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Thursday, April 21, 2011

London Eye

London Eye, located on the south bank of the Thames across from Big Ben and the Palace of Westminster, is a 135m-tall Ferris wheel built for the Millennium celebrations of 2000 and initially sponsored by British Airways.

London Eye Illuminated At Night

When it was built the London Eye was the tallest Ferris wheel in the world and it remains the most popular paid tourist attraction in the UK, with visitor numbers over 3.5 million annually, though profitability remains precarious due to the huge costs involved in maintenance and operation.

London Eye, River Thames, England, UK

The London Eye is still the largest Ferris wheel in Europe and was so big it had to be carried in to place by barge on the River Thames.

The London Eye stands outside the old County Hall building part of which is the London Sea Life Aquarium. Jubilee Gardens is close by.

The London Eye's 32 fully sealed and air-conditioned passenger capsules represent the 32 boroughs of London and can carry upto 25 people. The Eye was built in sections and carried to the site by barges on the River Thames.

Visitors to the London Eye may also want to visit the Tower of London, Tower Bridge, Big Ben, or the George Inn in Southwark.

London Eye, South Bank, London, UK


EDF Energy London Eye
Riverside Building
County Hall
Westminster Bridge Road
London SE1 7PB

Waterloo, Embankment, Charing Cross and Westminster are the nearest Tube stations. By London bus take any one of numbers 211, 77 or 381.

London Eye

January - March; daily 10.00am - 8.30pm
April to June; daily 10.00am - 9.00pm
July and August; daily 10.00am - 9.30pm
September to December; daily 10.00am - 8.30pm

London Eye seen from Westminster, UK

London Eye Map

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