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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia The London Eye | | General information | Status | Complete | Type | Ferris wheel | Location | South Bank of the River Thames,London Borough of Lambeth | Coordinates | 51.5033°N 0.1197°WCoordinates: 51.5033°N 0.1197°W | Inaugurated | 31 December 1999
Opened: 9 March 2000 | Cost | £70 million | Height | 135 metres (443 ft) | Technical details | Diameter | 120 metres (394 ft) | Design and construction | Architect | Frank Anatole, Nic Bailey, Julia Barfield, Steve Chilton, Malcolm Cook, David Marks, Mark Sparrowhawk | Architecture firm | Marks Barfield Architects | Engineer | Arup |
The London Eye is a giant Ferris wheel situated on the banks of the River Thames inLondon, England. The entire structure is 135 metres (443 ft) tall and the wheel has a diameter of 120 metres (394 ft).
It is the tallest Ferris wheel in Europe, and the most popular paid tourist attraction in the United Kingdom, visited by over 3.5 million people annually. When erected in 1999 it was the tallest Ferris wheel in the world, until surpassed first by the 160 m (520 ft) Star of Nanchang in 2006 and then the 165 m (541 ft) Singapore Flyer in 2008. Supported by anA-frame on one side only, unlike the taller Nanchang and Singapore wheels, the Eye is described by its operators as "the world's tallest cantilevered observation wheel". It offered the highest public viewing point in the city until it was superseded by the 245-metre (804 ft) observation deck on the 72nd floor of The Shard, which opened to the public on 1 February 2013.
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.
The London Eye adjoins the