The London Eye is probably the most famous Ferris wheel in the world. It is located on the south bank of the river Thames in central London, United Kingdom. It is 135 meters tall and 120 meters wide. In fact, it’s the biggest Ferris wheel in Europe and it is one of the best known symbols of Britain. It was opened in March 2000 and it took seven years to build it. The 32 capsules of the London Eye symbolise the 32 boroughs of London.  It is the 20th tallest structure in London.
The London Eye, or Millennium Wheel, was officially called the British Airways London Eye and then the Merlin Entertainments London Eye. Since 20 January 2011, its official name is the EDF Energy London Eye following a three-year sponsorship deal.
Some Facts:
-On 5 June 2008 it was announced that 30 million people had ridden the London Eye since its opening in March 2000
-It cost £70 million to build The London Eye
-You can see around 40KM (25 miles) from the top as far as Windsor Castle on a clear day
-The London Eye can carry 800 passengers per revolution - equivalent to 11 London red doubled-decker buses
-Each of the 32 capsules weighs 10 tonnes. To put that figure into perspective, it’s the same weight as 1,052,631 pound coins!
-The total weight of the wheel and capsules is 2,100 tonnes - or as much as 1,272 London black cabs!
-The spindle holds the wheel structure and the hub rotates it around the spindle. At 23 metres tall, the spindle is around the size of a church spire and, together with the hub, weighs in at 330 tonnes: over 20 times heavier than Big Ben
-Despite there only being 32 capsules, for superstitious reasons they are numbered 1 – 33. For good luck number 13 is left out
-Capsules travel at a leisurely pace of 26cm per second, which is twice as fast as a tortoise sprinting
 

The London Eye is probably the most famous Ferris wheel in the world. It is located on the south bank of the river Thames in central London, United Kingdom. It is 135 meters tall and 120 meters wide. In fact, it’s the biggest Ferris wheel in Europe and it is one of the best known symbols of Britain. It was opened in March 2000 and it took seven years to build it. The 32 capsules of the London Eye symbolise the 32 boroughs of London.  It is the 20th tallest structure in London.

The London Eye, or Millennium Wheel, was officially called the British Airways London Eye and then the Merlin Entertainments London Eye. Since 20 January 2011, its official name is the EDF Energy London Eye following a three-year sponsorship deal.

Some Facts:

-On 5 June 2008 it was announced that 30 million people had ridden the London Eye since its opening in March 2000

-It cost £70 million to build The London Eye

-You can see around 40KM (25 miles) from the top as far as Windsor Castle on a clear day

-The London Eye can carry 800 passengers per revolution - equivalent to 11 London red doubled-decker buses

-Each of the 32 capsules weighs 10 tonnes. To put that figure into perspective, it’s the same weight as 1,052,631 pound coins!

-The total weight of the wheel and capsules is 2,100 tonnes - or as much as 1,272 London black cabs!

-The spindle holds the wheel structure and the hub rotates it around the spindle. At 23 metres tall, the spindle is around the size of a church spire and, together with the hub, weighs in at 330 tonnes: over 20 times heavier than Big Ben

-Despite there only being 32 capsules, for superstitious reasons they are numbered 1 – 33. For good luck number 13 is left out

-Capsules travel at a leisurely pace of 26cm per second, which is twice as fast as a tortoise sprinting

 


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