Thursday’s Windows: Eyeing up London

If you want a great view over London, the best idea is to get yourself up in the air, and the 443 feet tall London Eye is the way to do it.

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You just climb into one of these roomy enclosed capsules, and look out through the windows, as this giant observation wheel rotates at the stately speed of a sprinting tortoise.

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There’s so much to see, and of course, thousands of windows into the bargain. The Shard, completed in 2012, is an 87-storey skyscraper which has 11,000 glass panels. The window cleaners here certainly need a very good head for heights, as they abseil down the side of this glass building; certainly not a job for the fainthearted.

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One of the most famous and easily recognisable sights of London is the beautiful triple dome of St. Paul’s Cathedral,Β  designed by Sir Christopher Wren, and completed in the late 17th century. This stands at the top of Ludgate Hill, the highest point in the city, and at 365 ft high, it’s one of the highest domes in the world.

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Standing on the banks ofΒ  the Thames are theΒ Gothic style Houses of Parliament, also known as the Palace of Westminster, flanked by Westminster Abbey on the left, and the iconic tower of Big Ben on the right.

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So much to see from your eye in the sky, and windows galore.

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This unforgettable experience lasts for about 30 minutes, and all too soon, you’re back down to earth again.

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I hope you’ve enjoyed your view of London through the windows of this giant Ferris wheel. To see more Thursday’s Lingering Windows, just click here.

 

60 comments on “Thursday’s Windows: Eyeing up London

  1. You got some great shots here Sylvia. That Shard is something else isn’t it? When I took the kids on the Eye some years ago during one of our visits back home, I had to sit in the middle and couldn’t bear to look down!! The kids were right at the edge, pressed right up against it saying “Come on Mum, take a look it’s great!” But I had my eyes closed most of the time! Mind you, the views weren’t great the day we went, it was very grey and misty. As you can tell, I’m not one for heights πŸ˜‰

  2. they have a smaller “eye” or wheel like this in Niagara Falls Canada too – but how cool of a post you give us here – such a window celebration – and whew “11,000 glass panels” – you are right – not a job for the faint at heart – and what a cool building that is – modern and just cool.

  3. These are beautiful; it looks like you had fun! I did the Eye at night and while I loved my pictures, yours show what amazed me most about London: how very old historic buildings coexist with new architecture in that vibrant city. When I visit agin I’ll do as you did and ride the Eye during the day.

  4. Sylvia, now you got me really wanting to do this ride. We quite often visit London – but never tried this tour. Your pics make me really want to… Great views of old London, and of the Shard too.

  5. It’s such a wonderful ride on the eye, great views with very little effort required. I love birds eye views like this out across any inner city…..like looking down on a map πŸ™‚

  6. These are smashing, Sylvia. I love your majestic photo of Shard which was the building that I was most drawn to – can’t explain why. I agree with you – for a good view of London the Eye is a must. Thank you for the ride πŸ™‚

  7. What incredible views. The blend of ultra modern and historic old buildings never ceases to amaze me. The Shard looks so out of place, but then again, some architectural designer must leave his mark.

    • It is an amazing city, Lynne. I’m happy that the historic buildings are so well maintained, amid all the new and modernistic architecture. I suppose it makes for a fascinating contrast. Who knows; Sir Christopher Wren might have approved. πŸ˜€

  8. Wow it must be a wonderful experience… I just wonder if you ever went to the top of the football stadium that was built in Durban for the world cup… I believe it is well worth the trip up for the view one gets to see… but I can’t find anyone who has done it

  9. Smashing photos! When I visited London on a whirlwind tour I didn’t get to ride the Eye. The queue was a million miles long. And they were in construction on The Shard. Love seeing the completion.

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