Halloween is our favourite time of the year. Costumes, make-up, tricks, treats, mischief, fun and lots of pumpkins – what more could one wish for?
…is not enough of a treat, this Halloween Mrs Lovett, Jack the Ripper and the entire cast will be celebrating in lavish style. The Dungeon will be decked out in a blaze of orange - you can never have enough pumpkins right? We will be adding some extra surprises to keep you on a knife edge and make you squeal with laughter as only we know how to as The Home of Halloween.
We are really popular during our Halloween season. You really do need to book in advance. We mean WAY in advance as tickets WILL SELL OUT. To guarantee entry start booking now!
... and if you want to come in fancy dress, please do.
The roots of Halloween lie buried deep in the darkest past, when ancient Celts celebrated Samhain, lighting bonfires and wearing costumes to frighten away evil spirits. In the eighth century, Pope Gregory III declared November 1st 'All Saints Day', honouring Saints of times past. The night before All Saints Day became known as 'All Hallows Eve', and later, 'Halloween'. Halloween has long been considered a twilight doorway; the one night of the year when the dead may roam the earth and make contact with the living. To this day, on Halloween night, communities still dress up, carve pumpkins, hold parties, and go 'trick or treating'.
“This is a review of the London Dungeon that I wrote for my university's weekly newsletter that will be published next week! Enjoy!
I saw the face of Jack the Ripper. I learned how to use torture devices. I watched a live dissection. Oh, and I chopped off my boyfriend’s head.
Before you stop reading, let me explain. The London Dungeon has been deliciously gruesome for almost 40 years and makes sure that its audience is involved in the gruesome process. My parents, my boyfriend, and I decided to be tourists for a day and check out one of London’s most popular attractions. Believe me, you don’t want to go alone!
After relocating from Tooley Street to County Hall, the London Dungeon reopened on March 1st. It is now situated across from the London Eye and overlooks the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben. I recommend booking in advance, because the line that snakes inside the attraction is a long one. If you are easily frightened or at all squeamish, sit this one out, but I assure you the London Dungeon is more fascinating than it is chilling. Before the 90-minute experience begins, each ticket proclaims the ticket holder guilty, calling us names such as “traitor” and “thief,” or in my case, “murderer.”
The London Dungeon delves into the past 1,000 years of London’s dark history through the help of 18 new interactive performances and 20 actors. Through sights, sounds, and smells (unpleasant ones at that), the London Dungeon aims to capture a realistic setting. Highly informative and amusing, it relies on audience participation, so go along with the show!
Everyone clung tightly to their friends or loved ones, shuffling to the very back of the rooms, not wanting to be targeted by the actors, nor knowing what to expect. Our journey started somewhat explosively by witnessing what would have happened if Guy Fawkes successfully blew up Parliament. After that, things only got better. One of the highlights was being asked to “take a seat” at Sweeney Todd’s Fleet Street barbershop. Admittedly, I was petrified when I felt my hair being played with in the pitch-black room. We spoke with one of Jack the Ripper’s victims, Mary Jane Kelly, before she died. After fumbling through a maze of mirrors, Jack the Ripper came to life, holding a knife to two poor women’s faces before he disappeared again.
A highly humorous courtroom scene declared members of the audience guilty and forced them to take to the stand and explain themselves. Unfortunately, we all ended up being guilty and sent to the gallows to be hung. Encouraged by a cheering crowd, we hoisted ourselves onto a drop tower ride and were lowered to our deaths. It wasn’t how I expected to go, but hey, at least it was eventful!
Speaking as a fan of all things gory and ghastly, I found the London Dungeon engrossing in its unconventional way of exploring a great city’s past. Every city has a dirty, grimy underside, and finding out about London’s has only made me love it more.”Laura Rutkowski See more reviews...