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London in General
Member Name: scrumpy
London in General
Date: 23/07/00, updated on 23/07/00 (8 review reads)
Disadvantages: Can prove costly
And so we decided to visit the Dome, if nothing else to see what all the hype was about.
We had originally thought of staying overnight at the Holiday Inn Express near the Dome for one night but then booked tickets for the London Eye and changed our reservations to two nights arriving on the Friday afternoon.
I suppose we should have guessed what sort of visit we were going to have when on the car journey up the car exhaust blew a hole so that we sounded like a Sherman tank going round the M25, but still we persevered. On arrival at the hotel the staff were attentive and the room was adequate, though after the journey a pint would have been nice but the bar did`nt open till 5 o`clock.
Right off we go then, after a short walk to Greenwich North tube station at the Dome along virtually traffic free roads we caught the tube to Waterloo, no problems so far. On arrival at Waterloo a pint is the first order of the day, into the Wellington pub opposite the station. Not a bad pub except for the music was a little on the loud side and there seemed to be a lot of couples of sigle men there. Umm. On to the Londo Eye we go. After a short walk ther it is, only one problem, it is`nt moving. Yes lo and behold it has a technical problem and they can`t say when it will start again, certainly not today. So off we go to get a refund where we ask the question "Any chance off compensation for the extra £83 for the hotel booked specifically to visit the Eye". You would have thought we were aliens at their reaction, and eventually we are given a Customer Service leaflet, which I suppose means `You can try but don`t hold your breath`. Right might as well go back to the hotel, so off we traipse catching the tube as soon as we get to the station, so far so good.
Then it happened, after leaving Waterloo for the next station the very nice sounding driver informs us of severe delays due to a signal failure further up the line, Hey ho!! After about half
an hour which did`nt seem to severe we arrive back at Greenwich and walk back to the hotel for a deserved drink.
The following day it`s off to the Dome once again walking through traffic free roads, how odd! On arrival it looked nowhere near as big as I had imagined but still in we go with our timed ticket for the Body Zone. Plenty of space to wander around and look at the exhibits. I personally thought there would be more animated attractions but no. It seemed that the original concept was that everyone watched a television screen and read books so would be more at home watching screens and reading text. Right on to the Body Zone where we could see a queue forming five minutes before our allotted time. On joining the queue which took about thirty minutes to reach the entrance we found that people that had just arrived to the Dome were being given timed tickets that gave them five minutes to get from the entrance to the Zone. How strange. Once inside shuffling along like a convict in a chain gang we reach an escalator which takes us towards as we found out the pounding heart. Your natural reaction is to stop and look, unfortunately this then creates an extremely dangerous situation at the top of the escalater, something I would have thought the safety people at the Dome would have sorted out by now but no!
Now then on to what was the highlight of our visit, The Millenium Show, and yes this was a truely wonderful extravagansa, full of colour, acrobatic skill and awesome technicality. Maybe the visit has`nt been so bad after all?
We then took a refreshment break at one of the many outlets where unfortunately we came to the decision that basically we had had enough and took the decision to cut our losses and cancel our hotel reservation for the second night and return home.
My advice to anyone thinking of going to London for the Dome and perhaps the London Eye is, `Look forward to what could be a wonderful day or weekend out BUT be prepared for pos
sibly expensive cancellations`.