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Member Name: Alex
Date: 08/06/00, updated on 08/06/00 (25 review reads)
Advantages: Awesome engineering achievement and helpful enthusiastic staff
Disadvantages: Maybe less exciting for Londoners
This was a bit of an impulse buy for me - I had assumed that this very popular tourist attraction would be far too busy this early on its life, especially on a Bank Holiday Monday. After being co-erced into it however by my brother I was pleasantly surprised, as I managed to get all the queuing out of the way, including buying a ticket, in about half an hour. Tickets can be bought in advance and I would anticipate that if you do this you shouldn't have to wait more than quarter of an hour to get skyborne.
The ride itself was a mixed bag. The sheer size of the wheel is awe-inspiring and provoked quite a sense of excitement which lasted until about a quarter of the way into the half hour ride. After that I found that I very quickly got used to the view of London: the familiar landmarks looked equally familiar from 150m up, and try as I might I couldn't see my house. I think that this cynicism stems from the fact that I live in London and therefore pretty well know what to expect from an elevated view of the place. If however you are a visitor to London this is bound to be an exciting and enjoyable part of your sightseeing day.
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