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The London Eye Mystery

by Siobhan Dowd

The London Eye Mystery
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  • First Published:
    Feb 2008, 336 pages
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    May 2009, 336 pages

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Interesting things...
about the London Eye

The London Eye, the fantastic and graceful Millennium structure that dominates the skyline of 21st century London, is as much a character in the novel as Ted, his sister and the mystery.

  • It took seven years and the skills of hundreds of people from five countries to make the London Eye a reality.
  • Since opening in 2000, The London Eye has welcomed an average of 3.5 million passengers every year, making it the UK's most popular visitor attraction.
  • The height of the London Eye is 135m/147 yards (equivalent to 64 red telephone boxes piled on top of each other) making it the fourth tallest structure in London.
  • Instead of being suspended under gravity, the capsules turn within circular mounting rings fixed to the outside of the main rim, thereby allowing a spectacular 360 degree panorama at the top.
  • Each of the 32 capsules weighs 10 tonnes*.
  • On a clear day, from the top of the wheel, you can see 40km (25 ...

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