London,  Things to do in London

How long is the London Eye and is it worth it?

The London Eye has become one of London’s most recognisable landmarks.

It was only supposed to be a temporary attraction too (a bit like the Eiffel Tower in Paris).

Is it worth buying a ticket for the London Eye? I don’t think so.

The view isn’t that great in my opinion due to it’s location. Here’s what you can see from the London Eye.

It no longer offers the highest public viewing platform in London (now The Shard). I still haven’t been to The Shard (tickets are £25 which seems quite expensive for a view), but you can get a pretty great view from the Sky Garden at the Walkie Talkie building for free.

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Here are some facts about the London Eye

How long is the London Eye?

The London Eye takes 30 minutes (15 minutes to reach the top) to perform one revolution.

For me, it felt too long and slow and could have been done in half the time. Once I reached the top, I wanted to get off.

My nephew’s interest was also waning and began to make a game of stepping on my feet to cure his boredom…

How tall is the London Eye?

135 metres (443 ft) tall and the wheel has a diameter of 120 metres (394 ft). When it opened it was the world’s tallest Ferris wheel. .

Although, technically it’s not a Ferris wheel, but instead the world’s tallest cantilevered observation wheel.

How much is the London Eye?

There are several types of tickets and packages available, but standard London Eye tickets cost £28 (adult ticket) if you buy on the day at the office or £25 if you pre-book online. Or pay £38 on the day (£34.20 online) to skip the queue. Also included is the London Eye 4D cinema experience (which is nothing to write home about).

But if you’re sightseeing and have time, it’s probably worth paying a little extra for a London Eye ticket and another attraction or two which includes The London Dungeon, Shrek’s Adventure (which I can thoroughly recommend) or the aquarium (SEA LIFE London). Or Madame Tussauds (if taking selfies with wax works is your thing).

Tickets cost £38 (£63 when bought individually) for 1 additional attraction and £48 for (£93 when bought individually) for two additional attractions.

You can visit the other attraction 90 days from the date you visit the London Eye (although London Dungeon, Shrek’s Adventure and SEA LIFE London are a stone’s throw away from London Eye so it would make more sense to visit both attractions in the same day.

And if you’re celebrating a special occasion, there is also the London Eye Champagne Experience which costs £42 on the day and £37.80 online.

You can see all the various packages and buy you’re tickets from the official site here.

When was the London Eye built?

The London Eye received it’s ceremonial opening on the 31st December 1999, but fully opened to the public on 9th March 2000. It cost £70 million to build.

What time does the London Eye close?

The London Eye closing times vary throughout the year and you can view all the latest times on the official site here.

How many pods are on the London Eye?

There are 32 pods on the London Eye which can carry 28 people each. There is a bench in the middle to sit on and enough room without feeling claustrophobic. Although some couples will hog the good spot until they get their Instagram selfie just right.

Each pod represents the 32 London boroughs. But there is no number 13 (due to superstition)

How to get to the London Eye?

The closest tube station are Westminster and Waterloo. It’s best to use Google Maps or Citymapper for directions to the London Eye.

Why was the London Eye built?

The London Eye was built to commemorate the millennium and was originally called the Millennium Wheel.

I think if it’s your first time visiting London and you have a packed schedule (there is so much to see and do in London after all) then there are other attractions higher up on the pecking order than the London Eye.

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