10 reasons to join in the after hours fun at The London Dungeon Lates

The all new London Dungeon Lates has launched at London Dungeon with a brand new Victorian Gin Palace bar! Due to popular demand, two more dates in June have been released so it’s your turn to join in the after hours fun! Here are our top ten reasons to visit the London Dungeon Lates

1. The all new Victorian Gin palace bar - before descending into the bowels of the Dungeon, guests can steel their nerves with an authentic Victorian cocktail served by a darkly mischievous Victorian barmaid in the decadent Gin Palace Bar.

Gin Palace Bar

Gin Palace Bar

2. After hours fun just for adults – join us after hours for a mischievous evening filled with adult only laughs and tipples

3. Treat yourself with the luxurious velvet package – be the first to experience the Gin Palace and treat yourself to some decadent extras with surprise tipples along the way during your 60 minute tour

4. More scares, more laughs – join in with some exclusive fun after hours. The London Dungeon Lates has been created with more scares and laughs to entertain you all in the dark!

5. Dress Up at The London Dungeon - After delving into the well-stocked dressing up box it's time to leave the modern working world behind and embark on a thrill filled journey through 1000 years of London's murky past.

Dress Up

Dress Up

6. 60 minute tour through London’s murky past – walk London’s plague ridden streets and experience how London Dungeon mashes up theatre, special effects and intriguing storytelling with wit, humour, plenty of shocks and edge of the seat surprises

7. Pie in Mrs Lovett’s pie shop – enjoy an authentic treat with Mrs Lovett before your close shave with Sweeney Todd

8. Pull up a seat in Ten Bell’s – Escape the streets and treat yourself to a Ten Bell’s special, a Gin Fizz

9. Drop Dead: drop ride to doom - The crowd cheers and it's your turn to face the drop. The noose is ready as are the Judge, Priest and executioner. The thrilling faster than gravity drop is the ultimate end to your Dungeon journey.

10. Smile at my flashy box! Our social media photographer will snap away whilst you are enjoying your gin cocktail in the gin palace and you can tag yourself and friends the following day on Facebook! For Free!

London Dungeon Lates

London Dungeon Lates

Written by Rebecca Thomas on Tuesday 20th May 2014

Great Reasons to Dive into SEALIFE After Dark

After several action packed sellout events, the SEALIFE After Dark is back and opening its doors exclusively for another VIP late night opening! Here are some fantastic reasons to jump in and join the party!

 1.       Grab your beach balls and a bucket & spade, get ready for the paparazzi! Smile for a photo as soon as you arrive at the venue and download it from Facebook the following day – what a treat.

Social Media photo at SEALIFE After Dark

Social Media photo at SEALIFE After Dark

 2.       Steel yourself to walk over the glass walkway with sharks swimming inches below your feet! Make sure you don’t fall in because sharks constantly lose and regrow new teeth to make sure they are always able to catch their food. Sharks also have skin that is covered in thousands of tiny teeth known as dermal denticles – weird!

Shark Walk at the SEALIFE London Aquarium

Shark Walk at the SEALIFE London Aquarium

 3.      What would be the perfect way to arrive at the SEALIFE After Dark….? Getting a complimentary glass of bubbles, of course! It’s a great way to start your evening and there will be plenty more opportunities to get a drink later too.

 4.      There are over 200 tanks filled with marine life from around the world at the SEALIFE London Aquarium, and you get to explore them all night long. Can you guess how many species we have? I lost count!

 5.     You can see the starfish with your own two eyes whilst they stare back with their FIVE EYES – they can be found on the tip of each arm!!  Starfish also eat large food by pushing their stomach out through their mouth and digesting it outside their body!

 6.       Learn about our Cuban crocodile in the rainforest area, just be sure to keep your fingers to yourself!! 

 7.       Visit our Gentoo Penguins, whether they are playing, running, swimming or diving they are great fun to watch with a drink in hand.

