London is chock full with iconic attractions – both medieval and modern, with the London Eye one of the most visited in the city. A massive Ferris wheel, it can be seen from almost all parts of central London and is one of the best landmarks from which to get stunning aerial views overlooking the city. It is generally on the bucket list of all first-time visitors to the city and a must-see when on a trip to the British capital.
Visitors to the city looking for suitable accommodation will find the London City Suites by Montcalm Chiswell Street, appropriately located in the centre of the city.
For those planning a visit to the London Eye some of the more interesting facts are:
Celebrate the new millennium
London’s administrators planned to celebrate the new millennium in 2000, by building something new and unique. Finally, it was decided to add the massive Ferris wheel to the landscape called the London Eye. It was built at a cost of £70 million with the plan for it to be a temporary installation. Because of the immense popularity, it garnered with tourists and visitors to the city, the authorities then decided to make it a permanent installation instead.
Most popular modern attraction
Considered as the most popular paid attraction in the city, the London Eye gets around 3.5 million visitors every year. On a bright sunny day, those aboard the London Eye get spectacular views all around up to 25 miles away as far as Windsor Castle. Any first-time visitor to the city must take a ride on the London Eye.
The highest observation point on the European continent
While Las Vegas’ High Roller is the tallest Ferris wheel currently; the top spot was once taken by the London Eye until 2006. At present, it is the tallest Ferris wheel on the European continent, with its well-planned location affording the best views over the city’s skyline. It is among the most popular among the modern attractions in the city and considered among the most famous symbols of London, featuring in everything from movies to magazines. It has 32 glass pods for visitors to ride in with a single revolution taking half an hour to complete. The London Eye Champagne Experience is the best package to opt for, which although expensive with bubbly and special treats exclusively for 2 persons, is well worth the price.
Uniquely themed capsules
There are a total of 32 capsules on the London Eye, with everyone uniquely themed that represent different boroughs of the city. The speed at which the wheel rotates is so well-timed that those on-board are hardly aware of the circular motion that takes 30 minutes to complete one revolution. Each capsule can accommodate up to 25 guests with each pod weighing in at 10 tons. Guests can hire a private capsule to celebrate any special event.