The London Eye was formally opened on December 31, 1999, just in time for the celebration of the New Millennium. It is the world’s tallest observation wheel, offering panoramic views of London at a distance of 40 kilometres. Based on an original design pioneered by cave men, the London Eye was designed by no fewer than seven architects! Perhaps that was because its cantilevered, A-frame design was constructed lying flat just above the River Thames from individual sections that had been floated up the river.
Attached to the wheel are 32 climate-controlled, ovoid glass capsules that hold up to 25 people who are free to walk around to capture the best views, although seating is provided. The wheel turns slowly enough (0.6 metres per second) without needing to stop to allow passengers to board and disembark, although motion is suspended to permit elderly or disabled passengers to transfer safely. An entire revolution takes about 30 minutes.
Buckingham Palace, St Paul’s Cathedral and Big Ben are among the many sites visible on a daytime flight. For a totally different perspective, come at sunset for glorious sky views and watch the bright city lights as they come on.
Visitors may now enjoy the New 4D Experience, a pre-flight film in 3D complete with wind, snow and fireworks.
Tickets for this iconic London attraction are now available from AttractionTix.co.uk. A wide range of great packages are on offer:
London Eye Standard Ticket – Adult £19/Child £10
Valentines Champagne Flight – Includes Priority Boarding, luxury chocolates and a glass of bubbly. Available in mid February.
Valentines Champagne Cruise – Includes a 40-minute cruise with a glass of bubbly and commentary based on ‘Love in London.’ Available in mid February.
Cupid’s Capsule on the London Eye. Book a private capsule and dazzle your valentine with a bottle of champagne and a box of luxury chocolates. Available in mid February.
London Eye – Fast Track Ticket – Adult and child £26. Pay a little more and avoid the queue with Priority Boarding. Price includes a complimentary mini-guide and kid’s pack. Arrive at check-in 15 minutes prior to your scheduled flight time or 45 minutes ahead if you wish to see the 4D experience.
London Eye and River Cruise – Adult £29/Child £14. Enjoy a 30-minute flight on the London Eye and a 40-minute Thames cruise. Cruises run daily from 11:45 to 16:45.
London Eye Champagne Experience – Adult/Child £32. Enjoy a glass of bubbly along with your flight. Available daily from 12:00 to 20:00.
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