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<a href=' http://virtualtourist.lowestfare.com/m/.101103/article/1545/96/?s=P' target=newwindow><font color=blue size=+1>British Airways London Eye</font></a> (thanks SkyLink for name correction!)
<BR>More photos in travelogue (text later, 2002-Apr-19)
<BR>The British Airways London Eye is claimed to be the largest ferris wheel in the world, with a diameter of 465 ft. It rotates at a speed of one round in every 30 minutes. It moves so slowly that one can hardly tell if it is rotating without a reference.
<BR>To save the waiting time for the ticketing queue, one can purchase ticket online with the official website with a credit card. You need to choose a date and time of flight (yes, they call that a ‘flight’!), e.g., 9:30 AM or 7:00 PM etc. In early April, an adult ticket was 9.5 GBP, plus 0.50 GBP fee if purchasing ticket online.
<BR> Once you confirm your purchase, the website will give you a confirmation number, save this with you for later use when you go to there to collect your ticket. (This confirmation number may not be used normally, but just in case).
<BR> It is required that you arrive at least 30 minutes before the your flight time. Enter the ticketing purchasing/collecting place via the County Hall entrance, swipe the credit card you used when purchasing your ticket online at one of their ticket collecting machine. Voila, your tickets should come out without any problem. The boarding queue is formed outside of the County Hall.
<BR> Since the length of the boarding line (boarding time) varies by time/season etc, you may not get into a capsule at the exact time you requested – not that scientifically accurate. E.g., if your tickets stated your flight time should be 19:00, you may board either before or after 19:00.
<BR> Since the Eye rotates very slowly, there would be no problem of anyone to get on and off while it keeps moving. The Eye will stop for anyone with physically disability or in a wheelchair.
<BR>The Eye has about 30? Capsules, each with a capacity of 25 people. A bench is set at the center for those who want/need to sit down.
<BR>When your capsule almost reaches the end of the flight (one round), an announcement would ask you to stand to the northeast or southeast corner of the capsule, if you want to have your photo taken. Make sure that you face outside to the corners they mentioned (the announcement is not very clear where you should face to, however). There are labels in the capsule for north, east and so on. After your capsule reaches certain point, a camera outside would flash onto you for the photo. After you disembark, collect your photo before exit, 5 GBP for a copy of a 5x7 in, and more for an A4 size. The photo will be you and the whole capsule.
<BR>It is not always easy to take a photo of yourself with the scene you see while inside of the capsule, due to the reflection on the glass wall or lighting direction and so on. Therefore the aforementioned ‘official’ photo could be an option.
Address: Westminster Bridge Rd., South Bank, London SE1 7PB
Directions: <BR>Jubilee Gardens, South Bank, London, SE1 1GZ
<BR>Right in front of the County Hall, south bank of the Thames, west of Westminster Bridge.
<BR>Tube station: Embankment
othercontact: <BR> Official website:
Phone: +44 (0)871 781 3000
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