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by Sarah Bassett (subscribe)
I'm a student studying journalism, living between Bathurst and Sydney. Articles are from different cities in Australia and the world. Follow me on twitter, @SarahBassett3
Published December 21st 2013
It's one of the most famous and recognised icons in the world. It's present in a tonne of movies and TV shows ranging from Harry Potter, to 28 Days Later, to Doctor Who all the way to Thunderbirds. I'm talking about the London Eye

Cheesy holiday snaps
Cheesy holiday snaps

But sometimes when travelling, time is precious, and the generic, touristy and crowded things that we already feel like we have seen from an abundance of pop culture appearances can be easily over looked.

I'm not a fan of crowds, tourists and over priced things; however, I am a fan of views. A breathtaking view will stay with you for a lifetime, and I love nothing more than seeing, watching or hearing something that takes you back to the time you were taking in that view.

Beautiful holiday photos in London for under 20 pounds!
Beautiful holiday photos in London for under 20 pounds

When I landed in Heathrow, I had a number of things on my list to see that outnumbered the London Eye, it wasn't a priority; (perhaps something to do with a mother who is petrified of heights, and being on a university student's budget).

On my fourth day in London, I decided that it's something I have to do, a view I have to see. I took the Tube to Waterloo station (where, by the way, you have to pay 30p just to use the bathroom! So remember to go before or at least to bring some loose change), which was about a 5 minute walk, or 10 minute dawdle if you're like me, to the London Eye.

1 of 987350310837 London Eye photos
More London Eye photos

We waited in what we thought was the ticket line next to the Eye to be told you actually have to purchase tickets up the street (in a big stone building, you can't miss it). They have lots of great deals and packages where you can include ferry trips, The London Dungeon, Madame Tussauds and many many more experiences. The more you buy, the more you save.

We went back to our first line and were allowed through this time. Because the Eye is such an international icon, the range of accents, nationalities and cultures I saw while waiting was almost a holiday in itself.

The view
The view

The line moves quickly considering how large it is. I put this up to the fact that the carriages don't usually stop when you board. I'm not saying a James Bond style tuck and roll is needed to board the Eye, but I would recommend sensible footwear for this part.

Once onboard, I recommend moving quickly to forward left or right corners so you can get to the front and won't have the top of random tourist's heads in your holiday snaps. The ride lasts about 30 minutes with some of the most breathtaking and beautiful views you will ever see.

Ticket for the London Eye, 19 pounds. Selfie with London as your background, priceless
Ticket for the London Eye, 19 pounds. Selfie with London as your background, priceless

It really is the best way to see London all at once and gives you the chance to get beautiful pictures of Big Ben, The Houses of Parliament, a glimpse of Buckingham Palace and lots more.

So if you find yourself in London and wondering whether the London Eye is worth all the hassle of a big tourist icon, I would definitely say give it a go.
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Great read. You have clearly gone places and will continue to go place with excellent work like this. Brilliant start to your career keep up the good work Sarah Basket.
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