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The Dark Side Of The Thames: Exploring London’s Gristly History


For those with a morbid curiosity, London offers many attractions centred around it’s putrid and pathological past. Whether you want to better understand the history in all its gory details or whether you’re simply after the fear factor, these are the experiences worth pursuing.

The London Dungeons

For an all-encompassing look into London’s dark past, The London Dungeons is well worth the visit. The attraction takes the form of an interactive walk-through with actors along the way bringing to life various elements of history from The Plague to the Victorian high court. There even rides within the walk-through and photo opportunities. It’s worth bringing waterproof clothing as you may get wet!


The Ghost Bus Tours

London’s Ghost Bus Tour is a similarly theatrical journey into the past with a focus on the supernatural sights of the city. Visitors board a bus and are taken around the various sights of hauntings. Actors give stories along the way and special effects add to the thrill ride. These tours have limited spaces, so make sure you book ahead to get a place.

The Jack The Ripper Tour

Starting at Aldgate East Underground Station, the original Jack the Ripper Tour explores the murder mystery of this infamous Victorian killer. Key scenes of the hideous crimes are visited along the way including Whitechapel and Spitalfields. Knowledgeable guides (some of them have written published books on the subject of Jack The Ripper) host the tour and are available to answer any questions you may have regarding the killer and his crimes. Tours are held seven days a week every night.

The Sweeney Todd Tour

Sweeney Todd, the demon barber of Fleet Street, has become a well-known figure of Victorian folklore. There are now tours available that allow you to explore the legend, visiting the shadowy alleys of Fleet Street where Sweeny Todd supposedly had his barber shop and Mrs Lovett had her notorious pie shop. The tour also delves into ghostly sightings in the area, as well as filling in visitors on other gristly features of Fleet Street’s history.


The Tower of London

One of the biggest and most recognised tourist attractions in the capital is the Tower of London. Known for being the modern day home of the precious Crown Jewels, The Tower of London is also home to much gristly history. It was for a long time used as a prison, housing infamous inmates such as Anne Boleyn and Lady Jane Seymour. It was also used to torture many inmates and there’s an evil exhibition into all the instruments used for those that are morbidly curious. Visitors can also learn about the medieval history through artefacts, guided tours and the occasional re-enactment. Events at the tower change throughout the year so keep your eyes peeled on the castle’s website.

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