London Eye

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London Eye showing a city, a skyscraper and modern architecture

London's cityscape was made to be peered at from above – and the London Eye does that for you in style, with its grand slow circular trip into the city's sky.

Like a giant white-spoked bicycle wheel in the heart of London, the London Eye has become its new-millennium icon. It first started the graceful spinning of its riders, 135 metres above London, in 2000. Ever since, it has become an increasingly popular and well-loved attraction, bringing the amazing cityscape of London to all-and-sundry – not just those who can afford top-floor office space in its many sky-scraping towers. It's now hard to imagine a visit to London that doesn't involve stepping onto one the Eye's silver glass capsules.

But in fact this was only ever meant to be a temporary attraction on the South Bank of the Thames, its planning permission extending only 5 years. Only after its popularity became apparent was it allowed to keep on spinning. Now it's reckoned over 45 million people have found themselves flying high with the Eye over London's bridges, churches, palaces and (of course) Big Ben.

The London Eye was installed as part of the city's millennium celebrations, through a spectacular feat of engineering that raised its 1,700 tonnes vertical. Attached to the rim of this giant Ferris wheel are 32 air-conditioned capsules, which you can be walked around freely. Because the wheel turns so slowly – only 26 cm per second – they can be walked onto, too, without the wheel even stopping.

That slow, steady motion also gives you 15 minutes of ever-widening perspectives, as you move towards the top, and 15 minutes slow descent back down to earth. While you're up there, you'll be able to see the glittering meanders of the Thames, the distant green of the South Downs, and all of the city's historical landmarks laid out beneath you like a table cloth. The Shard may be higher, but the London Eye will truly take you on a journey.

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Assembly House Hotel
Assembly House Hotel
3.5 out of 5
27 - 31 Charing Cross Road, London, England
The price is Rs9,565 per night from 14 Nov to 14 Nov
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Assembly House Hotel
Park Plaza Westminster Bridge London
Park Plaza Westminster Bridge London
4 out of 5
200 Westminster Bridge Road, London, England
The price is Rs17,366 per night from 7 Nov to 7 Nov
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The Strand Palace Hotel
The Strand Palace Hotel
4 out of 5
372 The Strand, London, England
The price is Rs15,144 per night from 25 Oct to 25 Oct
Located in London City Centre, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Covent Garden Market, Piccadilly Circus and London Dungeon. Big Ben and ...
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Assembly House Hotel
Assembly House Hotel
3.5 out of 5
27 - 31 Charing Cross Road, London, England
The price is Rs9,565 per night from 14 Nov to 14 Nov
Assembly House Hotel
Park Plaza Westminster Bridge London
Park Plaza Westminster Bridge London
4 out of 5
200 Westminster Bridge Road, London, England
The price is Rs17,366 per night from 7 Nov to 7 Nov
Park Plaza Westminster Bridge London
The Strand Palace Hotel
The Strand Palace Hotel
4 out of 5
372 The Strand, London, England
The price is Rs15,144 per night from 25 Oct to 25 Oct
The Strand Palace Hotel
Club Quarters Hotel, Trafalgar Square
Club Quarters Hotel, Trafalgar Square
4 out of 5
8 Northumberland Ave, (adjacent to Trafalgar Square), London, England
The price is Rs16,453 per night from 24 Oct to 24 Oct
Club Quarters Hotel, Trafalgar Square
Park Plaza County Hall London
Park Plaza County Hall London
4 out of 5
1 Addington Street, London, England
The price is Rs16,924 per night from 7 Nov to 7 Nov
Park Plaza County Hall London
Zedwell Piccadilly
Zedwell Piccadilly
3 out of 5
Great Windmill Street, London, England
The price is Rs10,394 per night from 25 Oct to 25 Oct
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Club Quarters Hotel, St. Paul's
Club Quarters Hotel, St. Paul's
4 out of 5
24 Ludgate Hill, London, England
The price is Rs12,014 per night from 7 Nov to 7 Nov
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Club Quarters Hotel Covent Garden Holborn
Club Quarters Hotel Covent Garden Holborn
4 out of 5
61 Lincoln's Inn Fields, London, England
The price is Rs16,453 per night from 24 Oct to 24 Oct
Club Quarters Hotel Covent Garden Holborn
The Hoxton Southwark
The Hoxton Southwark
4 out of 5
Blackfriars Road 32- 40, London, England
The price is Rs17,194 per night from 24 Oct to 24 Oct
The Hoxton Southwark
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