Friday, 5 August 2016

London Eye - Champagne Experience Review

I recently visited London, it's something I do on a more regular basis over the Summer months, to explore one of the most visited tourist attractions, the Coca Cola London Eye. I love visiting the famous landmarks which light up the London Skyline. I can't believe it took me so long to visit this attraction, so last weekend, my friend and I braved the very large crowds from all over the world to take in stunning views of the capital. The London Eye is world's largest cantilevered observation wheel which reaches a whopping 443 feet and was opened in 2000.

As soon as I got off the tube (Westminister, although Waterloo is the nearest tube station), the London Eye was an imposing and yet beautiful landmark. As I walked across the river bank, I'm glad that I gave myself enough time to navigate through the crowds (London Dungeons and London Sealife is axon on the same strip). If you are able, pre-book your tickets, the queues are ridiculously long, I visited on a Saturday so this was expected.

 I had fast track tickets which enabled us to skip the queues. However, I decided to do one better, my friend and I upgraded to the champagne experience which only cost £5 when you have fast track tickets, this, to me, enhances an already unforgettable experience. 

From here we had a magical experience, being ushered to the champagne lounge, relaxing in the gorgeous champagne bar. When it was our turn to board the London Eye, our guide, the lovely Nikki, guided us on the capsule, after skipping the queues which was fabulous. 

There were not many people on the champagne experience, which was great really as there were more room in the capsule and more opportunities for me to take lots of photos. As soon as our door shut, we descended into the London skyline. I was a little worried about the motion feeling of the capsule moving or even worse, shaking, but I need not to worry as I could barely feel the capsule moving. 

Inside the capsule there is a bench style seating area, alongside Ipad style tablets which shows the various London landmarks in several languages. As we were taking in the breathtaking views of famous landmarks across London and the river Thames, our hostess with the mostess poured us each a glass of champagne - it was good champagne too. As I took in the ambiance, I was able to snap away. 

I loved the views of Big Ben, Westminister, Wembley, The Shard and sites that I am not familiar with such as the Battersea Power Station. 

The ride lasts 30 minutes. Saver tickets are from £21.20, fast track tickets are £29.45 and champagne experience from £31.95. The London Eye is from 10:00 - 21:30 during August. My only regret was that I did not view the 4D cinema experience, this is included free in the entry ticket, unfortunately I was rushing off onto my next adventure.

Overall: There is a reason that this is one of the most visited tourist sites in Europe, breathtaking views of London and a memorable experience. After an experience, I always ask myself, would I visit again? Of course I would! 

Disclaimer: I attended as guests of London Eye, although I paid the additional upgrade fee for the champagne experience. 


Friday, 17 June 2016

Top 5 Things to Do In Bath

I set myself up a challenge this year, which is to try and visit more places in the UK. So far, I've only managed to visit Bath (although I've had a couple of trips to the big capital, there was little sightseeing). England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland are very beautiful, but the weather is unpredictable so I am hesitant to book a break in another city in the UK in case it rains cats and dogs. Also my plan was scarpered due to a trip to Marakesh and Milan, so just eventually getting to visit somewhere in the UK. Why Bath? Well Bath, located in the South West of England in the county of Somerset is known throughout the world due to it being a World Heritage Site, primarily due to the numerous roman ruins that are located throughout the city. Bath's also known for many other things such as stunning Georgian houses, Sally Lunns and Jane Austen. Taking a train ride for a little 2 hours, I spent one cloudy but not rainy Saturday in this picturesque city. It was very busy from tourists from around the world, but with a little planning you can make the most to of the day.

Roman Baths
World renowned and one of the most beautiful historical sites in Europe and rightly so. Open 09:30 - 17:00 (21:00 July/August) and costing £15.00 this is a site you can not miss. This place is heaving with tourists, but navigate your way though the crowd and marvel at the spectacular grounds. Make sure you also get a headset to fully immerse yourself in the history around the Roman Baths. Locating below street level there are four main features, the Sacred Spring, the Roman Temple, the Roman Bath House and finds from Roman Bath. I was fascinated with the history of how the Baths were made and the running of the baths. My suggestion is to visit her first, I was here for almost two hours as I wanted to be fully informed of the history, oh and take lots of photos.

The church of Saint Peter and Saint Paul, Bath, otherwise known as Bath Abbey is another architectural stunner. It's a beautiful gothic style grade 1 listed building. I'd recommend making a quick visit, to admire the beautiful windows, the high ceilings and magnificent pews. Entry is free although donations ware welcome. If you have enough time, sit in on one of their worship services. 

Identified as one of the finest example of Georgian architecture in the UK, the royal crescent is simply beautiful. Made up of 30 or so houses, make sure you take a visit and take several photos by some of the most beautiful views in Bath. Number 1 Royal Crescent is home to a historical museum which showcases what a typical Georgian house was like for the wealthy. I really wanted to do this tour, but unfortunately I was 10 minutes late, which I was gutted. I did however see a glimpse of people in period costumes outside the house so was incredibly fascinated about what was indoors. 

Take a boat trip around Bath
I love a boat trip and this with the hop on and hop off buses is one my favourite excursions to complete whilst away. I took a boat trip with Pulteney Princess which cost £9 for an hour boat trip. Unfortunately the skies were a little grey but I can imagine on a clear day, the views would be breathtaking. Also, I really enjoyed taking in the Bath countryside, watching many people using canoes on the River Avon. There are also some notable sites to see, including a medieval cattle market, the oldest building in Bath, Cleveland Bridge and Bathampton Down. 

No city break for me would be complete without sampling a local delicacy. In Bath, it's a Sally Lunn. Located in a historical building (it's a theme in Bath). A baker fleeing in France developed the iconic generous brioche bun, now known as "Sally Lunn". There's a range of sweet and savoury bun dishes at the restaurant all with scrumptious toppings. As it was lunch time, my cousin and I ordered the Double Bacon and the Salt Beef. Why not try the traditional Sally Lunn Blend Tea, made up with Indian, Ceylon and African Teas. 

Thank you Bath Tourism to providing me with a press pass.

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