London [倫敦] • 18 AUGUST 2015
The London Eye is an extremely large Ferris wheel which is located in London, England. The structure is 443 feet tall and 294 feet wide. The giant Ferris wheel can be admired on the south side of the Thames River, close to the famous Big Ben. Many tourists consider the Eye to be a must see attraction. The Ferris wheel is considered to be the most popular attraction in the UK.
In May 2005, the owners of the land where the Eye is located tried to increase the rent. The company operating the eye rejected the notice as they believed it was unaffordable. The mayor at the time, Ken Livingstone, promised that the Eye would stay in London. Livingstone also stated that if the two parties could not resolve the problem, he would try to use his influence to issue a purchase order of the land. The owners eventually relented after a legal review. They agreed to a 25 year lease if they received at least 500,000 pounds a year.
While the actual rotation of the wheel takes 30 minutes, visitors should allow themselves extra time to purchase tickets. It is worth noting that only small bags are allowed on board. Tourists are not permitted to take food and drinks on the Eye. As there is no commentary, visitors may want to familiarize themselves with London’s landscape before their ride. This will help them identify the buildings they see from the Ferris wheel.
Some travel agencies sell day tours which include the Eye. Unfortunately, many of these tours are not good values. If consumers are interested in these tours, they should ensure they know exactly what is included in their tour price. Some tours do not include tickets for the Eye. Generally these tours are only worthwhile if they include a few different attractions. Visiting the Eye independently is the cheapest option for tourists.
*Please note that children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult, aged 18 or over, at all times.
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Articles credited to The London Eye- Famous Wonders
Photos credited to Miss Goh
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