The London Eye was built for the Millennium celebrations. It was intended to stand for a year, but has proved to be so popular that it has become a fixed part of the Westminster skyline. The queues to go on it are just as long today as they were eight years ago. If you choose a sunny weekday, it's worth the wait. #1. The London Eye from the Westminster side of the Thames. #2. In the queue. #3. Looking eastward. #4. Houses of Parliament from beneath the Eye.