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.
I have been on the London Eye twice now and it is truly the first site to see while in London, UK. You can see the whole city while riding this 1/2 hour ride.
The best way to see London from the air. I would do this every time I visit the city.
I got the best 360 degree of London's surrounding areas. Luckily it was a beautiful day and there was no view obstruction. There is room to sit inside the capsules and the movement is slow, so no one gets dizzy. I highly recommend it!
The London Eye is one of the most incredible things in London. The lines for tickets may be a hassle but it is all worthwhile. From your rather large pod, you can see the many beauties of London. The Tower Bridge and many others, you feel on top of the world. If you are tourist and want to see the sights for photo's or just enjoyment, this is perfect!
Very clean and not too crowded on week days in Sept. A little expensive but worth the trip.
The views are wonderful. Any age can enjoy the EYE and we felt safe all the way up to the cars and while on the trip.
Definately choose the discovery flight. It costs a couple extra pounds, but it worth it! You get to skip the line and you get a guide in the pod with you, pointing out all of the sights! When we went on it, there were only 4 people, plus the guide! Considering they can hold about 25 people, there was lots of space to more around and the view was never blocked.
Make sure you go on a clear day so you can see everything. I'm not fond of heights, but I didn't find it that bad. It's not like a ferris wheel because there is no rocking motion - it's a very smooth ride.
Definately something to experience in London!
Went there in April and was awed by the fantastic view. You can see the Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, Palace of Westminster etc on the ride.
Downside was the expensive ticket and if you went on a rainy day (which is quite common in London), photos you take might be spoilt by the water droplets on the windows.
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