Last night (July 19) we headed down to the launch of the newly expanded Priceless London Wonderground site on the South Bank. Now that the ruddy great big purple cow, the Udderbelly, has mooved on up to Edinburgh, the space has been transformed into a spectacular Coney Island-style carnival, complete the cabaret-tastic Speigeltent, bars, food stalls, a bandstand, glow-in-the-dark maze, freaky taxidermy sideshow and two fun-fair rides: the Cyclone roller coaster and the Star Flyer. The Cyclone packs quite a punch, with free-spinning cars shuttling through some sharp hair-pin turns (which hurt, hold on). But the big draw last night was the Star Flyer. It’s the tallest travelling ride in the country, and gives a glorious view across London, with riders swinging gently around a 60-metre tower on long chains. Not one for those with a fear of heights, or for those who’ve just had their hair done.
For info, see London Wonderground listing.