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Visitor numbers up at the London Eye whilst Tate suffers drop

Visitor numbers for two leading SE1 attractions have been revealed in a new survey from the English Tourism Council.

The survey found that the top admission-paying attraction in Britain during 2001 was the British Airways London Eye, which accommodated an estimated 3.85 million people, an increase of more than 16 per cent on 2000.

After its highly successful first year, Tate Modern on Bankside had 8.3 per cent fewer visitors last year, although its 3.55 million figure was enough to keep it in fourth place in the league table of free attractions.

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