As the London Eye stopped turning back in March, it felt symbolic of London life.
As Madame Tussauds packed away her waxworks and the entrances to The London Dungeon drew closed, the city ground to a halt. Tourist attractions suddenly became a remote memory, along with eating out, trips to the movies and drinks with mates.
Today, we can celebrate another sign that the city is returning to some semblance of normality. Merlin Entertainments have announced that all five of their attractions will reopen on Saturday, August 1 in line with government guidance, including the London Eye, Madame Tussauds London, the Sea Life London Aquarium, The London Dungeon and Shrek’s Adventure! London.
While the swarms of tourists may not be back for a little while, day-trippers and staycationers will be able to experience a slightly altered ‘magical day out’ thanks to raised safety protocols, which include:
- reduced capacity to allow for social distancing, meaning you’ll need to pre-book a timed ticket;
- temperature checks for all guests and team members before entry;
- enhanced cleaning procedures, with hygiene stations and hand sanitiser at crucial points during the attractions;
- any guest over the age of 11 will be asked to wear a mask;
- staff will wear face masks/coverings or suitable PPE.
Sadly, though, all meet-and-greets are removed – so we’re afraid you’ll need to catch up with Shrek and Donkey some other time.