The London Eye is perhaps one of the most popular Ferris wheels operating around the world. It is located in the heart of London and is a unique tourist attraction. When you're in London, you just have to use it – it's not just a lot of fun, but also an opportunity to see the whole city from an unusual perspective.
The Ferris wheel, which is also known as the Millennium Wheel, was completed in 1999 and opened in 2000. Now it is called Coca-Cola London Eye. The London Eye is one of three buildings built in London to celebrate the new millennium, the others are The O2 and The Millennium Bridge. It is the world's largest cantilevered observation wheel, which has 135 meters. It was designed by Marks Barfield Architects. Since it opening it have given entertainment to millions of people – Londoners and tourists coming here from all over the world. The London Eye has since received dozens of honors and tourists awards both domestic and foreign, as well as due to its architectural and engineering qualities.
The London Eye is located in Lambeth on the south bank of the River Thames between Westminster and Hungerford bridges. Nearby there are many popular tourist attractions, so this observation wheel has enjoyed great success and often you can see a queue here. It is worth to use it because it is a unique opportunity to see London like a bird until the horizon. The wheel is rotating at a speed of about 26 centimeters per second, which gives about 0.9 kilometers per hour. The one entire rotation takes about 30 minutes. The London Eye also works at night – then you can watch the breathtaking panorama of the luminous city.
Observation wheel consists of 32 separate oval-shaped capsules. They are air-conditioned and equipped with benches. One capsule can accommodate up to 25 people. The wheel rotates all the time and does not stop in order to take the passengers, the rotation is so slow that it is not necessary. It is stopped only when they want to use it for older people and people with disabilities to increase security.
In addition to the usual service the London Eye also has many special offers for its customers. You can rent the entire capsule for yourself. This often chosen by couples, as well as by companies that want to present to your customers and contractors London in all its glory. You can also order extra glass of champagne, delicious chocolates treats and other delicacies, with which you can admire the London skyline. For an extra fee you can also use the services of a guide – he or she will present all the important buildings and places in London, also will answer all questions related to sightseeing.
The London Eye can be reached quickly on foot or by metro – nearest station is Waterloo. Charing Cross, Embankment, and Westminster are within walking distance. Prices start from around £ 20 for an adult. Tickets can also be purchased now through the internet and thus you can receive an additional discount.
The London Eye
Westminster Bridge Road
London SE1 7PB