London Eye History and Facts
The total experience of riding the London Eye will take just over half an hour, since one spin of the wheel takes about 30 minutes. According to its website, the London Eye travels 0.9 km per hour (0.6 miles), which is twice as fast as a running tortoise. This slow pace means visitors can embark and disembark from the Eye while it moves. You’ll also have plenty of time to take pictures of the panoramic views, so be sure to bring your camera! On clear days you can see as far as 40 kilometers (25 miles) in every direction. Other London landmarks such as Westminster Palace, Buckingham Palace, and the Shard can all be seen from the London Eye. If you want to try other vantage points with a better view of Eastern London, check out this article about the three best places to see London from above.
Visiting the London Eye
County Hall is a huge building on the south bank of the River Thames next to Westminster Bridge in Lambeth. The building used to be the headquarters of the Greater London Council, but it now houses the London Sea Life Aquarium and other businesses. You will find the London Eye itself right besides County Hall in between the Jubilee Gardens and the Thames River. The closest London Underground station is Waterloo, which you can reach by taking the Bakerloo, Jubilee, Waterloo & City or Northern line. Another subway station that’s close is Westminster, on the northern bank of the Thames, which gives access to the Circle, District and Jubilee lines. If you get out here you’ll get a great up-and-close view of the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben, and you just have to cross Westminster Bridge to get to the London Eye.
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