Visited by more than 3.5 million people each year, the London Eye is one of London's unique venues for special events and occasions. The London Eye offers panoroma views of Westminster Abbey, St. Paul's Cathedral, Buckingham Palace, Covent Garden and more. The London Eye is popular for a full range of special events. In addition to the entertainment options, people are frequently curious to know some key facts about the London Eye itself.
Chosen as a special events venue for high profile charity campaigns including Breakthrough Breast Cancer and Comic Relief - The Big One or automobile product launches and more, the London Eye is also host to many London public events throughout the year, including the London Fireworks Display at New Year's Eve and Remembrance Day, and Cologne Christmas Market on the Southbank. Many groups and organizers also consider river cruises related to the London Eye.
For special events, the London Eye is available for private hire, weddings and corporate events. London's Southbank area is a growing neighborhood in London where many corporate events are held at the Tate Modern, Shakespeare's Globe, Vinopolis, National Theatre, BFI Southbank and others.
Many planners include a visit or access to the London Eye when planning international business events and conventions in London.
London Eye private capsules hold up to 25 guests and options include (but not limited to) the following:
- Champagne Capsule
- Green & Black's Chocolate Tasting Capsule
- Vinopolis Wine Tasting Capsule
- Champagne and Canapes Private Capsule
- Afternoon Tea Capsule
- Brunch Capsule
Of course, for those who can't be at the London Eye for these specific special events, an event planning tip may be to take some of the London Eye's best practice ideas and incorporate that into your program. For example, incorporate elements of wine, champagne, chocolate or brunch and bring that to a ferris wheel or other venue in your city.
The London Eye stands 135 meters high (that's about 442 feet) and each capsule can accommodate up to about 30 people. The London Eye is located on the Southbank of the River Thames, Other interesting key facts about the London Eye to share with your guests:
- On a clear day you can see 40 km, as far as Windsor Castle.
- The London Eye is comprised of 32 capsules.
- The London Eye carries up to 800 passengers, equivalent to 11 London red double-decker buses.
- The London Eye weighs 2,100 tons, or as much as 1,272 London black cabs!
- Each rotation takes 30 minutes, traveling at a speed that is twice as fast as a tortoise sprinting; this slow rate of rotation allows passengers to step on and off without the wheel having to stop.