This year we are lucky enough to be working with Merlin as one of their Annual Family Pass Blog Ambassadors. So over half term we hit London with the aim of taking our two small children to the top of the world. We had an amazing time so I thought I would impart a bit of advice in case you fancy the best view of the capital from The Coca Cola London Eye but are bit anxious bringing a crazy toddler in tow.
We got the tube to The London Eye which seems the best and easiest mode of transport. It is just a short walk way from both Westminster and Waterloo however I do suggest you bring a buggy as little legs may not get that far!
Best Time To Go
The ticket office opens at 9:30am and we arrived just after 10am. With our Merlin Pass we could just walk up and join the main queue without waiting to buy tickets. It was the Friday of half term but it was really quiet at this time. When we came back to earth an our later? The lines were much bigger so I would suggest going as earlier as humanly possible. Which with small children who get up at 6am shouldn't be too hard.
The queue does go quite quickly as it's constantly moving. The staff were very friendly and there was a snack bar to get little treats from such as crisps and chocolates for your journey. Which leads nicely onto...
What To Take
We took what we would usually take on a journey with two small children. LOTS of snacks. We brought our own drinks, chocolates as well as a few bags of crisps. To be honest we were too busy looking at the views to eat much. But a bag of Maltesers stopped my son from having a MAJOR tantrum about half way through. If you are taking a buggy remember you will have to fold it up to take it on or store it elsewhere.
What To Do Whilst You're Up High
In the centre of the carriage is a large bench so it is possible to just sit down and enjoy the view. We mainly stood up and looked around. There are computer which tells you what can see in the distance. The journey is quite quick so by the time you have taken 4000 selfies you are coming back down to earth.
Was It Scary
I am not a fan of heights and my five year old had a little wobble in the queue as we were about to go on. But? It really isn't that scary. It is so high that it seems almost unrealistic of that makes sense? We went on a really clear day so we could see for miles and miles. It really was beautiful and a fantastic thing to do as a family.
The positives about going is that it really doesn't take that long to go round (about half an hour), there was plenty of room to sit and you didn't feel that you were cooped up. At 3 and 5 both of my children really enjoyed (bar one HUGE tantrum). Having the Merlin Family Pass meant that queuing was kept a minimum which was great as small people aren't fans of queuing. Staff were friendly and we got some really beautiful family photos.
If you are interested in seeing the beautiful sites of the capital city check out The London Eye. Thanks so much to Merlin Annual Pass for allowing me to take my two up in the sky and please watch our vlog to get a better idea of what happened!