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Round in a circle like a spiral
Member Name: fredderfy
Date: 25/04/11, updated on 25/04/11 (107 review reads)
Advantages: Good 4D viewing
Disadvantages: Crowded, queues, expensive
On a visit to London last year, a friend and I decided we'd go on the London eye. As I'm a student, I was ready to hand over my NUS card to get discount off, but unfortunately it wasn't accepted. The cost of the 'flight' was around £19 which included a 4D video experience.
Once we had paid we went to queue at the viewing room. The wait wasn't too long until we were able to go in. Unfortunately there was no seating, which was a little annoying, because after trapsing around London all day your feet are aching. The viewing was quite good. You were given your 3D glasses, and then the door was closed and it began. There were things like bubbles on the screen which was actually foam floating around the room; it was rather quite good for a 4D viewing, just for the experience.
After, we were sent to queue outside for the London eye. The queue was a little long, but we went in term time so it wasn't an unacceptable amount of time to queue. There were the usual tourists though, but you've got to expect that when you're in London, especially considering we were tourists too.
On boarding the capsule, it was a little scary as the capsule itself doesn't stop to let people on or off, it just continues moving very slowly at the speed it goes round. This is a little disconcerting, but we managed to get on anyway. You can pay to have a private capsule, but at the cost of around £19, it's not really worth it unless you're in it to pop the question or something like that. So we were in the capsule with a number of people, which wasn't too bad, although you couldn't always get a picture without someones arm in it. The plus side to having people in the capsule with you is that they ask you to take a photo of them, so then you can expect them to take a photo of you and your party. The added number of people meant that not everyone could be seated on the central seat which was slightly annoying, as once again, achey legs from walking around meant you kind of wanted to sit down.
The view from the London eye gets better as you go up. Towards the bottom you can only see the things in close proximity like the river, Big Ben, etc, but as you get higher you can see quite a lot of London itself. As I don't live in London or know much about it I didn't really know where places were, however, I did spot E4's giant Udderbelly festival. It was quite nice.
Once the wheel comes to the end of it's cycle, you are prompted that they are going to take a photo of your pod. I can't remember how much the photo was, but to be honest, I didn't think it was worth it.
Overall, I was a little disappointed with the London eye experience. I thought it was going to be really great, but it wasn't. I think it's one of those things you just have to do to say that you've done it. I won't be doing it again, especially for £19. Perhaps if it was only £10, I might go on again.
Summary: A little bit boring, lack of seating
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