London Eye Pier
Situated on the South Bank of the River Thames in Central London, UK, located directly in front of the London Eye. Waterloo Millennium Pier was designed principally to act as a collision protection system for the London Eye. The pier was designed by Marks Barfield architects with Beckett Rankine as engineer and built by Tilbury Douglas (now Interserve). It was funded by the Millennium Commission as part of the Thames 2000 project, and was one of five new piers opened in 2000 by the Commission on the Thames
Attractions that can be found around London Eye Pier:
London Eye - The giant observation wheel has become a London icon since its opening on the South Bank in 2000. Designed by Marks Barfield, the London Eye (aka the Millennium Wheel) offers stunning views across SE1 and the rest of the capital. at a height of 135 metres (443 ft) , is the biggest Ferris wheel in Europe, and has become the most popular paid tourist attraction in the United Kingdom, visited by over 3 million people a year. The adult fare is just over £15. At the time it was erected it was the tallest Ferris wheel in the world, until it was surpassed by the Star of Nanchang (160m) in May 2006, and then the Singapore Flyer (165m) on 11 February 2008.
BFI Imax - Britain's biggest cinema screen opened in 1999 at Waterloo's Bullring. It took just a year to transform the desolate roundabout at the end of Waterloo Bridge and within the first 12 months it is estimated that half a million people visited the new attraction. Canadian-founded IMAX corporation has opened 180 cinemas but the £20m Waterloo IMAX, part funded by National Lottery money, has the most sophisticated motion-picture projection system yet. The 26mx20m screen is the height of five double-decker buses and the 482-seater auditorium has digital surround sound.
London Aquarium - The London Aquarium is located on the ground floor of County Hall on the South Bank of the River Thames in central London, near the London Eye. It first opened in 1997. The aquarium claims that a million visitors a year view its displays. It is a collection of water tanks showing around 350 species of fish. The aquarium includes three floors and 14 different zones (freshwater stream, Atlantic upper, rivers and ponds, Pacific upper, Indian Ocean, Atlantic lower, touch pool, temperate waters, Pacific lower, coral reef, invertebrates, tropical freshwater, mangrove and rainforest).
Southbank Centre - Located by the river Thames, with sweeping views of the capital from the London Eye to St Paul's Cathedral, Southbank Centre is a unique metropolitan arts centre, with 21 acres of creative space and an extraordinary history. The Royal Festival Hall, one of the world's leading concert venues, stands at the heart of the site and reopens in June after an extensive refurbishment. Other iconic buildings in Southbank Centre include the Queen Elizabeth Hall and The Hayward.
Florence Nightingale Museum - Florence Nightingale is famous around the world for her influence on modern nursing, but she herself was more than a nurse. At the Florence Nightingale Museum, personal artefacts, a life-size reconstruction of a Crimean ward scene and an audio-visual presentation together reveal the hidden person, from a serious and solitary child to an internationally recognised figure. Complimentary guided tours are available, allowing visitors a personal insight into the Museum collection.
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