October 8th, 2009
The London Eye was undoubtedly one of my favorite attractions on the trip to London I took earlier this year. It’s a gigantic Ferris wheel right in the heart of London, located on the South Bank of the River Thames. From the wheel, you can see an aerial view of London, including Big Ben and Parliament, St. Paul’s Cathedral, and Tower Bridge. At 135 meters high, it is currently the third tallest Ferris wheel in the world! Since the Eye is so large, it has a capacity to hold 800 people. Therefore, lines to get on are not unbearably long. Regardless, it is definitely worth the wait. Although it may be the most crowded during this time, I suggest you plan on going to the Eye before sunset, around five o’clock. That way, you’ll be able to see London in the daylight on your way up the wheel and London in the dark on the way down. How cool is that?
As my capsule on the London Eye reached the very top, I could not help but to feel as if I was on top of the world. It’s quite overwhelming to absorb the breath-taking views. While in the quiet capsule, looking down on the bustling city below, I came to the realization that I was actually in London. The notion finally hit me and I was able to just reflect upon this idea for the remainder of the thirty minute ride.
Now, if you are one of those people who are afraid to ride on a Ferris wheel, let me assure you that there is nothing to be afraid of. The capsules do not rock, no matter how hard your pesky brother tries. Also, the wheel does not stop; it keeps a slow, relaxing pace of 0.6 miles per hour. You can hardly even feel the wheel move. In each huge capsule, there could be up to 25 people, so you should have no problem fitting on with your family or friends. If you’re into photography, definitely bring your camera. You could get some awesome shots of Big Ben. If you are planning to travel to London, make the London Eye one of your stops. You’ll be glad you did!