The London Dungeon

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The new London Dungeon has all the ghastly gore and black comedy of the old Tooley Street attraction in a bigger and more high-tech package. A jokey celebration of torture, death and disease, visitors can journey back in time to London's plague-ridden streets (rotting corpses, rats, vile boils and projectile vomiting all come as standard) and meet some of the city's unsavoury characters, from Guy Fawkes to demon barber Sweeney Todd. A cast of blood-splattered actors are joined by 'virtual' guests, such as Brian Blessed as Henry VIII, and as well as the 18 different shows and 'surprises' – which could see you on the run from Jack the Ripper or getting lost in London's Victorian sewers – there are two rides to raise the adrenaline: a turbulent boat trip down the Thames towards execution, and a dark drop ride plunging three stories in the pitch black. Note that the London Dungeon is unsuitable for young or easily scared children.

The London Dungeon Tavern opens on December 12 2016 with a brand new story telling adventure set within a dodgy Victorian boozer. Guests will be treated to a beer or non-alcoholic beverage before the pub's regulars burst into action, telling tales of secrets, scandal and gruesome goings on. The Tavern experience is included within the main ticket price. 

Venue name: The London Dungeon
Contact:
Address: County Hall
Westminster Bridge Rd
London
SE1 7PB
Opening hours: From Mar 1 2013: Mon-Wed 10am-5pm, Thur 11am-5pm, Fri-Sun 10am-6pm. Opening times are subject to seasonal changes
Transport: Tube: Waterloo
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mcuttle
Tastemaker

This attraction is pretty much a remixed version of the one that was at Tooley Street London Bridge for so many years. Now it's on the Southbank in County Hall near Waterloo and it delivers a similar experience. Telling tales of Jack The Ripper, Sweeney Todd, The Plague, Torture and Guy Fawkes amongst others, you'll be led through a disorienting maze of corridors by actors who set the scene. A mix of jump scares, humour, special effects and a couple of rides await (a dark boat ride and a sudden drop in the 'hangman's noose'). You don't have to go on either of these rides if you're of a nervous disposition. It's fun, and this time you don't get spat out into the gift shop, but into the London Dungeon tavern where you can enjoy a soft or alcoholic drink in exchange for a token you are given which is a much better way to end the experience.

Ros A
Tastemaker

Mixed reviews on this but my goddaughter was desperate to go. First things first - it's not at London Bridge anymore! It's on the Southbank, next to the London Eye and the aquarium. You can book tickets online and skip the queues - well worth doing. It's predominantly a walking tour although there is a small amount on an underground boat and a section in a lift which drops you down a metre or two. My goddaughter (aged 13) found it pretty scary and actually so did I at times - lots of scary looking folk lurking around and plenty of being stranded in the absolute pitch black while you wait for something scary to happen. It takes around 1.5 to 2 hours but it's a great spot for a rainy day or with teenagers and it also tells you a bit of London history too. 

GeorgeX
Tastemaker

Please be aware - this is not for adults. I thought I would go to have some fun with friends but it was too childish. Not scary at all. Great for children up to 13years old to learn about London's history. Even the fast-falling-down ride at the end was too childish - expensive attraction for no reason...

Charly Lester
Staff Writer

Really good fun, for all ages.  I went on a first date, and it was a great ice-breaker.  Yes, it's touristy, but sometimes it's nice to be a tourist in your own city! A great day out for older children, and a fun escape from reality for adults.


Charly Lester - Time Out Head of Dating

Sam

I never bothered visiting the old Dungeons in the past after hearing some pretty rotten reviews about them, so imagine my surprise at thoroughly enjoying our visit to the new site yesterday (02/03/2014)! I went with a friend from out of town and we had a good laugh: the whole experience was much better than I was expecting. Of the characters, I was especially fond of the judge and his slightly unhinged clerk ("Coming, Duchess!), Mary Jane Kelly and Mrs Lovett/Sweeny Todd’s stammering and terrified assistant. The disappearing/reappearing landlady of the Ten Bells pub was cleverly done and of the projections, I enjoyed the two plague-ridden corpses bickering in their coffins the best. The interaction between the characters and the “prisoners” (namely us) was fun: cheesy in a darkly humorous way (if you subscribe to gallows humour, you’ll most likely enjoy this) and the costumes and make up were great. The majority of the actors exceeded my expectations (Mary Jane Kelly and the Judge and his nutty clerk were especially good). The executioner’s drop at the end had us shrieking with pleasure and terror. My only criticisms were that the demarcated queuing area (just as you come in, to the left) was in desperate need of better lighting - it was so dark, I had to use my iTorch to guide me through without walking into the chains. Also, the second half of the boat ride was underwhelming. However, despite that, everything ran smoothly and it was obvious that a lot of thought and planning had gone into designing and setting up the venue. All in all, it was a fun hour and a half (or thereabouts) being guided through the underbelly of London’s dark history. I’d recommend booking online in advance - we did and avoided the ever-growing queue waiting outside in the cold.

Pat Young

Way too expensive for a predictable, cheesy experience. Save your money for the Imax instead.

tom

Great fun! Booked online priority tickets cheaper and faster entry. Very mont pytrhon funny with some clever jumpy bits