On one of the warmest days that we’ve seen this year and in celebration of the Little Lady’s 3rd birthday (she wanted to go and see where the queen lived), we ventured into London and made the most of our Premium Merlin Passes visiting the London Eye or as we affectionately call it ‘The Big Wheel’.
If you have a Premium Merlin Pass you can take advantage of getting priority entry to the attraction. As you can imagine, especially on a sunny day, the Embankment was hugely busy but to be honest it has been busy every time we’ve visited London so the advantage of the pass is something you can take advantage of all year around. We made our way to the priority pass entry and were warmly welcomed by a member of the team who performed some swift security checks and welcomed us on board. We did have a brief wait as there were others with priority entry too, but we soon slid past the longer winding queues and ‘jumped’ into a pod which would take us up and over to see the wonders of the capital’s skyline.
Once on board, you can take a seat or stand and witness the vastness of the city. The journey lasts for approximately 30 minutes where you are free to move around and spot what you recognise. We had the Little Lady, two adults and our six week old with us so it really is for all ages. Before we knew it we were back on the ground. The ride up and over is calm and peaceful and comes as a welcome break from the other activities that you might find yourself doing in such a bustling city. We enjoyed spotting the buildings we recognised from our tour of the city and looking towards the ‘big clock’!
On your descent you can pose to get a snap of your adventure, which can be purchased once on the ground from the stocked souvenir shop. The exit is managed and the pods slow to allow you to make your way off easily. If you have a pushchair, you are asked to leave this with the staff. Wheelchair access is also managed by the staff to ensure that everyone can enjoy the attraction.
So if you are considering getting a Merlin Pass, make sure you add this to your ‘To do’ list and if you find yourself in London, get down to The Embankment to soak up the atmosphere and take a ride on the London Eye to observe some of the fantastic architecture and buildings that the city holds.
London Eye tickets are sold per half hour slot throughout the day for half hour rotations with the first experience starting at 10.00am. Given the iconic nature and popularity of Coca-Cola London Eye, in peak periods guests may find that the queuing time may exceed their booked rotation time so we advise guests to arrive at least 30 minutes before their allocated ticket time and to preferably book their visits in the morning or evening time slots.
London Eye have compiled a variety of helpful information including frequent guest questions such as ticket collection, booking tickets, printing tickets and payment issues. See more at: www.londoneye.com
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