 8.      Pull up a seat and enjoy chilling out after a walk around the aquarium with food and drink available for purchase.

Food show created by Food by Dish at SEALIFE After Dark

Food show created by Food by Dish at SEALIFE After Dark

 9.       Dotted around the venue will be members of the aquarium team just bursting with fishy facts to tell you - get involved and ask them a question.

 10.   One of the best reasons for coming along to the SEALIFE After Dark is that it’s an over 18’s event. This means that you can take your time to look around at your leisure without being pulled from squid to shark by your kids!  

 

I hope this little taster gives you a good feel for the SEALIFE After Dark. We hope to see you there!!

Written by Gareth McTiffin (Friday 16th May 2014)

3 Brazilian foods you must try here in London

I have been lucky enough to be raised in a bicultural family, with an English father and Brazilian mother. And having visited Brazil more times than I could remember, I see it as my second home. I miss a lot about Brazil, like the vibrant people, the hot weather, and possibly top of my list, the incredible food. Luckily I’ve noticed a surge in great Brazilian food being produced right here in the UK! Here are my tips on must tries when it comes to Brazilian cuisine.

Churrascaria

Pronounced [chew-haas-kah-ree-uh]. and often referred to in Britain as a Rodizio, churrascaria roughly translates to a “barbecue-ery” aka, a grill or steak house. However, it is like no other steak house you will ever experience. Forget ordering a measly steak from a rather bland menu, in fact, forget the menu altogether! Churrascaria’s are much more of an experience.

When you arrive, you will first take a trip to the salad bar. I know what you’re thinking – SALAD? But this isn’t wholly accurate. Along with a selection of green items, you will also find a variety of tasty Brazilian treats here, such as coxinhas and feijoada (descriptions of these will come)

Once you are back at your table the fun begins. You will soon be inundated with staff offering you some meat off their impressive sticks. The options are endless, chicken wing, rump steak, picanha, lamb, sausage, and even chicken heart if you’re feeling adventurous! These restaurants are growing in popularity around Britain, I would recommend Rodizio Preto and get ready to try some of the tastiest meat you’ve ever had!

Salgadinho’s

Salgadinho’s are a great option for any event. Roughly translated into English as “salties” or “savouries”, Salgadinho’s refers to a variety of tasty bites, ideal for an informal standing party. One of the most popular is a tasty hot pastry snack called pastels. These are so popular due to their versatility, you can fill these parcels with pretty much anything your heart desires, savoury or sweet! Classics are cheese and mincemeat, but most places have branched out to more extravagant fillings such as pepperoni, Nutella and Ferrero roche- YUM!

Another tasty salgadinho classic is a coxinha. Not so much choice in this one, as quite frankly they are amazing just the way they are. Beautifully flavoured shredded chicken, covered in tasty mashed potato, dipped in breadcrumbs and deep fried – simple, but I have yet to meet someone who doesn’t fall in love with this treat.

Home cooked classics

The type of meal that gran will serve on a Sunday lunch, most of these consist of rice, some form of beans, and of course meat. As you have possibly already noticed, Brazilians love their meat. I went through a brief vegetarian stage and this was a bizarre concept to my Brazilian relatives, to which the response was often, “okay, have some chicken instead.”

The most famous of these dishes is feijoada. A stew like dish, this is packed with flavour and filled with black beans, sun dried beef, pork ribs and sausage. Classically served with rice and farofa (flavoured cassava flour crumbs)

 

Another favourite is the prawn bobo; a creamy prawn curry made with coconut milk and cassava. The aromas that come from this dish when being cooked – you have to smell it to believe it! And once you do, you won’t be able to resist

With their simplicity yet fantastic depth of flavour, these home cooked classics have really taken off in the UK, and are included as a popular option in our caterers, Food by Dish’s food station menu.

So whether it’s trying out a new Rodizio restaurant in celebration of the World Cup, or being a bit more adventurous when it comes to selecting the menus for your next event, make sure this is the year you experiment with some delicious Brazilian cuisine!

