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Great British Institution
Member Name: cmb
Date: 25/05/00, updated on 25/05/00 (87 review reads)
Advantages: The view
Disadvantages: The queues
As soon as you decide to go on the London Eye, the great British Institution of queueing begins (believe me you will be in at least 3 before you get on the thing!)
To get a ticket at busy periods, first of all you have to queue up outside County Hall to be let into the ticket office. Make sure you let the attendant at the head of the queue what type of ticket you want (today, tomorrow, group booking, future dates, If you have a voucher etc...)as there are different queues inside for each of the different types, and you dont want to get into the wrong queue only to be told youre in the wrong one when you finally get to speak to a person (as I did!)
When you finally get your tickets,(not necessarily for an immediate ride there and then, as it is very busy, you may find your ticket is for a couple of hours away) you will be given a time allocation. If you decide to travel on the ride at 7pm, you will be given a ticket for boarding from 7-7.30, which means you need to be there to begin queueing at 6.45 as it takes up to half an hour to queue to get on the Eye.
When you do finally get on the Eye, you will be accompanied in your capsule by 20 other queue weary people and a 'flight attendant' whose job it is to answer any of your questions and make sure you behave yourself.
The views from the Eye are spectacular, especially of the City and the Houses of Parliament- you hardly notice it's moving as the ride is very smooth. (The Eye only actually stops to let people in wheelchairs on)Take your camera to record the moment, as after the queue experience, it may put you off trying to travel on it again in a hurry.
A definate recommendation for a once only experience- at least unlike the Millennium Dome it doesnt try to teach you anything meaningful- It's just a bit of fun. The London Eye should be there well past its 5 year life expectancy judging by the queues!
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