And, here we are again visiting an old friend. The London Eye. It’s a Ferris wheel, right? Seriously, it’s all it is. This one is right in the heart of London and quickly became synonymous with the city when it was installed near 2000. Take a quick look around at photos of London and you will often see The Eye. So, I had to ask myself – “how many ways can you photograph the London Eye?” Tongue in cheek, here’s my take.
Behind the London Eye towards Waterloo Station? From the side toward Westminster Bridge? From the side toward the Golden Jubilee Bridges? Across the Thames along Victoria Embankment? Directly under the London Eye? A few steps back? How about from Royal Festival Hall or the Queen’s Walk? From Westminster Bridge? From Waterloo Bridge? From Cleopatra’s Needle? From the Golden Jubilee Bridges? From Embankment Underground Station? From Jubilee Gardens? From the top of the steps? From the bottom of the steps?
Take the challenge and discover how many ways you can photograph this London icon.
If you are going to take photos of London, you’ve got to know all the best spots!
As you think about the plethora of ways you can capture the huge Ferris wheel, consider these interesting facts about the London Eye ::
:: Ride a giant big wheel 135 metres high taking 30 minutes to travel one revolution. The London Eye is situated right at the tourist heart of London, (opposite Big Ben by the River Thames) with commanding views, (25 miles on a good day). You ride in a luxurious capsule in comfort.
:: Each of the 10-tonne (11-short-ton) capsules represents one of the London Boroughs, and holds up to 25 people, who are free to walk around inside the capsule, though seating is provided. The wheel rotates at 26 cm (10 in) per second (about 0.9 kph or 0.6 mph) so that one revolution takes about 30 minutes.
:: The London Eye took 7 years to construct and was designed by a number of architects including, Mark Sparrowhawk, David Marks and Julia Barfield.
:: Despite there only being 32 capsules, for superstitious reasons they are numbered 1 – 33. For good luck number 13 is left out.8. The London Eye can carry 800 people each rotation, which is comparable to 11 London red double-decker buses.
:: The London Eye is one of the more famous structures rising on the landscape of London. It is an enormous Ferris wheel that sits on the south bank of the River Thames. It is on the west end of Jubilee Gardens on the South Bank and it stands roughly 135 metres in height. The wheel itself has a diameter of 120 metres.
:: With more than 3.5 million people checking out the Eye every year, it’s now the most popular paid tourist attraction in the U.K. The most popular free attraction is the British Museum, which sees more than 6 million visitors each year.
:: You will see most of London landmarks: the Houses of Parliament, Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, Shard, the river Thames of course, Buckingham Palace, The Tower and The Tower Bridge, St.Paul’s Cathedral, London parks and gardens and so much more.
:: The circumference of the London Eye is 424m (1,392ft) – making it the largest wheel to exist in Europe. The height of the London Eye is 135m (443ft – equivalent to 64 red telephone boxes piled on top of each other), making it one of the tallest structures in London.
:: Coca-Cola is to become the new sponsor of the London Eye after signing a deal to replace France’s EDF Energy. The capital’s giant Ferris wheel has been a leading tourist attraction since it was introduced in 2000 when it was known as the Millennium Wheel.
If you are visiting for the first time, consider purchasing a London Eye Fast Track Ticket so you can avoid the queues and have guaranteed entry.
Included below are a few images I’ve captured of the London Eye at night ::