The London Eye And Other Visitor Attractions

by Phil Marks

London has a plethora of attractions to go and see. For those with green fingers, why not visit one of the exquisite parks or gardens. Not very advisable though if raining, unless the rain in London is an added attraction for the adventurous amongst the visitor. If you would prefer to stay dry then the ideal place is the ‘London Eye’.

The London Eye is one of the largest observation wheels in the world today. When it was first built it was the tallest but two more wheels have been built since the London Eye opened and both are taller. The Eye as it is also known is very popular as it is an ‘all weather’ attraction. One can see many of the landmarks of London all from the top of the London Eye. The Eye is also known as the Millennium Wheel.

The London Eye was built to mark the new millennium. It took seven years and the skills of hundreds of people from five countries to make the London Eye a reality. Tony Blair opened the Eye officially on New Years Eve 1999.

The London Eye looks very like a giant bicycle wheel. The wheel has 32 glass capsules from which people can view the city. Each capsule can hold up to 25 people, and they can choose to either stand or sit. The best views are obviously seen whilst standing but there is bench style seating if required. It does not matter what the weather is like outside as each capsule has its own heating and cooling system.

There are many things one can do other than see the sights on the London Eye. Capsules can be booked in advance and used for things such as meetings and get togethers . Each rotation of the wheel takes 30 minutes, so is ideal for shorter meetings. People have been known to book a capsule for a unique start to a hen or stag night.

Not all London attractions can be seen from the top of the eye. The Imperial War Museum and The Globe Theatre are just two of the visible attractions.

However, not all of London’s attractions are visible from the London Eye. Downing Street, home to the Prime Minister and Chancellor of the Exchequer, has to be appreciated from street level. The stunning Regent’s park is one of the many parks and gardens worth visiting, and these parks and gardens can only be experienced by walking around.

When planning a vacation in London there are a number of ways to get there. Visitors from Europe can travel either by plane, car and ferry, or train thanks to the opening of the Euro Tunnel. There are two ways to travel with this mode of transport; as a passenger on a train or one can put their car on the Euro Train.

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