elderly, but generally you need to prepare yourself to get on and get ready. If, like a friend of mine, you make a last minute decision to freak out. DO NOT GET ON. You will be locked in and you will force your fellow passengers to endure 30 minutes of screaming. Be careful if you suffer from vertigo, the glass ovoid capsules and the fragile appearance of the wheel can trigger bad reactions in otherwise calm people.
The functional and minimalist in its design. It creates a circumference solid enough to lift 32 ten ton capsules and all 800 passengers, the 135 meters to its apex, and yet there hardly seems any more to it than the rim of a very large bicycle wheel. Unlike most Ferris Wheels its propped up on only one side, allowing it to hang over the river Thames. And despite its lightweight appearance its designed to withstand the battering of the worst storms of the last half a century.
When it was built there was nothing like it in London. Amazingly for one of the most visited cities in the world, there was no Eiffel Tower - no vantage point of any kind to view the centre of the city. When it was built to commemorate the new century, it seemed the most obvious thing to build. It is only with the building of the Shard nearby has its height been eclipsed by another observation deck. Nothing else had previously come close.
Was on a short visit to London, and had to decide on one main tourist thing to see, preferably that I hadn't done before. The London Eye was the decision. My cousin had been on it, but felt it was worth doing again. We got there shortly after 10am when it opened, but there were some technical glitches, so rather that waiting around, we decided to go shopping and then do it at the end of the day (we had advance tickets to go to the head of the line, worth getting). It was an overcast day, but still an amazing view. Unfortunately we got into a car of students who weren't very interested in the view and were loud. However, that didn't really stop us from enjoying ourselves. Great map given to you to see what you're seeing - fascinating!
I have never been on the Eye but have walked past it many times and it is certainly impressive - to give a comprehensive set of tips on these pages I include it for anyone who may be interested.
The London Eye is a giant Ferris wheel on the South Bank of the River Thames in London, England. The entire structure is 135 metres (443 ft) tall and the wheel has a diameter of 120 metres (394 ft).
It is the tallest big wheel in Europe, and the most popular paid tourist attraction in the United Kingdom, visited by over 3.5 million people annually. When erected in 1999 it was the tallest wheel in the world. Supported by an A-frame on one side only, unlike the taller Nanchang and Singapore wheels, the Eye is described by its operators as "the world's tallest cantilevered observation wheel ".
Many Londoners were none too happy when in the 135 meter high Millennium Wheel (as was first known) was erected in 1999 to commemorate the "turning of the century". Now known simply as the London Eye, locals have softened and have even taken a ride or two in one of the 32 capsules which hold up to 25 people each. Views up to 25 miles can be observed on a clear day and evening rides are available to see an illuminated London. Weddings, private events and children's birthday parties are held within the London Eye's pods. Special packages are designed for every season and holiday, the wheel glows with matching lights for the occasion. Even with pre-booked capsules expect lines; however, entertainment in the area is abundant with street performers, a playground and a carousel. Grab the camera because the best part of the London Eye is the most breath-taking view of Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament across the Thames at ground level. A journey lasts approximately 30 minutes.
Yap, a multitude of avid tourists so strongly attracted by the London Eye like hungry bears attracted by a barrel of honey.
Our mistake was our arrival to London during the Easter week, so, the city was so overcrowded that was literally impossible to visit some emblematic attractions as the London Eye is.
A veeery long double line for the ticket purchasing (more than one block long), and if you are lucky enough with your ticket in your hand another triple line of one block long again just for get in, under the freezing rain and chilling wind.
Enough for us.
We admired this technological marvel from the ground, taking some photos meanwhile I was thinking: "next time not in Easter".
Going to London and not seeing through London eye is the biggest mistake a tourist can make. It is not only the eye but heart and soul of London. One should avoid visiting it when the weather is cloudy. Otherwise great sightseeing tool. One can recognize it from far far away. Wrestling to get onto it for a nice spin is worth the wait in the line. Tickets vary but are quite affordable. But the best part is this landmark is just HUGE. In fact one can tell easily its the busiest place in London as well. A must visit place in London. Many would say that it is expensive but I believe it is something one has to experience at least once.
The full name, since January 2011, is "EDF Energy London Eye". EDF Energy is Britain’s largest producer of low carbon electricity and EDF is Électricité de France S.A. the world’s largest utility company. Headquartered in Paris!
Oh my God, the London Eye belongs now to the French! Do they know that at Buckingham?
