The London Dungeon

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Tales of murder, torture and other foul deeds are brought to life on a tour of London’s horrible past in scary but seriously funny style

After four decades under the arches in Tooley Street, London Bridge, the city's notorious dungeons moved to the South Bank, where it's made itself at home since 2013. That may not sound like an 'orrible, stinkin' location, but believe us, they've certainly turned it into one: with genuine foul smells and real life rats.

When you get there take a trip down a cobbled, shadow-laden alleyway, where you’ll join the 90-minute immersive tour that basically guides you through just how grim it was to live in London in the days of yore. Actors in Victorian garb make you jump as they recount tales of the capital’s history: some legendary, some true, all pretty awful. You’ll hear about tyrant kings, pestilential houses, murder, torture, terror and more murder.

The high jinks all takes place in superb sets that gather a stonking variety of scenery, smells, rides and atmospheric lighting to make you feel like you’ve left the twenty-first century behind. You can step into the shoes of a ‘traitor’ in the days of Henry VIII, and sail downriver to the Tower of London. Plus, you can discover all there is to know about the ill-fated Gunpowder Plot from Mr Guido Fawkes himself. And you can wander the streets where Jack the Ripper prowled – and plenty more.

The gross get-ups the actors have to wear are disgustingly impressive. The puss-filled sores are enough to make you heave, but hopefully you'll be distracted enough by the genuinely funny approach to the experience. And don't be embarrassed if you scare easily, because there's not a soul in there who'll be able to resist even the tiniest of shrieks when something inevitably jumps out at the group.

While there’s no official age limit, this is recommended for ages 12 and over – anyone younger might find this a bit too much. Adults who don’t fancy the boat ride or the sudden drop at the hangman’s final should note they can exit at certain points along the tour, and wait for their fellow visitors on the other side. You’ll all probably be in need of a strong drink afterwards.

By: Laura Lee Davies

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Venue name: The London Dungeon
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Address: County Hall
Westminster Bridge Rd
London
SE1 7PB
Opening hours: Mon–Wed, Fri 10am–5pm; Thu 11am–5pm; Sat, Sun 10am–5pm.
Transport: Tube: Waterloo
Price: £30, £21 adv, £24 ages 4-15, £16.80 adv ages 4-15
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The 4 of us went today me, the wife and 2 children [ 29/08/2018 ], lets just say the old site was much much better , think it was by  London bridge , you go in , some bloke is dressed up talking something , i couldn't make out what he was saying , you go on a small boat ride , then you go into another room with some bloke talking , then you go into another room and listen to another person talking , you get the picture here ? i was constantly waiting for something to happen , it was really boring , i wouldn't go again . 

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Having 'avoided' the very busy London Dungeon, I finally visited last summer via a 'lates' adults only session (with food and drinks to support the scary theme). This, in my opinion, is the best way to visit the museum/show/exhibition. Staff work hard to keep you immersed, and without any children present you won't have to watch your language as you scream. 

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Situated in ‘Merlin’s Corner’ on the river Thames along London’s Southbank, the scary attraction gives you a feel of what to expect with the gruesomely costumed actors luring you in outside. On entering, you are put into small groups and taken straight into the first dungeon. Each dungeon had it’s own scary story with it’s own brilliantactors playing the parts. They made great effort to get all the group to join in too. The dungeons all had very low lighting and I distinctively remember a cold damp smell when walking through, creating a real eerie and dark atmosphere, perfect for hearing some horror stories. The tales were all excellently told and made it a great way to learn about some of London’s more gruesome history. The tour itself took around an hour and is definitely suitable to the entire family, although beware if you are easily startled.

tastemaker

I went to London Dungeon Lates on Friday night with a few friends and left disappointed. I was expecting it to be scarier then it was given that it was an evening designed for adults. The concept of a late night visit to the Dungeons with the bonus of having drinks in a tavern is great, however, the delivery could do with some work. The actors get you involved by providing you with bowler hats on entry and a photographer goes around the bar at the start taking photos which is cool but there was nowhere at the end of the experience for us to view the photos. The drinks included in the price are supposed to be gin and lemon cocktails but they tasted like lemonade. The acting in parts was a little lacklustre. My favourite was the owner of the pie shop, she was brilliant. One last moan, we finished the experience at approximately 9ish and they had closed the toilets in the venue so we had to leave the venue and find toilets elsewhere if we wanted to stay in the bar. I wasn't impressed.

tastemaker

Fortunately London Dungeon has evolved over the years so, although it is still a very touristy attraction, they have adults-only after-hours events (Dungeon Lates) which for me is the best way to experience the attraction.

