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London Eye

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London Eye is located on the Thames, it is about 5 minutes walk from Waterloo station.
When I visited the London Eye, I was very skeptical, but I absolutely enjoyed it, it was much better than I predicted.
On the day I went, the weather was great for picture taking, certainly gave me an excellent opportunity to take lovely pictures of the city of London.
I sat on the bench for a few minutes to get used to it, when I got used to it wasn't bad at all, and it goes so slow (the trip takes about 30 minutes), I assume each capsule holds about 15 - 20 people. It all feels extremely secure, and it is fine even for those of you who are petrified of heights, like me, I felt comfortable on the ride as there was plenty of room to sit and walk around.
I certainly had the most breathtaking views of London from high up, I could see some of the London famous landmarks, such as Buckingham Palace, the BT Tower, The Palace of Westminster, St. Paul's Cathedral, Canary Wharf, the list is endless.
The Eye is a well-known landmark, it is an architectural work of art, the London eye is a beautiful, modern structure that represents a new, modern and successful London.
It's worth every penny for the views, buy the guidebook and take it with you before the trip, so that you can distinguish the buildings as you are seeing them from above.
Highly recommended. [more ]

Well…it WAS the World’s Largest Ferris Wheel

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The London Eye, at the time it was built, was the World’s Largest Ferris Wheel. It was surpassed in 2006 by The Star of Nanchang in China. Eventually the Star will even be outdone by the Great Beijing Wheel in Beijing, which is currently under construction and looking to be completed for the 2008 Olympic Games. Point being, the London Eye was once a ‘World’s Largest’ and deserves to be recognized as so.

To me the London Eye is a novelty. I wouldn’t put it on your London “must do” list. However, it can very well be an excursion for a day. Keeping in mind the long lines, the best time to go is while it’s still light, but a little before dusk. That way, its light enough to see the awesome view (if it’s clear), but it is becoming dusk and all the lights in the city come on…truly magical. [more ]

Worth the money

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Even though I'd been to London many times before, I still went on the London Eye recently, and I loved every minute of it. You really can see the whole city from up there, and the completely glass enclosure gives you a very strange feeling of being suspended in the air. The only drawback was the wait - once we bought our tickets were were given numbers and told to wait until our number was called, which was boring to say the least. There was a café near the ride, but of course the prices reflected the fact that it was a tourist trap. Other than that, though, I had an excellent time. [more ]

The eyes have it

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I'm not a big fan of Ferris Wheel, but the London Eye is more like a moving 'photo point'. My friend who is afraid of heights and generally doesn't like movement and being off the ground, found it no worries, and we got lucky with some rare sunny London weather to take some great happy snaps. If the weather isn't so good I wouldn't recommend forking out for the Eye, just because you won't get your money's worth. It's still worth heading down, from Waterloo Station, though and taking some photos. [more ]

Viewing the capital as the crow flies

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Before the London Eye was built in London, I'm not quite sure how anyone could have got such a great view of the city other than renting out a private helicopter pilot to whizz you around for a while! I decided to see what the fuss was about and so paid my £13 to get onboard. It was an alright price to pay, although I do fear that if it had it been in any other city the price really wouldn't have been this much.

The London Eye has definitely become a must-see sight for both tourists and residents and I can understand why. It provides such a fantastic view over the city, which can stretch to about 60km on the finest days. Of course, that's the obvious tip here - go on a day when there's no clouds in the sky! You'll need a bit of luck for that to happen, it is afterall in the often-cloudy England! We didn't have to wait very long in the queue. I haven't actually seen a very long queue there on any of my visits to London but I expect the waiting times vary depending on the weather and even the time of day.

A lot of people like to go at dusk so that they can get some good pictures at sunset and see the lights coming on across the city. But if you like that kind of thing too, don't be put off that there will be lots of people because the pods are large and spacious. But you really do have to be ok with heights because the pods go up pretty high! They move extremely slowly so you can get a really good look at everything and the timing is just right before it starts descending again.

If you are keen to visit the London Eye, I recommend booking your tickets online because that way you can save a bit of money, about 10% off the price I believe. I'm not the biggest fan of London but I really did enjoy going up on the London Eye. It's something you should probably set a couple of hours aside for and you can check out Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament whilst you're there too. I think you really have seen it all after just one trip on the Eye, so I suppose that actually makes it pretty good value for money then! [more ]

Amazing views over London

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A visit to London deserves a tour in London Eye, a huge Ferris wheel, at a height of 135m. The flight takes around 30 minutes and from the glass capsules it is possible to have spectacular views over London. From Hyde Park to Southbank, you will see the main landmarks of the city from a different and unbelievable perspective. I went to London Eye two times, in the morning and near the sunset time. If it is sunny day, I would recommend going at this time, so you can enjoy the amazing sunset reflecting in the old architecture of the city. It is fantastic! The only problem of London Eye, in my point of view, is the huge queue you may face, mainly in the summer. However, the flight is more than well-worth. [more ]

As far as the eye can see...

