The Coca Cola London Eye was officially opened by then Prime Minister Tony Blair on the 31st December 1999 to mark the new Millennium; gaining its then name, The Millennium Wheel. It was not open to the public until March 2000 due to technical problems with the wheels clutch.
Over the years that it has stood tall, the giant Ferris Wheel has had many names including, the EDF Energy London Eye and the Merlin Entertainments London Eye.
The wheel previously held the record for the highest public viewing platform in London until it was overtaken by the observation deck on the 72nd floor of The Shard. There is a total of 32 sealed ovoidal passenger capsules which each weigh 10 tonnes.
When guests are entering and exiting the London Eye, the wheel does not normally come to a stop; it goes slow enough to let people get on and off safely. The wheel does however stop to allow disabled and elderly passengers to get on and off safely.