Reviewed by Amanda Hayes
We arrived at Waterloo station and stepped out to a misty damp evening, which although may not have been the best for views of the city, was a perfect setting for the London Eye Witch Academy. The mist made it even more eerie and the streetlights had a hazy glow about them along the pier. The London Eye is an easy five minute walk from Waterloo, both main line and underground, and on arriving we crossed the road and made our way down to the river. The atmosphere was really buzzing with lots of cruise boats out along the river, plenty of tourists taking in the sights and pubs and restaurants just a minute away.
The Eye was easy to spot so we headed that way and found the booking office directly opposite. My son was all dressed up and caused quite a stir on arrival in his bat outfit! We were greeted warmly by a wizard and shown to our group where we were handed a goody bag by a witch. This contained a black & gold witches hat and the Witch Academy Class of 2014 School Book and pencil. There were soon several witches and wizards within the group and the children were asked to try their best evil face and then were given a fab Halloween themed chocolate lollipop. None of these lasted until we got into the capsule, they were all devoured immediately!
There were nearly 40 of us so the wizard split us into two groups as the capsules take 20 each. We were then whisked off to the fast track queue and were on the London Eye in only a few minutes. I thought this was great as the children were excited and didn’t really want to be waiting around.
Once we were inside the capsule our Witch took us through all the lessons in the Witch Academy school book starting with a spell. She had a cauldron which she mixed her spells up in and also contained spiders and eyeballs for the children. There are four lessons in the book and through the time it took the Eye to go 360 degrees the lessons were read and at the end the book stamped to certify you were wicked enough to graduate. The children were all enthralled and enjoyed every minute of it.
Near the end of the rotation we were notified to stand by the window for a professional photograph. These could be brought at the shop at a price of £15.00 or £20.00 for two. There were also lots of other souvenirs on offer such as key rings and coasters as a memento of the trip.
We thought it was a great family experience as it was safe for little ones, exciting for the slightly older ones and the adults got to take in the amazing views across London’s skyline. The price was in line with other London attractions and the children got a goody bag to take away which made it worth the money paid. I’m sure the witches’ hat will be used for several years to come.
A great family evening out and suitable for children of all ages. Highly recommended.
Tickets (online prices): £17.93 (child), £24.25 (adult), £65 (family of 4).
For more information or to book tickets visit www.londoneye.com.