Review: Body Worlds at London Pavilion
Piccadilly Circus’ big new attraction is guaranteed to provoke a strong reaction.
Dr Gunther von Hagen strikes again, with the return of his life’s work to London. If his name sounds familiar, that’s because he is the German doctor who caused a stir when he first performed a human dissection on UK TV in 2002.
If that’s not why you know Hagen’s name, then you must have been to Body Worlds. Started in 1995, the world-famous touring attraction opened this permanent home at London Pavilion in early autumn.
The most ambitious Body Worlds yet, its three floors are packed with astounding displays. Plastination, a preservation method pioneered by Hagen in the 1970s, is used to present real human bodies, opened up to explain how they work. The displays range from a five-months-pregnant woman with the inside of her womb revealed, to an interactive counter that tells you how healthy your blood pressure is.
The main aim of Body Worlds London is to educate visitors on how best to preserve human health and live a happy, wholesome life. There’s a strong range of information, displays and activities to enjoy here and, while some of these exhibits might shock you, you won’t forget your visit.
The London Pavilion, 1 Piccadilly Circus, W1J 0DA | 033 0223 3233
Sun-Thur 9.30am-7pm; Fri-Sat 9.30am-9pm
Advance adult £24.50, child £17.50; on the day adult £29, child £22
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