The London Eye or the Millennium Wheel is a cantilevered observation wheel located in the Jubilee Gardens on the South Bank in London. A very popular tourist attraction, this giant wheel is a 135-meter (443ft) tall structure and was built as part of London’s millennium celebrations.
The observation wheel turns slow enough for people to embark while it is moving. A complete turn takes about 30 minutes. The wheel does not usually stop to take on passengers as the rotation rate is so slow that they can easily walk on and off the moving capsules at ground level. It is, however, stopped to allow disabled or elderly passengers time to embark and disembark safely.
Thanks to the construction of the glass capsules on the outer side of the rim, you can have a great 360° view over London. Many famous landmarks are clearly visible, including Buckingham Palace, St. Paul’s Cathedral and the Houses of Parliament. On a bright day, you can see as far as 40 km (25 miles).
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