This weekend me and Tilly had the pleasure of visiting the Coca-Cola London Eye. This 135 meter tall structure is the tallest Ferris wheel in Europe and is the 2nd highest observation deck in London (beaten only by the 72nd floor observation deck of the Shard), and therefore gives you the chance to view many of London's attractions, such as Saint Paul's Cathedral, from the sky.
As Tilly and I approached south bank of the river Thames, the Coca-Cola London Eye came into view, we were both very excited. I would highly recommend buying your tickets beforehand as there came be quite a queue. Although the queue to get onto the London eye can also be long, the Eye doesn't stop to allow people off, it travels slowly so people can get on and off while it is still moving, however it is able to stop to allow disabled or elderly passengers time to get on and off safely, therefore the queue is almost constantly moving. please consider that staff may ask for buggies to be folded to make room for others.
Once inside one of the 32 air conditioned pods, Tilly and I were able to walk around the pod, although seating was also available. Although the pods can contain up to 25 people, the staff did not over put that many people in our pod to ensure that we had enough space to look out and move around to see all the sites. Once on the top we are able to get a fantastic panoramic view of London. Being on the top of the London eye was Tilly favourite as she could see just how big London really was.
There are also tablets available to use inside the pod which give a map of the area and explains what all the building you can see are used for.
It takes around 30 minutes to get all the way around the London Eye and is breathtaking experience that both Tilly and i would highly recommend. The views from the top are spectacular. When you are nearing the end of your visit there is a camera outside the pod that will take a photo of you. feet on the floor of the pod explain where to stand and an announcement will inform you when to stand on the feet. These photos are available to buy in the gift shop at the exit.
The London Eye costs £21.50 for an adult and £15.50 for children over 4 for a standard ticket. However discounts are available if you buy in advance on line. you are also able to combine your ticket for the London Eye with some other London attractions. This could mean higher savings if you plan to visit more then one attraction (you don't have to visit all attraction on the same day, you have 30 days to use your tickets). The London Eye also do special Champagne Experiences and the option to hire a private pod, perfect for a romantic evening or special occasion.
Include in the ticket is the 4D experience. this is an approximately 4 minute 3D film with spectacular effects including bubbles, mist and Tilly's Favourite, a sneezing dragon. This film is located next to the ticket booth and I recommend watching the film before you go onto the London Eye.
The London Eye is located on the south bank of the river Thames and is clearly sign posted. It is walking distance from London Waterloo train station as well as Embankment underground station.