Known as both the London Eye and the Millennium Wheel, this huge 450-foot (137-meter) Ferris wheel on the South Bank gives a ... More
EDF Energy London Eye (Millennium Wheel)
Known as both the London Eye and the Millennium Wheel, this huge 450-foot (137-meter) Ferris wheel on the South Bank gives a fabulous bird's eye view of London, if your stomach is strong enough. Its inception in the beginning of 2000 honored the Millennium; and the spectacular views stretch for 25 miles (40 kilometers) on a clear day to include views of Windsor and Tunbridge Wells. Up to 25 people can fit in each of the wheel's “capsules.” the wheel turns surprisingly slowly-it takes 30 minutes to go round, so there's plenty of time to spot landmarks and take photos. Hours vary by season.
it was a little pricey, but you can get a deal on both london eye tickets and maddam tussauds and save a couple pounds.
it was a good idea to take the "ride" on our first day that way we saw a great veiw of the places we where going to see up close.
My wife dosen't like hights so this is one thing I did solo on our last trip to London. It was a bit pricey, but then to an American tourist everything in England is pricey. Still it was worth the price and the wait in line......on a clear day (with which I blessed) you can see forever. I would recommend a ride on the Eye if it fits you budget.....it is a real "eye opener"!
What a wonderful experience. Seeing all of London in one setting.
We picked a great day to board the London Eye. Clear skies and lots of sunshine. We were very lucky.
The trip was booked in advance in Canada and we boarded the Eye the day that we arrived in London.
We will hightly recommend that anyone visiting London board the London Eye and really see the great expanse that is London; a bird's eye view so to speak.
Having our picture taken on board the Eye was great! A nice reminder of our trip.
If I was dissappointed about one thing we did in London this would be the one I would choose. The price was very high about $30 USD per person and I just was not impressed. Yes, you have great views of the city, and that's it. I think you have just as good a view going to these places and seeing them from the ground. The people there were fantasticly friendly and helpful, but I found everyone in London to be this way. I would not recommend this to anyone.
A friend pointed out to me that London does not offer a lot of ways to get a good view from a tall building overlooking the city so this is perhaps your best chance. The line was long but moved surprisingly fast. They unload each 'pod' as it completes its turn around the wheel and load it up with a new group - I would guess that 15 people were with us in our pod.
Each 'pod' is completely covered so you don't have to worry about rain or cold. We went in the rain and it was fine.
And it is located very close to Big Ben and Parliment so you can get some great views and photos. Glad I did it.
Be sure to pay a little extra and book the Discovery Flight. You'll get a guide to point out all of the sights as you travel the Eye and tell information about the sights that you would not already know. It was well worth the extra few pounds. I would not have enjoyed the ride with out the guide.
Be sure to go on a clear day if at all possible.
It was an extremely long wait (4 hours)for the opportunity to board the wheel but the view from the top 15 minutes later was great. I don't normally like ferris wheels but this one was an exception; it didn't have the ferris wheel rock and sway and it is climate controlled.
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