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European Aquatics Championships at the London Aquatics Centre – 9th to 22nd May 2016

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The iconic London Aquatics Centre at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park welcomes Europe’s best synchronised swimmers, divers and swimmers for the European Aquatics Championships between the 9th and 22nd May.

Over the two weeks, history will be made as mixed gender synchronised swimming and mixed gender synchronised diving are included on a European Aquatics Championships schedule for the first time. There are also four combined synchronised swimming and sessions, another first for the event.

The UK hasn’t hosted the European Aquatics Championships since 1993 with the event set to be the biggest to be held at the London Aquatics Centre since the 2012 Olympic and Paralympics.

It will be the last chance to watch Britain’s and Europe’s best in major competitive action before the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.The British Diving team will feature world medallists Tom Daley, Jack Laugher, Chris Mears and Rebecca Gallantree.

If you would like more information or book tickets, visit the Euroaquatics  website here

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FINA/NVC Diving World Series 2015 at the London Aquatics Centre -1st to 3rd May 2015

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The FINA Diving World Series arrives at the London Aquatics Centre on the May 1st for a high-profile competition which features the world’s best divers. The FINA Diving World Series operates between March to May, in a six-leg competition format which features ten events: women’s and men’s 3m springboard, 10m platform, 3m springboard synchro and 10m platform synchro. The 2015 edition features for the first time 2 mixed events, 3m and 10m synchro. A total prize money of one and half million dollars is distributed in the Series.

In the London event,the sychronised events will take place on the opening day and will be straight finals with the 10m Synchro in the afternoon session and the 3m Synchro in the evening.The world’s best individual springboard divers will then take the stage on day two, competing in prelims in the morning before the men’s and women’s finals in the evening. On the final day, the action restarts from the high tower with the likes of Tom Daley in action in prelims from 10am and finals from 7pm.

In the series so far, the British divers have performed well but it is the Chinese that have dominated most of the events. British competittors to look out for are Tonia Couch, Jack Laugher and Tom Daley.  China’s Yuan Cao, Qui Bo, and Xiaohui Huang & Huixia Liu will provide stiff competition.

The 2015 Series is the ninth running of the event and takes place over six legs in Beijing (March 13-15), Dubai (March 19-21), Kazan (April 24-26), London (May 1-3), Windsor (May 22-24) and Mexico City (May 29-31).

You can buy your tickets for the London leg of the FINA/NVC Diving World Series

1st May – here

2nd May – here

3rd May – here

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Review : Madame Tussauds London

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It might be a surprise to many people that Madame Tussauds has a long history in London, although the attractions origins were in France it has entertained people in London for over 200 years.

Madame Tussauds was founded by wax sculptor Marie Tussaud who was taught in the 1770s the art of wax modelling by Dr Philippe Curtius in Switzerland. Tussaud created her first wax sculpture, of Voltaire, in 1777. During the French Revolution she modelled many of the victims, alledgedly searching for severed heads to make death masks. In 1802 she came to London and then traveled throughout Great Britain and Ireland exhibiting her collection. From 1831 she leased a part of a building in Baker Street which became Tussaud’s first permanent home in 1836.

Although there were a number of famous people in the exhibition, the most popular attraction was the Chamber of Horrors which included figures of victims of the French Revolution, murderers and other famous criminals.  The success of the attraction led to a move to the present larger premises in 1884, in the 20th century Madame Tussauds  survived a major fire in 1925 and bomb damage in 1940.

If the main attraction for a long part of Madame Tussauds history was the Chamber of Horrors, in more recent times it has concentrated more on celebrities. It is often a measure of your popularity as a celebrity if you have a figure in Madame Tussauds as the attraction continually add figures that reflect contemporary public opinion.

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However the attraction has made significant recent changes by getting rid of the roped off areas and letting visitors get close to the models for photographs, there is an updated Horror section, a London ride and  Marvel Super Heroes 4D movie experience!

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The Attraction begins with a large number of familiar faces including Brad Pitt, Angelia Jolie, Patrick Stewart, Nicole Kidman and many others on the red carpet and some of the  well known names in Indian cinema.

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The movie section includes  icons such as Marilyn Monroe, John Wayne, Audrey Hepburn  and Arnold ‘Terminator’ Schwarzenegger.

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Usain Bolt, Jessica Ennis, Tiger Woods, Tom Daley and Lewis Hamilton are just some of sports stars and there is a special section paying homage to Bobby Moore and the England 1966 World Cup win .

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You can have a slightly surreal audience with The Queen with the rest of the Royal Family.

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The cultural icons is a diverse selection that includes Einstein, Van Gogh and Stephen Hawking.

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You can see Boris Johnson and David Cameron outside Downing Street and Barack Obama in his White House Office. Other leaders include Churchill, Nelson Mandela and rather strangely Adolf Hitler.

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The Chamber of Horrors  entitled Scream offers scary models and live actors,  The premise is a  maximum security prison has been taken over by its inmates. It is considered so scary it is only suitable persons of 12 years and older, its not considered suitable for pregnant women or visitors with heart conditions or high blood pressures.

To calm down there is then a short ride in a small black  cab through a variety of scenes that illustrate London’s history.

The final section is populated with Marvel Super Heroes including a huge Incredible Hulk, you then enter the small cinema  to experience a 10 minute 4D Marvel Super Heroes movie experience that provides a few thrills and spills that offers a few surprises for the audience.

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It may seem strange that in a time of computer graphic animation that an attraction of waxwork figures would still be popular, but over the last 200 years Madame Tussauds have had their finger on the pulse  of what’s popular and provide entertainment based on that, for example in May 2015 there will be a new feature that includes Star Wars scenes. Star Wars at Madame Tussauds will be featuring 16 of the most famous heroes and villains in scenes from some of the most iconic moments featured in Star Wars Episodes.

The nature of the entertainment means it is especially popular amongst young people, however it is not really aimed at very young children. It is essentially an attraction that provides a series of mini attractions  and concentrates on providing fun and enjoyment without taking itself too seriously. If anything  the age of the ‘selfie’ has added to its attraction where you can now get close to the models.

Madame Tussauds is not only popular in London, there are branches all over the world with new ones due to be opened in Beijing, Prague, Singapore, Orlando and San Francisco.

VLG Tips – Madame Tussauds is part of the Merlin Entertainment group which also owns the London Eye, London Dungeon and Sea Life Aquarium. If you intend to visit more than one of their attractions buying a combination ticket can offer large discounts. 

Visiting London Guide Rating – Recommended

If you would like further information or to buy tickets, visit the Madame Tussauds website here.

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