If you’ve ever looked through (or been shown) a London tourist’s photos, you’ve probably come across one, or a hundred, of the London Eye. How this giant ferris wheel is somehow in the top 5 of London’s most visited tourist attractions I still can’t get my head around. Recently I decided to give it a second chance, but it still didn’t do it for me
Is The London Eye Worth A Visit?
The view is nice but not unique, the info pads don’t really give you any info – just some random facts which seem to confuse the tourists more – but the thing is … nothing really happens. It might be the fact that London doesn’t have a famous skyline for tourists to recognise: everyone in my capsule stayed on one side to take a thousands of photos of Big Ben and once we were on top they ran to the other side to do the same of Tower Bridge – you can imagine their disappointed faces when they realized you can’t even see it from the pod.
London Eye Alternatives
In a city where there is far too much to do I would skip it – it’s a waste of money and time. For a similar riverside view I would recommend St. Paul’s Cathedral – a bit cheaper and you get to see its impressive insides. If you have a bigger budget and you want a much more eye-opening perspective, then go for the Shard. Or go for the free views at Sky Garden.
Best Way to Book London Eye Tickets
If you still insist: 1. pre-book your tickets online (it will save you some time) 2. Pray the weather will be ok and 3) don’t go on a busy day (unless you like to wait).