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11 Fun Facts About The London Eye

11 Fun Facts About The London Eye

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London Eye

The London Eye is the largest cantilevered observation wheel in the world and is often referred to as the Millennium Wheel. It’s also one of the most visited tourist attractions in London and has received numerous awards. Have a look at some interesting facts about the London Eye!

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11 Fun Facts About The London Eye

London Eye pod

Here are some fun facts about the London Eye:

1. The London Eye we know today had its name changed multiple times. It was called British Airways London Eye, Merlin Entertainments London Eye, EDF Energy London Eye, and Coca-Cola London Eye. It’s also known as the Millennium Wheel.

2. David Marks and Julia Barfield, a husband and wife team, developed the concept for the Eye in response to a 1993 call for entries for a new London landmark of the millennium. Their concept gained popularity and the wheel opened on March 9, 2000.

3. The entire wheel weighs well over 1 million pounds or more than 1,000 tons.

4. It is located on the South Bank of the River Thames, in front of Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament, and close to the London Eye Pier.

5. It’s known as the world’s tallest cantilevered observation wheel – 135 meters (443 feet) high.

6. To celebrate major holidays and important occasions, the Eye is illuminated with different colors. For instance, it was blue and white for Prince William and Kate Middleton’s wedding.

7. The Eye is the most popular paid tourist attraction in London. On the other hand, the most popular free attraction is The British Museum.

8. The structure is different from other Ferris wheels in the world. It’s only supported on one side.

9. It has a capacity of 800 people per rotation. Each round takes 30 minutes.

10. From the above, you’ll be able to see numerous tourist attractions including Buckingham Palace, the Tower of London, and Wembley Stadium.

11. The London Eye has 32 capsules that symbolize 32 boroughs. They’re numbered from 1 to 33, leaving out the “unlucky” number 13.

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All You Need To Know Before You Board The London Eye

London Eye pod from the inside

Location: Riverside Building, County Hall, Westminster Bridge Road, London, SE1 7PB

Tickets: Standard from £32.50, Fast Track from £46.00, Champagne Experience from £55.00, Family Standard Ticket £26.00 (pre-book online to guarantee entry)

You can stand in line at the time slot you choose. Join the standard line if you have a standard entrance ticket and the fast-track line if you have fast-track ticket access.

Looking for the perfect gift? The London Eye gift shop is found at the attraction’s exit. You can purchase a variety of souvenirs and photo packages.

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FAQ

What is interesting about London Eye?

London Eye is the world’s tallest cantilevered observation wheel. It offers 360-degree views of the city.

Why do they call it London Eye?

It gives a breathtaking panoramic views of London in all directions.

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