Built in celebration of the Millennium, The London Eye has become an iconic feature in the landscape London, one of the world’s top family travel destinations. The London Eye an achievement of engineering, a place of celebration and a great way to see the capital from a unique, high flying point of view.
Visiting the London Eye
It took me several years to work up the courage to go on The London Eye. I’m not that good with heights and the idea of hanging above London in an overgrown Ferris wheel made me seriously nervous. But after hearing glowing reports of friends’ experiences, I decided it was time to screw up my courage and go enjoy the view.
I was nervous enough that I asked my husband to book a ‘champagne experience’ so we would get priority entry with a small group, a private guide and a glass of champagne. While this definitely enhanced our visit, I needn’t have worried. The London Eye moves at only 0.6 miles per hour. That is slow enough that you can step on without the wheel having to stop. I honestly could not have felt safer – even when our capsule went up over the top of the wheel – an event I had been dreading. And oh, the view! London is my favorite city in the whole world and this is one of the best ways to see it.
The London Eye Experience
As we stood sipping champagne, the whole of the capital was laid out at our feet. Big Ben and The Parliament Buildings are just across the Thames from The London Eye and the view you get of these beautiful buildings is unparalleled. Buckingham Palace, St Paul’s Cathedral, Hampton Court, Tower Bridge and the Tower of London are only a few of the landmarks you get a bird’s eye view of as the wheel moves round.
The capsules are large and airy, capable of holding up to twenty-five people comfortably. There is a bench style seat in the middle of each capsule but most people choose to stand at the windows for the best view. I was sure I would spend much of the time seated away from the windows as I was so nervous. However the view was so tempting and I felt so safe that I never sat down at all!
Kids and adults alike will love the experience of riding on this 443 foot tall Ferris wheel. The London Eye is very kid-friendly, one of many great places to visit in London with children and babies, although babies must be carried and strollers fully folded.
London Eye Tickets
There’s a huge selection of ticket options. Tickets start from just under £20 for an adult. Entrance for children age 4 to 15 is £12.30 and children 3 and under ride free. A family ticket is available. Fast track tickets will help you avoid the line ups or choose a Day and Night ticket to see the city in two different lights on the same day. Champagne experiences are available for special occasions or you can rent an entire capsule for a romantic evening with your significant other. The £325 charge includes a bottle of champagne and chocolates.
Travelling to The London Eye
Located on Westminster Bridge Road right by the beautiful Marriott County Hall Hotel, The London Eye is walking distance from both Charing Cross and Waterloo Station. Both are mainline railway and London underground stations. England’s rail network is extensive and the train is a great way to get to London. When travelling in London the underground is one of the fastest and easiest ways to get around. Choose the all-inclusive Family Travelcard and it is the most economical option too.
All-inclusive Family Travelcards are also available from some mainline railway stations outside the Greater London Area if you are travelling into London just for a day. London can be expensive but this is one of many ways to see London on the cheap.
A Great Place to Visit in London
Whether you are sightseeing with your kids, marking a special occasion with your partner or planning a family event, The London Eye is a wonderful place to visit. You can go back to time and time again, seeing something new every visit – a never-to-be-forgotten experience in a never-to-be-forgotten city.
This post was written by April Harris, a food, lifestyle and travel writer who lives in Berkshire, England. She shares inspiration, tips and trends fro anyone who loves food, cooking, entertaining, fashion, travel and the finer things in life at her blog The 21st Century Housewife.
This oversized Ferris wheel is a top attraction in London.