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    THAMES CRUISE - THE LONDON EYE

    by balhannah Written Sep 7, 2012

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    Another good view from the River Thames, was the popular London Eye, a giant observation wheel built as part of London's millennium celebrations.

    Did either of us want to go on this observation wheel to see views over London....NO, we both thought it was way to expensive!

    The wheel moves so slowly, that a complete turn takes about 30 minutes and you get on and off while it is moving, just like a Gondola ride.
    It states, on a clear day you can see as far as 40 km (25 miles).

    The cheapest price I could find was...
    Adult (16 Plus) £19.98
    Child (4-15 years) £11.82
    Child (Under 4) FREE
    Family of Four* 57.24

    OPERATING TIMES.....

    January - March 10.00am - 8.30pm
    April - June 10.00am - 9.00pm
    1st – 26th July 10.00am – 9.30pm
    29th August – 9th September 10.00am – 9.30pm
    September - December 10.00am - 8.30pm
    1-7 January 10.00am - 8.00pm

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    Keeping an Eye on London

    by PeterVancouver Updated Apr 16, 2012

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    We booked our tickets for the London Eye a number of months before even arriving in England, and this was well worth it as exchanging the on line paperwork was done without any line ups. We were met at the booking area by some pleasent meeters and greeters to assist in being given a package of goodies including booklets on what you can see from the Eye. From there we were across to the loading area for the London eye all within a few moments of arriving after the children used the excellent washrooms bearing in mind this facility was not going to be available once in the "pod".

    The lines for those who only bought their tickets on the day were horrific, but we having pre booked had minimal waits of maybe ten minutes.

    The only downside of advance booking is of course you cannot predict the weather on the day you book. We travelled to it on the third week of August 2011 and as can be seen from the photo's it was a typical English summers day, overcast with rain. However it took little away from the trip and it was just the horizon some 40km away that became somewhat obscured.

    All in all well worth the visit. We were staying outside of the City out near the Docklands to keep hotel costs down so found that to get to the London eye, there is probably no easier way than using the Thames Clipper fast ferries from Greenwich all the way to the London eye pier was the best method of travelling.This enabled us to see much of the city including the Tower of London was a bonus especially as we could use our Oyster cards for the ferries as well as most other types of transport in and around London which gives splendid discounts for people living overseas.

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    London eye experience

    by jnelz Written Mar 4, 2012

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    I experienced the Eye in September of 2007. The line was rather short (roughly a 25 min wait) and the price was roughly 15 Pounds. Total ride time was about 30 minutes but it gives you plenty of time for picute opportunities (Big Ben, Parliament, etc). The enclosed platform gives you plenty of space to move freely and not feel crowded.
    I rode during the day which was better for the first time rider however next time, I will ride in the evening to experience the city scape without daylight.

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    London Eye

    by didier06 Written Jan 4, 2012

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    The tallest ferris wheel in Europe, since it was opened in 2000, it became a major attraction of London.

    Approximately half an hour waiting to buy tickets, , after a short movie (the London 4D
    experience) and another short time of queue we access to a capsule.

    During about 30 minutes the experience offers great views over London .

    Price : Standard rate 18.90£ (including the entry to the London 4D experience)

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    The British Airways London Eye..

    by Stentorian Written Dec 2, 2011
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    It is named so because the British Airways made the biggest fares wheel to celebrate the millennium. A ride for 45 min will cost you 18 Pounds, but the best part is you can visit Madam Tussaud's museum with the same ticket. If you want to take the picture the take it during your flight you gotta pay 12 Pounds for 1 copy but 2 for 16.

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    Ride on the London Eye at Night

    by Herkbert Written Sep 15, 2011

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    I would highly recommend riding the London Eye after the sun goes down. When it does, the lights of the city make for a beautiful sight.

    The main difference between a day and night flight is the scenic views. During the day, you can see for miles and really get a feel for the size of London. During the evening, it's all about the scenic views of the river, the city and the Parliament Building.

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    Now that's a Ferris Wheel..

    by Herkbert Updated Sep 13, 2011

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    Ok, so maybe it's not just a Ferris Wheel. The London Eye was constructed by British Airways to celebrate the Millenium. It has fast become a favorite stop for tourists and native Londoners.

    Our tip would be to take one of the last flights of the day. As the sun sets, and the lights come on, the view is truly special.

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    Appreciate London from a whole new perspective!

    by CatherineReichardt Updated Sep 13, 2011

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    The London Eye has been a very welcome addition to London's extensive list of tourist attractions, as it provides an entirely new perspective on Central London. It situated on the South Bank, next to the London aquarium and opposite the Houses of Parliament, and at 135m high, it is Europe's largest Ferris wheel.

    It was opened on the eve of the New Millenium (31 December 1999) and is now apparently Britain's most popular tourist attraction for which you have to pay an entrance fee, so crowds are obviously an issue. I was lucky enough to have an hour to kill late one autumn afternoon, and was literally able to wander into the next departing cabin, but I think that it would be realistic to plan on quite a wait, especially if you're visiting in high season (unless you're willing to pay a premium for a 'fast track' ticket - see the website below).

    The wheel rotates very slowly, and the ride lasts half an hour - which is great as it gives you plenty of time to appreciate the view and work out what's where, but if you're expecting a white knuckle ride you'll be disappointed!

    To my mind, there is no point whatsoever in doing this if the weather is bad. The wheel rotates so slowly that it isn't a wonderful fairground experience, and the great attraction is the view, which you can obviously only appreciate when the visibility is good. I was lucky enough to do the ride about 1700 on a September evening, so the late afternoon light was lovely and the sunset was gorgeous - sadly as I was coming from a business meeting, I didn't have my camera with me. London's twinkling lights stretching down below you at night would also be very pretty, although you obviously wouldn't be able to make out the same level of detail.

