For my 25th birthday, I decided to celebrate it in Europe. My first stop was London and so I started planning my itinerary while I was still in Canada. Obviously, what’s a trip to London without experiencing the London Eye?
Back in high school, I remember watching the movie If Only and there was a scene where Jennifer Love Hewitt was in the London Eye. I found that scene so beautiful that I dreamt of going there one day and experience it myself.
I really am not a fan of buying tickets to anything on the day of, so I booked most of my tickets online before my trip and that included my ticket to the London Eye. As I was looking through my options, I saw that they offer a Champagne Experience and so I opted for that one thinking, “Well, it is my birthday after all. Why not make it fancy?”
My schedule on the ticket was July 22, 2014 at 7 p.m. It was advised that I be there 45 minutes prior to my schedule. On the day itself, I went and showed my ticket. I was then ushered into this really fancy room with a Pommery Champagne bar. Although, there was a bar in this room, the champagne was not free. The free glass of champagne will be later served while on board the London Eye. Only the ones who purchased the Champagne Experience gets to be in this room. There were not a lot of people in it, there were a few couples and a family. I was the only single person in the room. These were also the people I shared a London Eye capsule with, which was nice because our capsule wasn’t crowded and we did not have to line up to get in.
About 15 minutes later, our host escorted us over to the London Eye for boarding. We got in the capsule, and our host started handing out glasses of champagne to each of us except minors or those who don’t drink, instead they were given glasses of non-alcoholic beverages. Our host imparted some information about London while we enjoyed a bird’s eye view of the city and our champagne. We also took pictures.
The whole experience lasted about 45 minutes or so. Afterwards, I went to a shop and purchased some souvenirs and photos from my experience.
It was definitely an experience I would never forget.
Expenses: £24 plus £4.80 tax = £28.80 The price included entrance to the London Eye, a glass of champagne, and a viewing guide. It shows in the picture below. *Take note this was the price back in 2014. Prices may have changed.
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