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Last updated: 06 November, 2022
Expert travel writer: Sarah Barrell

Something seriously spooky can found lurking on the Southbank, just beyond the London Eye. This light-hearted look at some of London’s most gruesome periods of history, its shadiest characters and most horrific happenings is delivered with a good dose of gallows humour, via rides, live action and at times quite impressive special effects.

Learn what happened to Gun Powder Plotter, Guy Fawkes during his 10 days of torture, take a visit to Sweeney Todd’s barber shop, wander – if you dare – through Whitechapel Labyrinth, Jack the Ripper’s lair, and plunge to your virtual death on the Long Drop, a recreation of 18th-century Newgate gallows.

Fiercely funny and gratuitously gory, come with a well-lined stomach and steady nerves.

While you’re there 

If you’re left wanting some more macabre Dungeon fun, try the new Escape Room experience which sees patrons sentenced to death for conspiring against King Henry VIII, and 60 minutes to escape the executioner.

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Price from: £27
Minimum age: 12
Age suitable: 12+
When: All year around

Getting there & doing it

Next door to the London Eye, the London Dungeons is easy to find, located a few minutes’ walk from London Waterloo station (rail and Underground), numerous bus routes and the river service stopping at London Eye pier.

Tickets are timed entry, and each group is guided through the venue, the entire experience taking around 50 minutes. Arrive 15 minutes before your ticketed time.

Recommended for children aged 12 up; younger children are allowed at the discretion of the accompanying adult. Lighting is low inside the venue, so wear shoes that are easy to walk in.

When to do it

It’s open all year round, seven days a week. Expect crowds at all times, though school holidays and weekends are the busiest.

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 The London Dungeon Standard Ticket

The London Dungeon Standard Ticket

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The London Dungeon is a uniquely thrilling attraction that will whisk you way back to the capital’s most perilous past. See, hear, feel and ...

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London, United Kingdom (UK)[0.2 miles]

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London, United Kingdom (UK)[0.8 miles]

This opulent Art Deco hotel, right in the buzzing West End, is discreet, elegant, and full of A-list stories.

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London, United Kingdom (UK)[0.9 miles]

Low prices without sacrificing style or comfort are the order of the day at The Resident’s smart Covent Garden address.

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London, United Kingdom (UK)[1 miles]

A stylish boutique hotel with a standout bar, superb London Eye views and Covent Garden and the Royal Opera House right outside the door.

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