London Eye, Popular Icon of London

Also known as Millennium Wheel, It is a huge Ferris wheel actually the tallest Ferris wheel in Europe it offers a high public viewing point of London. It is a great tourist attraction in the United Kingdom with over three million visitors annually. It takes roughly thirty minutes for the wheel to complete a single rotation.

History and location

It was built in 1999 and is supported by an A-frame on one side only with a concrete driveway nearby. It is on the south bank of the River Thames. It has 32 sealed passenger capsules each with a capacity of up to 25 people. There are numerous public stations so accessing it is easy.

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Passenger capsules

There are air conditioned and one has an option of either sitting or standing when taking a ride. You can hire one for use. A lot of people have proposed to their loved ones inside capsules. Due to the Eye relatively slow speed one can enter and leave the capsule when it is still in motion.

When visiting the eye a passenger is advised to book tickets in advance to save time used to buy them at the gate.

One has a view of iconic places in London which even includes the Buckingham Palace and St Paul’s Cathedral.

Top things to do when you visit London Eye

There are different things to do in London Eye or near it. These may include;

  • Viewing London

This is the main activity when you visit London eye. It basically does what Eiffel tower do in Paris provide a public viewing point of the city. When you are at the top you will have a three hundred and sixty-degree view of the city.

  • Take a tour across River Thames.

There are numerous sites to visit when you take a cruise in river Thames.  There are numeral cultural sites along the river.

  • Westminster bridge

This is a great scene to visit which is less than five minutes’ walk from the Eye. This is also among great tourist destinations in London.

  • Churchill war rooms

This is where Winston Churchill directed troops during the Second World War.

  • London Aquarium

It located just next to London Eye it’s among the largest aquariums in Europe. Here you will experience marine life. There are a lot of marine creatures.

  • Shrek’s Adventure

This is the perfect family place to visit when you are near London Eye.

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There are other great sites to visit but one comes close to the iconic London Eye. There are also numerous shopping malls near London eye and several places to eat.


Using London eye comes at a small fee. Tickets are readily available and prices may differ depending on time. Most of the ticketing is done on online platforms.


There are numerous challenges that London Eye has faced over time though the main challenge is finances. London Eye is friendly to people with disabilities and kids, ample parking is provided this makes it a must visit location.