Discover the London Eye, opened on New Year’s Eve. A day before the year of the Millennium. Join many others and see the views of London’s major attractions. Explore Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, the River Thames, the strip of Southbank, Buckingham Palace, The Horse Guard Parade, The Shard and many others. Enjoy private tours with Prosecco and chocolate as you go around the wheel in 30 minutes. Read more about the iconic wheel we call The London Eye.
There are too many tourist attractions in London to tick off your bucket list. Visiting the London Eye has got to be at the top of the list.
Alongside the enormous attraction options to visit, road and building work, the National Railway, office buildings are all visible and are scattered around London. This makes London very industrial. It’s something I noticed when I stepped on to the London Eye.
Between the mid-18th and mid-19th Century, like the rest of the world, London had been affected badly and the worst hit by the Industrial Revolution. The country turned to working with mechanics and modern technology. It stepped away from its agriculture and rural living. People flocked to the city now new ways of working developed, however, because of overpopulation, infrastructure struggled.
History of London
During the 18th Century, there were more than 700,000 people living in London. By demolishing parts of the area of London, the city was able to get out of the old and in with the new.
The London Wall in Bishopsgate at the end of Southbank demolished. Travel distances and the length of day it takes to use public transport cut down by half to three quarters of the week. The country introduced the London Building Act of 1774 to control the new urban infrastructure, away from rural living.
The development of the infrastructure was what I was thinking of when I was at the top of the Eye. Buildings from the 18th to the 21st Century standing together, cranes and tractors still at work building new apartments and offices, 19th Century bridges and buildings, 10th Century Westminster Cathedral still intact, the iconic red buses, private vehicles and the black taxicabs that pass each other every day. They were all still here in 2020. This would be beneficial to think about as you go up the Wheel.
When you go up the London Eye, think about the struggle London went through during the Industrial Revolution and the success it gained after. Therefore, the London Eye should be in your top 10 bucket list. Here are 5 reasons why you should visit The London Eye.
1. Enjoy the 360 Degree view of London
The capsules go around in 30 minutes, and you will see more than 5 British landmarks. The most obvious major landmarks are Big Ben, The River Thames and Westminster Abbey, all in front of the Eye. As you go up further, Buckingham Palace, Tower Bridge, The Shard, London Bridge, Greenwich and Canary Wharf as well as various parks can be seen. Hyde Park, Kensington Gardens and Green Park are the 3 visible ones. Even though it’s visible, people aren’t so clear whether they are the three major parks.
2. Experience the view of London privately
Experience London privately with your friends, family or loved ones.
The London Eye will take you on a VIP experience night or day. Not only will you get the chance to see various British landmarks, also get the chance to experience champagne, wine or Hotel Chocolat on board.
At night see the twinkling lights on buildings, lights reflected on the water on the River Thames and see Buckingham Palace illuminate. It’s a great way to end your day.
Invest in a good camera on your phone or actual digital camera for good quality photos. In June, the sun sets later at around 8 pm or 9 pm. Before June, the sun set goes down from 5:30 pm – 6 pm.
Check online to see when the sun sets in London.
3. Get special deals if you visit three or more attractions
The third reason why you should visit the London Eye is other attractions around the London Eye are next to each other. London Dungeon and Sealife are part of the promotional deal and they are located next to each other. This includes a ticket to Madame Tussauds located in Regent’s Park. Take the tube from Westminster tube station to Regent’s Street. It takes a few minutes to get there.
Check out the London Pass website for discounts of over 80+ attractions.
4. The London Eye is very popular
With over 3 million visitors a year, visiting the London Eye should be number one on your London bucket list. The line can be long so, get the Fast Track or London Pass tickets. If you visit at the right time, you may be lucky.
Give the London Eye a visit before school holidays. It’s the best time to go. Two things I’ve noticed when I was at the top. Construction work is always present every day, consequently, ruins the view. London is an industrial city so, some of the buildings aren’t worth looking at.
5. Enjoy the 4D Cinema Experience at the London Eye
Before you get on the capsule, included with your ticket, experience the 4-minute 4D cinema. You will be immersed in the success of the development of London’s infrastructure. That’s not all. You can enjoy a 3D photographic experience of the view of London too.
The average queue time will vary. It can be from 45 minutes without the Fast-Track ticket. 20 minutes with the Fast Track ticket. At times, you may be lucky depending on the time of day.
I’m sure there are many reasons to visit the London Eye whatever the time of day and season. It’s also better to visit the London Eye when it’s not raining and when there’s not a lot of school children. I recommend getting the Fast Track or London Pass if you are visiting during school holidays. Like I said before, I went in May 2019 at 11:30 am and I didn’t use the Fast Track or London Pass. The queue wasn’t that long even though there were plenty of of people lining up. Maybe it was my lucky day but I’m not going to promise it will be the same for everyone. Just check.
If I can think of other reasons, I’ll add it on to the list.