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A great way to see the sights of London
Member Name: Pointress
Advantages: Great aerial views of London
Disadvantages: Book ahead to avoid queues
London Eye is now sponsored by EDF Energy rather than British Airways but it remains a great way to view London. We walked from Westminster which meant that we could take in the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben en route.
We booked on line which gives you a 20% discount but also means you don't have to queue to buy tickets. A family of four ticket costs just over £50. There is still a queue for ticket holders. The 'pre-flight' information said to allow 30 minutes but in fact the queue moved quickly and we were through in 20 minutes despite it being a gloriously sunny and clear Sunday morning. There were also entertainers on hand to make queuing time go quicker.
The flight takes about half an hour and does give spectacular views of London in all its glory. We bought a panorama guide for £1; not really necessary as there are screens in the capsule which identify all the landmarks but it makes a nice momento of the day. You can of course get a photo of yourself on the capsule or there's another opportunity for an official photo at the 4D experience. However at £20 a shot, we decided to take our own photos!
The 4D experience is in the ticket booking hall and if you're not in a hurry is worth taking the 10-15 minutes to see it. A cute 3D film with the added fourth dimension of smoke and bubbles.
Summary: A fun way to see the sights of London.