The London Eye

Some of our students have recently enjoyed a flight on the London Eye on one of their excursions to London. The views are simply stunning and, until recently, offered the highest viewing point in London (The Shard now offers this).

Based on the Southbank of the River Thames, the wheel stands an impressive 135m (443ft) tall and has a diameter of 120m (394ft). Built in 1999, it was once the world’s tallest Ferris wheel but has since been downgraded to Europe’s tallest Ferris wheel! It is the most popular paid tourist attraction in the UK.

The wheel consists of 32 capsules, all of which are air conditioned and weigh around 10 tonnes each. Each capsule represents a borough of London and can hold up to 25 passengers. A full circle takes around 30 minutes to complete and the wheel does not stop to allow passengers on or off as it rotates slowly enough for people to step on at ground level.

We hope our students enjoy the flight!

 4th August 2014 /    Alice /   Sight Seeing, Excursions

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