Taking a Ride on the London Eye
Last May I was able to go on a 5-day blitz tour of London courtesy of our company outing (thank you to the awesome partners of DM9 JaymeSyfu and Di9it). One of our more memorable stops was visiting and taking a ride on board the London Eye! This ain’t your usual Ferris Wheel though!
The London Eye was opened to the public in March 2000 has since been considered as an icon of modern-day Britain. It’s so iconic that it’s a staple part of establishing shots of London in various TV series and movies like Sherlock, James Bond, and even Harry Potter! It’s no wonder than that it’s said to be the most “paid for” visitor attraction in the city. Designed by husband and wife architects David Marks and Julia Barfield, the London Eye’s wheel design symoblized the turn of the century.
Before you get to the line to the ride you’ll have to buy tickets at the shopping center. There’s also a park with some sort of small restaurant near the actual ride itself. We got our tickets and made our way to the line. It was very much organized and we didn’t have to wait long as the guards and service crew were very efficient in getting people on board and off the capsules. Since we were a big group we had to occupy two (I can’t remember if it’s 15-20 per capsule max). The capsules keep moving though (they don’t stop they just move slow) so be sure you watch your step when you get on board or when you get off.
The movement of the capsule was so subtle and smooth that we barely felt it while it was going up. This made the experience much better since we didn’t have to deal with the nauseating feeling of moving upwards and downwards and we could just enjoy the superb view. Because of the open glass construction of the capsules you can actually see 40km in any direction. The best views being when you’re on top already of the Eye. Here are a few photos of what we saw:
The whole ride lasted around 30 minutes and near the end there are cameras that will take your photo while you’re in the Capsule. There are markings on the floor of the capsule to indicate where you should stand if you want to be seen in the picture (so be sure to stand there when the ride is descending mid-way). When you get down you can buy different souvenirs including a print out of the photo of your group in the capsule.
One ticket to ride on the London Eye costs £26.55 (if you buy it online). That’s roughly Php1,500-Php1,600 so it’s not too bad! If ever you find yourselves in London make sure you go on a ride on this one. Definitely a memorable and unforgettable experience that you can share with your family or friends!