Night views are nice, aren’t they? Okay, more night views of London today. From here:
The London Eye is located just across the Thames River from where the Big Ben is. This means we came to this area twice. Once in the morning, and once in the evening. We could have taken this ride in the morning, but seriously, that would not be the smart move. The smart move would be to board this giant Ferris wheel at sunset. The entire rotation takes about 30 minutes, so if you pick the correct time slot to board, you will get to experience a wide array of sky colors on board.
I don’t remember how much the tickets cost for this ride (I think it was £16), but I do remember that there are ways you can get a good deal for this. London Eye is owned by Tussauds, who in turn owns a number of paid attractions in London. You can get a combined ticket to two (or more) Tussauds attractions at a discounted price. I would recommend the London Eye + Madame Tussauds wax museum combination.
It wasn’t how we did it. We got an even better deal. Remember we were living in Liverpool for a semester? We frequently bought our frozen foodstuff from a supermarket chain called Iceland, and it so happened that on one such shopping run, we were given a lot of Buy 1 Free 1 vouchers for the London Eye. It was even cheaper to use these and pay the full price to Madame Tussauds, than it was buying the combination tickets.
Of course, if you are rich, you can throw this advice out the window. In fact, if you are rich, you can go further by booking an entire capsule for yourself and your girlfriend/wife/mistress. If you pay even more, they even have an option where you can enjoy some luxurious fine dining inside. Don’t worry, this thing is HUGE, and unlike those lousy Ferris wheel that you see in kids’ playgrounds, it is very stable inside.
For us commoners though, each capsule holds 20 persons at a time. The Singapore Flyer might have taken over the title as the largest Ferris wheel on planet Earth, but in terms of capsule size, I am quite certain that London Eye’s capsules are still slightly bigger. And the capsules are air-conditioned, so it won’t be a suffocating experience if you know what I mean.
One not so good thing with taking a night ride though, is that if you want to take a selfie or a wefie or a groupfie (is that a word?) with natural lighting, this is what you will get:
Meh… better to just look at the magnificent views outside instead…
I think this is a very good way to enjoy London’s night views. You might be wondering if it is not better to head over to the new tallest building in London, The Shard, for night views. I had that thought too some time ago. But I was told by another blogger that unless you are super rich, you can’t. To access the night views from The Shard, you need to access their lounge, and that access is only available by invitation, usually months ahead. You cannot just barge in on the spot, especially not when you are wearing snickers and jeans. You will be bounced out. So… best to be realistic to stick to the London Eye.
Here, another view of the London Eye to close this post, this time the view of this Ferris wheel when we were not in it.
Nice, isn’t it?