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Bird's Eye View for a Sky High Price.
Member Name: mrleebob
Advantages: Great views, pleasant half hour.
Disadvantages: Extortionate pricing.
The Merlin Entertainments London Eye was built in 1999 and is the largest Ferris Wheel in Europe. We decided to try it out because I was interested in the view of London it would offer. We booked our tickets online at the hotel before we went and saved 20% on the usual ticket price, details of which I'll list below.
It's fairly to easy to get to London Eye. It is a 5 minute walk from Waterloo Station and is well signposted. Follow signs for South Bank when you leave the station. The ticket office can be found inside the County Hall.
Having arrived at the Eye, we were both very excited. We were told that the 'flight' (ride) was around 30 mins long. We wondered if this would be long enough to see everything. We queued for abut 25 mins and I'm told this was good for a Sunday.
Before we actually rode, we enjoyed the 4D Experience. I don't want to spoil anything for you but it was almost as good as the flight itself. It was unique to say the least.
The views from the pod were exceptional. For the whole 30 mins, we tried to pick out various landmarks and generally stared in awe.
The prices are, to me, the major negative. For a 30 minute standard flight, the prices are quite extortionate.
Latest prices taken from official website
On the Day Online Price Save
Adults (16 Plus) £17.88 £14.30 20%
Child (4-15 years) £9.50 £7.60 20%
Child (Under 4) FREE FREE -
Senior (60 Plus) £14.30 £11.40 20%
Disabled £14.30 - -
Family of Four** £49.28 £39.44 20%
For other kinds of tickets such as champagne flights or fast track, you can expect to pay even more.
For information of Disability access, visit http://www.londoneye.co.uk/VisitorInformation/Disa bledGuests/Default.aspx
Would I recommend it? Maybe. The view is very good but the prices may just put you off.
Summary: Recommended for first time visitors to London who have a larger budget.
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