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The London Eye is the world’s fourth biggest ferris wheel. It is built in London along the South Bank of the River Thames. It is 443 feet high and can carry 800 people at a time. It is also called the Millennium Wheel.
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Key Facts & Information
- The London Eye is the tallest Ferris wheel in Europe.
- It was primarily built for London’s millennium celebrations.
- The wheel was designed by the following architects: Frank Anatole, Nic Bailey, Julia Barfield, Steve Chilton, Malcolm Cook, David Marks, and Mark Sparrowhawk.
- Its design resembles a bicycle wheel with cable spokes connecting the rims with a central iron hub and spindle.
- The wheel took 1,870 tons of steel and 3,300 tons of concrete to construct.
- The steel was from the UK, the cables were from Italy, the hub and spindle were from Czech Republic, and the bearings were from Germany.
- It took one year and six months to complete the construction of the wheel.
- The London Eye was officially opened by Prime Minister Tony Blair on New Year’s Eve 1999.
- It was opened to the public on March 9, 2000.
- It is the world’s tallest cantilevered observation wheel.
- Approximately 3.75 million people visit the London Eye every year.
- The London Eye has a capacity of 800 people at a time.
- It takes 30 minutes to complete one full ride.
- There are 32 capsules on the wheel, which represent the 32 boroughs of London.
- The capsules are made of glass on the outer rim so passengers can have a 360 degree view of their surroundings.
- The capsules are numbered 1 to 33 with the exception of the number 13 because of superstition.
- Each capsule can carry 25 passengers.
- The capsules move at a speed of 26 centimeters per second.
- The diameter of the London Eye is 394 feet making its circumference 1,392 feet, which is longer than London’s tallest building, The Shard.
Tall Ferris Wheel
- Its predecessor, the Great Wheel, which lasted from 1895 to 1906, was a 40-capsule ferris wheel.
- The London Eye was the world’s tallest ferris wheel when it was built in 1999.
- Now it is the fourth tallest wheel next to Star of Nanchang (520 feet), built in 2006, the Singapore Flyer (541 feet) built in 2008, and Las Vegas High Roller (550 feet), built in 2014.
- The London Eye was London’s highest observation point before The Shard’s observation deck was built in 2013.
- It was supposed to be a temporary structure for five years.
- It stood as a permanent structure after gaining a permanent license in 2002 from Lambeth Council.
- Other than the Millennium Wheel, it was known as the British Airways London Eye and Merlin Entertainments London Eye after its owners’ names.
- Since 2015, it is officially the Coca-Cola London Eye after they signed an agreement for the rights to it.
- The London Eye is one of the world’s most visited tourist spots, more than the Pyramids of Giza and the Taj Mahal.
- It is the UK’s most popular paid tourist spot.
- Adult tickets cost £18.80 (2018).
- It is close to Big Ben.
- The London Eye to London is like the Eiffel Tower to Paris.
- The Eye has welcomed over 80 million visitors since its 2000 opening.
- The London Eye is a focal point every New Year’s Eve in London.
- When on the Eye, you can see as far as 40 kilometers from it.
- The London Eye is usually lit in blue.
- It was lit in the colors of the British flag when Prince William and Kate Middleton got married.
- The London Eye was lit pink in December 2005 in honor of the first Civil Partnership held on it.
- In December 2006, the wheel was lit with LED lights from Color Kinetics, which has allowed the light to be digitally manipulated.
- The London Eye is a popular marriage proposal spot, with over 5,000 couples having gotten engaged there.
- For proposals, there’s a Cupid’s Capsule which comes with a host and champagne.
- In 2012, the Olympic torch went for a ride to the top of the wheel. It was held by Amelia Hempleman-Adams, the youngest person to ski all the way to the South Pole.
- In 2013, the wheel was turned into a rotating nightclub by the Red Bull Academy.
- The wheel turned into a dining spot during the London Restaurant Festival and chefs like Gordon Ramsay and Daniel Boulud served inside the capsules.
- Kate Moss holds the record for being the UK celebrity who’s been on the London eye the most times. She’s been on it 25 times.
- There is a capsule dedicated to royalty, the Coronation Capsule. It was named on June 2, 2013 to commemorate the 60th coronation anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II.
London Eye Worksheets
This is a fantastic bundle which includes everything you need to know about London Eye across 24 in-depth pages. These are ready-to-use London Eye worksheets that are perfect for teaching students about the London Eye is the world’s fourth biggest ferris wheel. It is built in London along the South Bank of the River Thames. It is 443 feet high and can carry 800 people at a time. It is also called the Millennium Wheel.
Complete List Of Included Worksheets
- London Eye Facts
- London Eye Sketch
- Building The Wheel
- Figure Match
- Capsule Correction
- Yes or No
- Changing Lights
- Wheels of the World
- Not Just A Wheel
- London Attractions
- My Own Rhyme
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