It’s hard to believe that 15 years ago we’d just got over the fact that the Millennium Bug wasn’t a thing. In 2000, we were all buzzing about visiting the Millennium Dome and thinking we needed to pay a visit to the London Eye before it left London.
Flash forward to 2015 and the Dome is now the O2 Arena and the Eye is here to stay. More than 60 million people have visited the big wheel since it opened, making it the UK’s most popular paid-for attraction. Plus, it has rotated the equivalent of 32,932 miles 91.3 trips around the world).
To celebrate its fifteenth birthday, one of the pods has been decked out with ‘tattoo’ artwork by illustrator Jamie Cullen (not that one). There’s also a nifty 15 percent off rides at the moment too.
Architects David Marks and Julia Barfield designed the wheel. They said: ‘It is hard to believe that 15 years ago we conceived, designed, led a team of architects and engineers, and started a new company to create something that is now as much a part of London today as Tower Bridge or Big Ben. We are proud that the London Eye has become an integral part of our culture as well as a much loved symbol of London.’
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