Since the London Eye was first built in 1999, this giant Ferris wheel (the largest in Europe) has delighted visitors and is reported to be one of the most popular visitor attractions in the capital city of England for locals and tourists alike. It offers unrivalled views of London and since 2009 visitors have been able to enjoy a 4D pre-flight show located underneath the ticket centre.
As a part of the show you can experience London’s New Year’s Eve fireworks display with the interactive element of feeling the wind in your hair and snow falling at your feet. It really is as if you are there, right down to the ground shaking as the fireworks are ignited. Although it can’t be substituted for the real thing, it’s a popular way of reliving the experience if you can’t make it to London for the live event.
When you move on to your capsule you are given a Samsung Galaxy Tab to use which gives you an interactive guide to the sights of London. The tablet also holds key information on visible landmarks that you can see as you’re completing your circuit. Visitors can see these iconic structures up-close-and-personal on their screens meaning whatever the weather, the view is crystal clear.
A rotation on the London eye lasts 30 minutes and there are a whole host of packages to choose from to tailor your day to suit you. If money is no object you can book a Private Capsule with a variety of catering options. Whether you are travelling as a group or as a couple, if you are celebrating a special occasion this can be turned into a truly memorable experience. If privacy is not an issue for you then there are numerous experiences from those offered all year round like a Champagne, Hotel Chocolat or Wine Tasting Experience, to seasonal offerings such as Pimm’s, Nightcap, or Wine and Tapas Experiences. All the experiences are accompanied by a personal London Eye host.
If you want to incorporate the London Eye with lunch, dinner or a hotel stay then there are a whole host of packages on offer. For those who wish to see London from a head-on and birds-eye view perspective then why not combine the London Eye with a River Cruise? This is great for younger visitors as well as they get to travel down the famous Thames River viewing iconic landmarks such as Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament, St. Paul’s Cathedral, Tower Bridge and the Tower of London. You can enjoy lunch on some of the river cruises. Make sure you check the required dress code as it may vary depending upon the cruise chosen.
Opening times vary throughout the year – check the website for details.
The London Eye offers full disabled access both on the Eye itself and the other visitor attraction facilities.
Buy the fast track tickets in advance. They will help you avoid the queues that can last for up to 2 hours during the busy period.