As Richard George Rogers once said, “The London Eye did what the Eiffel Tower did to Paris”, the giant ferris wheel, also known as the Millennium Wheel, has become one of London’s most iconic symbols and it has given visitors and Londoners alike to experience the beauty of the city from above.
As of 2015, the name of the wheel was given a new name upon an agreement and now it is called “Coca Cola London Eye”. Located on the South Bank of the Thames River, the ferris wheel is the work of several designers, including Frank Anatole, Nic Bailey, Steve Chilton, Malcolm Cook, Mark Sparrowhawk, Julia Barfield and David Marks from Marks Barfield Architects and its construction cost a shocking 70 million pounds.
In the year 1999, the London Eye was the world’s tallest ferris wheel with a height of 135 meters and a diameter of 120 meters. However, its record was been beaten in 2006 by the Star of Nanchang (160 meters tall) in China.
One rotation takes approximately thirty minutes as the wheel goes at a speed of 26 centimeters per second. The Eye consists of 32 capsules, each of which represents a borough in London and each can fit up to twenty five persons who can freely walks around the capsules.
The London Eye was opened in the year 1999 but was not used until the beginning of the new millennium in March 9th, 2000 due to technical problems.
Nearest tube station: Waterloo (Bakerloo, Jubilee, Northern and Waterloo & City lines)