If you're heading toward London, it's definitely worth finding a coupon and taking a 'spin' on the London Eye. Actually, 'spin' is a bit of a misnomer, for the Eye moves slowly enough that as it is turning you can easily step on or off without it having to stop. At the online London Eye Visitor Information site, it states,
Each rotation takes about 30 minutes, meaning a capsule travels at a stately 26cm per second, or 0.9km (0.6 miles) per hour - twice as fast as a tortoise sprinting.
It's also cheaper to go online, even from your hotel room, and order tickets to pick up later - than it is to simply show up and purchase them at the site.
We initially had very little desire to go on the Eye, wondering if it was worth the money, but we decided it might be fun for Anna and Joe. However, once we were in the air and saw the breathtaking cityscape, we definitely thought it was worth the twenty-four dollars, even if just this once.
I think they said that each pod holds 30 people. It's not crowded, and no one has to fight for a view, for the whole exterior is transparent.
This was our view of the Westminster Bridge, the Palace of Westminster a.k.a Houses of Parliament, and the Westminster Pier, and another pod on the wheel.
Charing Cross Station, located in one of the areas in which Kevin and I once got lost and walked it-seemed-like-miles before we got to our destination. It doesn't help when you're used to the roads in Wisconsin which are laid out on a square grid.
Weary but brave and hardy travelers.
London Eye at night. Isn't that a gorgeous sight! When they put up the Eye for the Millennium celebration, they never intended for it to be a permanent fixture on the London cityscape. I can't imagine them getting rid of it now.