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.