During our 3 day stay in London, we went on one of the most well-known tourist attractions: the London Eye. Of course we picked the windiest, rainiest day to go!
Tickets for the attraction cost about 20 pounds (almost 40$ Canadian which is actually quite a lot!). We got the tickets at the desk, but you can save a few dollars buying online ahead of time (18.85P). For 24 pounds (online) you can get the “day and night” experience (a 30 minute ride through the day and a 30 minute ride in the evening ).
I had thought it would be just the two of us in the capsule but they hold about 15-20 people each. I didn’t realize this until we were up near the front! Because of this the line moves quite fast (I thought we would be waiting much longer). There is a snack trolley in the middle of the line-up if you’d like to purchase snacks while you wait. You can also attend a short 3D movie with the purchase of the ticket, but we didn’t end up going to that as we were in a rush to see as much as possible on our last day in London.
The capsule has a large bench in the middle and glass all around the outside. It moves quite slowly, and didn’t actually seem as high as I thought it would. Don’t expect an invigorating ride here :p. Although we could feel the capsule shaking a bit from the strong winds. It does boast some beautiful views and though it might be hard to get a view at the beginning with everyone cramming to look at Big Ben, by the end you’ll have had plenty of time for a peek.
This isn’t the first attraction I’d rush to spend my hard-earned pennies on, but if you have the extra cash it’s nice to be able to say you did it. At some point I’d also like to see what the city looks like from the eye at night.
There’s a small gift shop when you come off the ride with all the sorts of touristy souvenirs you’d expect (magnets, photos, postcards, etc,.). All in all, even though it’s not the most value for your money I’m glad I did it :).
Overall I’d give it a 3/5 stars
At 36 seconds you can see some video of us in the London Eye:
Have you been on it? What did you think? Would you go if you were in London?