London, February 2016 — One of the best tips I can give you when you visit London is to go up on the London Eye. We are talking about a giant Ferris wheel, 135 meters high, located on the south bank of the Thames river, opposite Big Ben and the British Parliament building. It is amazing, you can see the whole city from the top. In fact, on clear days, you can distinguish places up to 40 kilometers away. It’s like having a global perspective, and from there decide what exactly you want to visit in the city. I think that’s a good reason to climb the London Eye. Think about this: it gets over 3.5 million visitors each year.
The London Eye schedule varies depending on season and you can get on the Ferris wheel from morning until midnight. There is only one thing to consider before boarding (important): avoid it if there is fog, as it will reduce your view; but – and this is a personal opinion – it’s still a great sight to see London foggy.
When to go up: I think the best choice is late afternoon, just before dusk. It’s the best time to climb up and ride in one of their capsules. The light at this hour is wonderful, really, and will allow you to see everything more clearly. Early in the morning (the London Eye opens from 10 am) can also be a good time, but in winter the sun may bother being somewhat low. Remember that in London in winter, it gets dark at about 5 pm and in summer from 8 pm.
The price of tickets for London Eye depends on the day and time of the visit. The cheapest tickets for the London Eye are usually available for early morning visits or late afternoon, and on weekdays.
Our four recommendations to reserve the London Eye:
Directions: by metro, Westminster stop (Circle, Center and Jubilee lines) and Waterloo stop (Bakerloo, Jubilee, Northern and Waterloo & City lines). Bus lines 211, 77 and 381.
By Luis Marti.
Editor Travel361º Immfly.