The London Eye – The London Eye is a Observation Wheel built in 1999 and located on the west end of Jubilee Gardens on the South Bank of River Thames. It is also known as the Millennium Wheel. It was sponsored mainly by The British Airways. Until 2005 it was jointly held by the BA, Marks Barfield and the Tussauds Group. Today Tussauds group has cent percent ownership. The wheel is 443 ft. (135 meters) high. It consists of 32 air-conditioned capsules which can hold about 25 people. It rotates very slowly – about 0.5 mph (0.9 km/h). Hence it does not need to stop for loading/unloading people – unless required as in case of the elderly or disabled. The London Eye was built in Netherlands. It was floated up the Thames in sections and assembled lying flat. Thereafter it was lifted up with the help of cranes. With its strategic location at the heart of London it affords a beautiful view of the city from above. On a clear day one can see up to 25 miles (40km) around – even get a view of Windsor Castle.
How to get to the London eye –
By Tube (Subway) -Waterloo Station
By Bus – Routes 77, 211 and 381.
By rail – Waterloo Mainline Train Station (about 5 minutes)
Charing Cross Mainline Train station (about 15-20 minutes)
The full details on facilities, transport, ticket prices, packages, cruises et al are given at official British Airways London Eye site.