Am I the only one for whom the phrase "unique and unusual" sends a shiver up and down their spine. I dunno why, but when something is advertised as "unusual and unique" it often means... ummm... tacky. Take for example these
fine gifts which are advertised as "unusual and unique".
Anything they add in there has to be sympathetic to what is already there, because as soon as you start to add random dross to them you will destroy whatever beauty they originally had. It is at times like these I'm glad they are Grade one listed, so that Tussauds can't just do what they like to them.
Of course if AT wanted to make the most out of the gardens (and indeed the ruins) the most sensible way to go about this would be to try and attract the sort of clientelle that enjoy walking round gardens; the largely untapped market of old people. Perhaps they could do this by introducing a *shock horror, we're not going to empty their purses in one fowl swoop* OAP discount. And the best thing about old dudes - they come by the busload and are cheap and easy to entertain!
Its good to hear that it appears they've finally remembered attention to detail is a good thing! Is there alot of empty space on the side opposite to Towers Trading? A few boutiques here could be good. Maybe do what Disney do and split the retail into seperate shops, like toys in one, clothing, sweets, etc, etc in seperate places as well as the "superstore" style Trading store.
That's what Towers Street was originally designed for, it was originally about 10 different units, but all of these (barr the bank and restaurants) were removed when Tussauds took over.
Edwardo..... move me!