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Member Name: nic7602
Advantages: A great attraction with exceptional views across the city
As a surprise birthday treat for my husband, I decided I would book the London Eye as it was something both of us had never done before and we definitely wanted to give it a go.
There are various ticket options and as this was a special occasion I wanted to do something a bit different.
The ticket options range from the cheapest which is the standard ticket (approx £14 per adult) where you can either book online or turn up and pay on the day, to the most expensive which is a Private Capsule where champagne and canapés are served. It's usually about 20% cheaper to book tickets online
I had initially looked at a Private Capsule as they have an option called Cupid's Capsule, this is for a maximum of 2 adults and you receive a bottle of Champagne, I thought this would be lovely experience but the price of this was £299! As I had already arranged a few other things for us to do in London over the weekend I couldn't really justify the price of this so I opted for the Champagne Flight.
The cost of this to book online is £26.40 per person and includes a glass of champagne each, you can also book an additional glass for an extra £8 each, which of course I did as 1 glass of champagne is never enough!
With the Champagne Flight option you get to check-in a lot quicker and there's no real queuing. You really get the sense of feeling a bit special as you board before others on the Standard Flights and you have your own personal host who has a wicker picnic basket containing champagne and glasses. When we were on our flight there were only approx another dozen people, so I assume these are a lot these crowded than the Standard Flights. The host who is with you on the flight will serve your Champagne and will try and answer any questions you have about the Wheel itself or views from the wheel.
The flight takes approximately 30 minutes and you hardly feel as though you are moving at all, which was quite a relief as I did become slightly apprehensive just as I was about to board.
You have a 360 degree view from each capsule and on a good day apparently you can see as far a Windsor Castle, unfortunately this was not the case on the day we were there. It was slightly overcast but the views were still exceptional.
The London Eye is located on the South Bank just opposite the Houses of Parliament and is easy to get to from several tube stations including Waterloo, Embankment, Charing Cross and Westminster.
For something a bit different to do when visiting London I would certainly recommend it.
Summary: Definitely reccommended for something a bit different to do in London
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