Riding High on the London Eye

posted by Sharon October 31, 2016 21 Comments
London Eye

What is the London Eye? Although it’s similar to a Ferris wheel, it’s unlike any other similar ride in the world. The uniqueness of experiencing it, along with the spectacular views, make this fun part of a trip to London.

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Also called the Millennium Wheel, the London Eye opened on New Year’s Eve 1999 to welcome in the year 2000. It rises to over 400 feet above the water. The design includes 32 capsules that can carry 25 people in each one. The capsules each represent one borough of London, with no carriage 13 to prevent bad luck. London Eye

London EyeLondon EyeWhen you ride the London Eye, you can see the structure, which is similar to a bicycle wheel. Up close, it looks like a jumble of piping.

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London EyeLocated on London’s Southbank, the London Eye carries riders up over the Thames for a commanding view of Big Ben and Parliament, Westminster Abbey, Buckingham Palace, and Millennium Bridge.

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First-time visitors express surprise at the “speed” of the ride. A revolution from bottom to top and back down again takes about 30 minutes. Capsules move slowly so you can take in the views. You are free to move around the capsule or use the seating in the center. On our ride, no one sat. Everyone moved about the capsule, looking out the windows and taking photos. Most “view” photos you will see taken from the capsules are looking north to the London landmarks. But even the view to the south is pleasant, as it’s a park.

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You can purchase tickets before you visit London to avoid waiting in line. I decided not to do this for various reasons related to our travel plans. As it turned out, we ventured to the London Eye late on a Sunday afternoon and waited only about 10 minutes in line. If you are going, check out the website to see the different ticket options and to evaluate whether it’s a good plan to buy tickets ahead of time.

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If I return to London, I will certainly want to fit in another spin in this fascinating ride.London Eye

 

How about you? Have you visited an attraction that surprised you by being far more enjoyable than you imagined?

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marja October 31, 2016 at 6:29 am

That looks like great fun and it feels safe as well in these capsules. The views are stunning. I would love to have a spinand I will if I come in London again

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Tamar Strauss-Benjamin October 31, 2016 at 8:57 am

That was one of my London trip highlights! It was so gray and rainy we had poor views though ):

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Taken For Granted October 31, 2016 at 12:48 pm

Thank you for the great photos of the London Eye. Love the views from the top.

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Bev October 31, 2016 at 1:41 pm

That looks completely frightening (fear of heights) but what a glorious view when you get to the top!

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Buckeroomama October 31, 2016 at 2:31 pm

Looks like a beautiful day in London. I was content to take a pic with the London Eye in the background; ferris wheels are just not my thing.

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Carol October 31, 2016 at 3:35 pm

Lovely shots of London and the London eye

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Jandi October 31, 2016 at 5:30 pm

I loved going on the London Eye with you! We were on the Southbank last year but we didn’t go on the Lobdon eye- I was scared on of our then 4 year old twin girls would freak out midway but we will definitely be going on it next time!

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image-in-ing: weekly photo linky October 31, 2016 at 11:54 pm

Heights make me nervous so I’m not sure how well I’d fare on the London Eye – but the views are amazing!
Thanks for sharing at http://image-in-ing.blogspot.com/2016/10/guess-where-i-went.html

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Rhonda Albom November 1, 2016 at 8:48 am

There are so many things to see and do in London that I didn’t have time to go to the eye. It does look like a great view.

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Esther November 1, 2016 at 9:19 am

So much fun! I have been to London numerous times (and even had an hotel room overlooking the eye) but never went on the eye. The views are amazing!

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Ruth November 2, 2016 at 12:01 am

I took the ride many years ago and liked it a lot (it was during sunset). I was hesitant at first because of the prize but I think it was all worth. #WordlessWednesday

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Diane November 2, 2016 at 4:36 am

Thanks for taking me for a ride on the London Eye . I always wondered what you could see.

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Elizabeth Stewart November 2, 2016 at 5:40 am

A must do for the next time I go to London!

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Sammie @ The Annoyed Thyroid November 2, 2016 at 11:58 pm

What fabulous pictures – I haven’t been on the London Eye for years. Your pictures are fabulous – even if they do make me a bit homesick! And I never knew that there was one carriage for every borough! You really do learn something new every day!

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Mandy November 3, 2016 at 1:21 am

Love the views you were able to see from the London Eye! I had no idea it moved so slow or that you could move around while on it. Thanks for sharing! I’ll be keeping this post in mind if I ever find myself in London. (Because I know I will want to ride it!) 🙂

#wanderfulWednesday

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Rachel ¦¦ A Nesting Nomad November 3, 2016 at 2:59 pm

Despite having lived near London all my life, I’ve still never been on the Eye! I must fix that asap. Thanks for the overview and the persuasion!

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Maria @ Buena Vida November 3, 2016 at 7:05 pm

Fantastic photos! I have to say that when I went to London, I was too scared to ride it. Now your photos are making me wish I did!

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Lisa November 4, 2016 at 5:35 pm

We did not go up in The Eye because I have an extreme fear of heights. I tried to talk my people into going, I wish I would have insisted, they would have loved it.

I have so enjoyed reading your Europe posts. It makes me miss it terribly, but at the same point it makes me feel so happy and warm inside. These posts are the highlight of my week right now.

Lisa @ LTTL

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Lyn aka The Travelling Lindfields November 5, 2016 at 10:11 am

I would so love to do this, but my husband is scared of heights so I don’t like my chances. Thanks for taking me on a virtual spin.

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Anna November 5, 2016 at 2:42 pm

Loved the views from the London Eye! Went up 4 years ago, would love to do it again! #weekendwanderlust

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Lauren November 8, 2016 at 11:34 am

Riding the London Eye has been on my bucket list for so long!! The views look absolutely incredible! 😀

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