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Is the London eye worth going to?

By Traveller March 30, 2017
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Is the London eye worth going to?

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By Shannon Traveller March 30, 2017

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No...do the shard instead..or for free the Skygarden
Local September 17, 2018
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No, go to Tate Modern's tower instead!
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Local March 30, 2017
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Its nice to do once (pre-book online or be there when opening) but depending the weather I don't really think it's worth the money. For a great view you can go to Greenwich park or Primrose hill or other places that aren't that pricey and less touristy. Also Sky Garden, you need to book in advance but its free to visit and view is great!
Traveller March 30, 2017
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Honestly, if you're wondering how to budget a few different things but you absolutely want views then I'd suggest a restaurant in The Shard. Hutong is good and has phenomenal views - much better than the London eye and it's a slightly touristy/ special occasion kind of place so it feels right to use it as a dual purpose restaurant. Though beware the 2-hour table reservation limits - best avoided by booking a late dinner.

If you want the kind of views that Londoners go for and want to see some of the alternative scene in London then go spend a day in Camden and finish up on Primrose Hill for the sunset, which basically has (far away) views of everything in London and it's a park so you simply walk up the hill.

If you're with kids on the other hand, the London Eye is probably the best bet if only so you can lock them up in a capsule for an hour :)
Local August 8, 2019
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it's a lot of fun but expensive and if you don't book in advance you have to wait hours in the queue
Local March 13, 2019
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No, large queues, and stuck with other 12 people for 30min, do skygarden
Local March 3, 2019
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If you want a better view, go to Tate Modern or Shards..!!
Local January 11, 2019
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Personally I think Skygarden has better views and it’s free (or you could look at the views with a cocktail!).
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Local December 16, 2018
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No
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Local December 7, 2018
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Personally no. Its pretty cliche & most of that area is very crowded/touristy.and besides you can get much better stationary 360 views from the sky garden imo. You do have to book in advance (its free), but that really opens up the city's scale to you!
Local October 22, 2018
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Hey Shannon. I would avoid the London Eye and try get yourself to the Sky Garden or the Shard. You need to book in advance for the Skygarden, here it's well worth booking an early breakfast spot at the Darwin Brasserie, the foods decent.

If you want an alternative view of London where you can look at the city From the outside in and enjoy a jug of pimms, beer, cocktail, you gotta try Franks Rooftop Bar in Peckham. It's only open summer months. Check it out here: http://frankscafe.org.uk. Well worth a visit if the sun is shining.

I hope that's of help.

Cheers
David

Local March 30, 2017
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The cheapest price is on line at £22.50 and I could think of a lot of better ways to spend that in London !
T
Local March 30, 2017
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Yes
Local September 18, 2019
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Hi.Yes it is worth it also a tour of circle take 20 minutes when ure going to up you can take somephotos ...also check offers You can get some places tickect even pay abit more..
J
Local February 11, 2019
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Yes , if the weather is nice/clear
Local September 16, 2018
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I think it's worth it as a once in a lifetime experience. You can also take nice photos from there.
Local September 4, 2018
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Nope, as a London, I have never been. You can get a good view from the Shard or the Walkie Talkie Tower....
Local Ambassador August 11, 2018
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NO!
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Local July 6, 2018
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I think it would be nice to do once, however if the price is putting you off there are other places for a good view of London. One New Change (at the top) you can get a cool view, Alexander Palace (nice view of London) Primrose Hill, the Shard, Sky Garden (you need to book before hand, and its free!)
Local June 2, 2018
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Just to chip in, I think Sky Garden needs booking 1 months in advance unless you're dining in their restaruant; You can also try visiting Duck and Waffles, which needs booking but it is opened 24/7
Yes it’s very good
Local December 27, 2017
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It’s not worth the queue at the weekend. Go to Aqua shard, get there before it opens to drinkers at 12pm so you are first to arrive and buy a cocktail for around £19 which is an experience itself to watch them make it. Expensive but then so is the London eye with similar views and you can leave when you want without having to wait for a full cycle.
Local November 9, 2017
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Yes! Of course! Most certainly!
:-)
I would recommend to book in advance though.
Another good place to get a nice view of London would be the The Shard.
Best wishes,
Nicole
Local October 26, 2017
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Yes probably. It’s well located and you get good views if the weather is good. Definitely one to vikk in advance.

But there are good free versions if all you want is the view. The new tower in the Tate Modern extension and the Sky Garden (with a booking) both provide good views though of slightly different parts of London.
Local October 2, 2017
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Yes if you pre-book. I went for my mum's birthday one year, and we hired a semi-private pod. We got champagne / fruit juice etc and a lot less people in our pod. My sister had a private pod for her 18th birthday. I don't think normal pods are any worse at all to be honest but if you don't book you'll be stuck in queues for hours - it's ALWAYS busy
Local September 2, 2017
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Yeah I reckon so. Book in advance though
Local July 26, 2017
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It's not just about the views, it's a pretty awesome bit of kit as well. Go as late as you can, and avoid weekends, pods less busy and shorter cues.
Local July 16, 2017
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Yes if you time it perfectly with the sunset :)
Local May 26, 2017
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The London Eye is the most popular tourist attraction for incoming visitors. It depends on your own outlook if you feel its worth it. You will get wonderful views of Central London especially if it's a clear day. Best to go on it in good daylight hours. Vey good photo opportunity. When visiting the Eye you can also take in views of the Thames from the south bank. Other attraction nearby, Tower Bridge, Hayes Galaria, City Hall, HMS Belfast & much more.
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Local May 15, 2017
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Hi Shannon,
It is worth going on the London Eye but only if it's a clear day. If it's cloudy and grey, the views are restricted.

