While Americans were celebrating their Independence Day on 4th July 2016, we were stepping into the London City. London seemed much like Bombay in India! That partial humidity in the air, warm windy breeze, plenty of resident Indians and architecture similarities. The glorious England from Great Britain, as I have heard time and time again. We got off at London’s St Pancras International Eurostar terminus which is also Europe’s first destination station. St Pancras sports Europe’s longest champagne bar along with some great shopping facilities. Shop from fresh farmer’s market, or dine at one of their top class restaurants and bars. After spending some time here, we decided to visit London Eye which is about 15-20 minutes from the terminus.
The Coca Cola London Eye Observation Wheel
Since it opened in 2000, the London Eye has been one of the most popular tourist attraction. Not only is it the largest, but also the most famous observation wheel in the world! London Eye is centrally located and this world’s tallest cantilevered ‘observation wheel’ is now labeled as Coca Cola London Eye. London Eye rotates over the River Thames, the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben. It was formally opened by Tony Blair on 31st Dec 1999. The 35 minute ride offers a breathtaking 360 degree view of the capital. Make the most of your time by visiting complimentary London Eye 4D Experience!
Watch London come to life through multi-sensory special effects, including bubbles, wind and scent. The tickets range from Euro 22 – 40, with a combination of other interesting activities. What could appear pretty simple from the outside, will leave you wonderstruck when you step inside. These 32 incredibly sealed and air-conditioned capsules were designed by architects Frank Anatole, Steve Chilton, Julia Barfield, Nic Bailey, Mark Sparrowhawk, Malcolm Cook and David Marks.
The London Eye Capsules
Each of the capsules represent the boroughs of London, and rotates at 10 inch per second (about 0.9 kph) so that one revolution takes about 30 minutes. It does not usually stop to take on passengers on ground level! In fact, the rotation rate is slow enough to allow tourists to walk on and off the moving capsules. The management has installed Interactive touch screens inside the capsules, for user convenience.
I used it myself, and found it very easy to operate. The screens consistently provide you information about the significant surroundings. In fact it’s a pleasure to observe those sites in absolute silence. Not to mention, the appreciation towards the architects. Coca Cola London Eye should definitely be your first sight seeing spot while visiting the capital of England.
Glimpse of the London City
Expect a long queue as many tourists flock together to get a glimpse of the city from above the horizon. Trust me, the experience is far more expensive than what you spend to get here. Those 35 minutes will leave you astonished with a taste of essential London! Above all, the city’s culture, history, people, palaces, automobiles and the infinite skylines are a wonder to observe.