London Eye: facts and figures

The eye was lit up in red, white and blue to herald the birth of Prince George to William and Kate
The eye was lit up in red, white and blue to herald the birth of Prince George to William and Kate Photo: REUTERS/Andrew Winning

The London Eye has welcomed it's 50 millionth visitors, but did you know it's the equivalent height of 64 red phone boxes?

  • In one year the London Eye will rotate 7668 times, or 2300 miles, as far as from London to Cairo in Egypt, home to other wonders of the world. This means that since opening, the London Eye has turned more than 30,000 miles; 1.2 times around the world and one eighth of the distance to the Moon.
  • The circumference of the wheel is 424m (1,392ft) – meaning that if it were unravelled, it would be 100m taller than the Eiffel Tower.
  • The height of the London Eye is 135m (443ft – equivalent to 64 red telephone boxes piled on top of each other), making it the sixth tallest structure in London after the BT Tower, Tower 42, 30 St Mary Axe (The Gherkin), One Canada Square in Canary Wharf and the Shard.
  • Supermodel Kate Moss holds the record for the UK celebrity that’s enjoyed the most rotations, standing at 25, and Hollywood star Jessica Alba holds the record for an overseas celebrity that’s enjoyed the most rotations, standing at 31.
  • The London Eye receives more visitors annually than the Taj Mahal, Stonehenge and even the Great Pyramids of Giza
  • Only capsule number two has a special name: the Coronation Capsule, which was re-named in June 2013 to honour the 60th anniversary of the Queen’s Coronation.
  • Since opening there have now been 5000 proposals (that we know of), 512 weddings, 22 civil partnerships, and over 1.5million glasses of Champagne consumed on the London Eye.
  • The London Eye featured in the opening ceremony for the 2012 Olympics as Daniel Craig flew past in a helicopter with the Queen, and a representation of the London Eye was central to the Olympics closing ceremony.