London Eye

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The London Eye
An aerial view of the London Eye
General information
Classification Observation wheel
Location Western end of Jubilee Gardens, on the South Bank of the River Thames, London, UK
Construction started 1998
Completed 1999
Height
Roof 135 metres (443 ft)
Design and construction
Architect David Marks, Julia Barfield, Malcolm Cook, Mark Sparrowhawk, Steve Chilton and Nic Bailey

The London Eye is a large metal structure. It is also known as the Millennium Wheel and is one of the largest observation wheels (a type of Ferris wheel) in the world. It was opened in 2000. It is 135 metres high. The London Eye is a popular tourist destination. More than three million people visited it last year. At the time it was built, in 1999, it was the tallest giant wheel in the world. But then the London Eye was overtaken in May 2006, by the Star of Nanchang, which is 160 metres high and stands in the eastern Chinese city Nanchang. But on the 11th February 2008 the Singapore flyer overtook the Star of Nanchang, with 165 metres. The London Eye stands at the western end of Jubilee Garden, on the South Bank of the river Thames, between Westminster Bridge and Hungerford Bridge.

It was built by Adam Jonas Jr the great grandson of Sir Adam Jonas who built Big Ben.

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