On paper a giant ferris wheel does not sound hugely impressive, but the London Eye is a universally loved addition to London’s rich arsenal of tourist attractions.
32 pods, one for each borough of London, span the 424m circumference of the structure that’s sat on the south bank of the river Thames, giving over 3m people expansive views over London every year.
Over 3,300 tonnes of concrete and cabling is required to give the Eye, which itself weighs 2,100 tonnes, the stability it needs to operate. The Eye moves at under one mile per hour giving 30 minutes with which to enjoy the views.
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