Date of stay: August 2012
I’ve always admired the world famous London Eye from afar, but when watching it go around, was always skeptical on how much fun it would really be.
Deciding that the Eye should be done, my friend and I collected tickets from the priority desk and to our relief we got to go in the fast track lane and avoid the very long queue. We strode into the moving capsule, along with around a dozen other people, and we were off. At first you admire Big Ben, who manages to still intrigue me even after 8 months of living in London. You then start getting higher and you can start picking out all of the famous and not so famous icon's that London houses.
Around the eye, you have Big Ben, Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey, Waterloo and Charing Cross Stations. As you follow the Thames (which you realise from seeing at this height twists and turns a lot more than you expect) you see St Paul's, Tower Bridge and the Shard in all its glory, then to the north you see Wembley, Regents Park, Hyde Park and Buckingham Palace, with the Battersea Power Station standing strong to the west. There is also a lot more that you can point out thanks to screen's that are around the capsule that point out where everything is.
Before you know if you're excited that you're at the top, anticipating the exact moment you're there, and trying to take as many photo's as you can of the view, and then you're on the decline, which seems to go a very fast.
The whole journey around the eye took around half an hour, and I was surprised when I was left wanting to do it all again. I guess there is always the excuse that I can go back and see it at night time, which is probably when London is at its most beautiful.
Points to highlight:
We highly recommend buying the fast track tickets to skip the long queues when visiting and for more information and to book tickets visit the official London Eye website.
I’ve included some images below from our visit.
Would you recommend this attraction: Yes
Overall destination rating: 4 out of 5