Known as both the London Eye and the Millennium Wheel, this huge 450-foot (137-meter) Ferris wheel on the South Bank gives a ... More
EDF Energy London Eye (Millennium Wheel)
Known as both the London Eye and the Millennium Wheel, this huge 450-foot (137-meter) Ferris wheel on the South Bank gives a fabulous bird's eye view of London, if your stomach is strong enough. Its inception in the beginning of 2000 honored the Millennium; and the spectacular views stretch for 25 miles (40 kilometers) on a clear day to include views of Windsor and Tunbridge Wells. Up to 25 people can fit in each of the wheel's “capsules.” the wheel turns surprisingly slowly-it takes 30 minutes to go round, so there's plenty of time to spot landmarks and take photos. Hours vary by season.
It was really slow...felt like I was there for ages. The queue moved fast though and the view was good. But overall, not worth wasting time for. Better to visit the lovely natural history museum or the Victoria & Albert Museum.
I am completely petrified of heights and found looking out of the window without holding on to the edge a struggle.
I was glad I didn't just sit down, because lookin gat the beautiful london skyline was such a great experience.
We were lucky enough to have the champagne tour, which gives you the added benefit of not queuing.
The day was sunny, and a little hazy which man our visibility was spot on but was no good for taking picutres.
I recently did a "flight" on the London eye and although the weather was quite hazy, we were able to still see for miles. We did a champagne flight which meant we didnt have to queue and were given a glass of champagne while we were going around. Its a great 30-40 minutes
Though "the ride" is a bit short at 25-30 minutes (with about 15 of that high enough for a decent view), I enjoyed the experience. I took a visiting friend. We had fun (except for the end bit where a picture is taken. We got it TOTALLY wrong, and they got a picture of our backs. Funny!)
However, £15 is a bit much for the experience. I think half that would be more acceptable, or maybe they should offer more for the money (free guide book, I bought mine -- it's a cool design and everything but still).
That said, I would certainly go back if any of my visitors fancy a flight. It's fun to include it in a "day" (e.g., make a day of it also going to nearby museums, galleries, cafes, Southbank, etc.). For well over £300, you can hire a whole cabin to yourself and spin around twice.