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London Eye voted top modern English icon

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The London Eye has topped a poll to find England's modern icons, with nearly six in ten choosing the wheel and a quarter selecting the Millennium Bridge.

The results of the GfK NOP survey have published to mark the launch of ICONS – A Portrait of England, an interactive project commissioned by of the Department for Culture, Media and Sport.

SE1 landmarks scored particularly highly amongst those polled in the London region, with 24 per cent of Londoners choosing Tate Modern as a 21st century English icon.

The project aims to kick-start a national debate about what makes England what it is in the 21st century and to encourage members of the public to nominate their cultural icons.

The ICONS website will give people an opportunity to vote on each other's nominations and submit anecdotes and comments about their chosen icons.

"Who hasn't ached for a proper cup of tea when they've been on an overseas holiday or yearned for their team to pick up the FA Cup at the end of the season?” said Culture Minister, David Lammy MP. “The ICONS website helps us to explore how our response to icons has shaped our understanding of personal and national identity."

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