The London Eye pin, a major (and very expensive) tourist attraction in London.

The London Eye pin, a major (and very expensive) tourist attraction in London.

I have two pins of the London Eye in London. One is much nicer than the other but both are keepers.

The London Eye is a giant Ferris wheel on the South Bank of the River Thames in London, England. The entire structure is 443 feet tall and the wheel has a diameter of 394 feet. It is the tallest Ferris wheel in Europe, and the most popular paid tourist attraction in the United Kingdom, visited by over 3.5 million people annually. When erected in 1999 it was the tallest Ferris wheel in the world, until surpassed first by the Star of Nanchang in 2006 and then the Singapore Flyer in 2008. Supported by an A-frame on one side only, unlike the taller Nanchang and Singapore wheels, the Eye is described by its operators as “the world’s tallest cantilevered observation wheel”. It offered the highest public viewing point in the city until it was superseded by the observation deck on the 72nd floor of The Shard (in my mind, the biggest eyesore in London), which opened to the public on 1 February 2013.

Legoland, the MI6 (SIS) headquarters in London

Legoland, the MI6 (SIS) headquarters in London

From the top of the Eye I could see Lego Land, the headquarters of MI6, Britain’s Secret Intelligence Service (SIS). On the way, I passed Thames House, the headquarters of MI5 (Internal Security). As a fan of MI-5 on American Television (Spooks on British television) I also wanted to see the Masonic Lodge in London, the façade of which was used for Thames House, the headquarters of MI5.

Location: 5-A3

Freemason Hall in London, the iconic image of Thames House in the TV series from the BBC, MI-5

Freemason Hall in London, the iconic image of Thames House in the TV series from the BBC, MI-5

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