You can't visit it and not be creeped out, especially at night.

Actors take you around the dungeon while you explore London's dreary past (think the plague, Sweeney Todd and of course Jack the Ripper).

Every dark passage has the threat of a guy in a long cloak waiting to scare you out of your wits. In the gloomy Ten Bells pub, during the Jack the Ripper investigation, I practically ended up on a stranger's lap when a suspect jumped out from behind a curtain I happened to be sitting next to!

It's a relief to have a much-needed drink or two at the Dungeon's bar afterwards.

tastemaker

If they ever do Dungeon lates go! I went to the first lot of these when it was just the bar and it was amazing. From the minute you walk in it's all themed and the actors are 100% in character. And the fact I got a delicious gin cocktail to steady my nerves was very much appreciated. 


Without giving too much away, the Jack the Ripper section was the most scariest for me, but again you get another drink to calm you down. Mrs Lovett was also amazing and you got a tasty meat pie!! 


I really enjoyed going to an adults only event, the jokes were bluer and the actors could really let go and have fun with you if you are willing to get involved. If you want a giggle and a slight scare I would definitely go. Fun, quirky night out. 

Tastemaker

If you have a merlin pass this is a great day out, I wouldn't pay the on the door fee. I haven't tried the 7 deadly sins but it does sound fun. Ive always loved the jack the ripper and sweeny todd section. The actors are really good and really make the experience

tastemaker

Personally I preferred it when London Dungeons was actually situated at London Bridge seemed more like a Dungeon and more scarier now with it being at the SouthBank it has lost its fear factor even before walking into the door as the building is so modern looking and not like a dungeon.  Plus the dummies and other props seem to fake however the actors still remain brilliant, and the costumes and make-up are first class. So if you have not been I would still recommend as can learn great history facts and stories of London such as Jack the Ripper.  

tastemaker

I am a fan of Merlin Entertainments and in particular the London Dungeon, I have now attended 2 'Lates' the second of which was the 'Extra Bite' which included the food related to the 7 deadly sins, although we did struggle to understand how they were all linked to the sins, having now seen a menu that someone else has posted on here it all makes a bit more sense but this would have been good to see on the night! The drinks weren't great but the food really wasn't too bad at all and you really did get a lot of it on the way round.

The actors were good, especially Mrs Lovett and I did enjoy the experience overall, especially being an adults only event. However I have to say going in the day you do get a fuller experience and the rides are good too, so for me this was really missing in the evening. 

Would I pay £50+ for this experience, whilst it was enjoyable, I'd have to say I would not. 

tastemaker

London Dungeon v2.0 isn't a patch on the old version. Over in London Bridge, it was dark and damp and murky, but here it's just a little bit 'wipe clean'.The actors are brilliant, and the costumes and make-up are first class, but it's hard to see past the plastic. 

Tastemaker

I went to the London Dungeon for the first time in 4 years - and first time since it's moved from London Bridge to the Southbank - last week.

It was for a special night called Seven Deadly Sins, a night walking through all the creepy stories of London, each tableau representing a different deadly sin and paired with a special dish or drink. The concept and London Dungeon experience were really good but I wasn't that fond of the food and drinks... The drinks were mainly super sweet lemonade and the food was simply not great.

I enjoyed but probably wouldn't pay £50 to go there.

tastemaker

An fun way to really immerse yourself into some of the dark sides of London's past. The actors are incredible and if you truly let your imagination run wild there are more surprises along the way. I checked out the Seven Deadly Sins late night which was a quicker tour with themed drinks and food along the way. The food and drink added to the experience and it was good there weren't any children Attending the lates even though you may have forgotten that based on some of my screaming.

tastemaker

I attended the evening 7 deadly sins event at the London Dungeon, and mostly wasn't overly impressed. The premise was that you got to visit the Dungeons and eat/drink stuff related to the 7 deadly sins. We got to check out a few bits of the Dungeon - Mrs Lovett in her pie shop was excellent, as was the Sweeny Todd part, but some of the other actors were struggling to keep our attention, and didn't seem to have a huge amount to say. The food/drink options were also pretty average, and mostly it was a bit of a scramble for everyone to get one (esp for the meat eaters, I kept getting left with the veggie option!). The cocktails were generally disappointing, and the only definitely alcoholic drink was the shot! We only got to see a few parts of the whole Dungeon, but did walk through some bits that looked cool; and also didn't get to go on either of the rides. I got to experience this event for free, but if I'd paid £59 I would not have been impressed.

