It is named so because the British Airways made the biggest fares wheel to celebrate the millennium. A ride for 45 min will cost you 18 Pounds, but the best part is you can visit Madam Tussaud's museum with the same ticket. If you want to take the picture the take it during your flight you gotta pay 12 Pounds for 1 copy but 2 for 16.
I would highly recommend riding the London Eye after the sun goes down. When it does, the lights of the city make for a beautiful sight.
The main difference between a day and night flight is the scenic views. During the day, you can see for miles and really get a feel for the size of London. During the evening, it's all about the scenic views of the river, the city and the Parliament Building.
Ok, so maybe it's not just a Ferris Wheel. The London Eye was constructed by British Airways to celebrate the Millenium. It has fast become a favorite stop for tourists and native Londoners.
Our tip would be to take one of the last flights of the day. As the sun sets, and the lights come on, the view is truly special.
The London Eye has been a very welcome addition to London's extensive list of tourist attractions, as it provides an entirely new perspective on Central London. It situated on the South Bank, next to the London aquarium and opposite the Houses of Parliament, and at 135m high, it is Europe's largest Ferris wheel.
It was opened on the eve of the New Millenium (31 December 1999) and is now apparently Britain's most popular tourist attraction for which you have to pay an entrance fee, so crowds are obviously an issue. I was lucky enough to have an hour to kill late one autumn afternoon, and was literally able to wander into the next departing cabin, but I think that it would be realistic to plan on quite a wait, especially if you're visiting in high season (unless you're willing to pay a premium for a 'fast track' ticket - see the website below).
The wheel rotates very slowly, and the ride lasts half an hour - which is great as it gives you plenty of time to appreciate the view and work out what's where, but if you're expecting a white knuckle ride you'll be disappointed!
To my mind, there is no point whatsoever in doing this if the weather is bad. The wheel rotates so slowly that it isn't a wonderful fairground experience, and the great attraction is the view, which you can obviously only appreciate when the visibility is good. I was lucky enough to do the ride about 1700 on a September evening, so the late afternoon light was lovely and the sunset was gorgeous - sadly as I was coming from a business meeting, I didn't have my camera with me. London's twinkling lights stretching down below you at night would also be very pretty, although you obviously wouldn't be able to make out the same level of detail.
I am not sure that I would recommend this ride for small children, as I think that they would get bored long before the end of 30 minutes. Also, to get most out of it, you need to have an appreciation of what you're looking at, so bring along a map so that you can orient yourself.
It has to be said that this is not a cheap experience. At the time of writing (January 2011), the standard cost per person was a hefty £18, although online booking (which has to be done at least a day ahead) can result in a 10% saving. There are also many other options available, including family tickets (for two adults and two children) and a range of 'fast track' tickets, private cabin tickets and combination tickets (for example, with a river cruise or the Aquarium), so best to consult the website below and decide which alternative suits you best.
The London Eye is a great way to see a birds-eye view of London and a great way to get your bearings. It is quite busy in June/July but you should be able to line-up to buy your tickets THEN line up to get on the actual ride, all within an hour. Well worth it i would say! You can get some really fantastic pictures with iconic landmarks in the backgrounds!
We visited the Eye as part of an excursion, which meant that we couldn't dawdle. The upside was that we spent less time in the long waiting line for the Eye. Background: it is the world's largest observation wheel, rising 450 feet above the Thames. If the day is clear, you can see 25 miles. That is a big if, but even looking down gives you a wonderful, different perspective of the well-known London sights. The ride is about thirty minutes in a car with two dozen other folks, but the cars are large and you never feel crowded or unable to move about and see everything. This is one great ride.
I rode on the London Eye when it first opened in 2000. From the capsule, you get overall views of London including Big Ben, Houses of Parliament and beyond. The wheel is at 135m and is the largest observation wheel in the world even if other countries claim different. It was originally sponsored by Marks Barfield Architects, British Airways and Tussards Group but now by EDF Energy and opered by London Eye Company Limited.
