Friday, December 13, 2013
One of the Best Place for Dining, City walk, sightseeing and Getting married in London.
Rev: "This was the highlight for my kids during our trip to London. I must say I was a little nervous since I don't like heights, but it was fine. Very stable and smooth. No jolts or bumps. The view of the city is incredible. We did it right at dusk and saw the city with all the lights. Well worth the money."
Rev: "Wasn't planning to do the London Eye but as the weather was perfect I decided to spend the extra, even though it was not included in the London Pass. Very glad I did, the queue was moderate and moved quickly - the views were incredible and allowed you to appreciate the amazing buildings you usually only see from ground level looking up! The well priced viewing guide is well worth it and an excellent souvenir"
The London Eye was designed by architects Frank Anatole, Nic Bailey, Steve Chilton, Malcolm Cook, Mark Sparrowhawk, and the husband-and-wife team of Julia Barfield and David Marks. Mace were responsible for construction management, with Hollandia as the main steelwork contractor and Tilbury Douglas as the civil contractor. Consulting engineers Tony Gee & Partners designed the foundation works while Beckett Rankine designed the marine works.
Rev: "Either queue or pay extra for fast track....worth it.
Do not book ticket to include a 3 course meal at Pizza Express Southbank because the food is rubbish...I had Lasagne which was orange in the middle and was floating in oil. Horrible. Inedible."
The spindle, hub, and tensioned cables that support the rim. The rim of the Eye is supported by tensioned steel cables and resembles a huge spoked bicycle wheel. The lighting was redone with LED lighting from Color Kinetics in December 2006 to allow digital control of the lights as opposed to the manual replacement of gels over fluorescent tubes. The wheel was constructed in sections which were floated up the Thames on barges and assembled lying flat on piled platforms in the river.
Rev: "Would definitely recommend the fast track as the queues were really long, even first thing in the morning."
Rev: " A perfect way to see the heart of the wonderful city. A little expensive, yes. But worth it. The queues can appear quite long, but they do move quite quickly."
The London Eye was formally opened by the then Prime Minister, Tony Blair, on 31 December 1999, although it was not opened to the public until 9 March 2000 because of technical problems. Since its opening, the Eye has become a major landmark and tourist attraction. In 2006 the Tussauds Group bought out the other two joint owners, British Airways and the Marks Barfield family (the lead architects). Following Merlin Entertainments' purchase of the Tussauds Group in 2007, it now owns 100% of the Eye.
Rev: "The Eye takes you on a 360 degree gentle and smooth ride high above London in a large capsule containing seating (long central bench). The views are amazing!"
Rev: "This was one of the things i never saw when i was in London before so i made sure it was top of the list this time! I bought my ticket from the booth and went straight to the Eye with a queue time of zero. There were 5 people in the capsule so we were very lucky, the ones before and after were full. The views from the top are absolutely stunning, London as a city with its landmarks is very beautiful. I am lucky to choose the day i did as the next day, most of London and its airports were shut down due to very heavy fog so it was nice to have a beautiful, clear, crisp December morning. If you have a head for heights, the London eye is a 'must do' thing for you to do, even if you do it just the once, and to make it cheaper, purchase a London Big Ticket for the other London attractions at the same time, they are valid for 30 days and are all highly recommend. And even better, pre-book online and save over 25%!!"
During the bidding process of the 2012 Olympic Games, the London bid organisers announced the Olympic emblem would be attached to the Eye for the duration of the 2012 Summer Olympics. On 5 June 2008 it was announced that 30 million people had ridden the London Eye since its opening in March 2000. On 20 May 2005, there were reports of a leaked letter showing that the South Bank Centre (SBC) owners of part of the land on which the struts of the Eye are located had served a notice to quit on the attraction along with a demand for an increase in rent from £64,000 per year to £2.5 million, which the operators rejected as unaffordable.
Rev: "I had previously been on this the year that it opened. The weather on that occasion was poor fog rain so you couldn't see a lot. However the weather on Monday was very good we could see for miles and as it was Monday it was not so busy for getting on."
The South Bank Centre and the British Airways London Eye agreed on a 25-year lease on 8 February 2006 after a judicial review over the rent dispute. The lease agreement meant that the South Bank Centre, a publicly funded charity, would receive at least £500,000 a year from the attraction, the status of which is secured for the foreseeable future. Tussauds also announced the acquisition of the entire one-third interests of British Airways and the Marks Barfield family in the Eye as well as the outstanding debt to BA. These agreements gave Tussauds 100% ownership of the Eye and resolved the debt from the Eye's construction loan from British Airways, which stood at more than £150 million by mid-2005 and had been increasing at 25% per annum.
In 2009 Merlin Entertainments opened a preflight 4D Experience at The London Eye, which is included in the ticket price. The newly refurbished ticket hall and 4D cinema experience was designed by architect Kay Elliott working with Merlin Studios project designer Craig Sciba. Merlin Studios later appointed Simex-Iwerks as the 4D theatre hardware specialists. The film was written and directed by 3D director Julian Napier and 3D produced by Phil Streather. The same year the first stage of a £12.5 million capsule upgrade started. Each capsule was taken down and floated down the river to Tilbury Docks in Essex. In January 2011, a lighting-up ceremony marked the start of a three-year deal between EDF Energy and Merlin Entertainment. On 2 June 2013 a passenger capsule was named the Coronation Capsule to mark the sixtieth anniversary of the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II.
Rev: "One of the main attraction of London not only to see but to have a clam & spectacular ride. Its a memorable time with great view of the city's famous sites. Don't be scared of the long quest to get a chase as it moves quite fast and focus on the ride and enjoy the beauty."