London is an incredibly crowded city and when it comes to tourist attractions, it may seem difficult to snag a good view of Big Ben and Parliament. Rise above the crowds and grab a slow and quiet ride on the London Eye, London's famous Ferris wheel along the River Thames. Your air-conditioned and roomy capsule awaits to give you spectacular and unobstructed views of London. Get there early to avoid the lines and don't waste your precious pounds on your own capsule. Encapsulate yourself with other travelers for a more affordable fare. Sit or stand and watch the crowds disappear below you.
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Ride the London Eye
The London Eye is a 443-foot tall observation wheel towering over the city.
Buy tickets ($30) in advance online, or when you arrive. I visited on a mild Sunday morning in January and waited in line only a few minutes to purchase a ticket, and was in a rotating capsule less than ten minutes later.
The peaceful ride lasts 25 minutes and provides views as far as 25-miles on clear days.
There is nothing quite like the combination of chocolates, sparkling wine, and your lover with a stunning panorama of London in the background. The London Eye offers a private capsule, befittingly titled Cupid's Capsule, for anyone looking to make the ultimate romantic gesture. It is the perfect way to spend a special occasion, be it an anniversary or a birthday.
Try spotting London's iconic landmarks as your private capsule rotates around the London Eye. A personal host ensures an unforgettable experience that is bound to enthral you for years to come.
This picture was taken aboard the London Eye of the House of Parliament and "Big Ben". It perfectly captured what London was for me, with all of its old world charm standing out in a very modern city. Along with the persistent fog and gloomy clouds, the whole place just seemed to be under a magic spell and you cannot help feeling lost (but in a good way) just by walking around among the packed crowds, seeing the swirling activities, and sampling the insane variety of cuisines. It is a beautiful city to lose yourself in.
We had been soaking in London by taking the tube and running around. This was a moment to sit back (30 minutes to be exact) and enjoy the view. On a clear day you can see pretty far. Oh just make sure you don't get stuck with crazy kids!
There are all sorts of places to get a great view of London. One of them is from inside one of the glass capsules of the London Eye. The glass walls and glass part in the center of the floor provide a great perspective of both sides of the Thames.
The last time I was in London I was finally convinced to pay the £25 (or whatever it costs) to ride the London Eye. I'm so glad I did! Even though it seems ridiculously overpriced and it is crowded with tourists, the view from the top is worth it! Even if you only do it once, treat yourself to this sky high view of the city.
Taking a stroll along one of my favorite places in London, the Thames. I was surprised the sun sets at 4pm in December and had plenty of time to practice my night shot photography skills. I love the cloudy sky and the various shades of blues reflecting on the River Thames.
With Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament in the background one feels quite on top of the world.
We were quite fortunate to be friends with the late Richard, Lord Acton, who spent half a year doing his duty in London and the other half of the year in his adopted Iowa. On a couple of occasions we were his guests in the members' dining room for tea. When Lord Acton was called way to vote, he put us in the capable hands of an archivist who guided us up the tiny elevator of the Victoria tower. We entered a room filled to the max with historic documents. Richard had told the archivist to show us something that would interest these American friends. And that is how I came to be given a scroll of vellum. When I removed the "red tape" that encircled it, I found that I was holding the actual authentic, artifact ---- the Stamp Act ---so significant in English and American history.
Look around London from the London Eye and find your own adventures. Who knows what YOU will find in this ---there are plenty to be had.
What do you do first when you visit a new city? My absolute favorite thing to do to get my bearings is to find a local market (get a little coffee and a bite of local food) then walk and walk until I can't stay awake any longer. In London that meant a trip to Borough Market then a brisk walk along the Thames, punctuated by a visit to the Tate Modern and a brief rain shower. When Big Ben and Parliament finally came into view it felt like a reward. Not only was the jet lag kept at bay, but I got a picture perfect introduction to London.
A beautifully lit pathway leading up to the London Eye. The ferris wheel didn't evoke any feelings during the day, but after I took the last ride of the day and nightfall approached, it looked and felt strikingly different.