GLOSS Volume 1, Issue 4 - 2017 - Page 66

WA N D E R L U S T is often the centre of state occasions and royal hospitality, even being a focal point for the British people at times of national rejoicing and mourning. It stands as a symbol of the British monarchy, an art gallery and a tourist attraction. Be sure to stick around for the Changing of the Guard ceremony for a colourful spectacle and true insight into British pageantry. London Dungeon With a city so vibrant and full for life, it’s easy to forget that it holds a dark history. Head over to the London Dungeon for a window into the gory and macabre past of this city, displayed through a mixture of live actors, special effects and rides. Learn about the plague, the Great Fire of London, Sweeney Todd and even Jack the Ripper - 1,000 years of history in the form of 18 shows, 20 actors and three rides. Audience participation is often called upon so do not worry if you suddenly find yourself trapped in a cage, you will be let out... eventually. In its 2,000 years, London has seen everything from the plague to World War II London Eye Europe’s tallest Ferris wheel, the London Eye is the most popular paid tourist attraction in the United Kingdom, standing 443 feet tall and spanning 394 feet in diameter. It offered the highest public viewing point in London until the public opening of the 72nd floor of The Shard which stands at 804 feet. The Ferris wheel aspect of the London Eye still draws in millions of visitors annually, offering a moving view of London over the South Bank of the River Thames. Madame Tussauds One of the major tourist attractions in London, Madame Tussauds is a wax museum displaying waxworks of famous and historic individuals including fictional characters.