    I am not sure that I would recommend this ride for small children, as I think that they would get bored long before the end of 30 minutes. Also, to get most out of it, you need to have an appreciation of what you're looking at, so bring along a map so that you can orient yourself.

    It has to be said that this is not a cheap experience. At the time of writing (January 2011), the standard cost per person was a hefty £18, although online booking (which has to be done at least a day ahead) can result in a 10% saving. There are also many other options available, including family tickets (for two adults and two children) and a range of 'fast track' tickets, private cabin tickets and combination tickets (for example, with a river cruise or the Aquarium), so best to consult the website below and decide which alternative suits you best.

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  • Provides a great perspective of London's layout

    by jp_89 Written Jul 16, 2011

    The London Eye is a great way to see a birds-eye view of London and a great way to get your bearings. It is quite busy in June/July but you should be able to line-up to buy your tickets THEN line up to get on the actual ride, all within an hour. Well worth it i would say! You can get some really fantastic pictures with iconic landmarks in the backgrounds!

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    Grab a bird's eye view of London

    by fred98115 Written Jul 9, 2011

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    We visited the Eye as part of an excursion, which meant that we couldn't dawdle. The upside was that we spent less time in the long waiting line for the Eye. Background: it is the world's largest observation wheel, rising 450 feet above the Thames. If the day is clear, you can see 25 miles. That is a big if, but even looking down gives you a wonderful, different perspective of the well-known London sights. The ride is about thirty minutes in a car with two dozen other folks, but the cars are large and you never feel crowded or unable to move about and see everything. This is one great ride.

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    by spidermiss Updated Jun 24, 2011

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    I rode on the London Eye when it first opened in 2000. From the capsule, you get overall views of London including Big Ben, Houses of Parliament and beyond. The wheel is at 135m and is the largest observation wheel in the world even if other countries claim different. It was originally sponsored by Marks Barfield Architects, British Airways and Tussards Group but now by EDF Energy and opered by London Eye Company Limited.

    I decided to ride on the London Eye whilst I was in London in June 2011. I booked via the hostel where I was staying and it cost me 16.00 gbp (June 2011) for an advance ticket. I rode on the Eye early Saturday evening and I enjoyed appreciating the stunning views of the London Skyline. Included in the ticket is the 4D Experience where you can enjoy a presentation of a life journey with the use of unique views and multi-sensory effects.

    You can check out the website for more information about this attraction.

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    Loved The View!

    by Donna_in_India Updated Jun 3, 2011

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    Sponsored by British Airways, the London Eye was built to celebrate the millennium. It is a huge Ferris Wheel with 32 capsules that hold up to 25 people each. At 135 metres high, it is continuously moving and takes 30 minutes to do one revolution. Normally I am not fond of heights but for some reason I hardly noticed how high we were. I’m not sure if it was because we were moving so slowly or because we were enclosed. You can sit or move around easily inside the good sized capsule.

    The Eye is situated right on the Thames River diagonally across from the Houses of Parliament. We had fairly long views from the top but I found many of the buildings in London unremarkable. Good views up and down the Thames and of Houses of Parliament/Big Ben and the Tower Bridge.

    Hours:

    January - March: daily 10.00am - 8.30pm
    April to June: daily 10.00am - 9.00pm
    July and August: daily 10.00am - 9.30pm
    September to December: daily 10.00am - 8.30pm

    Online Admission Pricess (Standard):

    Adult (16 Plus) £16.74
    Senior £13.50
    Child (4-15 years) £8.58
    Child (Under 4) FREE
    Family of Four £45.60

    Combination Tickets (London Eye AND River Tour/Aquarium/etc.) are also offered.

    Book online to save some time (and money). Queues can be very long. Buy the capsule shaped guide that identifies the buildings visible from the Eye.

    This is a nice area to walk around. There's a park near the Eye and walking along the Thames towards the Parliament are several Dali statues. Easy walking distance to Houses of Parliament or to the other side of the Thames to catch a river boat.

    Please note that all visitor information is correct as of this update.

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    Fly the Eye

    by tvor Updated May 28, 2011

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    Some may consider this a tourist trap. Some may consider it an ugly eyesore. I *love* going up high places for a bird's eye view and i thoroughly enjoyed my "flight" on the London Eye. It takes a half hour to go round the circuit and you are in large glass pods that can hold up to 20 people. There's a bench in the center if you don't feel comfortable at the glass walls. You don't feel any movement, any motors or noise. It feels very safe and secure.

    It's a bit pricey at (2011 prices) nearly £20 per adult (senior, child, group and family rates available) but it's something different to do, something kids will like. The view at night is spectacular as well.

    You can also pay more for fast track tickets and get into a priority queue. We did this but i wouldn't really recommend it unless you are really pressed for time. You can get 10% off tickets booking them online.

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    British Airways London Eye

    by bren1125 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The London Eye is the world's highest observation wheel. It's slow moving flight last for 30 minutes and has breathtaking views of London.

    You stand in a steel and glass capsule and can peek into the backyard of Buckingham Palace and on a clear day can see across seven counties.

    Open daily. 10am 8pm Closed 25 Dec
    Admission Adult L9

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    THE LONDON EYE

    by LoriPori Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Situated on South Bank along the River Thames, THE LONDON EYE is a huge "Ferris-Wheel" type attraction, which offers amazing views of London.
    You travel inside a capsule which holds up to 25 people. This slow-moving ferris-Wheel takes approximately 30 minutes for a complete rotation of the wheel.
    The London Eye is sponsored by British Airways.
    Admission: Adults 12.50
    Child 6.50

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