Enjoy a bird’s-eye view of the London skyline in this magnificent big wheel that combines state-of-the-art engineering and all the fun of the fairground.
Head to the London Eye for a panoramic view of London. Situated on the South Bank of the River Thames in Jubilee Gardens, you’ll be able to see view the river running through the heart of the city along with the key landmarks such as Big Ben and Tower Bridge. On a fine day, you’ll also get a glimpse of the famous Windsor Castle nearly 40 kilometres away.
Since its official opening to the public in March 2001, the London Eye has become one of the most easily recognised features of the London skyline, and from 200,5 it has held centre-stage in the city’s New Year celebrations with fireworks launched from the wheel itself during the annual display. Its appearance as a back-drop to films such as Harry Potter and The Fantastic Four have cemented its position as one of London’s iconic symbols.
A ride on this 135 metre high wheel lasts 30 minutes, the duration of one full revolution. You’ll climb into state-of-the-art glass pods that provide a 360-degree view of the city below. Each pod is fully air-conditioned so you’re guaranteed a comfortable trip whatever the weather. Plan ahead and time your trip right, and you’ll even be treated to a spectacular sunset view across the city. No wonder approximately 3.5 million visitors climb aboard the London Eye each year, making it the most popular paid tourist attraction in Britain.
It’s a good idea to purchase your tickets online in advance, as the queues at the site’s ticket office can be very long. Add to the experience by buying a ticket for a ride up the River Thames on one of the many riverboats?
The London Eye is only a five-minute walk from the Waterloo underground station.