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