London is a funky, eclectic city with many attractions and things to do. It has a little something for everyone’s tastes. This list covers the more unusual aspects of London.
The famous London Eye is perfect to get a bird’s eye view of the capital of Great Britain. An impressive 135 meters high, the London Eye is a traditional Ferris wheel made over in modern style with 32 metallic capsules holding 25 people each. For those undaunted by the height, it’s a terrific view from up high.
Madame Tussauds is the famous home of the wax figures. Check out the Royals and all the other figures of British fame. Marie Tussaud, a wax sculpturer from France created the wax museum in 1775 and some of her original pieces are still on display today. There are a number of her museums in major cities of the world.
The London Dungeon is an attraction covering the 1000 years of horror and gore. With 14 shows and one thrill ride, here is an experience not to be missed. It covers the goriest parts of British history including the great plague, the fire of London, and the time of Jack the Ripper. Take a look at the torture chamber and even a haunted mansion. For those who love scary, the Dungeon is the place to go.
Along the lines of fantastic, Ripley’s Believe It or Not showcases the weird and the wonderful. From flea circuses to shrunken heads, everyone will love looking at the strange displays from around the world. Created by Robert Ripley in the early 1900’s, the idea was originally a cartoon series based on the bizarre sports facts and then evolved into bizarre general facts from around the world. It now encompasses more than 80 different attractions on the premise of strange facts that may not be believable.
Fans of Sherlock Holmes flock to 221B Baker Street to see his apartment. Step back in time and check out his digs! The museum is small with only static displays but for readers of Arthur Conan Doyle, this may be an important attraction to visit.
The Old Operating Theatre Museum is the strangest of all museums with its display of an operating theatre from the early 1800’s. It is located within a church and part of a woman’s ward of a hospital. A surgical demonstration is available every week to present how early surgery was performed before anesthetics became widely used. Another museum dedicated to medicine is the Anesthesia Museum, a collection related to the history of pain relief. This collection was started by Dr. Jake Johnston and has since been added to for teaching purposes. Other types of medical equipment of historical relevance have been acquired by the museum staff for a more complete display.
London can be cultural, artistic and historical. London is exciting and energetic and London can also be fun and quirky as shown by this list of attractions.