So you are in the city that has one of the largest ferries wheels in the world. You also happen to be in a city that looks stupendous from 400 feet in the air. So what are you going to do? Just sit there and stare forlornly into the Thames. Of course not, let’s take a look why the London Eye is such an amazing attraction.
Although at this specific moment in time the London Eye isn’t the largest Ferris wheel in the world, it is the world largest “cantilever” Ferris wheel, because it features only a large A frame only on the one side of the wheel.
It also happens to be the most visited paid attraction with almost 4 million people visiting every year. The rim of the London Eye features 32 pods that have both seating and air conditioning to protect against the famously hot weather of England. The rims rotation is extremely slow, so slow in fact that it doesn’t even need to stop like traditional Ferris wheels to let on new passengers, they just get on as it moves. It takes 30 minutes for one pod to make a full rotation, which should give you plenty of time to enjoy the view and take pictures.
Each pod weighs and astounding 10 tonnes and carries up to 25 people and has a very interesting 1950s futurist’s vibe to it, with its oval shape reminiscent of the 1950s Airstream caravans.
A little bit of interesting trivia, the London Eye has seen a slew of owners from the lead architects family and British Airways, to Tussauds, the Merlin Entertainment (when they purchased Tussauds), finally and most recently Coca-Cola made a deal to sponsor the London for two years starting in 2015.
Much like other attractions (including Madame Tussauds Wax Museum), there are numerous packages that bundle a ride on the London Eye with other famous attractions. For 28 pounds you can take a 40-minute river cruise down the River Thames and then go from “sea” to sky with the London Eye. For 48 pounds you can enjoy 2 attractions that include Madame Tussauds, The London Dungeon, Shrek’s Adventure plus the London Eye or 55 for the London Eye plus three more attractions.
If you are looking for a more “adult” experience…fully clothed, you can enjoy the Champagne Experience which for 31.95 allows you to ride the London Eye while sipping on Pommery Brut Royal…but you can do better, right? For 50 you can ride the Eye twice while enjoying two glasses of Prosecco and taking part in a chocolate and truffle tasting with a Hotel Chocolate representative. For 50 you can also partake in champagne tasting that will see you sipping on five different types of bubbly with a note and a QA section at the end. If you are more of a high altitude vino lover then you might want to book the 47-pound wine tasting experience which will let you taste five different types of wines, while 400 feet in the air. Oh if you are a little shy, you can even get your own private capsule.
Honestly going around in circles hasn’t been this fun since you were five and would spin around yourself until you got dizzy.