Big Ben and Westminster Abbey from the London Eye

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    After the tour with the Globus group, Robin and I headed off again to see more of London. We used the tubes/walked back down to the river, across from the London eye. We walked along the river and over to the South Bank and decided to get on the London Eye.

    The EDF Energy London Eye is the tallest Ferris wheel in Europe. Standing at 443 feet high, it was finished in late 1999 and opened to the public by early 2000. It is sometimes also referred to as the Millennium Wheel. It was the tallest Ferris wheel in the world until 2006. Each pod of the Eye can hold up to 25 people and, annually, it is ridden by over 3.5 million people. It can hold up to 750 people at one time if all pods were full. It costs around £20 for a 45 minute ride around the wheel, which may seem like a lot, but it is such a cool way to view London, actually rising above sites like Big Ben.

    It was pretty hot that day and we had to wait in queue for about an hour. We got onto the ride, which lasted about 40 minutes. The ride was ok, but it was crowded, there was almost 25 people in our pod. It was hard to get photos because people would move to one window or the other, depending on the view, and they would cling to them like Garfield cats.

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    1. Terry Cheng Photography 33 months ago | reply

      Fantastic view towards the Big Ben from above. Love the composition!

    2. Martin-James 33 months ago | reply

      Very good, I did some London Eye shots, but they were badly distorted on account of the pod glass.

    3. Zé Eduardo... 33 months ago | reply

      Beautiful image !

    4. joeke pieters 33 months ago | reply

      Though the circumstances were difficult, you managed to get awesome shots from the London Eye, what a magnificent view over London. You also managed to get fantastic shots of your Princess :) A belated Happy Birthday to Robin!

    5. puthoOr photOgraphy 33 months ago | reply

      A beauty -- colors and light!!

    6. gracious.tony.NZ 33 months ago | reply

      Thank you for the wonderful series
      what a awesome view from above!!

    7. Joalhi "Around the World" 33 months ago | reply

      Stunning view, Matt!
      lovely series and Robin is so pretty in all of them.

    8. M Atif Saeed 33 months ago | reply

      nicelly captured

    9. Krittergirl 33 months ago | reply

      Exceptional series! Robin has the most beautiful smile!

    10. Nick Boren Photography 33 months ago | reply

      Happy Birthday to your wife Matthew... and thanks for showing us all these amazing image you got from your vacation... they are great.. :-)

    11. Joan M 33 months ago | reply

      Great shots Matthew of London and your lovely wife!

    12. ByTheChesapeakeBay 33 months ago | reply

      Wonderfully composed shot...and from a ferris wheel at that!

    13. chumlee10 33 months ago | reply

      beautiful shots and big ben looked nice also

    14. PView 33 months ago | reply

      Great shot of Big Ben, Matthew,particularly considering the obstacles you had to overcome to get the shot. Thanks for bringing it to us.

    15. Slick 12 33 months ago | reply

      great shot - good contrast control too - looks like the sun hid a bit for you too - it's normally pretty tough at that time of day!

    16. RichHaig 33 months ago | reply

      Fantastic series of shots !
      Looks like you and Robin had an awesome vacation !

    17. *Early Riser* 33 months ago | reply

      Very well captured Matthew.

    18. Dmitri007 33 months ago | reply

      I see you made it to the "London Eye" :) Great views from there, and you got some nice captures. It is also nice that they finished maintanence on the Parliament building by the Big Ben. Last September when i was there it did not look so good. Great job man!

    19. L~A~U~R~A!! 33 months ago | reply

      great captures.

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