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Take a ride on the London Eye to get the best view of the city. The Ferris Wheel cabins that are similar to compartments on a gondola have glass walls so that you get a 360 degree view of the city and all it has to offer.

I am usually scared of heights, and I will concede that riding on the London Eye made me a little bit nervous, but it was totally worth it. I recommend that people who are afraid of heights go with another person and try to stay away from the sides of the compartment, and you should be fine.

It's a good thing to do in the middle of your trip to London, so that you can see some of the sights you have already visited, but so that you can also get a clear picture of how the city is laid out: it will help you with getting around for the rest of your stay. [more ]

The London Eye

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My idea was to step into the London Eye in the middle of a romantic first date, but I went with my parents. Which is ok as well... Anyway, I had booked for 6,30 pm and we got there an hour earlier as I thought that was the time we needed to actually take the tickets and queue. Wrong. We got there and we managed to enter one of the crystal cages after ten minutes. I wanted to be at the top exactly at the time of the sunset but couldn't manage. The view from the top and also on lower stages is really breathtaking and the London Eye is an experience that undoubtedly complete a trip in London. That's why I can't really understand the reason of my slight disappointment. When I went the day was very cloudy so the sunset was not the orangy phenomenon I wanted and the landscape was a little ruined. I find the whole experience a bit too pricey, 15 pounds per person. I would like to go again, maybe in a sunny day. [more ]

The London Eye

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In the past few months I have been on the London Eye and the Belfast Wheel (a much smaller version in Belfast) and I must say I've got a real taste for ferris wheels. The London Eye is definitely worth the money- just book in advance to avoid the long queues. You get an unrivalled view of London from all stages around the wheel- also enjoy the commentary and learn more about the history of London and what is happening in the current day. I thought I'd be a bit scared as it does go very high, but the good thing is that it doesn't feel like the capsule is actually moving anywhere- it's so smooth. [more ]

I Spy The London Eye

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I have been to London several times without getting to see or ride the London Eye, even though I have wanted to experience it for eight years now! Finally, I have not only seen, but have ridden the London Eye.

It is a marvelous site to behold, but mostly because it is so out of place in the heart of London. This same contraption inside an amusement park would look very ordinary indeed. The ride, however, I was not terribly impressed with, and I actually couldn’t wait for our capsule to make the full rotation. All in all, I say that it is worth seeing, but not worth riding. [more ]

The London Eye

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To be completely honest, I had never heard of the London Eye before actually coming to London to stay with a mate of mine, so you can imagine my surprise once I saw the actual thing in person. I was amazed by the enormous size (well over a hundred meters is my guess) and immediately wanted to take a ride on it, so we got inside one of the glass capsules and took the half-hour ride around to see some of the most beautiful sights of London -- it truly is a beautiful place, especially from so far up. If you don't take a ride on the London Eye, you'll be missing out on an incredible experience! [more ]

London Eye

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London Eye a giant observation wheel located in London is a famous though recent tourist attraction. The 135 meter tall structure was built as part of London's millennium celebrations. The wheel took more than one year to complete and required 3000 tones of concrete for the foundation and 1700 tones of steel. The spindle was built abroad and brought to London. There are 80 spokes that connect the rim to the spindle. The lines for the tickets are very long and the ones for the actual ride are even longer. The capsules fit about 25 people but we were 27. I was not afraid because the wheel turns very slowly. You have time to get in while it spins. You get to have a great view on sunny days! [more ]

The London Eye

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During my last trip to London in the UK I decided to have my first experience of London's Big Wheel known as the London Eye. Whilst advanced booking is recommended on the website, and indeed at most of the tourist spots that support the attraction, I found that it was better to just turn up and book a ticket on the fly. It was a wise choice because it was a typical sunny and rainy day in London, and timing was everything. In addition I did find that buying a ticket in the office was just as efficient with a waiting time which was only as long as the queue, in my case about 20 minutes. The staff who handled the boarding and disembarking were very efficient and the queue, whilst long, did move quickly. Once inside my capsule I was able to enjoy the gently rising part of the ride. Each capsule has a central bench and in my one there were about 20 people or so with me. Since it is essentially a glass bubble there was no problem finding a good viewing point. As I got to wards the top the view was quite impressive. I have been in taller buildings, but this is about the tallest point you will find in that area of London. Within another 10 minutes I was nearing the end of the ride and was as efficiently ushered off as I was on. All in all worth doing, even if only once! [more ]

London Eye Cafés

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If you are looking to visit the London Eye and do not want to be disappointed with the offerings at the “official” cafes that are nestled around the base of the attraction itself, then you might consider walking away from the river front for just a minute or so back towards the main street. Here you can avoid paying 5 pounds for a not-even-nice-looking sandwich, as, clearly visible on the right hand side is a row of eateries that offer anything from a full English breakfast to Jacket potatoes, Pizzas and Gourmet coffee. The price for a nice, hot, sit-down meal is barely more than the high price of the tasteless fare at the official London Eye Cafés, and the atmosphere is more laid back too! [more ]

London Eye

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London Eye is located at Jubilee Gardens, South Bank (take tube to Waterloo).

