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7/7 effect causes tourist numbers to plunge

London SE1 website team

Visitor numbers at Tate Modern and the London Eye fell 12 per cent last year. But the Imperial War Museum bucked the trend with a seven per cent rise.

Tate Modern received 3.9 million visitors in 2005, 12.1 per cent down on 2005, according to statistics from the Association of Leading Visitor Attractions.

The London Eye suffered a 12 per cent fall, with 3.25 million visits in 2005.

"The London bombings on July 7th and the failed attempts on July 21st had a considerable impact in central London, especially on the domestic market, throughout the summer holidays," said Alva director Robin Broke.

The Imperial War Museum in Lambeth Road posted a seven per cent increase in the number of visits, to just over 730,000. Its sister attraction HMS Belfast saw a modest three per cent drop to 240,000.

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