The London Eye, River Thames & Big Ben
London Eye, London, SE1 7PB, United Kingdom
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After I got my fill of shooting Big Ben and also half falling asleep, not able to stay awake for two more hours for the sunset, I started making my way back over the Golden Jubilee Bridges. You get an amazing panoramic view of the Jubilee Gardens, the Queens Walk, the London Eye, the River Thames, Westminster Bridge, the Palace of Westminster and Big Ben, all in one fell swoop. The London Eye, completed in 2000, is currently the tallest ferris wheel in Europe at 443 feet, but was surpassed by three other wheels with the Las Vegas High Roller, at 550 feet, taking the cake. But unlike other ferris wheels, the Eye is supported by an A-frame on one side, being described as the “world’s tallest cantilevered observation wheel”. Over 3.75 million tourists visit it annually, making it the most popular paid attraction in the UK. There are 32 air conditioned ovoidal passenger cars that hold up to 25 people, who can stand and roam about inside, and a full trip takes 30 minutes with a top rotation speed of 0.5mph. And currently Coca Cola is sponsoring the wheel for two years. I would have liked to have stayed later because the wheel lights up at night via its LED lighting installed in 2006. I can only imagine how beautiful it would have been with it and Big Ben lit up at night, with their lights reflecting off the peaceful Thames River.