One of the best things to do in London is to ride the London Eye. This giant wheel is located on the South Bank and offers some of the best views in the city. Before you book hotels in London it’s recommended to plan how to visit in order to maximise your time.
A scenic walk to the London Eye
Getting to the London Eye is an adventure in itself. Waterloo is the closest London Underground station and dozens of bus routes connect Central London hotels with the attraction. However, we recommend taking this scenic walk.
Start your walk at Hyde Park, London’s principal green space. You can follow the paved paths around the complex and observe the boating lake, sculptures, and flower gardens. If you are planning to book hotels in London in December, this is the setting of Winter Wonderland – the city’s premier festive attraction.
Passing beneath Wellington Arch, you will continue your journey on foot along Constitution Hill.
One of several palaces scattered throughout the capital city, Buckingham Palace is the official residence and office of the King of England. While you may only tour the complex over the summer months, you can peer through the railings from the foreground and photograph the edifice.
St James’s Park
This pretty park fills the space between Buckingham Palace and Parliament Square. Linger over the pelicans and stay alert for friendly squirrels who may attempt to steal your snacks.
Parliament Square is the epicentre of the UK’s government offices. 10 Downing Street is a short detour off Whitehall, next to the Imperial War Museums. You will see the imposing Palace of Westminster and Big Ben (officially, the Elizabeth Tower), where the House of Commons and House of Lords are located.
Consider pre-booking tickets if you want to venture inside Westminster Abbey, the setting of royal weddings and coronations. Staff at Central London hotels can assist with this.
Once you have made the most of the area, cross over Westminster Bridge and pause to survey the views. You will spot your final destination, the London Eye, oscillating on the London South Bank.
What to see near the London Eye
Upon arrival, you may join the queue and purchase tickets for the London Eye. However, we highly encourage you to book these in advance online if you travel during the peak times of summer, Christmas, the British school holidays, and weekends.
But what will you see from the London Eye? In fact, a lot of landmarks that you just passed on your walk. A complete list of sights is as follows:
- Palace of Westminster
- Westminster Abbey
- Big Ben
- Buckingham Palace
- St Paul’s Cathedral
- Tate Modern
- Tower Bridge
- Tower of London
- The Shard
- Plus, many other Central London hotels, restaurants, streets, and city workers!
Our guide to everything you need to know about the London Eye is packed with yet more information about visiting the famous attraction. Book hotels in London today and prepare your trip.