The London eye is the Europe’s tallest Ferris wheel and undoubtedly one of the most iconic structures located in London. The observation wheel provides its guests stunning panoramic views of the London cityscape and visiting here will definitely be an experience of a lifetime.
The Giant Ferris Wheel
The London eye consists of 32 air-conditioned capsules that serve as an observation deck and a venue for special events of certain days. The wheel was designed by two architects Julia Barfield and David Marks who turns out to be husband and wife. The wheel moves at a speed of 0.9 kilometres an hour and it takes 30minutes for a full rotation.
London Eye in the world of giant wheels
By the time it was opened to the public in 2000 it was the first of its kind and was the world’s tallest Ferris wheel. Later on, following the footsteps of this architectural wonder, construction of many observation wheels took place across the globe. Today, measuring over 167 metres in height, the High Roller observation wheel in Las Vegas holds the first place as the tallest in the world of giant wheels.
Why was it built?
The year 2000 marked the 1000th last year of second millennium to commemorate and to welcome the 21st century the superstructure was constructed and was officially opened in 31 December 1999 on the New Years Eve.
The London eye is one of the most famous and busiest tourist attractions in London which attracts over 3.75million visitors annually. You can visit the London eye from almost any part of the city by a taxi or by bus. But if you are planning your stay in any of the hotels in Bayswater London region, the likes of
Berjaya Eden Park London Hotel you can reach here easily.
Filled with wanderlust that seeks to explore distant shores and captivated by the colors and vibrancy of exotic cultures, Kanya Mae writes on the beautiful, exciting, and enchanting wonders of the world. She is a writer who not only has a passion for travel, but also has a background in fashion, art and media. Google+