Friday, 29 August 2014

The London Eye

The London Eye opened in 2000.
Back then it was known as the Millennium Wheel.
In 2005, a change in sponsorship also triggered a change in name.
The London Eye is now operated by The London Eye Company Limited.
The Eye Brand also operates Blackpool Tower and, curiously, Sydney Tower.

I've been fortunate to have two visits to the UK one in 1991 and one in 2007.

Living in Australia it's not easy to find the time and/or the money to make regular visits,
so I've decided to use Joy's British Isles Friday to revisit the UK in my mind.

The views from the London Eye are incredible.

I would love to see the view at sunset - the champagne tour also sounds fun!

The structure looks and feels very secure and strong up close.

Katie has also created a British Tag to see how British we really are.

1. How many cups of tea do you have a day? How many sugars?
Instant fail for me with this one - I haven't drunk black tea in years.
I drink 2-3 cups of jasmine green tea a day - green with no sugar, 1 coffee (skim flat white with no sugar) and 1 cup of chamomile tea (no milk or sugar) before bed.

2. Favourite part of your roast?
Hmmm, is it bad of me to say the crispy skin on the chicken? My homemade stuffing is pretty good too.

3. Favourite Dunking Biscuit?
I love a warm, soggy ginger nut!

4. Favourite quintessential British pastime?
Watching BBC productions esp Jane Austen & Brideshead Revisited.

5. Favourite word?

6. Favourite sweet?
Ice cream Bounty bars

7. What would your pub be called?
The Dragonfly

8. Cockney Rhyming Slang?
Thanks to our British roots in Australia, we are very familiar with rhyming slang.
Personal favourites include frog and toad (road), on my pat malone (alone) & steak and kidney (Sydney)!

9. No 1 British Person?
Captain Arthur Phillip - for being brave enough to sail across to the other side of the world with 11 ships full of convicts & supplies to start a new colony.

10. Favourite shop/restaurant?
I know it's the usual tourist thing to say, but it's hard to go past Harrod's - and Burlington Arcade just for fun.
Next visit I plan to eat at Ottolenghi's and visit Persephone Books.

11. What British song pops into your head?
The Clash - Should I stay or should I go

12. Marmite?
Vegemite is better!


  1. Love the photos. Our hotel in London will be a short walk from the London Eye. I haven't even put it on the itinerary because I expect that we'll just do it when we're walking past. I'm secretly hoping to time it for sunset.

    Your answers to the British Tag are fun -- love seeing the Aussie perspective!

    Joy's Book Blog

    1. The line is quite lengthy from memory, so you will need to factor that into your visit :-/
      Although it is probably easier to book online these days.

      I look forward to your stories and pics from your trip.

  2. We visited London last year for the first time and I really wanted to do the eye, but it just didn't fit in to the schedule :-(. Being London we didn't have all that much luck with the weather either- looks like you had at least a partly cloudy day. I've done the Singapore Flyer which is basically the same thing. I'll have to put it on the list for whenever I'm in London next.

    1. I love your quiz answers too. Vegemite is way better! We tried a marmite chocolate- it was truly one of the most vile things I've ever tasted...

  3. Hi Brona -
    What terrific pictures. I have not been on the London Eye yet, but we did the Windsor Wheel. I love Windsor! Highly recommended as a wonderful place to visit.

    My husband was mentioning that the wheel take about 1.5 hours to make its revolution?


    1. I can't remember how long it took, but it does go for over an hour. Plenty of time to take a LOT of photos and check out every angle and view!
      We also spotted an Eye in Manchester (which made us laugh rather more than we should have!) The Windsor Wheel sounds like a good one to check time :-)


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