The London Eye is one of the most popular attractions in the UK, with over 3.5 million visitors annually. And it is one most photographed as well. But you must not be content just taking snapshots of it. I sure didn’t. I went out there, hopped on, and loved the experience. So would you.
London Eye is indeed a weird name for a giant Ferris wheel. But you’ll soon realize that it is the most fitting one too, after you have decided to ride in it.
The London Eye in a nutshell
Also known as the Millennium Wheel, this Ferris wheel was built on the River Thames in 1999. It stands at 135m (or 443ft) high and has a diameter of 120m. You won’t find a taller Ferris wheel anywhere in Europe, no matter how hard you search.
The ride takes place in one of the 32 encapsulated passenger cabins that can hold up to 25 people each. There are seats provided, yet passengers are encouraged to stand and walk around to appreciate the amazing views from all angles.
Don’t worry, the wheel doesn’t move fast at all. You should be able to confidently move inside the capsule. As a matter of fact, it doesn’t even stop to disembark or take on passengers. The Ferris wheel rotates at a mere 10 inches (or 26 cm) per second, which means one complete revolution will take 30 minutes.
Why is it called the London Eye?
Aboard the London Eye, I had the most magnificent view of London. That is precisely why it’s called the London Eye, as it allows you to have a top view of the whole city. They say that you’ll be able to see beyond 40 km on a clear day. From way up there, I recognized the Big Ben, the Tower Bridge, and St. Paul’s Cathedral. It’s magnificent!
How much it costs
There are different rates and packages offered for the London Eye experience. However, the cheapest you can go is at £17.96 for each adult. Children’s rates are slightly lower. The fee already includes the 30-minute rotation, an interactive capsule guide, and the 4D cinema experience.