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by Dave Walsh (subscribe)
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Published July 7th 2012
The London Eye is one of London's most popular attractions, but if you don't book in advance the average family will pay over 50 pounds for the experience. Now that's enough to make your eyes water if you are on a limited budget.

So is it worth it? Read on and make up your own mind.

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Looking South Towards Vauxhall


The Eye is located on the south bank of the River Thames, not far from Westminster Bridge. It has 32 air conditioned capsules each seating 25 passengers. The wheel rotates very slowly, only about 10" per second, making it easy to get on and disembark.

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A London Eye Capsule in Motion


When you first get in, you have a good view of Hungerford railway bridge servicing the busy Charing Cross station just north of you on the opposite bank. It's also a great way to look at the boat traffic along the river, much of it carrying sightseeing tourists.

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Hungerford Bridge, Seen as Capsule Ascends


As the capsule gets higher, the views become quite spectacular. It helps to have some knowledge of London geography, or even a map to help identify sights as you see them. If you have a tablet or laptop, you could use Google maps to help orient you. Of course some people like to take pictures constantly during the ride but you shouldn't miss much of the experience.

You may be able to see quite a distance if it's a windy day and the smog has cleared. I could easily see the BT Tower and several high rise buildings, while in the foreground there is a birds eye view of the Temple area.

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N.E London, Charing Cross in Foreground. BT Tower in distance


As you can see below the queue to enjoy the ride can be quite long.

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Looking Down From the Eye


Looking west you will have excellent view of the Houses of Parliament, Big Ben, Westminster Abbey and even Buckingham Palace further off.

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Westminster


As you near the ground again, train buffs can enjoy a birds eye view of Waterloo Station

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Waterloo Station


So is the ride worth it? The views are truly panoramic, and there is enough room to move around and look wherever you want. It's a great experience but only you can decide if it's worth the price.

Just remember that there can be quite a queue to book in person (and it costs more), so be smart and do it online and in advance if you plan to go.
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Why? It's the biggest Ferris Wheel in Europe
When: See website
Phone: 44 870 990 8881
Where: Minster Court, London SE1 7JB, United Kingdom
Cost: Around 20 for adults. See website
Your Comment
I've been to London Eye a few years ago. There's a queue and I waited for 20 mins. However, it's worth it.
by Wendy (score: 2|876) 1746 days ago
It's funny how merely a glimpse of London can make your heart melt.
by William Reimer (score: 1|42) 1019 days ago
You do get some great views!
I'm just glad I don't have 6 kids to take there and break the bank though :)
by Dave Walsh (score: 4|10069) 1746 days ago
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