The London Eye has been celebrating its birthday in style this week after it turned 15 years old on Monday.
Since it first opened on March 9, 2000 it has become one of the world’s most iconic landmarks, welcoming millions of visitors each year.
Mayor of London Boris Johnson said: “The ‘iconic’ tag tends to be bandied around a little too readily these days, but in the case of the London Eye I say bandy away.
“Originally conceived as a temporary addition to London’s Millennium skyline it’s still here, 15 years on, delighting Londoners and visitors alike. Here’s to many more years of it being an iconic London landmark.”
At a champagne reception on March 9, London Eye architects David Marks and Julia Barfield spoke about their creation.
Julia 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.”
As part of the birthday week there will 15 per cent off standard ticket prices for advanced online bookings until March 15. Also, there will be surprise upgrades to the Champagne Experience for some ticket holders.
In honour of our favourite giant steel wheel we’ve created a quiz on the history of this famous landmark.
Go to londoneye.com.