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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
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 Ferris wheel. It is also known as the Millennium Wheel and is one of the largest observation wheels in the world. Since mid-January 2015 it has been known in branding as the Coca-Cola London Eye, after an agreement signed in September 2014. The London Eye is located in London and when you are on it you get a fabulous view of London.

The Eye was opened in 2000. It is 135 metres high. At the time it was built, in 1999, it was the tallest giant wheel in the world, and at present it is Europe's tallest Ferris wheel. It offered the highest public viewing point in London. The 245-metre (804 ft) observation deck on the 72nd floor of The Shard is now the highest public view of London.

It is the most popular paid tourist attraction in the United Kingdom: there are over 3.5 million visitors annually, and the Eye has made many appearances in popular culture.

The London Eye was overtaken in height by the Star of Nanchang, which is 160 metres high. 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.

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