Blunder's too strong a word for the London Eye, because I wouldn't want to pull it down, but I don't particularly like it. It monkeys with the scale of London. The city used to have a sense of proportion – the buildings that were most significant stood out, like St Paul's, the Palace of Westminster, the National Theatre and so on.
A lot of new buildings work – I love the new bridges, for instance – but I don't think the wheel does. It's also been put in a curious place.
It is wonderful in that it brings people to the capital, but it gives the wrong view. It perpetuates the myth that London is the West End. If you want the best view of London, go to Vertigo 42 – a bar on the 42nd floor of the old NatWest building. The view from there starts at the City and spreads outwards, just as London itself did.
Ben Schott is the author of Schott's Original Miscellany and Schott's Food & Drink Miscellany.