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EDF Energy London Eye timeline
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EDF Energy London Eye timelineLate 1998
Construction started on the EDF Energy LondonEye, a huge international effort involving hundreds of people.

October 1999
The London Eye was raised over the River Thames.

March 2000
The London Eye officially opened to the public.

March 2001
The London Eye celebrated its first official birthday. During the first year alone, more than 3.5 millionpeople visited the London Eye.

January 2002
The Euro was accepted at the London Eye.

February 2002
A new idea for Valentine's Day and lovers -wedding packages were introduced allowing guests to get married on the London Eye.

August 2002
The London Eye River Cruise was launched, quickly becoming a favourite way to see London from the River Thames.

September 2002
The 10 millionth visitor was welcomed to the London Eye.

February 2004
The London Eye opened until midnight for the first time to give lovers a romantic moment on Valentine's Day.

March 2005
The London Eye had its fifth birthday - 7,000 quarter bottles of champagne and 3,000 bottles of orange juice were given away so guests could join in the party.

December 2005
The first civil partnership was performed on the London Eye. To mark the occasion, the London Eye was lit up pink.

February 2006
The London Eye was finally granted permanent planning permission.

March 2007
The London Eye became part of the Merlin Entertainments Group, the world's number two visitor attraction operator.

March 2007
The 25 millionth visitor was welcomed to the London Eye.

May 2008
The London Eye River cruise celebrated its millionth guest.

June 2008
We made history with the 30 millionth visitor on the London Eye.

May 2009
The London Eye launched its £12.5 million capsule upgrade programme with the removal of the first capsule.

August 2009
The London Eye launched a spectacular new 4D Experience.

December 2009
We continued to make history with the 36 millionth visitor on the London Eye.

March 2010
The London Eye celebrated its 10th birthday with a free glass of Pommery Brut Royal champagne for every guest.

November 2010
The London Eye launched the first ever openair ice rink on the South Bank, in the shadow of the London Eye.

January 2011
The London Eye entered a new partnership with EDF Energy and became the EDF Energy London Eye.

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