The London Dungeon

Attractions South Bank
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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 40 years located under the railway arches on Tooley Street, The London Dungeon moved to its new home on the South Bank in 2013, yet as you walk through the dark, dingy cobbled stone ‘alleyway’ entrance to the London Dungeon, with the smell of (real, caged) rats around you, it’s easy to imagine this stinking place really has been scaring the jeepers out of visitors for centuries.

The immersive, 90-minute tour takes you through a kind of living museum, where you’ll hear horrendous historical stories about London’s past, told by a cast of costumed actors. The brilliant sets combine props (some real), smells, rides and atmospheric lighting to engage you in tales of nasty kings, plague-ridden homes, torture, murder and terror.

Step into the shoes of a ‘traitor’ in the time of Henry VIII and set sail to the Tower of London; then find out all there is to know about the Gunpowder Plot from Guy Fawkes himself; explore the streets Jack the Ripper once stalked and much more besides.

The costumes, sets and makeup are first class (those puss-filled spots on the peasants are particularly impressive), but it’s the tightly scripted, often funny performances of your hosts and the clever use of sounds, shadows and smells that fuel your fear at the London Dungeon. Don’t worry, you won’t be the only one screaming when something leaps out of the corner.

There isn’t an age limit, but it’s recommended for ages 12-plus and younger children would find it hard going. But even if you’re an adult who doesn’t fancy the boat ride or the sudden drop at the hangman’s finale, you can duck out at key points in the tour and meet your mates on the other side, so to speak.

By: Laura Lee Davies


Venue name: The London Dungeon
Address: County Hall
Westminster Bridge Rd
Opening hours: Mon–Wed, Fri 10am–5pm; Thu 11am–5pm; Sat, Sun 10am–6pm.
Transport: Tube: Waterloo
Price: £30, £21 adv, £24 ages 4-15, £16.80 adv ages 4-15
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  • Walks and tours Friday June 30 2017

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