Wednesday, May 13, 2009
Since opening in March 2000 the London Eye has become an iconic landmark and a symbol of modern Britain. The London Eye is the UK’s most popular admission-charged tourist attraction, visited by over 3.5 million people a year.
A breathtaking feat of design and engineering, passengers in the London Eye's capsules can see up to 25 miles in all directions, as far as Windsor Castle on a clear day. Each revolution takes 30 minutes.
The London Eye, located directly on the shores of the Thames River, was the vision of David Marks and Julia Barfield, a husband and wife architect team. The wheel design was used as a metaphor for the end of the 20th century, and time turning into the new millennium. Back in 2000, the London Eye was known as the Millennium Wheel when British Airways was the main sponsor.