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Fireworks in the London Eye

The London Eye is one of the most popular tourist attractions that has been opened in London and is often described as a must-visit and significant place during a visit to the capital. However, how much do you really know about the London Eye? Most people look at the London Eye and assume it’s just a big Ferris wheel. But as the fourth tallest Ferris wheel in the world, it is actually much more fascinating than what you initially imagined.

The height of the London Eye is equivalent to a 45-story building!

The London Eye was first opened by then-Prime Minister Tony Blair in 1999 during the New Millennium celebrations. The idea for the London Eye emerged from a competition held in 1993 amongst a multitude of designs, aiming to create a new landmark to symbolize the new century. Located on the southern bank of the River Thames, the London Eye stood as the tallest Ferris wheel in the world with a total height of 135 meters until 2006 when it was surpassed by the Star of Nanchang in China.

Why is the London Eye famous?

When you ride the London Eye, you can see almost all the areas of the city and the famous landmarks around it: Jubilee Gardens, Big Ben, Buckingham Palace, St. Paul’s Cathedral, and more. It’s no wonder it’s often referred to as the “Guide to London.” Additionally, the observation wheel is considered a national symbol, representing the technological success of Great Britain in the early 21st century. Furthermore, the London Eye is equipped with 32 glass capsules, each representing a neighborhood of London. Interestingly, these capsules have enough space for 25 people each, allowing a total of 800 people to enjoy a ride on the wheel. A complete rotation takes 30 minutes, with a speed of 26.4 centimeters per second.

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The London Eye at Night!

During the nighttime, being in the capsules of the London Eye with the city lights is a truly enjoyable experience. To do this, you should start your ride shortly after sunset. Typically, the queue times in the evening hours are not very long, allowing you to easily enjoy the dreamy and panoramic view of London.
Fireworks in the London Eye

The best time to visit the London Eye

To visit the London Eye, you need clear weather to enjoy the views. As we all know, London weather can be unpredictable. Therefore, if possible, it’s best to make the reservation closer to the date so you can check the weather. It’s important to note that during peak seasons, it may not be possible as tickets could be sold out in advance. Choosing between visiting the London Eye at night or during the day is a personal preference. Personally, I think twilight is a magical time, as the sun sets and the city lights start to illuminate. Some buildings truly stand out, such as the Houses of Parliament.

Get acquainted with other famous Ferris wheels and observation wheels around the world:

– Tianjin Eye in China
– Singapore Flyer
– Nanchang Star in China
– Yokohama Cosmo Clock 21 in Japan
– Pacific Park Ferris Wheel in California
– Wiener Riesenrad in Vienna
– Niagara SkyWheel in Canada
– Wonder Wheel in New York
– High Roller in Las Vegas

Where are the restaurants around the London Eye located?

If you’re looking to dine near the London Eye, don’t miss out on this section. These restaurants are so good that they add to the memories of this beautiful attraction.

– Gillray’s Steakhouse & Bar
– Skylon
– The BBQ Club
– Wahaca
– Brasserie Joël
– La Cucina Di Mamma
– Bao Fa Garden
– Vaulty Towers


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