London Eye

A trip to the London Eye can easily be combined with a cruise on the River Thames as the London Eye Ferris Wheel is conveniently situated directly beside the pier!
Which direction you choose to go is entirely up to you. Either way, you’ll be rewarded by the rich historical monuments that London has to offer!
Should you board the Northwest-bound cruise, you’ll be able to visit the Palace of Westminster & Westminster Abbey and of course, the magnificent tower of Big Ben – upon alighting from your ferry.
If you choose to embark the cruise headed in Northeast direction, you’ll have the option of making a trip to Her Majesty’s Royal Palace and Fortress – which is more commonly known as the Tower of London.
Just adjacent to the Tower of London, a short walk is all it’ll take, to get you to get to the iconic Tower Bridge.
With so much convenience at your fingertips, I don’t see a reason why not to pay a visit to London!
I hope this helps those who plan to visit London for a holiday in future.
Still not convinced it’s worth to take a ride above the Londo… Ey…E?! Is thhh..that.that ?!
OK, I suppose you’re convinced now!! Sir Beckham will be here waiting for you, only at – the London EYE!!
“Wait a minute…who’s that guy on the left…he’s at the London Eye too. Looks kinds familiar…?” “Hmmm…never mind.” =(
The view from right above the London Eye is simply spectacular
With this, I begin this post.
Today’s entry will be about the London Eye!
London Eye
A relatively recent but already very popular tourist attraction is the London Eye, a giant observation wheel located in the Jubilee Gardens on the South Bank. The 135 meter/443ft tall structure was built as part of London’s millennium celebrations.
A Landmark for the new Millennium
The structure was designed by the architectural team of David Marks and Julia Barfield, husband and wife.
Palace of Westminster, the houses of parliament
They submitted their idea for a large observation wheel as part of a competition to design a landmark for the new millennium.
None of the entrants won the competition, but the couple pressed on and eventually got the backing of British Airways, who then sponsored the project.
Construction of the observation wheel took more than a year and a half to complete.
Westminster Palace looks so tiny from above with towering Big Ben, looking like a 6-year old’s
In the process over 1700 tonnes of steel were used for the structure and more than 3000 tonnes of concrete were used for the foundations.
Although it’s not the tallest Ferris Wheel anymore, London Eye is still the very best that exists
The futuristic looking capsules, accommodating up to 25 passengers, were transported all the way from France by train through the Channel Tunnel, also known as the Chunnel.
These are the capsules you’ll be riding in
Each egg-shaped capsule is 8 meters long and weighs 500kg. The 25 meter/82 ft long spindle was built in the Czech Republic.
The rim has a diameter of 122meter/400ft, about 200 times the size of a bicycle wheel. 80 Spokes connect the rim with the spindle.
The Observation Wheel
The observation wheel turns slow enough for people to embark while it is moving. A complete turn takes about 30 minutes.
I would say a ride on the London Eye beats any Ferris Wheel I’ve ever rode on
Thanks to the construction of the glass capsules on the outer side of the rim, the passengers have a great 360° view over London. Many famous landmarks are clearly visible, including Buckingham Palace, St. Paul’s Cathedral and the Houses of Parliament.
On a clear day you can see as far as 40km, which is equivalent to about 25 miles.
Critical reception
One of the things you absolutely have to do when in London is to take a ride at least once, on the London Eye
  • Sir Richard Rogers, winner of the 2007 Pritzker Architecture Prize, wrote of the London Eye in a book about the project:

“The Eye has done for London what the Eiffel Tower did for Paris, which is to give it a symbol and to let people climb above the city and look back down on it. Not just specialists or rich people, but everybody. That’s the beauty of it: it is public and accessible, and it is in a great position at the heart of London.”

Big Ben looks very good at night, just as it does during the day
  • Writing for G2 in an article from August 2007, Steve Rose described the Eye as follows:
“The Eye… exists in a category of its own…. It essentially has to fulfill only one function, and what a brilliantly inessential function it is: to lift people up from the ground, take them round a giant loop in the sky, then put them back down where they started. That is all it needs to do, and thankfully, that is all it does.
Useful Tips for visiting the London Eye
  • Booking Book online saves you both time and money. You can get anywhere from a 10% to a 30% discount depending on what sort of ticket you buy and you’ll save the half an hour wait in the ticket queue. The only downside is that you can’t predict the weather in advance, so you might end up riding on one of those misty London days. You’ll still get to see a lot though.
  • Make sure you get your tickets in advance if you happen to be passing thru the area earlier in the day, and decide to go for a night right later on. Don’t do it at the last minute. Lines can be very long, and that applies to both the lines for embarking and for ticket purchases.
London at night is exceptionally beautiful
  • Choose a standard flight for a slow-motion, 30 minute circuit in an air-conditioned observation capsule with bench seats for 25. The fast-track option, for an additional cost, allows you to skip the queue and show up 15 minutes ahead of your scheduled ride for priority boarding; this option also includes souvenir guides for adults and kids’ packs with mini-binoculars.
  • Ask about other options, such as rides with a tour guide, romantic champagne rides and even a Spooky Ride near Halloween.
  • It’s less crowded at night when the views are even more spectacular.
  • The London Eye runs daily from 10am to 8pm throughout the year, with an exception in the summer months from June through September – the London Eye will open till 9pm.
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2 thoughts on “London Eye

  1. woow the london eye with blue lights is SO pretty *___* it’s just as pretty as the Eiffel tower lighted at night!

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