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The London Dungeons
The London Dungeons is a playground for sadists, gore hounds and blood fiends; kids will love it. Once you're in, past the headsman at the door and the ghoulish-looking entertainers outside, you'll come face-to-face with haunting figures and shadows.
Find your way through the Labyrinth of Lost Souls; wander past victims of the Great Plague of 1665 - lepers will claw at you from behind their cage bars; hunt down the infamous murderer Jack the Ripper on a bleak walk through the Whitechapel Labyrinth; witness amateur surgery from the blood-soaked London butcher-cum-surgeon; visit Sweeney Todd's barber's chair for close shave; pass through the torture chamber where bloodied hooks and gore-soaked spikes threaten your very eyeballs as you walk, then find yourself condemned for treason to the crown - the punishment: death. Move along quickly before you're nicked.
Apart from waxwork showcases depicting the horrendous history of London, there are a number of rides on which you can go. The water ride 'Henry's Wrath' sees you and others travel on a watery ride to your execution, condemned by the king himself (played by the boisterous Brian Blessed). Or test your nerve on 'Drop Dead', aptly named due to its three-storey drop in pitch dark.
For the most gruesome trip back in time and a great way to spend a day with your children and their friends, the London Dungeons will leave them with mischievous grins plastered across their faces all the way home. You might just have to persevere with incessant, 'No, that wasn't as gross as the so and so!' back-and-forth arguments.
Opening times: Daily from 10:30 - 19:00
Prices: Online saver (book online to receive priority entrance): Adult: £18.00, Child: £13.00