London Eye – spectacular view from the giant wheel

London Eye, the highest observation point, is one of the main tourist attractions in London, England. No matter the weather outside, your ‘spinning’ in the eye will be memorable! The tour lasts for approximately 45 minutes, enough time to take great photos of London from above. It has 32 capsules and hosts around 10,000 visitors every day and 3,5 million people a year. The best thing is that you can catch a glimpse of up to 40 kilometers in all directions from your seat in the capsule. It revolves at a pedestrian 0.6 miles per hour and if it ever were to break loose from its moorings it would take 4 years, 268 days and 4 hours to roll completely round the Earth.



Close view of London Eye
Close view of London Eye

Empty Capsule in London Eye
Empty Capsule in London Eye

In London Eye
In London Eye


London at day from the London Eye Wheel
London at day from the London Eye Wheel

It is 135 metres high and the tour can be guided by experienced tourist guides, too and the charge of the ticket is around 25 pounds. The London Eye is basically a huge ferris wheel and it has 32 pods which each can hold about 20 people. Don’t forget to take the camera because the outstanding view from the top includes tourist attractions like Big Ben, Buckingham Palace and the Houses of Parliament. If one is lucky to take the Eye on a sunny day, he can see as far as Windsor Castle from the top of the Wheel.
London at night from London Eye
London at night from London Eye

London Eye at night
London Eye at night

London Eye capsule at day
London Eye capsule at day

London Eye Capsule
London Eye Capsule

There are many possibilities to get a ticket for the London Eye, but, if you take it buy together with another or two other attractions, like London Dungeons or Madam Tussauds, there you can save few pounds. The queues can take up to 1 or two hours, but on the other hand, it can last just 15 minutes, no matter the weather outside or the day of the week, it depends on one’s luck. Before getting in the capsule of the Eye the staff check the pod with metal detectors and other equipment. In 2009, a 4D Film Experience was added as a free extra to enjoy before your ride on the Eye.
London Eye Wheel
London Eye Wheel

London Eye
London Eye

The address of London Eye is Riverside Building, County Hall, Westminster Bridge Road, London, SE1 7PB. The nearest tube and train station is Waterloo. If you go by bus, take 211, 77, 381, and RV1. The opening times are in winter October – May: 10am – 8pm Daily and in summer June – September: 10am – 9pm Daily. However, there are also some exceptions: the annual maintenance every January, the Christmas Day when it is closed (25th December). Of course, the nearby attractions should under no condition be missed. The London Eye, which is situated on the South Bank, is full of London attractions, such as Tate Modern, HMS Belfast, Tower Bridge, and the attractions inside County Hall: The London Aquarium and Dali Universe.
London from the top of London Eye
London from the top of London Eye

TopOfLondonEyeLookingEast
TopOfLondonEyeLookingEast

Turbine Height with London Eye Comparison
Turbine Height with London Eye Comparison

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  1. ross says:

    The london eye is brilliant, i would highly recommend going on it, but buy your tickets only before hand because it can be very busy.

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