In summary, go to the London Dungeon in the daytime and see all of it and get your dinner in an actual restaurant!

tastemaker

The last time I visited the London Dungeon, it was still back in London Bridge and I was about 8 years old. I’m not into horror or being scared but I do like immersive theatre and that combined with food despite the potential for being scared out of my wits? Oh go on then! Even better, the theme was the seven deadly sins which I always like to run through despite me forgetting two of them without fail. 


We arrived at 1815 and whilst waiting for others to arrive we were treated to a drink where we were greeted by a cheery barmaid who was slightly macabre. The culinary journey then started with a jester to Henry the Eighth who was rather envious of our soup. He somehow managed to smell the fear in me and picked on me! Luckily it was all in good humour otherwise I fear I would have lashed out! Anyway onwards to wrath where an executioner showed us his instruments of torture whilst we ate a chicken skewer. We then skipped a few centuries to try Mrs. Lovett’s pies. Honestly it was one of the best pies I have had in a long time! Was nice and hot too :) We then met her sister who gave us a shot of blood to keep us healthy and then Sweeney Todd paid us a visit. I was a bit scared at this point and did scream rather a lot! We then met up with a lady of the night who told us to be careful as Jack the Ripper was about. Whilst she told us what was going on we had a ménage de trois of prawns, strawberries and avocado served in an Oyster shell which honestly was delicious. Sadly I never got to try the Prosecco pastille as either there weren’t enough or someone took too many. We then went to the courts of justice where my friend was found guilty of sheep rustling but were given gold coins on the way out before we had a small meal of sausages and mash. For dessert we then had a doughnut each. I was very surprised it wasn’t just an ordinary jam doughnut, we tried the peanut butter and jam doughnut and the chilli and chocolate doughnut which was fresh and almost as good a Crosstown doughnut. All in all I loved the way they sowed a story together around the 7 deadly sins. The acting was great and the set was amazing! 


Tips: 


1.  The website says they cater for non alcoholics because 4 of the drinks are shots and cocktails but there were no alternatives and we didn’t feel we could tell anyone as the only people about were the actors…. Ask up front if you need the alternative 

2. The food is just there for you to grab and I think this is why we didn’t get a pastille as we didn’t get there quick enough. Make sure you get your food as they do run out! 

3. Its ok for scaredy cats. I survived :D 

4. Takes about 90 minutes, 60 minutes if youre in a rush 



tastemaker

Perhaps not the best night out for the faint-hearted, a visit to the London Dungeons is however certainly one Dorian Gray would approve of. I attended a quirky immersive dinner experience at the Dungeons under the intriguing heading: 'The seven deadly sins’. Imagine a sort of seven course/drink experience taking you and your senses through the seven classic misdeeds. 


And it’s not just about the taste, although the lustful aphrodisiac salad consisting of a menage a trois of prawns, strawberries and avocado on an oyster shell will certain delight your tastebuds. You will be guided by quirky Londoners of the 19th century through the dark, via labyrinthic passageways and into hidden chambers, where your paths will cross with Sweeny Todd (or at the very least you’ll hear his voice) or the shadow of Jack the Ripper. 


The actors on site are great and ready to make it a night out to remember. However, given this is a food focused night based on the seven sins, I think more effort could have gone into linking the themes to the food to really bring out the flavours as well as leave a lasting impression on the visitors (I am still not entirely convinced that the sausages on wholegrain mustard mash were really that gluttonous). Nonetheless, it was a fun night and certainly an experience worth trying out for a change, especially if you fancy pushing your senses and your mind into unchartered territory.

tastemaker

I've actually been to London dungeon before and so I thought I knew what to expect with the whole "London lates - seven deadly sins" experience..... I was wrong.

Its a different experience from the actual show.. Its based on seven deadly sins which somehow gets forgotten in my opinion. Such a shame as that was the main theme.

Food wise I dont think the standard was high enough and the "alcoholic" drinks tasted very watery except for the shots.

I think they way they give the food could be executed better so that a hoard of guests dont have to fight to get their hands on the non vegetarian/more exciting option" ....

Apart from that I had fun. The actors at court made me laugh and I enjoyed myself and that's all that counts really doesn't it? Nothing like some thrills and screams to get your blood pumping!!!

Does London dungeon need this after hours edition? No..its amazing on its own

tastemaker

If food can't make it exciting, nothing can. 


