For those of you who enjoy fairground rides, you'll love the London Eye - a gigantic Ferris wheel located on the banks of the river thames in London. It boasts being the tallest Ferris Wheel in Europe, with a height of 443ft and a diameter of 394ft, and is the most visited paid tourist attraction in the whole of the UK, being visited by over three and a half million people every year. It was designed by a large team of architects - Frank Anatole, Nic Bailey, Steve Chilton, Malcolm Cook, Mark Sparrowhawk, Julia Barfield and David Marks, and when it was built in 1999, it stood as the tallest ferris wheel in the world! It was officially opened by previous Prime Minister Tony Blair on new years eve 1999, but due to technical problems, was not accessible to the public until the 9th of March 2000.
The London Eye has been at the centre of London's new year celebrations since 2005, and every year it hosts a magnificent 10 minute firework display, with fireworks being fired from the wheel itself!
2009, a 4D Experience was opened to visitors of the London Eye, without any increase in the price of the ticket. These days, over 40 million people have ridden the London Eye - that's roughly 3.5million people a year! Tickets cost £17.50.