Photos of the London Eye

The British Airways London Eye was originally conceived as an entry into a competition to design a Millennium landmark and thus explains the London Eyes' original name as the 'Millennium Wheel'. The Eye is basically a giant observation wheel giving fabulous panoramic views across the whole of Greater London. Today the London Eye is the capitals number one tourist attraction. The wheel stands 135 metres in height, weighs around 2,100 tonnes and can hold around 800 people at any one time. Visitors occupy the 32 capsules that make up the wheel. Each capsule weighs 11 tonnes alone and have two completely independent electronic operating systems which turn the capsule and run its air-conditioning system. A flight (as BA likes to call the ride) takes approximately 30 minutes and normally about 25 passengers travel in each capsule. Private capsules can be booked via the BA London Eye website. The wheel never actually stops moving even when visitors are embarking and disembarking. The London Eye is located by Jubilee Gardens which is by the side of County Hall and Westminster Bridge.

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pictures taken 25th April 2005, noon.
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 London Eye viewed from Victoria Embankment
The London Eye viewed from Victoria Embankment by Westminster Bridge.
London Eye viewed from Westminster Bridge
London Eye viewed from Westminster Bridge
London Eye viewed from outside County Hall
The London Eye viewed from outside County Hall and the Saatchi and Saatchi Gallery
The London Eye entrance
The London Eye entrance
 London Eye  queue.
The London Eye entrance, looking back on the queue.
London Eye entrance and the final queue
The London Eye entrance and the final queue before taking the ride, or flight as they like to call it!
The start of the london eye flight
The start of the flight, the supervisor (black jacket) opens the doors guides the passengers into the capsule.
The first seconds of the flight
The first seconds of the flight and the capsule begins its climb.
 London Eye  capsule is given a security check.
Just before the London Eye passengers enter the capsule each capsule is given a security check.
 North over the River Thames
One of the first views looking North over the River Thames toward Victoria Embankment on the far side.
 the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben (the clock tower).
The most prominent and unmissable landmark is the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben (the clock tower).
Looking back down at the entrance to the London Eye.
Looking back down at the entrance to the London Eye.
 Houses of Parliament and Westminster Bridge.
Half way up now a wider view of the Houses of Parliament and Westminster Bridge.
 London Horizon
Here you begin to see the impressive London Horizon and landmarks begin to stand out.
St Paul's cathedral Clearly stands out.
Looking to the East and across the City of London. St Paul's cathedral Clearly stands out.
Looking North towards the City of London
Looking North towards the City of London and Waterloo Bridge
Looking South and down
Looking South and down onto the grounds near the entrance of the London Eye.
Looking East with a view over both North and South of the Thames.
Looking East with a view over both North and South of the Thames.
The North East view over London.
The North East view over London.
through the centre of the London Eye wheel.
Looking back down through the centre of the London Eye wheel.
Looking North towards the centre of the London
Looking North towards the centre of the London and the main tourist areas.
Looking towards Buckingham Palace.
Looking towards Buckingham Palace.
North West view.
North West view.
Looking down on the East side
Looking down on the East side of the wheel.
Another Northwards view.
Another Northwards view..
northwards
Another Northwards view.
Closer view of BT Tower and Centre Point
Closer view of BT Tower located on Cleveland Street and Centre Point which is located an the South end of Tottenham Court Road on St Giles Circus.
The City of London
The City of London.
The City of London and a section of South East London.
The City of London and a section of South East London.
Waterloo Station
Waterloo Station
Parliament Square
Parliament Square
Looking South
Looking South
inside the London Eye capsule.
Viewing from inside the London Eye capsule.
Another view East.
Another view East.
parliament square
Close up view of Parliament Square
Buckingham Palace
Buckingham Palace
Looking West
Looking West
looking west
looking west
In flight!
In flight!
on the way down
on the way down..
on the way down
At the end of the flight the cameras at this point will take your picture which you can purchase a copy of on exit.
The end of the flight
The end of the flight, a supervisor will open your door and help you out of the capsule..
Its finally all over!
Its finally all over!


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