I hope this helps

Kat
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Local April 2, 2017
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To be honest, I think its nice but very pricey and a bit of a hit-or-miss depending on weather. If you want a different "high view of the city" and aren't afraid of heights or stairs, I recommend going to the top of St. Paul's Cathedral. The view is almost the same height as the top of the London Eye, and it's a fun alternative activity.
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Local March 30, 2017
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Yes. Well worth it. Please book in advance and you have less time in a queue. To purchase look up their website.
You paybwith a card and on arrival you put your card you payed with in machine and you get tickets back. Brilliant experience. All 6 times I've been on it and I live in London.
Local March 30, 2017
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I see the cheapest price is £22.50 on line for an adult ... I could think of so many better ways to spend that in London !
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Local March 30, 2017
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Yes. Most definitely. And best to pre book so you miss all queues. Visit their web sight to book tickets. Then all you need to do is print off from a machine at event.
Local March 30, 2017
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Yes - absolutely. Great birds eye views of London. I always take visitors from out of town there. Consequently ive been on it about 5 times. Every time it's been worth it.
Local March 30, 2017
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Yes I would say again a clear night is essential. Little pricy but if your there why not!
Buy tickets in advance is a must in my opinion.
Local March 30, 2017
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Its quite nice walking along there in the evening time on a good day. I've never bothered going up as you could get an equally good view in other places in the city for the price and have a meal.

Id recommend walking from Westminster across there then follow the rivere
Local March 30, 2017
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The London Eye is definitely worth a visit for the views alone; especially so at night - London, like most cities, looks fantastic when it is lit up at night. London Eye is essentially a giant "big wheel" but if you don't usually go for thrill rides, don't let that put you off. Ride is extremely slow, incredibly stable and wholly enclosed. Don't come to London and miss out on this experience; nothing comes close to competing with its panoramic views of the city. Downside is it is expensive and the amount of time it consumes if you don't prebook tickets and have to queue on the day.
R
Local March 30, 2017
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You can visit the Sky Gardens for free - also fab views. You have to book the tickets online but they are free.

https://skygarden.london/plan-your-visit

http://www.justopenedlondon.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/Rhubarb-at-Sky-Garden-Web-Sized79.jpg
Local March 30, 2017
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I think it's better to get a view from the SkyGarden in the walkie talkie building, which is free (you need to book your time slot in advance). It's got a lovely garden and nice relaxing atmosphere. For me the London Eye isn't worth the wait and the time spent on there. I've been with a friend.
Local March 30, 2017
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I did it once just to have the experience but if the view is what you're doing it for, there are much nice alternatives like the monument, having drinks in the shard, going to the skygarden etc. where you won't have to deal with the endless queueing (reservations for the skygarden are necessary though)
Local March 30, 2017
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I would say yes. Although expensive you get a good view of London.
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Local March 30, 2017
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I would say yes. Although expensive you get a good view of London
L
Local March 30, 2017
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It's basically a big wheel in carriages that ho around slowly. The sight across London is good to see but for me that's about it. There are so many things to see in London anyway
Local March 30, 2017
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It depends on what you like... there are queues and the whole experience take a fair bit of time, so it depends also on how long you'll be in London for.

We - the locals - prefer the views from the walkie-talkie building's Sky Garden, far less stressful, less people, a more relaxed experience all together.

Hope this helps!

Anna
www.cityunscripted.com
Local March 30, 2017
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Hi Shannon!

I used to live and work in London so have been to the London Eye several times when I had visitors. To be honest, I wouldn't really recommend it. It's rather expensive and a bit underwhelming. I think the view from the top of the Oxo Tower is actually better. You could invest the price of tickets to the London Eye in a nice cocktail and a bite to eat in the bar of the Oxo Tower instead.

http://www.locappy.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/oxo-tower1.png

http://www.oxotower.co.uk/who/oxo-tower-restaurant-bar-brasserie/http://www.harveynichols.com/restaurant/the-oxo-tower/restaurant-menus/#tab_1
Local March 30, 2017
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Hi Shannon, it depends on your trip priorities. Some people likes to be in the "that" place. Like top of Eiffel Tower! But I am not that kind of a person also London Eye area is very crowded during summer. I prefer to spend my time to discover city streets :)
its an iconic tourist attraction that you kinda have to do. if you have the cash prebook so you dont have to queue but if its overcast i wouldnt bother - views are great on a sunny day.
R
Local March 30, 2017
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Depends on whether you want to go to say you've been, or you want some views.
If you want some decent city views for free, the I'd recommend going to the Sky Garden, you have to book a ticket in advance but it's free to book. (https://skygarden.london/)
You could also visit the cocktail bar in the Shard for the views, but you will have to purchase a drink. (Last time I checked it was about £20 for a bottle of wine)
D
Local March 30, 2017
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On a nice day, yes :) it's one of the most well-known landmarks and you do get a decent amount of time on it. Book ahead to avoid the queues and make sure to see a load of the other places on the Southbank at the same time, like the National Theatre, Southbank Centre (lots of free things on there). Just over the river (cross the pedestrian bridge) there's also Gordon's wine and cheese bar - it's a dark underground space with amazing cheese and wine selections and gives you a great idea of what ye olde London used to be like!
Local March 30, 2017
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On a nice day, yes :) it's one of the most well-known landmarks and you do get a decent amount of time on it. Book ahead to avoid the queues and make sure to see a load of the other places on the Southbank at the same time, like the National Theatre, Southbank Centre (lots of free things on there). Just over the river (cross the pedestrian bridge) there's also Gordon's wine and cheese bar - it's a dark underground space with amazing cheese and wine selections and gives you a great idea of what ye olde London used to be like!
Local March 30, 2017
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