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Not any ordinary ferris wheel!
Member Name: tiaw
Date: 25/05/10, updated on 25/05/10 (149 review reads)
Advantages: Great views, spacious interior
Disadvantages: A bit expensive
The London Eye is one of the UK capital's most striking landmarks. It's a relatively new construction - only opening to the general public in 2000. Located across the Thames, away from the Houses of Parliament, it offers unparalled views over greater London.
With prices starting at £14.30, it's not the cheapest (and not as cheap as it's been either - when I visited it was only £11) - but this is not any ordinary ferris wheel!
There are 32 capsules, and each one can hold up to 25 people. So forget the notion of a regular ferris wheel that can only hold between 2-6 people per compartment - inside each capsule is a good amount of space, meaning you can move around, sit down, chat to friends, or take photographs largely unobstructed.
The views it offers are great. London may not be the most impressive city from the air, but it does have some world famous landmarks that are good to capture from such a height. The Houses of Parliament and Big Ben, for example, are just across the river.
Naturally it depends on the weather. The one and only time I went up the London Eye, it was grey and overcast. Nonetheless I did get some great views and photographs.
The whole wheel moves at a very slow pace, and the overall ride lasts about 30 minutes. This means only one revolution, but in truth this is more than enough to see everything you'd want. It goes without saying though, that towards the start and end your view will get worse, so take advantage when your capsule does reach the top, as this will literally be the climax of the experience.
In conclusion I'd rate the London Eye as a decent tourist attraction. It's possible to go to London and not see it without missing out, but if you have some extra time and a little additonal money, by all means try it out - especially if it's either at night time, sunset, or on a bright clear day.
Summary: Hard to miss, and hard to resist, even once.
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