This blog was written by Francesca Gorvin on the 7th of May 2014

How to party 'Brazil' style this Summer!

On Saturday 26th April, we had our first 'Rio' themed event of the year here at Madame Tussauds London. Here are just a couple of tips to start you off when planning a Brazilian themed event this summer! There will be more to follow in the coming weeks.

Serve a Caipirnha

Guests arrived fresh off our Spirit of London ride to a welcome 'Caipirnha cocktail'. Did you know Caipirinha (pronounced kie-purr-REEN-yah) roughly translates to "country bumpkin" and it is the national drink of Brazil, where it originated, and is a common Carnavale drink!

Inject some colour

Theme traders provided bright neon oil drums as poseur tables which held vases of authentic and brightly coloured Brazilian sweets. The World Stage ballroom of Madame Tussauds glittered in colours of blue and yellow.

Invite Carmen Miranda

Known as a 'living table', Carmen pops up to surprise guests and creates the perfect setting to serve some Brazilian treats.

Taste the Flavour

King Prawn Bobo and Esponado De Galinha (brazilian chicken stew) were just two of the tasty treats on the menu provided by London caterer 'Food by Dish'. Desserts including a tropical version of the eton mess, fresh and zingy!

Make sure to Samba

Catching guests off guard, authentic Samba drummers started a funky beat as dancers glided out of each door in the World Stage Ballroom whipping past guests with their exotic feathers and jewelled outfits. Provided by Sternberg Clarke, the fantastic Brazilian Batteria entertained guests with a samba performance ialising in styles including Samba, Brazilian Axé, Capoeira, Afro Brazilian Dance, and Baile Funk, the group perform dynamic choreography whilst wearing the latest authentic costumes direct from Rio de Janeiro.

Want to watch the football?

We will be screening live matches of the World Cup for events booked at Madame Tussauds during the World Cup. Surrounded by football legends including Pele and David Beckham,  what better place to party this Summer?

This blog was written on 28th April 2014 by Emma Greenfield.

We're off to the UK blog awards!

Tonight we're heading to the Grange St Pauls for the first ever UK Blog Awards. What a great celebration of wonderful content shared across social media on a daily basis. Categories range from Travel to the Automobile Industry. We of course are sitting in the 'Event Industry - Organisation' category.

It would be great to win, but we are chuffed to be nominated. So today we thought we would share with you our top 5 most read blogs so far from 2014.

Top Event Trends in 2014

Want to know what's hot in the industry? Gareth from the team shares some thoughts!

https://merlineventslondon.squarespace.com/merlineventslondon/2014/3/27/top-5-event-trends-in-2014#.U1pNhZ1wYdU

London Dungeon Lates

With an all new Victorian Gin Palace bar, the London Dungeons lates is a must for any Londoner this year.

https://merlineventslondon.squarespace.com/merlineventslondon/2014/4/4/the-london-dungeon-lates#.U1pNm51wYdU

The perfect Recipe for a Bar or Bat Mitzvah

We hear from Bar and Bat Mitzvah experts 'Events Factory' on how to plan the perfect Bar or Bar Mitvzah including events here at Madame Tussauds.

https://merlineventslondon.squarespace.com/merlineventslondon/2014/4/11/the-recipe-for-the-perfect-bar-or-bat-mitzvah#.U1pNSZ1wYdU

5 Rules to help with the recruitment of the right people

A great blog to read before you advertise for that new position in your team.

https://merlineventslondon.squarespace.com/merlineventslondon/2014/2/14/tb0945ef753him5k630npe2lbli2ie#.U1pP8Z1wYdU

Top 10 reasons to party with Merlin Events in 2014

From walking across shark tanks to striking a pose with George Clooney, find out why you should use our venues this year.

https://merlineventslondon.squarespace.com/merlineventslondon/2014/3/8/top-10-reasons-to-party-with-merlin-events-london-in-2014#.U1pNY51wYdU

Thanks to those who voted for us!