In London’s long history there have been many gruesome events. Some are real, some are imagined and some are so well-known the line between fiction and reality has disappeared. As a fan of game-induced panic myself, I set out to find the scariest places in London. With only one week left it will be difficult to finish them all, but the London Dungeons makes such a good playground for a fright I can’t miss it.
Of course when I think ‘scared in London’ I immediately think of Jack the Ripper. The walking tours are fun and walking past the murder sites of his victims certainly sent a chill up my spine but the new 21st century façade hurt the illusion. I wanted to be transported back to that fearful summer of 1888 and the London Dungeon offers this. On a foggy walk through old London Jack the Ripper still waits here tempting his next victim. The interactive attraction comes on the heels of another live action ride. Sweeney Todd is another famous butcher of London and getting a haircut will never feel the same after I’ve sat through this! Luckily, comfort food is available after the scare in the form of Mrs. Lovett’s pie shop treats. I’ve passed by the entrance to the Dungeons a dozen times and haven’t been brave enough to find out why people are screaming their heads off inside.
After all that I’d need to bring my heart rate down and am most excited for a a trip through the Labyrinth of the Lost. The hall of mirrors was always my favourite theme park attraction as a kid and what better a setting for it than a dark dungeon miles below London?
Now I just have to choose between the Traitor Boat Ride to Hell or Extremis: Drop Ride to Doom, two of the London Dungeon Rides. If only I hadn’t eaten one of Mrs. Lovett’s meat pies…