London Eye • Bankside, London

London’s iconic riverside Ferris wheel has views from the top that extend in every direction for 25 miles (on a good day).  A “flight” in London Eye’s glass-enclosed pods take 30 minutes, perhaps less time than you’ll spend waiting in the queue.

Don’t be put off by bad weather, the close-up views of Westminster, just across the river, are worth the cost of admission. The Eye is the focal point of London’s New Year’s Eve fireworks, when it is set up with some 12,000 incendiaries.

Visit: The South Bank, Lambeth SE1 7PB8; 870 990 8881;