Sunday, 29 January 2012

London Eye

The EDF Energy London Eye (as it's current know as)  since it opened in March 2000  has become an iconic London landmark and as recognisable as St Paul's Cathedral or Big Ben. The London Eye is the UK’s most popular paid for visitor attraction, visited by over 3.5 million people a year.

The London Eye was an amazing engineering project. On a clear day at the highest part of the 'flight' you can see up to 40 kilometres in all directions from the capsules.

The London Eye was the brain-child of David Marks and Julia Barfield, a husband and wife architect team. The wheel design was seen as a metaphor for time turning into the new millennium.

There are a number of "flight" options, for instance you could combine your flight with a river cruise, take a champagne flight or book a private capsule. Pre-booking before hand is recommended (and cheaper!)  but a number of tickets are held back for same-day sale at the eye. If you haven't booked and you are looking to go during school holidays or weekends then don't bother turning up as it tends to be sold out or the queues are huge! Disabled visitors and wheelchair users should ring to pre-book a ticket. Tickets for the London Eye can be bought easily through AttractionTix.

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