London Eye : I, <a href=""> Wangi </a>, <a href = " .jpg "> London Eye and County Hall in evening light </a>, <a href=""> CC BY-SA 3.0 </a>
London Eye | Image Courtesy: I, Wangi , London Eye and County Hall in evening light , CC BY-SA 3.0

While attractions like the Tower of London and Buckingham Palace are on everyone’s ‘must visit’ list when in the British capital, there is another place of interest that is just as popular and in fact has much become one of the city’s iconic landmarks. Instantly recognisable, the London Eye is a giant Ferris wheel that looms over the South Bank area of the River Thames and offers an unforgettable ride.

Those planning on visiting here will find there are several London Underground stations within walking distance away; while Waterloo is the closest, the Embankment, Westminster and Charing Cross stations are close by too. You can also consider staying at a luxury Mayfair hotel that offers easy access to the site with COMO Metropolitan London amongst the options available. To get a riverside perspective you can even enjoy river transport to the London Eye Pier via certain London River Services.

Standing proudly at a height of 443 feet, the London Eye is the tallest of its kind in Europe and has spacious and air-conditioned capsules that will slowly take you to the top and back down again. The entire rotation takes around half an hour and in that time you will be treated to some of the most spectacular vistas of the capital. Before you hop aboard you even have a chance to enjoy a special 4 minute, multisensory 4-D film featuring 3D aerial photography of the city.

Of course, the actual ride on the London Eye cannot be beaten and the experience is bound to be one of the highlights of your visit. You can look forward to amazing views of some of the most famous attractions in the city including the Tower of London, St Paul’s Cathedral, the Tower Bridge and Big Ben. While daytime offers one perspective, taking a ride at night provides a whole new experience and lets you see what London looks like as it comes alive at night.

Auburn Silver is a travel writer who has a passion for fashion and a deep interest in admiring new and exotic attractions around the world. Google+