2012 is not only the year for the London Olympics; this year we have seen the skyline of our capital morph with the construction of the Shard, the Orbit tower and the Olympic Stadium. Even existing monuments have been swept up in the drive to be bigger and better. For example visitors can now sleep a night on the roof of the Southbank Centre. One of the latest additions is a restaurant in the sky: your very own chance to wine and dine on the Millennium Wheel.
'Dining at 135' is the world's first six-Michelin star dining experience. By day visitors can take the usual ride rotating over London in one of the 32 capsules. Come 8:30pm, as the sun begins its descent, the capsules rise again this time fitted with dining tables that will seat up to eight diners. Tables are adorned with white linen tablecloths and laid with the finest china and silverware: a divine banquet.
Guests begin their evening at the Savoy before sailing down the Thames to their rotating restaurant. Waiters jump on to present your meal, one course per rotation. The upmarket main course menu is a choice between carpaccio of beef, lobster salad, seared fillet of halibut or cooked rack of lamb. Guests are promised to never have any empty wine glass, but can nip out of their pod for toilet breaks. No need to rush; the wheel will wait for you to freshen up!
The 'pop-up' restaurant indulges your senses. Diners can revel in the most exquisite tastes and smells, rustled up by six of London's most acclaimed chefs. You will be wide-eyed as the pods circle higher and the city unfolds below, decorated by lights and the shimmer of the river. What's more, diners are assured that the wheel drifts at a gentle speed so as not to make you woozy. Indeed, this top class evening does not come for cheap. Dinner for eight is priced at £5,000. To down-scale there are the options of afternoon tea or canapés and champagne over a single revolution of the wheel. Afternoon tea will set you back £480 for up to 25 people. However, as excitement mounts over the Olympic Games, it is predicted that many Britons and foreign visitors will take to the sky for this one-of-a-kind dining experience.
For more information and to book go to the London Eye website.
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