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London Eye

Is this an icon?


London Eye

If you had been asked to create a landmark to celebrate the new millennium, what would you have designed? Something “uplifting”? Something that “would delight”? Something to help you to “see and understand” in a “new way”?These were the aims of husband and wife architect team David Marks and Julia Barfield when they sat down to create a landmark back in 1993. What they come up with fits the bill perfectly. Part fairground ride, part observation tower, the London Eye rises 135m over the south bank of the River Thames and provides views for 25 miles in every direction. You spend approximately 30 minutes in one of 32 sealed glass pods – how you use that time is up to you. Most people take the opportunity to explore London from a new perspective, many take photographs, some sip champagne or cocktails, some get married; and some, well, let’s just say it wasn’t long before some people got carried away by more than just the hydraulics!

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Your comments

IT is has become instantly recognisable and an icon in a remarkably short time. It is unthinkable now that it should be dismantled as was originally planned.

Tony Walsh

Having visited London, both pre and post-EYE, I was excited about the opportunity to ride the big wheel. This engineering marvel provided a great opportunity to view the various places we had already visited and to enjoy a different perspective of London. The photographic opportunities are marvelous, too.
Bob Hostetter

The ultimate fairground ride!
Ian Wilson

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I nominate the red pillar box.

Donna Spencer