The EDF Energy LONDON EYE offers breathtaking views of London from high above the River Thames. See Big Ben towering above the Houses of Parliament, follow St. James Park as it sweeps down to Buckingham Palace. Is the Queen at home? You’ll spot the flag flying if she is. A Standard Ticket on the LONDON EYE lasts approximately 30 minutes, the time it takes for the London Eye to revolve completely. Relax in one of the 32 high-tech glass capsules and enjoy the London skyline at your leisure.
Within each capsule, six touch screens powered by Samsung Galaxy Tab allow you to explore the capital’s landmarks, using the latest technology to bring your spectacular panoramic views to life. The guides provide a more interactive way to take in the capital’s best sights and are available as part of the standard ticket price. Features include key information about famous London landmarks, 24 hour time-lapse photography, 360 degree day and night views from the LONDON EYE as well as a unique “look inside” some of the structures for a unique perspective.
Included in your ticket is the LONDON EYE 4D Experience – a groundbreaking 3D film with in-theatre effects, such as wind, bubbles and mist, to make the 4D. The film itself is a touching story of a little girl in London with her father. Her view of famous London landmarks is obscured by people and traffic, but a seagull draws her attention to the LONDON EYE and her visit finally gives her an amazing view of the city. Colourful parties inside the capsule, time lapse of the LONDON EYE day and night and a spectacular firework display all add up to an emotional and entertaining experience; the perfect prelude to the LONDON EYE itself.
*Please note that children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult, aged 18 or over, at all times.
10 Things You Didn’t Know About the London Eye
- You can see around 40km from the top – as far as Windsor Castle on a clear day.
- The LONDON EYE can carry 800 guests per rotation – equivalent to 11 London red double-decker buses.
- There are 32 capsules in total, one for each of the London boroughs. For superstitious reasons they are numbered up to 33, with capsule 13 left out for good luck.
- Each of the 32 capsules weighs 10 tonnes. To put that figure into perspective, it’s the same weight as 1,052,631 pound coins!
- Each rotation takes approximately 30 minutes, meaning that a capsule travels at a stately 26cm per second, or 0.9km (0.6 miles) per hour – twice as fast as a tortoise sprinting; this slow rate of rotation allows guests to step on and off without the wheel having to stop.
- In one year the LONDON EYE will rotate 7668 times, or 2300 miles, as far as from London to Cairo in Egypt, home to other wonders of the world.
- The circumference of the wheel is 424m (1,392ft) – meaning that if it were unravelled, it would be 1.75 times longer than the UK’s tallest building (One Canada Square at Canary Wharf) which is 244m tall!
- The height of the LONDON EYE is 135m (443ft – equivalent to 64 red telephone boxes piled on top of each other), making it the sixth tallest structure in London after the BT Tower, Tower 42, 30 St Mary Axe (The Gherkin), One Canada Square in Canary Wharf and The Shard.
- Supermodel Kate Moss holds the record for the UK celebrity that’s enjoyed the most rotations, standing at 25, and Hollywood star Jessica Alba holds the record for an overseas celebrity that’s enjoyed the most rotations, standing at 31.
- With an average of 3.75 million visitors a year, the LONDON EYE receives more visitors annually than ancient wonders of the world like theTaj Mahal (2.4 million per year), Stonehenge (850,000 per year) and even the Great Pyramids of Giza (3 million per year).