On a visit to London in 2005, I had the opportunity to take a ride on the London Eye. It’s quite an amazing structure and offers a fabulous view of the city of London.
This giant Ferris Wheel was built on the South Bank of the River Thames in 1999. At that time, it was the tallest Ferris Wheel in the world, standing 443 feet tall. It is the most popular paid tourist attraction in the United Kingdom, welcoming 3.5 million visitors each year.
There are 32 air-conditioned oval passenger capsules around the wheel, each holding 25 people. The wheel rotates at 10 inches per second, or about 0.6 of a mile per hour. One revolution takes about 30 minutes. It rotates slowly enough for passengers to walk on and off without it having to stop.
The London Eye has had many names over the years: The Millennium Wheel, the British Airways London Eye, the Merlin Entertainment London Eye, and now the EDF Energy London Eye.
Dates of Visit: May 2005
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