The London Eye opened in 2000.
Back then it was known as the Millennium Wheel.
In 2005, a change in sponsorship also triggered a change in name.
The London Eye is now operated by The London Eye Company Limited.
The Eye Brand also operates Blackpool Tower and, curiously, Sydney Tower.
I've been fortunate to have two visits to the UK one in 1991 and one in 2007.
Living in Australia it's not easy to find the time and/or the money to make regular visits,
so I've decided to use Joy's British Isles Friday to revisit the UK in my mind.
The views from the London Eye are incredible.
I would love to see the view at sunset - the champagne tour also sounds fun!
The structure looks and feels very secure and strong up close.
Katie has also created a British Tag to see how British we really are.
1. How many cups of tea do you have a day? How many sugars?
Instant fail for me with this one - I haven't drunk black tea in years.
I drink 2-3 cups of jasmine green tea a day - green with no sugar, 1 coffee (skim flat white with no sugar) and 1 cup of chamomile tea (no milk or sugar) before bed.
2. Favourite part of your roast?
Hmmm, is it bad of me to say the crispy skin on the chicken? My homemade stuffing is pretty good too.
3. Favourite Dunking Biscuit?
I love a warm, soggy ginger nut!
4. Favourite quintessential British pastime?
Watching BBC productions esp Jane Austen & Brideshead Revisited.
5. Favourite word?
6. Favourite sweet?
Ice cream Bounty bars
7. What would your pub be called?
8. Cockney Rhyming Slang?
Thanks to our British roots in Australia, we are very familiar with rhyming slang.
Personal favourites include frog and toad (road), on my pat malone (alone) & steak and kidney (Sydney)!
9. No 1 British Person?
Captain Arthur Phillip - for being brave enough to sail across to the other side of the world with 11 ships full of convicts & supplies to start a new colony.
10. Favourite shop/restaurant?
I know it's the usual tourist thing to say, but it's hard to go past Harrod's - and Burlington Arcade just for fun.
Next visit I plan to eat at Ottolenghi's and visit Persephone Books.
11. What British song pops into your head?
The Clash - Should I stay or should I go
Vegemite is better!