Those were the initial thoughts as I entered the Dungeons tonight on what promised to be a culinary walk-through London's history, accompanied by a 'seven deadly sins' taster menu. What followed really was only one sin, greed, but it's not the attendees' fault necessarily.


Operating since 1974, it's a bit strange that even today there can be hiccups here. I have to admit I've never been to the Dungeons before, so perhaps a brand new 'lates' event wasn't the best place to start - but this will definitely need some work. 


For £59 a ticket each, I guess you'd expect more than fighting through crowds to see if you can still grab one of the non-vegetarian options of the foods (turns out there is such a thing as over-catering). The logistics of this event need to be worked out better. The poor actors were struggling to keep the crowd's attention, and to keep hungry eyes away from the plates for the split second they get in front of us. The underlying theme (sins) got a bit lost in the rush, and what we ended up with was a mediocre meal that was served up in several rooms. So more like an immersive snacking experience than an immersive haunted house with snacks. 


The actor who played the jester, envious of our soup, and Mrs Lovett deserve special mention; perhaps these two characters did the best job at balancing between feeding the spectators and entertaining them with great skill. But of course the actors at the Dungeon are not used to this (why would they be?), so in my humble opinion, the Dungeons is better off without the snacks. 


Feeding people is a risky undertaking in any situation. In business meetings, all everyone cares about is the cookies. When your friends come over for dinner you bite your nails for hours worrying about whether the cake is moist enough. Now imagine having to act, amuse and take on that responsibility. Too much on one plate, perhaps?

tastemaker

Last Wednesday was my first time in the London Dungeon. It’s not an experience I would normally book, but I got the opportunity and since it’s a popular tourist attraction I figured that I might as well give it a try.


The tour is basically a walk through London's history and the stories are told by actors. What I wasn’t prepared for was that the parts were quite interactive. If you are not prepared to stand in front of the group, admitting to horrible sins you have never committed or being locked in cages, I recommend you hide in the back.


A lot of work has been put into making everything look real, but I wasn’t overly impressed by all the effects used.  I really didn’t like the fact that water would run onto you from the ceiling or that the actress in the part where you were told about the plague threw water on you through what was supposed to be a dead person's bladder. Yuck!


The Jack the Ripper part was the one I liked the most. The actress in that part was really good and the guest appearance of Jack the Ripper himself while the lights went on & off might actually give you the creeps.


The whole tour is quite long (about 90 minutes). I can imagine someone would really like it if they were into this sort of thing and there were people in our group that looked like they really enjoyed themselves - especially the children. The experience was not for me though, although I’m glad I got the chance to see what it was about.

tastemaker

I imagine this is fun for tourists and children but just not for me!


I'm not a fan of horror or being scared but when the opportunity arose for me to visit the London Dungeon I figured why not go given it's not somewhere I would ever usually go to. There were parts that were ok but I mostly found the experience hard to follow and cringeworthy to watch. We spent far too long at the beginning waiting in a line between two tanks of rats (yuck) to then be told the first elevator drop ride was broken as a piece was missing (reassuring). And then we were on our way having been condemned to the Tower of London to be beheaded, then suddenly onto the plague, then Guy Fawkes, then Jack the Ripper, Sweeney Todd etc. Each stop was narrated by overly enthusiastic and often hard to understand actors and supported by cheap effects that just left you wanting just that much more.


I also found it a little embarrassing and insulting that, for example, the actors failed to pick perhaps the most appropriate people from the crowd for the interactive conversation saying things like 'oh, you're from India?! Poor you...horrible place. I bet you're steaming drunk and pinching all the ladies' bottoms'. Culturally, I'd say that's rather offensive so maybe that is something to look out for...?


All in all, I'm glad it's ticked off of my list but I won't be going along again nor recommending it. 


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I hadn't been to the London Dungeon before, so when the opportunity arose to take a peek and try out their new Gin Lane session... I jumped! The space itself is exactly how I imagined it'd be: musty, dark and damp (well not really, but you get the idea) with plenty of character. We were led around the place by a few members of staff in full costume and character to match - quite the cast, too, ranging from the cockney of East London to a WW2 pilot! Very cool.


I do wish we had learned more about some of the gins as we went through the place, but I wondered if we were herded on because it was a press type of preview night. I found what I did hear to be fascinating and I really developed more respect for gin makers - and gin drinkers alike - in London during the early to mid 1900s. Who knew that so many people drank SO MUCH gin on the daily back then?!


