The London Eye. I swore many years ago I would never go on it. Ever. Standing under its 135m structure I decided it wasn’t for me. Too high. No good will ever come of going on something that big. But then we booked a trip to London. I knew Olivia would want to go on it so I bit the bullet and booked us in for a London Eye Review. This way we had to go on it didn’t we! But the question was, could we?
Arriving in London on a beautiful Saturday in March I had talked myself into it and was totally ready to do it.
But then we got there. Standing underneath it once more, my bottle went again and so did Olivia’s. In less than 10 seconds we waved goodbye to our courage as it sailed away down the Thames and left us stood on the South Bank with quivering lips and a fear in our stomachs. Olivia was tugging at my hand telling me it was OK, we didn’t have to go on it, just email the lady and say sorry we are too scared!
That wasn’t an email I was prepared to write, although mentally I was signing off in my head, thanks again, best wishes, Tracey. I agreed to review so I couldn’t back out. This trip was about new experiences and having fun. If you visit London to do the touristy things, then you have to go on the London Eye, don’t you! And go on it we did. Just about anyway. Gulp!
Our London Eye Review.
As our tickets were already booked in for 11 am, we missed the queues. Arriving just before 11, we heard staff telling people that it was booked until 1 pm later that day. By the looks of it, they had at least a half an hour wait in the queue too. I would definitely recommend booking online as you can book your slot and add a fast pass ticket.
We too had a fast track ticket and from picking them up to getting into a capsule was around 15 minutes. Before I knew it we were being ushered in and the door locked behind us.
How was the 30-minute ride?
Not anywhere near as bad as I thought. In fact, it hardly felt like we were moving at all. I’m not sure how I expected it to feel but I didn’t expect to feel so safe. The last time I had been in something similar was in Alton Towers I think or another theme park and I was absolutely terrified. This was completely different and I felt myself start to relax.
The view was out of this world. I chose to stay on the side where I couldn’t see the other pods and just take in the view. It really is the place to be to take in the sight of our nation’s capitol. Olivia hovered close by at first and sat on the bench in the middle whilst she got used to it. That didn’t take long.
Of course, we took a lot of pictures and even had a video chat with one of my sisters and nieces showing them the view too. That being said as we reached the top I made myself comfy on the bench and focused my eyes on the slats. The fear kicked in for about 5 minutes before I got back up and carried on enjoying the view. Olivia was unfazed and loving every second of it. Just like I thought she would.
We both loved it and came off feeling so glad we went on it. I honestly can’t think of anything bad to say at all. The ride is smooth and the capsule itself feels safe despite my fears. It wasn’t overcrowded and we managed to get a good look around and take in the views. Absolutely worth a visit if you can. We did skip the 4D experience, Olivia really isn’t a fan and we bought a souvenir picture to bring home with us too.
There are some more pictures of our trip on Instagram and a short video over on my Facebook page too. You can also find out what else we got up to in our Madame Tussauds Review – where Olivia finally got to ‘meet’ Zoella!
*Disclaimer: We were provided with complimentary tickets to write our honest London Eye review. All thoughts and opinions are our own. Tickets are available to buy on the day and online*