The London Eye is the world’s tallest cantilevered observation wheel. Standing at 135m high, the London Eye has unrivalled 360° views up to 40km across London. Opened officially as part of the Millennial celebrations on 31 December 1999, the Eye was not actually available to the public until March 2000 due to technical issues. A range of different architects are credited with the design of the structure, the primary individuals being; Frank Anatole, Julia Barfield, Steven Chilton, Nic Bailey, Malcolm Cook, Mark Sparrowhawk and David Marks. Whilst there are 32 passenger capsules (one for each borough of London) weighing 10 tonnes each when empty, they are numbered 1 to 33 as cart 13 does not exist due to superstitious reasons. The Eye can carry up to 800 people per rotation, with each rotation taking around 30 minutes to complete. The wheel is designed to be in continuous motion unless an elderly or disabled passenger is boarding. Originally owned by Tassauds Group, British Airways and the Marks Barfield Family, it was bought by Merlin Entertainment in 2007. Today the London Eye is one of the most popular tourist attractions in London with over 30 million visitors since its opening.
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