I decided to ride on the London Eye whilst I was in London in June 2011. I booked via the hostel where I was staying and it cost me 16.00 gbp (June 2011) for an advance ticket. I rode on the Eye early Saturday evening and I enjoyed appreciating the stunning views of the London Skyline. Included in the ticket is the 4D Experience where you can enjoy a presentation of a life journey with the use of unique views and multi-sensory effects.
You can check out the website for more information about this attraction.
Sponsored by British Airways, the London Eye was built to celebrate the millennium. It is a huge Ferris Wheel with 32 capsules that hold up to 25 people each. At 135 metres high, it is continuously moving and takes 30 minutes to do one revolution. Normally I am not fond of heights but for some reason I hardly noticed how high we were. I’m not sure if it was because we were moving so slowly or because we were enclosed. You can sit or move around easily inside the good sized capsule.
The Eye is situated right on the Thames River diagonally across from the Houses of Parliament. We had fairly long views from the top but I found many of the buildings in London unremarkable. Good views up and down the Thames and of Houses of Parliament/Big Ben and the Tower Bridge.
January - March: daily 10.00am - 8.30pm
April to June: daily 10.00am - 9.00pm
July and August: daily 10.00am - 9.30pm
September to December: daily 10.00am - 8.30pm
Online Admission Pricess (Standard):
Adult (16 Plus) £16.74
Child (4-15 years) £8.58
Child (Under 4) FREE
Family of Four £45.60
Combination Tickets (London Eye AND River Tour/Aquarium/etc.) are also offered.
Book online to save some time (and money). Queues can be very long. Buy the capsule shaped guide that identifies the buildings visible from the Eye.
This is a nice area to walk around. There's a park near the Eye and walking along the Thames towards the Parliament are several Dali statues. Easy walking distance to Houses of Parliament or to the other side of the Thames to catch a river boat.
Please note that all visitor information is correct as of this update.
Some may consider this a tourist trap. Some may consider it an ugly eyesore. I *love* going up high places for a bird's eye view and i thoroughly enjoyed my "flight" on the London Eye. It takes a half hour to go round the circuit and you are in large glass pods that can hold up to 20 people. There's a bench in the center if you don't feel comfortable at the glass walls. You don't feel any movement, any motors or noise. It feels very safe and secure.
It's a bit pricey at (2011 prices) nearly £20 per adult (senior, child, group and family rates available) but it's something different to do, something kids will like. The view at night is spectacular as well.
You can also pay more for fast track tickets and get into a priority queue. We did this but i wouldn't really recommend it unless you are really pressed for time. You can get 10% off tickets booking them online.
The London Eye is the world's highest observation wheel. It's slow moving flight last for 30 minutes and has breathtaking views of London.
You stand in a steel and glass capsule and can peek into the backyard of Buckingham Palace and on a clear day can see across seven counties.
Open daily. 10am 8pm Closed 25 Dec
Admission Adult L9
Situated on South Bank along the River Thames, THE LONDON EYE is a huge "Ferris-Wheel" type attraction, which offers amazing views of London.
You travel inside a capsule which holds up to 25 people. This slow-moving ferris-Wheel takes approximately 30 minutes for a complete rotation of the wheel.
The London Eye is sponsored by British Airways.
Admission: Adults 12.50
For great aerial shots of London, go to the London Eye. It's difficult not to spot, it's the huge ferris wheel just off of the Thames. I recommend that you go on it at night. In December, when I was there, it was not crowded. I hear the lines in the summer can be long.
The London Eye gives you a view of the city that is like no other.
The ride, or flight as British airways likes to call it, is quite comfortable and lasts about 1/2 hour. Each capsule holds about 20 people, with plenty of room to walk about and see the different views. There is also a bench in the middle if you need to rest a bit. My husband said that the air conditioning in the the capsules made it his favorite.
I would suggest buying tickets ahead of time. We headed to Westminster area on our first day and could not ride until the next day.
It was a great experience for me, i really had fun especially if you ;re on the top...i was nervous but excited, the river view was amazing, love so much the group of ducks swimming around the river..wish to ride the boat but our time wasn't enough.
It was my birthday and we decided to try the London eye but since the line is long we opted to just pay extra for the fast lane. Fast lane also comes with a warm mulled wined. Tastes really good and feels good because it was very cold when we were there.