The London Eye is a Ferris wheel built in 2000 byBritish Airways to celebrate the millennium, proudlyoccupying a place in central London along the RiverThames, across from Big Ben.The wheel rotates vertically, is 443 feet tall and has32 capsules with windows of high-tech glass, eachwith space for 32 people.Each capsule is air-conditioned and was designed torotate in a way in which everyone can appreciate aspectacular view of London. The trip is approximately30 minutes long.
On a clear day you can see all the way to Heathrow Airport and Windsor Castle.
The wheel does not usually stop to transferpassengers, the rotation is slow enough thatthey can easily get on and off the movingcapsules at ground level. However, it isstopped to ensure disabled and elderlypassengers have enough time to enter andleave the capsules safely.Some people who have vertigo may not enjoy atrip on the London Eye, but many passengershave said that the ship is wide enough so thatsitting on the bench in the center of thecapsule eliminates vertigo effects.
At night, the London landscapes fade intodarkness, making visible the Gothic Houses ofParliament, Westminster Abbey, the TateModern museum and Tower Bridge on theRiver Thames.