Merlin Entertainments, the owner of Alton Towers, Legoland and Madame Tussauds, has warned that the London Bridge and Manchester terrorist attacks have hit tourism numbers, and could hit footfall in the coming months.

A weak sterling had a positive impact on overseas visitors earlier this year, and did continue in the wake of March’s attack on Westminster Bridge, but the subsequent attacks in Manchester and London Bridge “have resulted in a further deterioration in domestic demand”.

However, Nick Varney, chief executive of Merlin, said: “London has bounced back before, and will do again.”

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