Saturday, 20 July 2013

The London Eye and a trip on the river

A grey and dismal day did not stop our trip to the London Eye.Mostly because we had pre-booked our fast-track tickets (highly recommended, especially at the height of the tourist season).

We got on the Clipper at the O2 (start of the journey on the weekend) and made our way up the river; one of our many views of London during our two weeks of tourist behaviour. Sit outside at the back and you get great views (and the risk of a soaking at high tide with choppy water!).

Southbank at the Eye in the height of the tourist season is chaos. The fast-track tickets probably cut two hours off our entry.

The ride is amazing, even on a grey day the views are superb. Not the height you get on the Shard but a different perspective. Seeing the machinery of the wheel too is amazing.

Getting off there is a shop. You can buy all manner of souvenirs, including the reasonably priced picture pack (£20 for a little book with a magnet, key ring and digital downloads).

The next part of the trip was a bit of a mistake. My memories of the Southbank are down the city end near the Tate Modern. The walk between the two is just a tourist trap. Not much to see other than temporary exhibits and street performers. It is a long, long way to the Southbank pier for the boat too.

We ended up having lunch at a non-cart restaurant, which whilst expensive is about the average for food in London at lunchtime.

Not much enthusiasm for the back of the boat
Our wake
Flying the flag
Going up?
Panorama 1
Panorama 2
Busker in the Thames
Beer with lunch
Stormy weather

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