I think this was a really cool event and I would recommend it to anyone looking for a little bit of history alongside their G & T.

tastemaker

The London Dungeon is a pretty surprising place and the staff is absolutely hilarious.

I visited the venue for a Gin Late event and I really enjoyed it!

You get to try about 6 or 7 different quality gins and there's always a person from the distillery who's introducing the visitors not only to the brand but also to the story of this peculiar gin or the specific production process...

I went with a friend and we both had a great (tipsy) evening!

Tastemaker

Attended a Ginstory Lates event at the London Dungeon. As a person living in London, the Dungeon has never been big on my list of must do things, but the teaser we got from the gin lates certainly made that prospect much more appealing. The event itself was more or less a way for the various gin hawkers to sell and promote their gins (I particularly liked the Scottish Love Gin) so nothing much to say there, except it was basically shot after glorious gin shot. Although perhaps the interaction between Gin and the Dungeons wasn't quite well put together, the actors that were performing definitely committed entirely to their roles, limited as they were, and I loved the creepy atmosphere, as if we were doing something totally illegal. It's an experience that definitely makes me think that I'd probably enjoy the full dungeon experience (with a little booze beforehand of course) and will consider doing the full thing in due time. 

Tastemaker

Attended a Ginstory late - I wasn't sure quite what to expect but thought that tastings of gin would be given alongside a usual London Dungeon tour. This wasn't the case unfortunately - instead, we were led from room to room and samples of various gins awaited us in each room, with representatives from each distillery giving a bit of info on the gin. 


Some of these speakers were better than others, but I cant complain about the gin tastings themselves - after all, I'm a huge gin fan. I even bought some bathtub sloe gin from Ableforth's distillery, on the strength of their presentation alone. 


All in all, a fairly interesting evening but it could have been a bit better organised and some of the speakers from distilleries gave all too short talks on their gins.

tastemaker

I went to the London Dungeon Lates - Ginstory, an event which should have been a gin tour telling us about London's past and connection to gin. My expectation were quite high, but I went away being very disappointed. I was expecting to visit the Dungeon and learn about London's past through the mouth of experts and actors, but the experience was nothing like that. The interaction between public and actors was almost inexistent (nothing compared to the normal London Dungeon experience), and we just went from a room to another tasting gin, being handed a glass and receiving almost no explanation on what we were drinking and how it was made  (expect for few exceptions). Also, the "trip down Gin Late", a new show we should have experienced and which is also mentioned on the Dungeon's website was lacking. What a pity, I was expecting an equal balance between gin tasting and a London Dungeon's experience.

tastemaker

Went to see the Ginstory event at the London Dungeon. I wasn't sure what to expect and it was ok. The actual Gin tasting was excellent with fair amount of Gin at all stops so by the end we were a bit tipsy.

We started our journey in the London Dungeon’s very own Gin Palace ‘The Shoulder of Mutton’. The first Gin was brought to us by Sipsmith, served with Fever-Tree tonic with a wedge of lime. The journey continued with fascinating facts and history about Gin and we’ve tried so far: Old Bakery Gin, Eden Mill Love Gin, Spitfire Heritage Gin, Bath Tub Gin. It was very dark and most of the actors played their parts fantastically. The actors at the stops/gin shops were actual Gin entrepreneurs and were portraying the stories as well as being interactive with the crowd.

There were just a few proper Dungeon rooms and corridors and it felt that this journey could have been anywhere not necessarily inside the Dungeon. There were no scary bits!. My verdict is – need to add more London Dungeon infusions to the Gin tour. Similar to the previous review, 5 for the amount of Gin, 3 for the Dungeon. 

tastemaker

I attended the Dungeons for the one-night-only Ginstory Late, and as a result, my memories of the evening are a tad hazy. The amount of gin was very generous.


A definite highlight was, halfway through the very boozy tour, when everyone had become very merry indeed, we were suddenly run into the mirror maze which, despite being an act of minor sadism, was hilariously funny and very enjoyable. However, there wasn't that much opportunity to experience the Dungeons as the Dungeons: it felt very much like we were just passing through. The actors were great, though, and some of the gin producers were good at holding the crowd.


In the end, the night needed a bit more London Dungeon to balance out the gin, as it was really just a gin tasting in some gothic interiors.


Overall:

Gin: 5/5

Actual London Dungeon experience: 3/5

Tastemaker

For one week only the London Dungeons is opening up after hours for a gin experience like no other!

