Our number one thing we wanted to do while in London was the London Eye (londoneye.com) - or as the locals called it, the Wheel. The London Eye was built for the year 2000 and became so popular that it has remained a leading attraction in the London area since then. The London Eye is located right along the River Thames, just a short walk from the Waterloo station. We took a chance and booked our tickets online using the Flexi- option which allowed us to pick our day but not lock in our time for our "flight" on the Eye. If we had picked both day and time, we could've saved a few GBPs but because we weren't certain of our plans for that day, we opted to use the Flexi-option.
If you're planning to visit the London Eye, be sure to make your ticket reservation online to save yourself time in the queue. There is a separate line for picking up pre-ordered tickets and it was quite a bit quicker than the queue for those purchasing their tickets right then. You just bring your confirmation and whatever you used for payment when you pick up your tickets.
The ride itself is a slow moving one; in fact, it rarely stops - they load it while still in motion, so you just walk on. About 20 people or so per capsule and it takes about 30 minutes to go all the way around. The views from the top are amazing. You can see much of the greater London area which is a great way to get your bearings if you're new to the area.
So here are a few pictures from our half-hour on the London Eye.