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London Aquarium

How to Find it: Just along the South Embankment upstream from the London Eye
Open: Daily from 10:00 – 18:00 (17:00 last admission). Open all year round except Christmas Day.
Prices: Adults: £8.50 Children: £5.00
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This critique last updated:  Feb 2008

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This review submitted by Neils Johs. Legarth Iversen January 2001
London Aquarium is not only one of the newest and largest aquaria in Europe, but also one of the finest. It is housed in the cellars of the old County Hall right beside the conspicuous London Eye, overlooking the Thames and within sight of the Houses of Parliament, in short the best location for an aquarium you could imagine in London. The house obviously was not built to accomodate an aquarium, but somehow the plan worked, so when you walked around down there you don't feel in any way that it wasn't created for the purpose, – no endless straight corridors with aequidistant . There are 3 floors, but the main part of the tanks are concentrated on two subterranean floors connected by stairs. In the center there are basically two large tanks, one (the largest) with Atlantic open sea fauna, the other with pacific (sharks). Around the outer wall (and to some degree also inwards towards the centre) there are smaller aquaria representing just about any water biotope you could imagine. When you enter you first walk through a long tunnel with little to see, -probably to accostume your eyes to the scarce light. Then you arrive at a section describing the history of London as the history of its sewers, with detailed accounts of how the growing pollution of the water affected people's lives. All this is explained on the wall to your right, while a 25 m long stream divided in several sections follows the wall to your left. The following tanks mostly concentrate on temperate waters, though tanks representing the tropical waters soon pop up. When you have closed the circle you walk down the stairs to the bottom level, and here you, among other things, an appended section describing the coral reefs of this planet. It is not cheap to visit the London Aquarium, but worth every penny.

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