THINGS TO DO IN SOUTHBANK LONDON featuring LONDON EYE
The London Eye is a giant Ferries wheel in the South bank of the River Thames in London providing panoramic views of the entire city. The structure is 443 feet (135 m) tall and the wheel has a diameter of 394 feet (120 m). It was built as part of London’s millennium celebration.
Since it was opened in 2000, the London Eye has proved to be a popular tourist attraction. The landmark, which can carry around 15,000 visitors a day has a 32 capsules. The 32 capsules of the Eye are symbolic of London’s 32 boroughs. Each capsule is capable of carrying up to 25 people. The wheel offers some of the greatest panoramic views of the city especially on a clear sky. The journey lasts 30-minutes full rotation, often quicker than the time spent queuing for your turn. If you want to save time, the best option is to skip the line completely by booking your ticket ahead of time. This advance ticket allows you to have a go any time of the day. The ride is smooth and steady, so any age will enjoy the trip. This can be your family day activity. The wheel is also entirely wheelchair accessible.
Structure was designed by architect David Marks and Julia Barfield, husband and wife. Looking up on the structure I am in awe! It’s incredible how they put things together safely.
Opening time is at 10am, you have to check on their website to confirm closing time as it varies https://www.londoneye.com/. The only downside is the weather, mostly rainy and cloudy, I don’t think I will enjoy so much to be up there unless it’s a sunny day.
Tips. Book your ticket in advance to avoid disappointment.
How do you get there?
Waterloo is the closest station. See pictures below. Inside the station you will find quite a few restaurants and supermarkets including pubs and bars. You can easily get to the station either via underground (depends where you coming from). Click on the official website to plan your journey http://tfl.gov.uk/plan-a-journey/. Fares usually £3.30 at peak time that is from 6:30am - 9:30am, here’s the link for clear fare charges https://tfl.gov.uk/fares-and-payments/fares/single-fare-finder. If your in a budget, getting a bus instead is your best choice, bus fares are way cheaper, a single trip costs £1.50. You have to remember to bring your visitor Oyster card with you or a contact less card for payment, if you don’t have any of these, don’t worry you can always avail a single fare or round way tickets from the station.
WHERE TO EAT?
There are plenty of restaurants in this area. From the most expensive restaurant to the cheapest market stalls are available to choose from. Fancy a pint? There’s also a lot of bars and pubs around incase you get thirsty.
WHAT TO DO?
Walk towards the river from London Waterloo station, you will be happy to see Florence Nightingale Museum, Sea Life London, the Southbank Centre, the BFI IMAX. The green grass picnic area facing the capsules is a perfect set for hanging out with friends and family while your kids are playing on the jubilee garden playground. By the river, there’s a lot of daytime performers entertaining the crowd, singers beautifully promoting their songs giving the ambience a romantic feel. You have to see the colourful skateboarding area, it so much fun watching them showing off their incredible stunts. Teens on their bikes are also unstoppable with their popular manoeuvres including wheelies, stoppies, and burnouts.
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