London Eye - amazing "flight"
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One of the problems with living, as I do, in a city like London is that you tend to forget sometimes that you are living in the middle of so many exciting historical places, incredible art galleries and museums and fascinating monuments.
This is why I love having people from out of town, or even better, the country coming to visit as it forces you to look again at the city. You start to look again beyond the traffic or the destination you are rushing to and start to see things you almost stop seeing. Things like the imposing and quite remarkable Houses of Parliament, and Big Ben, which I have so often driven past rushing on to my destination that I forgot to savour and take in just how wonderful they are.
This struck me again this past weekend when we had people staying who wanted to go and have a ride on the “British Airways London Eye” and as we drove past the House of Parliament they squealed with delight and excitement as they came into view and they saw “Big Ben”, and excitedly discussed the booming chimes as it stuck the time on the hour.
Then you notice the throngs of people in this area. It is probably the epicentre of the tourist trade in London as in a relatively small area you have Trafalgar Square, Whitehall with 10 Downing Street (The Prime Minister’s residence), the House of Parliament, Horse Guards and then on the other side of the Thames the South Bank with the London Eye, Aquarium, Dali Exhibition and the South bank Centre with the National Theatre.
So one big tip, is if you visit London and have only time to do one area (or want to know where to start) this is the area of town to come to.
And my recommendation is that the first “tourist thing” to do (or even if you live in London) is to go on the “London Eye”.
This is a massive Ferris wheel that was put up for the Millennium and soon became the most popular attraction in London. It sits on the side of the Thames on the South side. It is absolutely huge (almost twice the height of the Statute of Liberty in New York) and takes 35 minutes to go round. There are around 20 or so people per glass capsule. The capsules are amazing as they feel like you are almost in a small fish bowl and right at the top you are literally on the top as the support for the capsule is underneath you (check out the photos to see what I mean!).
It costs around £12 (US$18) for an adult, less for children and toddlers and babies go for free.
The wheel runs until very late in Summer and only closes usually in February for annual maintenance.
The view are quiet staggering and you get to see the layout and all the major attractions and areas of interest, which are well documented in a little booklet you can buy.
Even if you don’t like heights it is worth going.
I have made a series of short videos at 4 stages of the “flight” to help you see the experiences, which are posted below. Hope you enjoy them.
To see all the photos: click here