Tourist and day tripper favourite, London Aquarium is getting a Merlin money facelift, having been taken over by the international attraction behemoth earlier this year. Merlin are the new owners of the London Eye as well as the territorial corporation battling over Tooley Street scare supremacy so they know a thing or two about what the pleasure seeking public want.
Facing competition from the small but perfectly formed Horniman Museum aquarium that opened in 2006, and no doubt wishing to stay ahead of the ZSL's current, always slightly disappointing subaqueous collection at London Zoo whilst future proofing the County Hall collection from bombastic East London plans for Biota!, now due to open in 2012, Merlin are investing £5 million in "better viewing tunnels and interactive features" for the Southbank and bringing it under the well known Sea Life Centre brand.
We're hoping they'll be making a fantastic attraction even better (one for the suggestion box: adult only evenings?) and in the meantime, you can keep an eye on the sharks and rays by seacam.
Image courtesy of London Aquarium.