Is this the Tour Eiffel of London? It seems indeed with nearly 4 millions visitors per year. But it is more expensive (19.20 £ - 2013) than the Tour Eiffel (lift to top at 324 meters costs 14,50 €. - 2013).
Actually this is another Ferris wheel of which examples exist elsewhere. This one is bigger, 135m high, than the others at least in Europe. It has been surpassed by the 160 m "Star of Nanchang" in 2006, and then the 165 m "Singapore Flyer" in 2008.
When I looked at the wheel from the river Thames I was surprised it moved so slowly, a full turn in 30 minutes, and I wondered if I would like to be confined with 25 other persons in a capsule during such long period.
But fortunately I read that it is possible with the "Champagne Experience" to "Enjoy a glass of Pommery Brut Royal champagne served by your host while you take in amazing views of the capital" at a cost (2013) of 35.04 £ (why 0.04 ?) a second glass to chase away claustrophobia at only 10.02 £. The price includes priority boarding and most important a red rose Champagne is at no extra cost!
How did I miss all that?
The London Eye is one of the city’s more immediately recognizable landmarks, despite the fact that it is not much different from similar attractions in other cities, such as Vienna. The Eye was built in 1999 and was the tallest Ferris wheel when constructed, although it has now been bypassed by ones in Nanchang and Singapore. It is still the tallest wheel in Europe. It is now one of the most popular attractions in the entire city. Unlike smaller Ferris wheels, the pods on the London Eye allow up to 25 people to congregate at a time, making the experience slightly less personal, but also allowing (because of the size of the pod) for more movement and a greater ability to contemplate various sections of the skyline. The London Eye has a particularly important role in New Year’s celebrations.
Tickets for the LONDON EYE experience range from around £17 for standard ticket to as much as £35 for a fast track ticket, so make sure that you choose a day that is not cloudy and hopefully you will have a superb panoramic view. It opens at 10 am and closes early at 3pm in the winter and can stay open much later at other times of the year. Private capsules can also be arranged--- at a price, of course!!! AND of course there are the normal gift shop and cafe. I was there in December and even then there were long queues waiting for there turn on the big wheel.
One interesting fact is that the wheel weighs 2100 tonnes, the same as over 1200 black cabs, and the structure is 135 metres high and has a diameter of 120 metres, the biggest in Europe. It also boasts being the most visited paying attractions in Britain with 3,500,000 visitors a year. There are 32 capsules, each accommodating 25 passengers and each one representing one of the London Boroughs. Each revolution takes 30 minutes and passengers walk on/off as it slowly rotates. It gives you a 360 degree view and you can see up to 40 kms away
Another good view from the River Thames, was the popular London Eye, a giant observation wheel built as part of London's millennium celebrations.
Did either of us want to go on this observation wheel to see views over London....NO, we both thought it was way to expensive!
The wheel moves so slowly, that a complete turn takes about 30 minutes and you get on and off while it is moving, just like a Gondola ride.
It states, on a clear day you can see as far as 40 km (25 miles).
The cheapest price I could find was...
Adult (16 Plus) £19.98
Child (4-15 years) £11.82
Child (Under 4) FREE
Family of Four* 57.24
January - March 10.00am - 8.30pm
April - June 10.00am - 9.00pm
1st – 26th July 10.00am – 9.30pm
29th August – 9th September 10.00am – 9.30pm
September - December 10.00am - 8.30pm
1-7 January 10.00am - 8.00pm
We booked our tickets for the London Eye a number of months before even arriving in England, and this was well worth it as exchanging the on line paperwork was done without any line ups. We were met at the booking area by some pleasent meeters and greeters to assist in being given a package of goodies including booklets on what you can see from the Eye. From there we were across to the loading area for the London eye all within a few moments of arriving after the children used the excellent washrooms bearing in mind this facility was not going to be available once in the "pod".
The lines for those who only bought their tickets on the day were horrific, but we having pre booked had minimal waits of maybe ten minutes.
The only downside of advance booking is of course you cannot predict the weather on the day you book. We travelled to it on the third week of August 2011 and as can be seen from the photo's it was a typical English summers day, overcast with rain. However it took little away from the trip and it was just the horizon some 40km away that became somewhat obscured.
All in all well worth the visit. We were staying outside of the City out near the Docklands to keep hotel costs down so found that to get to the London eye, there is probably no easier way than using the Thames Clipper fast ferries from Greenwich all the way to the London eye pier was the best method of travelling.This enabled us to see much of the city including the Tower of London was a bonus especially as we could use our Oyster cards for the ferries as well as most other types of transport in and around London which gives splendid discounts for people living overseas.