London Eye

London Eye

Trip on a Ferris wheel in London is not simply an excursion but rather a flight in space capsule, which will give you the feeling of freedom and excitement of being above the ground. Each rotation takes slow 30 minutes and discloses the visitors of London Eye the magical beauty of the British capital through a mist of fog, or if you are lucky enough, on a sunny day the attraction affords views 40 kilometres away in every direction. No wonder such trip is usually referred to as 'flight' above London.

The history of this London's attraction is just as exciting as a trip inside it; it had its ups and downs. The project designed by the genius husband-and-wife team of Julia Barfield and David Marks several times was a step from closing. Thanks to the talent and persistence of the architects, London acquired an innovative landmark in terms of both the design and engineering performance. The opening of London Eye took place on the eve of celebrating the New Millennium - on December 31, 1999. Structure of the attraction consists of 32 transparent capsules, associated with the number of London suburbs. The height is 135 meters. London Eye rotates with the gracefully slow speed (26 cm/sec) so it has become trendy not only to take pictures of the city and make selfies but also invite for a romantic date or appoint a meeting. Individual booking is to be made online, visiting website of the attraction. Every capsule has space for 25 people.

Someone would say that the new high-rise building The Shard is a serious competitor of the Ferris wheel in terms of the offered views, but all-knowing statistics shows that on average three and a half million visitors take a trip on London Eye annually to enjoy the beauty of Big Ben, the Parliament Building and the Thames from a bird's perspective. Try to visit London Eye in the night; you will get a chance to see the unique lighting with the most state-of-the-art light effects. Online one can book both the standard ticket and Day & Night ticket to enjoy the views of the day and night London.

Numerous tourists as well as London citizens with children and friends choose Jubilee Gardens as the place to relax, it is close to London Eye. Jubilee Gardens are the perfect green space to take a walk along the Thames or to go on a picnic. There are numerous playgrounds for kids, while adults will enjoy performances of street musicians and singers. Enjoy evening walk in the Gardens where trees are cheerfully illuminated and create the romantic and mysterious atmosphere of London at night. There is also a spot where you can take a boat trip along the Thames to the Tower. Kids will definitely enjoy visit to Sea Life Aquarium and London Dungeon. They are both located to the south from the park.

Address: Riverside Building, County Hall, Westminster Bridge Road
Opening hours: Mon-Sun 10 am - 8:30 pm, Feb 14 10 am – 10 pm, Dec 24 10 am - 5:30 pm, Dec 31 10 am – 3 pm; Dec 25 closed; booking office opens at 9:30 am. London Eye is closed for maintenance works for two weeks in January (see the schedule on the website).
How to reach: tube Waterloo, Embankment, Charing Cross, Westminster; bus 77, 211, 381, RV1; London Eye Pier
Coordinates: 51.50336, -0.11957