The London Eye
Fancy seeing London from the skies? The London Eye, a 135m (443ft) tall Ferris Wheel, was built in 1999 as part of London’s Millennium celebrations, and quickly became one of the city’s most iconic landmarks. For the largest Big Wheel in Europe, a ginormous construction of steel struts and cables, it’s surprisingly ethereal-looking: a white spider’s web spun above the south bank of the Thames, offering superb views up and down the river.
Climb aboard one of the 32 capsules to soar above London, sheltered from the weather as you rotate past the city's most photogenic landmarks: the Houses of Parliament, St Paul's Cathedral, the magnificent bulk of Tower Bridge, the tree-lined green pocket of St James' Park, the Gherkin building... The wheel turns at only 0.6 miles an hour, giving you plenty of time to line up that perfect shot! And if you're hungry to go higher still, follow up your ride with a trip to The Shard, a 95-storey skyscraper only two miles to the east that holds the record for the UK's tallest building.