Five favourite London experiences with Merlin

From celebgazing to sharkwatching to starring in your own Shrek adventure, Merlin’s attractions are some of the best-loved experiences for dates, mates, families and visitors from outta town

star wars, madame tussauds
© Mikael Buck / Madame Tussauds

Rain or shine, our city isn’t short of things to do. But when you want an experience that takes you somewhere else, that lets you escape normality without leaving London, then there are five special places that really can’t be beat.

Cruise high over the river with beautiful views on the London Eye, voted one of the most romantic places in the world – second only to the Eiffel Tower!

Step back in time to get a spine-tingling sense of London’s most horrific historic happenings, hiding out with Guy Fawkes, dodging the Great Plague and trying to escape from Jack the Ripper at The London Dungeon.

Take a walk into a water wonderland at the Sea Life London Aquarium, getting up close to rare turtles, sharks and even penguins.

Board a flying bus with Donkey and enter the stinky world of the ogre’s swamp on a mission to bring your own real-action Dreamworks fairy tale to a happy ending at Shrek’s Adventure! London.

All of these pleasures can be found in or close to County Hall on the South Bank, then you’re off to Baker Street for one last glamorous mission – to pose for selfies with over 300 famous faces at Madame Tussauds.

There are new exhibitions popping up at all these venues throughout the year, so keep an eye on the Things to Do listings for the latest news, and read our features below to get a fresh perspective on great ways to spend your day.

Love is in the air
Things to do

Love is in the air

Getting romantic in a Cupid’s Capsule on the London Eye

Ogre odyssey
Kids

Ogre odyssey

Fun, frolics and a breathtaking chase through Shrek’s Adventure! London

A stellar cast
Things to do

A stellar cast

A fan’s eye view of the incredible ‘Star Wars’ gallery at Madame Tussauds

Diving below the surface
Things to do

Diving below the surface

Take a fascinating walk along the Thames riverbed at Sea Life London Aquarium

Halloween make-up tips
Things to do

Halloween make-up tips

A horror make-up masterclass at The London Dungeon