Thursday, August 21, 2008

Ripely's Believe It or Not London

Robert Ripley, the cartoonist, the explorer, the reporter, adventurer, illustrator, collector and seeker of the odd and unusual, is a man who lived a life that can only be summed up by the statement he himself created; “Believe It or Not!” His life’s work, his discoveries, his artistry, the tales he told and adventures he lived will forever be the foundation of all that Ripley Entertainment encompasses.-Ripley's Believe It or Not London.

I've been to a couple of the Ripley's Believe It or Nots and found them to be a bit of fun. The oddities at the London Ripley's include a Mini called The Crystal Car covered in 1 million Swarovski lead crystals, in the shape of 10 separate images of American Icons, including the such sights as the Statue of Liberty, the Hollywood Hills sign, and Mt Rushmore. You do have to wonder what this thing would look like on a nice sunny day. There are also things like Shrunken Heads, a Vampire Slaying Kit, and a Portrait of Princess Di made out of dryer lint.

The Ripley's Believe It or Nots that I have visited have been a bit cheesy and silly, for all their oddities and weirdness. The London Ripely's has a mirror maze to add to the fun, though I never really found running into a wall all that much fun myself.

Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Museum London is located at 1 Piccadilly Circus in the heart of London's West End. The nearest tube station is Piccadilly Circus which has service from both the Piccadilly Line and the Bakerloo Line. Upon arrival at the tube station, please use Exit 4 to Coventry Street and we are located where Coventry Street and Shaftesbury Avenue enter Piccadilly Circus

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