Close to Westminster Bridge, something is stirring. The ghosts, ghouls and skeletons in the closet of London’s past are waiting to thrill and entertain you on a gruesome tour through London’s history.
The London Dungeon is a one-of-a-kind look through the history of the city for young and old on London’s south bank. Close to the London Eye and next door to the Aquarium, it’s a stop-off with a difference on the tourist trail of London.
Above ground, the Dungeon might not be much to look at though you quickly get the impression of something lurking as strange apparitions stalk the streets around the area, looking for unsuspecting victims for a horrifying trip back to the past. Once inside, you’ll get a totally different slant on London’s history, leaving no macabre fact unexamined.
London’s murky history
While there have been some great tales of derring-do and heroism in London’s past, there have also been infamous villains and historical infamy. The Dungeon takes you through some of the most dramatic incidents from London’s gory history with glee.
A mixture of exhibits and performance, the experiences in the Dungeons takes visitors on a walk through history re-enacted before your eyes. A cast of talented actors take on the roles of some of the most celebrated and infamous characters from London’s past, from Henry VIII through to Jack the Ripper. There will be scares, laughs and jumps aplenty as you make your way through these great histories.
Gunpowder, treason and plot
The tale of Guy Fawkes and his Gunpowder Plot to blow up the Houses of Parliament is told through the story-telling of actors in the roles of the main players of the attempted coup. In an exciting story for teenagers and adults, you’ll learn all about the conspiracy in a room full of gunpowder. Not for the faint-hearted, the tale of Guy and his co-conspirators will also go into quite some detail about the torture he endured after his capture by the soldiers of Parliament. It’s a grim, gruesome tale told with great gusto by the actors who take their parts perfectly.
The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
Not all of the characters portrayed in the Dungeon are real-life former citizens of London. One exception is Sweeney Todd, the well-known murderous barber who, along with his landlady Mrs Lovett, killed his customers and used their bodies to fuel a grizzly trade in meat pies. At the Dungeon you can visit Mrs Lovett’s Meat Pie shop and have the chance to put your hair – or possibly your throat – in the hands of Mr Todd and his cutthroat blade.
Not just entertainment
While the main aim of the Dungeon is to thrill and entertain, there’s a lot that you can learn on your visit and your trip through some of the macabre histories on show. Find out just how far modern medicine has come from its rudimentary roots during the Black Plague where leeches were used for everything from consumption to hysteria. You’ll also have the chance to learn some of the most horrifying facts about Henry VIII’s reign over the British Isles, including what happened to his wives and the kind of tough justice he dished out to his subjects during his time on the throne.
Not for those who are easily made queasy by gruesome details and grizzly facts, the London Dungeons are a brilliant place to indulge those who delight in the gore and grime of London’s history.