Last night, the Museum of London hosted the opening party of their latest show, Beasts of London. The experience took guests through London’s history with animal narrators voiced by iconic British model Kate Moss, Brian Blessed, Pam Ferris, Angelica Bell and Joe Pasquale.
The glamourous evening took high-profile celebs and visitors alike on a journey through time, from beasts that roamed before the city of London was created to the present-day animals who call the streets of London home. Celebrity attendees included Katie Piper, Cara De La Hoyde, Vanessa Bauer, Jaime Winstone and Megan Barton-Hanson. The evening consisted of family-friendly activities, followed by a cocktail reception and performances from Unswung heroes, a swing band from the Guildhall School.
This family-friendly immersive experience allows visitors to come face-to-face with an interactive animal kingdom and begins with the lion who talks about pre-Roman London. Throughout the rest of the journey, animals, who witnessed the change of London’s history, tell the story of how the animal population transformed from generation to generation. From London’s iconic police horses and the humble pigeon, to plague rats and urban foxes, this walk-through of the capital’s history highlights how animals’ existence has been fundamental to making London what it is today.
Our experiences with animals in the capital is rich and diverse. The show uses digital installations to explore how the landscape of wildlife has changed throughout the years. The multisensory showcase includes historical rat baiting, a popular male game that took place in London’s taverns as well as how animals, such as elephants and lions, became the face of the circus. In addition to this, the journey walks visitors through the importance of horses in our city; from carousels at the fairground, working animals in the police force and the Queen’s eight-horse-drawn carriage.
In addition to the high-profile names, the Museum of London is in partnership with the Guildhall School of Music & Drama,
with other animals voiced by students from the school. Kate Moss, the London-born supermodel, has voiced one of modern London’s most renowned animals, the fox. Brian Blessed, who voiced Grampy Rabbit in Peppa Pig, has voiced the Bacterium. Pam Ferris, best known for her role in Matilda as Ms. Trunchbull, has voiced the eagle.