Video:Profile of the London Eyewith Milo De Prieto
The London Eye is one the most iconic landmarks in London, and a great way to view the city. Learn more about the London Eye, including how to get a ticket.See Transcript
Transcript:Profile of the London Eye
Hello, I'm Milo for About.com and today in Go London we're talking about the London Eye.
What Is the London Eye?
Situated across the Thames from Parliament, on the south bank walk is Europe's tallest observation wheel. The London Eye stands 135 meters tall or about 443 feet and has 32 capsules. It can hold 800 passengers at once comfortably and has 3.5 million visitors a year. But all those numbers mean nothing when you get to ride the Eye and see London stretch out below you. On a clear day you can see 25 miles in each direction, picking out many of this global city's famous highlights.
History of the London Eye
Its construction took 7 years before it opened in March 2000. It is the vision of the husband and wife architechtual team of Julia Barfield and David Marks. It was designed as a metaphor of turning into the new millennium, and if you're looking from the opposite bank it is turning clockwise.
When to Visit the London Eye
The Eye is very popular so weekends and high tourist days are packed. Weekdays are better, especially during off season. You can beat the rush though with special Fast Track tickets. If you check online you can not only book ahead, getting a discount, but you can see other interesting offers as well.
How to Get to the London Eye
The London Eye is closest to the Waterloo underground stop, but is not far from the Westminster stop either. There are many buses that pass by as well. However you get there, you won't want to miss it. The views are truly spectacular and well worth it.
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