Here's what you need to know about the London Eye, a brilliant way to see the city of London from a unique perspective2019 June 12
The London Eye has fast become one of the most popular tourist destinations in the capital, a brilliant way to see the city of London from a unique perspective. Here’s what you need to know about the London Eye.
Your London Eye experience will deliver awe-inspiring, dazzlingly high views of the entire city, everything from Big Ben to St Paul’s Cathedral, Tower Bridge to Buckingham Palace. You might even be able to see your easyHotel from the top!
Did you know the busiest time of all on the Eye is between eleven in the morning and three in the afternoon? If you want more space and peace to enjoy the view, choose a time before or after that. It’s also open in the evenings. Tickets cost £28 on the day or £25 in advance online. The opening times are 10am – 6pm during the week, 10am to 8pm at the weekend, but opening times sometimes vary, so always check the Eye website first.
The capsules themselves are amazing, all 32 of them. Each one represents its own London Borough, and each one has plenty of space for 25 people to get great views. They’re air-conditioned for comfort and have central seating so you can rest your legs.
Your experience includes a fabulous live-action 4D film, Britain’s first. Remarkable 3D aerial photography delivers a fascinating four-minute introduction to what it’s like on the Eye, and you can see the film at the ticket office. Every ride lasts 30 minutes and takes you on one full revolution of the wheel.
The Eye is 100% accessible. There’s room for two wheelchairs in each capsule, and the maximum number of wheelchairs on the entire wheel at any one time is eight. There’s also an assisted boarding service if you need help and support getting on and off.
What to do beforehand and afterwards? Treat yourself to some great food and drink, that’s what! The Pommery Champagne Bar overlooks the Thames close to the Eye, and it’s an amazing place to have a drink after your experience on the London Eye. But you can hire your very own capsule if you like, and enjoy your very own private dining experience at a great height. Ask about the Dining at 135 package, which comes with a fun champagne reception, gorgeous three-course meal and three goes around the wheel after dark to see the sparkling lights.
You’ll find excellent fish and chips on Westminster Road at Great British Fish and Chips, a treat after a dizzying ride, but that’s just one of many restaurants, pubs and eateries nearby, including Mexican, Indian, and more. There’s Gillray’s Steak House and Bar on Westminster Bridge Road, Bao Fa Garden Chinese restaurant on The Queen’s Walk, and Hannah Japanese restaurant on Belvedere Road, just to name a few. The magnificent Royal Festival Hall is within walking distance too, perfect for after-experience drinks with amazing views of the mighty river.
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