Tips for the London Eye

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The London Eye in you guessed it… London, England soars 443 feet high. After it was built in 1999, it was the world’s largest ferris wheel, however when the Star of Nanchang in China opened in 2006 it surpasses it at a whopping 520 feet. The London Eye has 32 capsules that hold up to 25 people for a 30 minute ride. I was a little hesitant to go on it once I realized that most of the capsule was transparent, however it provides you with an unbeatable view of London, so I decided to be brave!

Be warned the wait times can be long. You could waste the best part of your day waiting in lines that could range between 1-2 hours or more. Not only was the line huge, but the estimated time was completely off. From the time we joined the line they said it would be 30 minutes before we got on the wheel, however it ended up being almost 90 minutes. If I would have realized that, I would have invested in a Fast Track ticket which allows you to get head of the line. If you don’t have the time (or patience) for the wait, then I would suggest purchasing this ticket. It is £29.50 vs the standard ticket price of £20.95.

To save time and money, buy them online. As well as getting them cheaper, you also won’t have to wait on an additional line to buy your tickets. Furthermore if you are planning on visiting multiple attractions, such as Madame Tussauds, SEA LIFE London Aquarium or the London Dungeon then you can buy them together with a special combination ticket package. You can save up to 40% if you purchase multiple attractions at once.

Once you do get on the wheel, the views are simply stunning, which made the wait time completely worth it. As you can see from my photos below, there is a long wait for a reason!

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Tower of London: Red sea of poppies

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Everyone has seen photos of the beautiful bed of blood-red ceramic poppies surrounding the Tower of London, however do you know why they are there? It is in honor of the 100th anniversary of the beginning of World War I. The art installation was created by ceramic artist Paul Cummins and is titled ” The Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red”. The location for this incredible installation is fitting not just because of its enormous space, but it is where many of the brave men were recruited and enlisted. It is made up of 888,246 individual poppies, each one represents a British solider that lost his life in World War I. Although created by Paul Cummins they were installed by a team of over 8,000 volunteers from across the UK.

The beginning of the planting started on August 5th and the last poppy will be planted on Armistice Day, which is November 11th, 2014. These iconic poppies are for sale, with the profits from every purchase going to six different service charities which are Confederation of Service Charities COBSEO, Combat Stress, Coming Home, Help for Heroes, Royal British Legion and SSAFA (Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association). It is expected to raise millions for these worthy causes! It costs £25 a flower and you can buy them at the official Tower of London Remembers website.

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