Located on the southern bank of the river Thames, across the House of Parliament, 135 meters high and being able to host 800 passengers, the London Eye is a prime destination for everyone on holiday in London. A full ride takes an hour and the view from above is extraordinary. The story behind the London Eye is a quite interesting one.
The enormous Ferris Wheel came as a response to a contest held by London Architectural Foundation and the Sunday Times. The goal was to create something in order to celebrate the millennium. The winners were a couple or architects, husband and wife David Marks and Julia Barfield.The Wheel consists in 32 sealed capsules. Each capsule holds 25 people and weighs 10 tones and people have to embark while the wheel is moving. There is an exception to this rule only to elderly and disabled people.
The London Eye was inaugurated on 31 December 1999, but it was opened to the public in 9 March 2000 because it had some technical problems. Now it is the focal point for the fireworks held on New Year. An impressive fireworks show lasts for 10 minutes each year.This year, during the Olympic Games, the Olympic emblem will be displayed on the wheel. If on holiday in London, don’t miss it.