The London Dungeon

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© Ed Marshall
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. In 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.

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Ross Emerick

The idea of spending hours queuing at one of the biggest tourist attractions in London fuels me with a little dread, however the anticipation of taking my daughter, retired mother and fiancée with a nervous disposition to the London Dungeons to delve into a comedy world of London's eerie past and urban myth fills me with large doses of happiness. Perhaps the cruel blood inside of me is rubbing it's hands at the thought of seeing the dye come out of my mum's hair as the fright of Sweeney Todd's knife flies close by or perhaps my fiancée's hatred for Brian Blessed (Clearly she has not read up on the venue) or maybe even delving into the unknown of my daughters head. Either way I feel any queuing wait will be more than worth the slight pain as I give a wry smile with all the verve of a James Bond villain ......... I hope it doesn't all backfire !