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London Eye Review
To mark the start of the new millennium, architects David Marks and Julia Barfield conceived a beautiful and celebratory structure that would allow people to see this great city from a completely new perspective. They came up with a giant Ferris wheel, which, as well as representing the turn of the century, would also be a symbol of regeneration. The London Eye is the largest cantilevered observation wheel ever built and among the tallest structures in London. The 25-minute slow-motion ride inside one of the enclosed passenger capsules is so smooth you'd hardly know you were suspended over the Thames. On a clear day you can see for up to 25 miles, with a bird's-eye view over London's most famous landmarks as you circle through 360 degrees. If you're looking for a special place to celebrate, champagne and canapés can be arranged ahead of time. Buy your ticket online to avoid the long lines and get a 10% discount. For an extra £10, you can save even more time with a Fast Track flight for which you check in 15 minutes before your "departure." You can buy a combination ticket for the Eye and other London attractions—check online for details—and board the London Eye River Cruise here for a 40-minute sightseeing voyage on the Thames.
- Address: Westminster Bridge Rd., Riverside Bldg., County Hall, South Bank, London, SE1 7PB | Map It
- Phone: 0870/990-8883
- Cost: £18.90; cruise £12.50
- Hours: June and Sept., daily 10--9; July and Aug., daily 10--9:30; Oct.--Mar., daily 10--8:30
- Website: www.londoneye.com
- Tube: Waterloo.
- Location: The South Bank
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