Upon arriving to a new city, one of the first things I like to do is take a bus or boat ride, or hustle to the highest point in the city to get a grasp on my surroundings. London was no different, so I headed to the London Eye.
The London Eye is a giant ferris wheel that towers 443 feet in the air and I wanted to see what that heck was way up there.
As I approached the impressive structure I was having flashbacks of my last ferris wheel ride. It was not pretty. You can spin me upside down twenty times on the Zipper, but the simplest ferris wheel ride made me revisit my prior meal of corndogs and pink popcorn. Like I said, not pretty.
Our reservations had been made well in advance and, even though I was previously unaware, they were Fast Track tickets. I was not privy to what that meant until I handed them to the attendant who scooted us to a separate line from the general admission, passing hundreds of folks in line.
Get a Fast Track ticket people. It costs a bit more, but saves at least an hour in waiting.
The London Eye has 32 capsules, representing the 32 boroughs of London.
Prior to entering the capsule I attempted to scope out which interior location would have the best view. I ignorantly determined it to be the outside right and told Peter to make a run for it when the doors opened. Each one of the capsules can fit up to 25 people, but we were lucky enough to only have half of that, so getting a good view didn't really require any scheming.
My favorite was the London County Hall.
The entire London Eye rotation takes a half hour, slow enough to avoid making me queasy and fast enough to avoid making me bored.
Have you ever taken a spin on the London Eye? What do you do when you first arrive to a new city?
Disclosure: This attraction was sponsored by the London Eye, but all the words I write come straight from my, sometimes distorted, mind. Just as it should be.