The London Eye in you guessed it… London, England soars 443 feet high. After it was built in 1999, it was the world’s largest ferris wheel, however when the Star of Nanchang in China opened in 2006 it surpasses it at a whopping 520 feet. The London Eye has 32 capsules that hold up to 25 people for a 30 minute ride. I was a little hesitant to go on it once I realized that most of the capsule was transparent, however it provides you with an unbeatable view of London, so I decided to be brave!
Be warned the wait times can be long. You could waste the best part of your day waiting in lines that could range between 1-2 hours or more. Not only was the line huge, but the estimated time was completely off. From the time we joined the line they said it would be 30 minutes before we got on the wheel, however it ended up being almost 90 minutes. If I would have realized that, I would have invested in a Fast Track ticket which allows you to get head of the line. If you don’t have the time (or patience) for the wait, then I would suggest purchasing this ticket. It is £29.50 vs the standard ticket price of £20.95.
To save time and money, buy them online. As well as getting them cheaper, you also won’t have to wait on an additional line to buy your tickets. Furthermore if you are planning on visiting multiple attractions, such as Madame Tussaud’s, SEA LIFE London Aquarium or the London Dungeon then you can buy them together with a special combination ticket package. You can save up to 40% if you purchase multiple attractions at once.
Once you do get on the wheel, the views are simply stunning, which made the wait time completely worth it. As you can see from my photos below, there is a long wait for a reason!