I was able to attend this weekend and have to say I am on the fence.

I wasn't sure what to expect (apart from a lotta gin) but I came away disappotinted!  

The actors were brilliant and there was good quality gin to try (all delicious) however I thought we were going to receive the London Dungeon experience. Some of the gin makers were obviously really passionate about their product however too many of them just handed out a drink with no explanation. 

I know the history of gin in London (courtesy of the Portobello Road Ginstitute) however at this event the content about gin and about London's sordid past was minimal

Overall a lot of potential with little substance (but plenty of gin). 

Tastemaker

Like most, I've lived here for years and never really given The London Dungeon a second thought, but I'd recommend everyone go and experience it just once! The actors and special effects are brilliant and you'll find out about London’s horrible historic past, from plagues to mysterious murders. It's terrifying, hilarious and interesting all at once so laughs (and screams) are guaranteed. 


Tip: Book online for the latest discounts and offers

tastemaker

After 6 years living in London, I've finally pushed the doors of the London Dungeon to try their Jack the Ripper Attraction. Guided by various characters we walk from room to room trying to catch Jack The Ripper. Each room try to explain crimes with a scientific angle. The attraction is quite educative and interactive and would be probably more suitable for teenagers who are interested in Forensics and science than adults. Our group had some disappointments as the performances were lacking of consistency and we had not enough material to solve the crimes in some rooms - so a lot of people were left aside waiting and wasn't enjoying much their evening. If I have to choose, I would recommend the full attraction  instead of this specific one as it's quite expensive for what it is. 

tastemaker

I stopped counting the times I passed the London dungeon without having tried it once.


I finally enter the place to try Jack the Ripper attraction and I am pretty sure I won’t go again.

We got announce at the beginning of the attraction that we will follow the tracks of Jack the Ripper and help to arrest him.


I read a lot that the London dungeon attractions were more designed for kids, and in a way I agree.

It was an interactive attraction asking a lot of participation from us, and my group definitely lacked motivation after work to speak about blood and black lights. Kids 12-14 would probably be happier to discuss it!


Even if the concept would rather suit kids, the talks were using quite a lot of technical terms and it was tiring to try to remember everything what was said.


Even when we had to find some clues on a crime scene, I had no fun; not enough black lights for everyone, and only one person in a big group responsible to mark the evidence.


On the last room, we just got given some letters and pictures and we were left on our own reading it, so not fun.


I just felt like I lost my time especially because the attraction ends without us arresting the Ripper and not even getting the chance to try.


Don’t waste your money and your time, it definitely doesn’t worth it at all!

Tastemaker

For years I walked past this attraction on my way home from work when it was housed in Tooley Street under London Bridge station. It had a sort of eerie lure about it and the location seemed fitting for an ancient dungeon.

Since moving to its new home I feel that it has lost a little of this atmosphere. It doesn't seem quite as spookily enticing in County Hall on the South Bank!

However, once inside, the attraction packs the same thrills as it previously did. It is part walk through, part ride, part live action and each individual aspect is done well. The actors are great, sometimes terrifying, sometimes humorous, and the costumes are very realistic. The drop ride is fun, as is the boat trip although not particularly scary. Worth a visit with pre-teen children. Any older may not be so impressed.

Tastemaker

This is a good attraction for children but for adults I think it can be a bit juvenile. 

Tastemaker

Ginstory: London Dungeon Lates



Last week I went to the Ginstory London Dungeon Lates night to sample some gins from different distillers and also experience the dark musty sights of the London Dungeon. To be honest the whole thing was a bit of a disappointment. There was a skeleton crew at the Dungeon and we were led through some of the back passages the staff used to varying areas where we were put in front of distillers who would tell us a little about their own gin and let us sample it. Some of the distillers started their talk before everyone was in the room, there was no real thought about how the actors could enhance the experience and talk alongside the distillers and some of them didn't really say anything, just pointed us towards their gin and invited us to have a sip. Some of the measures were generous (the Love Gin people let us have a sample in their bit and in the fake tavern at the end!) Others didn't even look like there was even any in the glass before we added our tonic mixer! Bath Tub Gin was the best as he actually explained the history of a gin outbreak in London where everyone was addicted to the stuff and 1 in 3 households was making it illegally! This was in fact better than the 'all new gin show' which was just one guy in character making some jokes for 5 minutes. Not worth the £30 or so entry fee. Just to go the normal Dungeon experience itself (review below) and buy yourself a gin after.


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.

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. 

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...

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


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.


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


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