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My London Blue Eye


The Merlin Entertainments London Eye (commonly the London Eye, or Millennium Wheel, formerly the British Airways London Eye) is a giant 135-metre (443 ft) tall Ferris wheel situated on the banks of the River Thames in Central London, England.


It is the tallest Ferris wheel in Europe, and the most popular paid tourist attraction in the United Kingdom, visited by over 3.5 million people annually.[1] When erected in 1999, it was the tallest Ferris wheel in the world, until surpassed first by the 160 m (520 ft) Star of Nanchang in 2006, and then the 165 m (541 ft) Singapore Flyer in 2008. It is still described by its operators as "the world's tallest cantilevered observation wheel" (as the wheel is supported by an A-frame on one side only, unlike the Nanchang and Singapore wheels).


The London Eye is located at the western end of Jubilee Gardens, on the South Bank of the River Thames in the London Borough of Lambeth in England, between Westminster Bridge and Hungerford Bridge. The site is adjacent to that of the former Dome of Discovery, which was built for the Festival of Britain in 1951.


The London Eye was formally opened by the then Prime Minister, Tony Blair, on 31 December 1999, although it was not opened to the public until 9 March 2000 because of technical problems. Since its opening, the Eye has become a major landmark and tourist attraction.


By July 2002, 8.5 million people had ridden the Eye. It had planning permission only for five years, but at that time Lambeth Council agreed to plans to make the attraction permanent.


On 12 August 2009 the London Eye saw another re-brand, this time calling it "The Merlin Entertainments London Eye" to show Merlin Entertainments' ownership. A new logo was designed for the attraction - this time taking the actual form of an eye made out of London's famous landmarks. This also came at the time when the new Merlin Entertainments London Eye 4D Experience pre-flight show was launched underneath the ticket centre in County Hall.


In 2009 Merlin Entertainments opened a pre-flight 4D Experience at The London Eye, which is included in the ticket price. The newly refurbished ticket hall and 4D cinema experience was designed by architects Kay Elliott working with Merlin Studios project designer Craig Sciba. Merlin Studios later appointed Simex-Iwerks as the 4D theatre hardware specialists. The film was written and directed by 3D director Julian Napier and 3D produced by Phil Streather. The same year the first stage of a £12.5 million capsule upgrade started. Each 10-tonne capsule was taken down and floated down the river to Tilbury Docks in Essex.


The London Eye marked its 10th anniversary on 9 March 2010


The nearest London Underground station is Waterloo, although Westminster is also within easy walking distance. Connection with National Rail services is made at London Waterloo station.


London River Services operated by Thames Clipper and City Cruises stop at the nearby Waterloo Millennium Pier.


Twin cities

Main article: List of towns and cities twinned with London


There are 46 other places on six continents named after London. As well as London's twinning, the London boroughs have twinnings with parts of other cities across the world. Shown below is the list of cities that the Greater London Authority has twinning arrangements with:


* Peru Arequipa, Peru

* Germany Berlin, Germany

* India Delhi, India

* Colombia Bogotá, Colombia

* South Africa Johannesburg, South Africa

* Malaysia Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

* Kuwait Kuwait City, Kuwait

* Russia Moscow, Russia

* United States New York City, United States

* Norway Oslo, Norway

* People's Republic of China Shanghai, China

* Iran Tehran, Iran


The following cities have a friendship agreement with London:


* Algeria Algiers, Algeria

* Azerbaijan Baku, Azerbaijan

* People's Republic of China Beijing, China

* Romania Bucharest, Romania

* Argentina Buenos Aires, Argentina

* India Delhi, India

* Bangladesh Dhaka', Bangladesh

* Turkey Istanbul, Turkey

* United States Los Angeles, United States

* India Mumbai, India

* France Paris, France

* Montenegro Podgorica, Montenegro

* Italy Rome, Italy

* Bulgaria Sofia, Bulgaria

* Japan Tokyo, Japan

* Croatia Zagreb, Croatia


Лондонский глаз (англ. EDF Energy London Eye) — одно из крупнейших колёс обозрения в мире, расположенное в лондонском районе Ламбет на южном берегу Темзы.


С высоты 135 метров (приблизительно 45 этажей) открывается вид практически на весь город. Колесо обозрения — проект архитекторов Дэвида Маркса и Джулии Барфилд, победивший на конкурсе проектов построек в честь наступления нового тысячелетия. Воплощение проекта в жизнь заняло шесть лет.


ലോകത്തിലെ ഏറ്റവും വലിയ നിരീക്ഷണചക്രമാണ്‌ ലണ്ടൻ ഐ. ലണ്ടനിൽ തൈംസ് നദിയുടെ തീരത്താണ് ഇത് സ്ഥിതി ചെയ്യുന്നത്.




My London Blue Eyes

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Taken on March 27, 2010