Today, London is one of the most modern, cosmopolitan and welcoming cities in the world, but it doesn’t take a lot of digging to uncover the darker and eerier parts of the capital’s past.
Visitors with a taste for the more macabre and ghoulish aspects of history will find few better ways of indulging this interest than the famous London Dungeon, a hugely popular attraction that provides a 90-minute journey through 1,000 years of London history.
A true multi-sensory, multimedia experience, the Dungeon brings countless fascinating London tales to life through the use of amazing sets, talented actors, fun rides and state-of-the-art special effects.
Guests will walk around 360-degree recreations of the Whitechapel Labyrinth, plague-ravaged houses and terrifying torture chambers, as they learn more about famous – or infamous – historical and cultural figures such as Henry VIII, Guy Fawkes, Jack the Ripper and Sweeney Todd.
The various stories are enlivened by a captivating 20-strong cast of live actors, who bring theatrical flair and a streak of black comedy to proceedings, meaning audiences will be shrieking one moment and laughing the next.
A total of 18 interactive live shows comprise the London Dungeon experience, as well as two spine-chilling underground rides – the vertical free-fall Drop Dead drop ride and the spooky Tyrant Boat Ride, which features the talking head of Brian Blessed as a menacing King Henry VIII.
Recommended for anyone aged eight and above with the right constitution, the London Dungeon was previously located beneath the arches on Tooley Street for nearly four decades, but recently made the move to a larger location beneath County Hall on the South Bank.
The attraction’s standard opening hours are from 10:00 to 17:00, except Thursday – when it opens at 11:00 – and the weekend, when it stays open until 18:00. Guests are advised to book in advance in order to make sure they are able to guarantee a place at the time they desire, and at the best available price.