Top Facts You Need To Know About The London Eye

by Gavin Darvell

Round and round it goes! Day after day. The London Eye, a centerpiece attraction in the heart of the capital. A flight in a glass capsule taking you high into the London sky for a view across a cityscape that is continually changing. We have curated some of the interesting London Eye Facts.


The London Eye has been welcoming passengers since March 2000 and remains one of London’s top attractions. Have you taken a flight yet? Well, when you do, perhaps consider the following top London Eye facts. They’ll ensure you have the perfect trip and give you a whole new perspective of your journey into the London sky.



5 London Eye Tips


Now you’ve got the top London Eye facts to ensure you have a smooth trip, why not impress your travel partner with some fun London Eye facts. They’ll undoubtedly help to keep the conversation going.


The London Eye is a popular attraction:

Consider this when you climb aboard for your ride. On average, the London Eye receives more visitors per year than top historical and wonders of the world – The Taj Mahal and The Great Pyramids of Giza! Wonder if the Eye will be around in 1000 or so years?


Celebrity turns

Many a celebrity have taken a ride on the London Eye. No star, however, has ridden the wheel more times than supermodel Kate Moss. She’s been on some 25 times! Come on celebrities’ time to catch up!


It’s all about the capsules

There’s no way you’re getting a view unless you get into a capsule. You have 32 capsules to choose from, but no number 13! It’s an unlucky number. Therefore, the capsules are numbered from 1 to 33! Also, each capsule represents one of the 32 Boroughs of London. It’s a genuinely local attraction this one!


Take it easy!

Want to know how fast the ride is? Well, each capsule makes its circular route at the snail’s pace of 26cm per second. That’s twice as fast as a tortoise! Time to sit back and admire the views. Look there’s Westminster, Oh The Shard, Canary Wharf and so on.


Look what I can see

There are plenty of jokes about the English weather. Rightly so, some of the time. If you are lucky enough to enjoy a clear day on your ride on the wheel, make sure to look out for Windsor Castle. That’s some 40km away (25 miles). Why not give her majesty the Queen a wave when you’re at the top. No guarantees she’ll be waving back though!


The London Eye may look like another Ferris wheel (it’s not, it’s actually a cantilevered observation wheel) but now you have the tools to impress those with you. Add in our top facts, and it makes that journey that little extra special. Enjoy the ride!  

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