Londoners’ Eye to the World
19 Jun 2009
The London Eye invites Londoners to explore exotic locations from the South Bank this summer
The London Eye, London’s most iconic landmark, is bringing to life other iconic locations from around the world this summer. With onsite internationally themed weekend entertainments, even those Brits planning to ‘staycation’ at home in the UK this year will be able to experience a taste of the world’s most exciting and exotic places. The London Eye will be taking visitors from Paris to Mumbai; Australia to Rio de Janeiro; and even Hollywood and South Africa, without having to leave London’s South Bank.
As the summer approaches, thousands of people are expected to replace their usual break abroad with a more local holiday this year. That need not be a reason to miss out on international delights though and the London Eye is bringing some of the most popular cultures and settings from around the globe to the heart of the capital.
Visitors will find the London Eye landscape reflecting a different location each week from 24 July – 1 September. Onsite performers such as Bollywood dancers representing Mumbai, traditional French mime artists evoking Paris and Carnival drummers and dancers bringing Brazil to life will be entertaining visitors onsite on respective weekends. Along with performances from dancers and musicians, visitors will also be able to get involved in the experience themselves with onsite face painting, henna tattoos and hair braiding in keeping with the weekly international themes.
To experience the thrill of foreign lands here at home, people can visit the London Eye landscape and enjoy the onsite entertainment whilst also taking advantage of the spectacular views of the capital available from the world’s largest cantilevered observation wheel. Visitors have a variety of options available to them from a Standard Flight, to Champagne Flights or if all the international entertainment has inspired your patriotic side, that most English of traditions, a Pimm’s Flight, ensuring you really don’t need to leave the South Bank this summer to enjoy a fantastic holiday treat.
For those guests who would prefer to experience London’s unique landscape and architecture a little closer to the ground, the London Eye Lunch or Afternoon Tea River Cruise offers a fantastic tour and commentary of the liquid history of the Thames, with delicious picnic style food provided by Benugo. By enjoying the circular 70 minute cruise, taking in key landmarks from Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament to Tower Bridge and Shakespeare’s Globe theatre, visitors can explore the capital from a very different perspective whilst satisfying their hunger pangs.