Once upon a time I went to London and while in London I went on the London Eye. It was and still is one of London’s most prominent landmarks and is basically a big (443 feet tall) ferris wheel.
A ride on this observation wheel affords a fantastic aerial view of London from above the Thames.
If you happen to be in London, the 30 minute round trip (sorry) is certainly worth a visit.
I combined my visit to the London Eye with a wander through the Tate Modern (Art gallery), bounced my way across the Millenium Bridge (a bouncing bridge) and climbed the 500 steps of St Pauls Cathedral staircase to the dome for another impressive view (once I caught my breath!).
I eventually ended my day back at South Bank for dinner and some drinks with a friend from Australia (can’t ever seem to get away from them). If you are trying to get a handle on the layout of a city, an aerial view (or lookout) is always a good and different way to see a city because it gives you an overall perspective. An aerial view is even better if you can just sit there and get taken for a ride (no reference meant to the admission cost).
But don’t take my word for it, the London Eye website says:
“The height of the London Eye is 135m (equivalent to 64 red telephone boxes piled on top of each other) making it the fourth tallest structure in London after the BT Tower, Tower 42 and One Canada Square in Canary Wharf.”
Imagine… red telephone boxes piled on top of each other… now there’s a standard of measurement that should be used more often. As for using the conventional metres and feet… how boring!