I read that the London Eye is the tallest “Big Wheel” or “Ferris Wheel” in Europe! Although it would be fair to say it’s probably the slowest.. I tend to think of it as a prison for tourists, a convenient way to keep them of the streets for an hour or so.
I imagine that a lot of people like looking at a skyline of glass office blocks and the remains of a long bygone power. Personally, I hate the stupid thing as all it reminds me of is super spending war criminal Tony Blair. I console myself that it will probably be gone in another fifty years if not sooner. It’s only a shame that I wont be around to see that happen..
Well for those people that do ride the idiotic thing remember this when you look east towards Tower Bridge and south of the river. A decent set of people did actually live in those houses and flats not so long ago.
Originally built as artisan houses in the early eighteen hundreds Roupell Street, the nearby Threed Street and Whittlesey Street are primes example of late victorian social housing.
The properties now sell for around one million when they make the market place. I imagine that John Roupell is spinning quite vigorously in his grave knowing the ultimate heritage of his social vision.
The Victoriana tourist trap known as the Kings Arms.. Pints for Passers-by.