Touted as one of the best landmarks in London, the London Eye is a huge tourist destination. Few make it through a London visit without taking a spin on the famous Ferris wheel. Read on to learn some interesting facts about this attraction.
- The London Eye was seven years in the making. Completed in 1999 (and open to the public in 2000), it was the world’s largest Ferris wheel until 2006. It is still Europe’s tallest Ferris wheel and hosts more than 3.5 million guests every year.
- There are 32 air-conditioned cars that look like capsules. The capsules represent London’s boroughs and hold up to 25 people. The capsules are large enough to walk around to ensure a great view. There are seats for those who prefer sitting.
- On a clear day, visitors can see as far as 25 miles away.
- Each rotation takes about 30 minutes to complete.
If you are planning a trip to London, you have to include a visit to the London Eye. The ride opens every day at 10:00 am. While sightseeing is great when taking a ride during the day, evening rides are spectacular as you can view all the lights of London. Closing time is usually 8:30 p.m. with the exception of Christmas and Valentine’s Day. For specific hours, visit www.londoneye.com.
There are several private capsules for those special occasions. Cupid’s Capsule provides champagne and chocolates for those wanting a romantic adventure. You will have the capsule to yourselves and your private host.
The Hotel Chocolat Capsule is the ticket for chocolate lovers. This private capsule offers chocolate and truffle tasting. Three to twenty guests may be accommodated on this capsule.
If wine tasting is more your thing, reserve the Wine Tasting or Champagne Tasting Capsule. Enjoy some fabulous wine or champagne while taking in the magnificent views of London. Hosting up to twenty guests, these capsules are a great way to celebrate a special occasion with friends.
Lines can be quite long for the London Eye, so it is a good idea to purchase tickets ahead of time online at www.londoneye.com. You can also save up to 20% off the ticket prices by purchasing online. Many hotels have discount tickets as well, so don’t forget to ask the concierge. Lastly, don’t forget the camera, as you are sure to get some breathtaking photos!