London Eye changes hands in £1 billion deal
The London Eye has been bought by the owners of the London Dungeon as part of a £1 billion deal.
Merlin Entertainments Group has announced the acquisition of Tussauds Group plc, the attractions company best known for its waxworks and theme parks, from Dubai International Capital.
Merlin's portfolio includes the London Dungeon and the chain of Sea Life centres around the country.
"The combination of the Merlin and Tussauds brands, people and operating expertise will create an exciting and world-beating global entertainment company," says Merlin's chief executive Nick Varney.
"With such iconic brands, the expanded Merlin will not only have strong development potential, but also an amazingly robust and high value portfolio. Our ambition is to build on this to become the world leader in location based, branded, family entertainment."