Thursday, August 28, 2014

The London Dungeon



As Summer turns to Autumn, I can't help but be dragged along with it. I love the Fall - it's my favorite time of year and though Spring is often thought of as a time blooming with promise, for me this happens every year as the weather chills and the calendar starts to fill up. I love Autumn events and all the holidays leading right up to Christmas. One of my favorites is Halloween, so naturally as the seasons change, I start to dig into murder mysteries and all things spooky. We're talking Pretty Little Liars on iTunes, Charmed on Netflix, scary movies at the cinema and of course, spooky trips to some of London's darkest attractions.
One of my favorites is The London Dungeon. I have been before, but since moving to its South Bank location, it's had a bit of a makeover. It seemed like a good time to revisit this old haunt (pun intended) and I was pleasantly surprised by the changes - it just keeps getting better! Visiting the dungeon is like taking a trip back in time to a London of years past when Jack the Ripper roamed the streets and safety was an unaffordable luxury for most. Old British characters are introduced little by little as guests descend further and further into the darkness including Sweeney Todd & Mrs. Lovett, Guy Fawkes, a cruel torturer, a tough judge, Jack the Ripper and more. It's creepy for sure, but lots of fun. On top of brilliant storytelling and realistic 360° sets, there are also rides and experiences that make the London Dungeon one of the greatest thrills in our fair city. It's quite funny too, it should be said and while spooky, it's certainly not too much for the faint of heart or the kiddos. The naughty jokes will fly right over their heads and the scary bits are few and far between. My favorite parts of my visit to the London Dungeon were two rides. The Drop Dead ride is super fun - it simulates a mass hanging by hurling visitors up and down at speed. New to me is the Tyrant Boat Ride, a water ride that's fun and funny with a few twists to get your heart rate up. 


It takes about 1 1/2 hours to go through the whole attraction, but I would suggest allowing a little more time than that as there may be a queue to get in. I strongly suggest booking tickets in advance to reduce waiting times as much as possible since the attraction is very popular and there may be a wait for entry and/or ticket collection. Tickets range in price from £15.95 to £25.20 and are discounted for online bookings. Children under 4 years old go free. There are photos taken during the visit which can be purchased for an additional charge at the end of the trip as well as a gift shop. Conveniently located walking distance from Waterloo Station, the attraction is easily accessible by train or tube. The London Dungeon is great anytime, but I'd definitely recommend it as something fun to do around Halloween!

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