I'm ashamed to say that after 10 years of living in London, I had never been for a ride in the London Eye. I'd taken many a photo of it, had spent many a New Year's eve beside it, but never ever had I rode in int. So when I was invited by EDF Energy London Eye to take a spin in this iconic London landmark, I eagerly accepted.
Yesterday I hopped on my bike and rode over to the South Bank where I got my ticket, joined the queue and stepped on board of one of the 32 London Eye pods. It wasn't too crowded in my pod so I had plenty of space to enjoy the views across London.
The ride takes around 30 minutes total and when you're at the top you're 135m above the ground. That's high enough to see as far as 40km around, which means on a clear day you can see Windsor Castle, but to be honest I was more chuffed to be able to see my own house, my office and all the places I usually hang out with my friends. There's something peaceful about watching great cities from above. I makes me speechless every time.
I was ready to go round again, but had to get off like everyone else. I checked out the 4D experience which is included in your London Eye ticket. It's a 3D movie that tickles your senses with the London Eye as the main character. Pretty impressive stuff and especially fun for kids.