The London Eye has become a much-loved part of the landscape in a relatively short amount of time.
The Eye (whose named sponsor changes every couple of years and currently is Coca Cola) also does the same trick as the Eiffel Tower does for Paris, to let people climb above the city and look back down on it.
The London Eye was opened in 2000 as a way of celebrating the new Millennium and was only meant to be there for a few years, but its permanent status was declared soon after and it is hard to visualise the city the wheel’s graceful 30-minute revolution lets you appreciate just how big London really is, when you have the whole glorious 360-degree panorama at your feet.
Although it seems slightly kitsch in comparison, your ticket also includes admission to the 4D cinema experience, complete with 3D glasses – it’s unexpectedly entertaining. The building directly behind it is County Hall , once the seat of London’s local government, now home to restaurants and cafés.
The London Eye; tel: 0333 321 2001; www.londoneye.com