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Last updated: 27 May, 2023
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.

Logistics

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.

Who to go with: organised tours

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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 (ahem) smell the chillingly amusing characters of the ‘bad old days’ as they come to life before you. Brave the Tyrant boat ride as you journey down the Thames in the dark to meet your fate. Step inside Sweeney Todd’s infamous barber shop on Fleet Street and let him give your life a short back and sides. Then tread cautiously through the streets of Whitechapel, as Jack the Ripper could be lurking just around the corner… An unmissable live walk through experience Full on 360 sets with gripping storytelling 19 interactive shows, 20 live actors, 1000 years of history State of the art theming and special effects 2 thrilling underground rides From Jack the Ripper to Sweeney Todd, The Plague to the Great Fire of London – it’s cutting edge storytelling at Its best! Allow 110 minutes for this experience

Price: £29

Min age: 5

Rating 4.06 / 5 [1679 ratings]

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