Each rotation takes about 30 minutes, meaning a capsule travels
at a stately 26cm per second,
or 0.9km (0.6 miles) per hour - twice
as fast as a tortoise sprinting; allowing passengers to step on
off without the wheel having to stop.
You can see around 40KM (25 miles) from the top as
far as Windsor Castle on a clear day.
Each of the 32 capsules weighs 10 tonnes.
that figure into perspective, it's the same weight as 1,052,631
The total weight of the wheel and capsules is
2,100 tonnes - or as much as 1,272 London black cabs!
The London Eye can carry 800 passengers per
equivalent to 11 London red doubled-decker buses.
The height of the London Eye is 135m (equivalent
to 64 red telephone boxes piled on top of each other) making it the
fourth tallest structure in London after the BT Tower, Tower 42 and
One Canada Square in Canary Wharf.
The London Eye welcomes an average of 3.5 million
customers every year. You would need 6,680 fully booked British
Airways Boeing 747-400 jumbo jets to move that number of fliers!
The spindle holds the wheel structure and the hub rotates it
around the spindle. At 23 metres tall,
the spindle is around the
size of a church spire and, together with the hub, weighs in at 330
tonnes: over 20 times heavier than Big Ben.