This Exhibition Tells The Fascinating Story Of Animals That Have Shaped London’s History

Take an immersive tour through London’s history, and meet the animals that have shaped it along the way.

A mere 125,000 years ago, it’s believed that not only were hippos happily splashing about the Thames, but lions would have been stalking the hills of Hampstead Heath. (Read more about that here.) However, Beasts of London, a new exhibition coming to the Museum of London, will shed some light on the more modern history of our city’s incredible creatures.

Created in partnership with the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Beasts of London is an interactive exhibition taking place at the Museum of London, and it will explore the roles animals have played in shaping London as it is today. You’ll be taken on a journey through time, using interactive tools and video projection mapping, making trips to the Roman era and Medieval London, where you’ll get to meet the animals that have once roamed this city. It’s not all pigeons, rats and foxes, either — although they will make an appearance — but there’ll also be stories from lions and elephants and other surprising creatures throughout London’s beastly history.

The voices of these animals will be played by some well known celebs, including Kate Moss as an intelligent fox; Angellica Bell as a rat once used for entertainment; Pam Ferris as an eagle during the Roman rule; and Stephen Mangan as Governatore, who was once King Henry VIII’s steed.

Beasts of London will run from April 5 to January 5. Tickets cost £10 and are on sale here.

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