London Eye England is a giant ferries wheel, standing majestically 135 meters (443 feet) high at the western end of Jubilee Gardens, on the South Bank of the River Thames at Westminster Bridge Road. It is also known as Millennium wheel. Since mid-January 2015, it has been known as the Coca-Cola London Eye, following signing an agreement. London Eye is a major paid tourist attraction on the riverside of this popular city of London.
This massive entertainment wheel is an iconic landmark and a symbol of modern Britain. The design is similar to an enormous bicycle wheel, made by some of the famous architects with a central hub and spindle connected to outer and inner rims by cable spokes. The wheel has a diameter of 120 meters (394 feet). It was erected in 1999 and was the world's tallest Ferris wheel. Today it is Europe’s tallest Ferris wheel and the fourth-tallest Ferris wheel in the world and attracts over 3.5 million visitors a year.
Though it was formally opened in 1999 by the Prime Minister, it was not opened for public use until March of 2000 due to technical issues.
There are 32 oval shaped capsules representing each of the London boroughs, numbering from 1 to 33 with no No.13 for superstitious reasons. Each capsule can carry 25 people and they can move around or sit in the chair provided. On each rotation, 800 people can be carried.
It is amazing to know that this gigantic wheel carries around 10,000 visitors every day, and it allows for a full 360 degree-panorama when you are at the top of the wheel, with a stunning view of London, including many famous landmarks of the city. In one year the London Eye rotates about 3,500 kilometers (2,170 miles), which is the distance from London to Cairo.
The observation wheel takes about 30 minutes for a complete turn. If you happen to visit on a clear day you can see as far as about 25 miles.
The gigantic wheel is quite an engineering marvel, and is more spectacular at night.
When you are in London don't miss this engineering marvel. It can be one of your memorable experiences. We went on the tourist bus and it was an amazing experience.
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