About London Eye
Wheel consists of 32 capsules which are made of glass. On a clear day one can see up to 40 km from the wheel. There are multilingual guides giving a commentary on the details of the spectacular view of the city. Buckingham Palace, Big Ben, Tower Bridge, and other famous London landmarks can be seen from the London Eye.
The slow rotation of the wheel enables one to take pictures of the famous landmarks. Apart from the stunning view, another major attraction is a 4D show that forms a part of your London Eye experience. Over the past 19 years, it has become an important feature of the London skyline.
You can also look out for special themed events like pop-up dining events, Valentine day celebrations or an anniversary dinner. London Eye is one of the major attractions in London’s New Year day firework celebrations. Seeing London at a glance should definitely be a part of your London itinerary.
The wheel was dedicated to the public in 2000. It was originally planned to be in public service for only 5 years. However, its popularity made it a permanent feature in the tourist map of London. Tourists love the experience of the thrilling ride on the wheel and observe the breathtaking view of the London city over the River Thames.
How to Reach London Eye
There are various transport facilities available to a tourist to reach London Eye. Some are listed here:
Bus 211, 77, and 381 ply to London Eye. The London Eye is on most sightseeing, touring buses on the map.
Waterloo, Charing Cross, Embankment, and Westminster are the underground stations from which the London Eye falls within walking distance. Out of these Waterloo stations are the closest and it is just a 5 minutes walk from there. Embankment and Charing Cross stations are on the north side of the River Thames.
Both the tube-stations are fifteen minutes walk from the London Eye. On the other hand, Westminster station is closest to the Houses of Parliament and just 10 minutes walk from the London Eye.
Waterloo and Charing Cross are near to the London Eye. While Waterloo is just five minutes’ walk from the London Eye, Charing Cross is about fifteen minutes walk.
You can also reach London Eye by River Thames. Avail the services from the O2, Bankside, Embankment, London Bridge, Canary wharf and many more.
Alternatively, you can hire a taxi and visit the spot but this is rather expensive.
What Not to Miss at London Eye
London Eye consists of 32 capsules. The capsules are also used for different functions and thus named.
1. Private Pod
If you want privacy and to enjoy this ride exclusively with your family and friends, you can book a private pod. Private pod allows 3 to 25 guests and provides priority boarding. You may add a bit of thrill to the ride by choosing to have champagne or canapés served on board. You can also enjoy the 4D cinema experience.
2. Proposal Pod
The London Eye is the perfect place to propose to your sweetheart. You can book a proposal pod for this very special occasion. You may book this just for the two of you or have a group of friends to share this special occasion. Enjoy the moment with musicians and champagne.
3. Friends and Family Pod
As the name suggests, there are pods dedicated to you and your close ones. This is a perfect place to organize a family gathering, to celebrate anniversaries or just be together to enjoy a special day. The number of guests is restricted to 15 only.
4. Cupid’s Pod
Share a special moment with your special friend in this pod. Enjoy the ride with champagne or a luxury box of Hotel Chocolat Pink champagne Truffles, served by your own personal host.
5. Birthday Pod
Is there a birthday nearing when you visit the London Eye? Make the most of the occasion by celebrating it with family and friends and enjoy it with cupcakes and champagne (charges extra). The entry is limited to 15 guests.
You can make this special day extra special by booking this pod. Move around the sky and have a spectacular wedding with stunning backgrounds. Enjoy this special moment with family and friends.
7. Dining at 135
As the name suggests, you can have a memorable dinner with your 8 guests high above 135 meters. Enjoy the ride with a spectacular backdrop for a wonderful time with dear ones. Tuck into delectable food served with champagne.
8. Exclusive Hire
Get one rotation of the London Eye while sipping champagne with your colleagues. You can enjoy time exclusively with friends from your office and spend perfect time with them. This is the perfect place to play host with people who are a part of your professional life.
9. Private and Corporate Events
You can also host memorable private or corporate events on the wheel. Enjoy the occasion by hosting a party with champagne and beverages.
Places to visit near London Eye
There are a number of wonderful places to visit near London Eye. Do not forget to make the most of your visit to the wheel by visiting the nearby tourists’ attractions as well. Here are a few which you must not give a miss
1. Sea Life London Aquarium
The Sea Life Aquarium is home to 5000 species of sea animals from around the world. You get to see sea horses, sharks, giant conger eels, starfish, and piranhas. Experience the underwater world with London’s flagship aquarium. It is a 2 minutes walk from the London Eye.
Head towards Whitehall to see the Official residence of the British Prime Minister on 10 Downing Street. The street is also known as the centre of British govt. and there are many government buildings and departmental stores on both sides of the street. This is just a 5 minutes walk from the London Eye.
3. Westminster Bridge
The Westminster Bridge will give you a stunning view of the Parliament, Whitehall, and South Bank. This bridge lies between the Parliament and Country Hall and is located on the River Thames. This bridge is just 5 minutes walk from London Eye.
4. Big Ben
Big Ben is an iconic structure which is attached to the Parliament and is a very well-known landmark of London city. It is just a 7 minutes walk from the London Eye.
5. Shrek’s Adventure
This is a walk-and-ride adventure on the South Bank. You get to ride a magical 4D bus where a donkey would be your guide. Inside the bus you get to see ten live-fairytale shows. You also get a chance to check your fortune through the crystal ball. This is just 2 minutes walk from the London Eye.
Other Essential Information About London Eye
Location: The Queen’s walk, Bishop’s, London SE1 7PB, United Kingdom
- Mon-Fri: 11AM to 6PM
Diameter of the Wheel: 395 ft (120mtr.)
Height: 135 meters
Distance from London city centre: 1.2 miles
Tickets and Passes for London Eye:
River Cruise of the London Eye
Taking a tour on the River cruise will make you see them from close quarters. The London Eye River Cruise is a 40 minute circular sightseeing tour. The tour starts from London Eye pier and on the route you can see the Houses of Parliament, the Tower of London, the Tower Bridge and return to the London Eye pier.
Apart from these tourist attractions, you will also see Sea Life London Aquarium, Big Ben, and National Theatre on your journey. There will be a running commentary as you pass through the historical and present day monuments, highlighting the importance of these landmarks in the history of the great city.
There are multilingual audio guides available to make this cruise enjoyable. The commentary is both factual and entertaining and you get to learn a lot about the monuments. For the tourists, the River Cruise is the easiest way of sightseeing in London. The Cruise runs all year round, irrespective of the weather and it is free for children under the age of four.
Travelers’ Tip before visiting London Eye
- To avoid a glare in your selfie snap, get as close to the glass as you can.
- If you want to really enjoy the view, try to avoid peak times. It is busiest between 11 am to 3 pm during holidays.
- You have an option to pay a bit extra to get to skip to the front of the line. That is a bonus because you cut through the crowd and get to embark quickly.
- Always try to buy tickets online. That saves time and you also get time to reach the wheel.
- Try to travel by train as Waterloo station is closest to London Eye.