While this particular Ferris wheel may not be as old as the one in Vienna, it is still an impressive sight in the London panorama. IT does look a bit scary, however it does offer magnificent views of one of my favorite cities of the world. Londonf eye can handle about 1500 visitors per hour, but what I kinda find funny that London eye basically runs on a Skoda motor (the parts were engineered in many countries of the EU and then put together in London). Be as it may, it is an impressive sight, even more impressive the technology that was used to put it together, but by far most magnificent are the views.

Visit London eye website to book your ticket in advance and avoid waiting in line, and tickets start at around 15Ł. [more ]

London Eye, London

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The London Eye is one of those tourist attractions that has to be done. It is over in half an hour but in that space of time you get to see the whole of London, quick and easy! Ok, so as a ride (or a flight as it self proclaims) it doesn’t compare to the waltzers, but the view is pretty awesome and you can spot various interesting and historical sites without having to catch a tourist bus or trudge around the city. Thirty minutes and all done – the perfect City tour! [more ]

The London Eye

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The London Eye is a definite Must if you go to London. But it’s very important to visit it on a sunny day. Last fall, when my friends and I went to London, all of the 3 days we spent there were cloudy and rainy. Of course, we went to see the Eye, but we didn’t get such a nice view as we would have gotten on a sunny day. I found the fee a little bit expensive, but they gave us a discount thanks to our international student identity cards. You can see a lot of major London higlights from the Eye. All in all, it was a nice experience. Even if we didn’t get to see everything, I am proud to have been in the Earth’s tallest observation wheel.. [more ]

The London Eye

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The London Eye is a brilliant experience, giving spectacular views of the city in a comfortable environment to around 10,000 people a day.

Its affordable, at £13 for an adult and £6.50 for a child, and is really a "must" for visitors and Londoners alike.

As one of London's landmarks, the slowly-turning big wheel with its on the south bank of the Thames carries 3.5 million people every year. It has 32 glass observation pods, one for each Borough of London.

The 360 degree views of London are truly spectacular, and even at busy times it doesn't take long to get on. During quieter times you can go on almost straight away and you'd have plenty of room because the pod could be half empty.

At 135m high, the London Eye is the world's tallest observation wheel. Safety is paramount and everyone is searched before getting on. Each pod is checked for bombs between each party that rides in it, so you feel very safe.

Architecturally, the London Eye has become a symbol for London. It looks wonderful in conjunction with Tower Bridge, the glass sphere of Civic Hall and the battle ship HMS Belfast which is permanently moored nearby.

These are all quite different structures but somehow they complement eachother and together make up the London skyline that we all know and love.

You can see most of London's landmarks from the Eye, but they are juxtaposed in unusual ways due to the high, central viewpoint that the Eye gives you.

You also get to see the gentle hills which rise towards the finges of London, from Harrow on The Hill to Hampstead. On a clear day from the highest point of the ride you can see around 40km as far as Windsor Castle.

The best time of day to go? It all depends on the weather of course. On a bright clear day the views will be great. A favourite with many people is night-time or at dusk when the sun's going down and the lights of London are coming on.

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The London Eye

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Walk along South Bank, walk across Westminster Bridge, take a cruise along the Thames, and you won't be able to miss the London Eye.

At 135 metres high, the Eye (also known as the Millenium Wheel), is currently the world's largest observation wheel and for many, a must-see London attraction.

I'd already seen the Eye a number of times on my trips to the city. I'd been one of those tourists with their cameras pointed upwards, trying to get the perfect shot of the giant wheel with its slow-moving glass capsules. The next logical step was to 'take flight'.

Standard flights on the London Eye cost £15.00 for adults and £7.50 for children, with the prices being reduced if you pre-book your tickets by phone or online.

The London Eye is open from 10.00am - 8.00pm daily during winter, and 10.00am - 9.00pm during the summer months. Having been forewarned about the long queues on weekend afternoons and evenings, my husband and I chose a windy Friday evening for our London Eye experience.

Apparently if you time it right, it's an amazing way to see the sunset. We didn't time it right. By the time we boarded our glass capsule it was already dark. No matter. The night time views were also a treat, looking down at the lights of the city and its landmarks, and off into the distance. I'm told that on a clear day, you can see all the way to Windsor Castle from the top of the Eye.

From the ground it may look like the capsules are barely moving, but once you're inside them, they move fast enough for the wheel to revolve completely in approximately 30 minutes. There's a bench seat in the middle of each capsule, if you want to sit down and enjoy the views, but I have to admit that my husband and I spent most of the flight standing, transfixed by the views and trying to get the perfect night-time shot of Big Ben.

At the end of the journey, as your capsule descends back towards the Thames, mounted cameras takes a souvenir photo the occupants of each capsule. These can be purchased after you disembark, and before you walk back along South Bank, and get on a train or a bus, and disappear back into the city of London, which you now have seen from above. [more ]


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