PHOTOS: 50 Millionth Visitor to the London Eye Greeted with Champagne

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Champs and an amazing view of London … can’t beat that! (AP)

The Anderson family, American grandparents and all, made a visit to the London Eye to pleasantly learn that they were the 50 millionth group to ride the iconic observation wheel, reports the London Evening Standard.

Three generations of the family – American grandparents Gregg and Sandy, their UK-based son Eric, wife Heidi and their children Stefan, Caroline and Marta – were welcomed with a bottle of champagne and a complimentary ride in their own private pod.

“To reach 50 million visitors since our opening in March 2000 is a testament to the popularity of the London Eye, a structure that has become one of the most recognizable and well-loved sights in the London skyline,” said David Sharpe, divisional director at Merlin Entertainments.

Here are some fun snaps of the London Eye, pre-production and as part of London life:

Don't fret, the London Eye hasn't fallen ... this is prior to it being erected, 1999. (AP)

Don’t fret, the London Eye hasn’t fallen … this is prior to it being erected, 1999. (AP)

The London Eye is not a tilt-a-world ... again, it's not quite up, 2000. (AP)

The London Eye is not a tilt-a-world … again, it’s not quite up, 1999. (AP)

New Year's Eve is kicked off with a laser light show, 1999. (AP)

New Year’s Eve is kicked off with a laser light show, 1999. (AP)

You can't get much closer to the clock tower, 2003. (AP)

You can’t get much closer to the clock tower, 2003. (AP)

The London Eye blends right into the scenery. (AP)

The London Eye blends right into the scenery, 2008. (AP)

Have you ridden the London Eye before? If not, any plans?