The London Eye
The London Eye, also known as the Millennium Wheel, was built in 2000 to celebrate the millennium and now over 3.5 million visitors use it each year. Originally named the British Airways London Eye, it is now owned and managed by EDF Energy and is now named the EDF Energy London Eye.
Standing at 443ft tall with a diameter of 394ft, it is currently Europe’s tallest Ferris wheel, and when it was built in 1999, it was the tallest in the world. With 32 sealed and air conditioned oval capsules, visitors can see each area of London, and they are free to walk about, although seating is provided. Each revolution of the wheel takes around 30 minutes with a rotation of 26 cm per second, and it does not normally stop to take passengers on as the rotations are slow enough to walk on and off. However it does stop to allow disabled and elderly passengers to embark and disembark.
With easy access to the underground from Waterloo, Charing Cross, Embankment and Westminster, visitors can access the Eye from locations across London.