During the 1990’s, London city wanted to have a new Landmark to commemorate the arrival of the 21st century. A competition was held in 1993 and architects all over the country submitted their designs. The husband-wife combination of Julia Barfield and David Marks emerged victorious and their design of what is today known as the London Eye was selected.
When it was opened in the year 2000, it was the tallest Ferris wheel in the world at 135 meters, however today it ranks at number 4. Experts argue that it is not in fact a Ferris wheel, but a giant Cantilevered observation wheel, because unlike other Ferris wheels it is supported only from one side. It was also the tallest observation point in London until it was surpassed by the observatory deck of the Shard tower in 2013.
The London Eye has 32 Capsules representing the 32 Boroughs of London, each capsule with a capacity of around 20-25 people. However, for superstitious reasons the numbering is from 1 to 33 as there is no capsule numbered ‘13 ‘. It takes approximately 32 minutes to complete one round. On a clear day, one can see up to 40 kilometres in all directions. More than 5000 couples have gotten engaged on the London Eye since its inception.
In a short span of just 19 years, London Eye has become the most visited paid tourist attraction in the UK. On an Average, The London Eye receives more visits per year than even the Taj Mahal and the Pyramids of Giza. Hence it is obvious that an exhilarating experience of this Bird’s eye view of London is not to be missed during a visit to London