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A walk down the history of London- The London Dungeon [Invite]

I think the last time I visited the London dungeon must of been when I was a teenager visiting with my school, so when I was asked if I wanted to go back and visit with a bunch of community members from LovePopUpsLondon I thought why not!

The London dungeon is a 90 minutes immersive experience with actors guiding you down the dark memories of the history of London.

You will be taken through time, where you will experience London in the plague, encounter with Jack the Ripper.

A visit down fleet Street to meet the one and only Sweeny Todd, of course don’t sit in his barber chair whatever you do!

Oh and if you meet Guy Fawkes on your way, don’t say a word, whatever they do to you…

The experience also comes with two ride experience a boat trip and 30ft drop experience (not for those who are pregnant or with heart condition, and those over 1’40m) unfortunately on the day we visited the boat ride was not open hence our overall experience only lasted 75 mins in total.

The experience is suitable for all ages as while it may be gruesome in places there are comedy which the team enact really well.

For me though I felt that after the many years since I have visited, there hasn’t been any updates on the stories (be it at the courthouse, the crimes seems not to have changed after all these many years)

One of the things I have noticed is that the groups are too large (groups are around 45) in numbers for everyone to really be able to see and enjoy themselves, at only 5’1 I am still barely taller than a teenager and when we are out in a small room, there was no way I could see what was happening.

There was also one room which had seating for 9 people in a group of 45? Seems a tad unreasonable for me.

I think the experience would of definitely benefited from a much smaller group of maybe 25 per group, this give people enough space to move around and no one is stepping over each other.

Also, the London dungeon is all part of the Merlin Group entertainment so would recommend that if you are a visitor to London to consider booking a combined ticket with another attractions to make the cost of the visit much more cost effective.

Also do book online as walk in tickets are much more expensive tickets online are 20% cheaper at £24 per adult and £30 at the door. The combination tickets online cost £40 for two attractions, much better value than just paying on the day. Book tickets HERE

So friends visiting from other countries always ask if it’s worth visiting, for me I wouldn’t think it’s a must do attractions, however if the size of the group are smaller and you get an more intimate experience and combine it with another attractions then sure go for it!

I still enjoyed my time and reliving my childhood memories, but I don’t think I would be back anytime soon. Thank you again for inviting me along.

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Truth or Bullshit?

IMG_20180726_191337OK, I must admit the name of this company Bullshit London got me interested and I quickly signed up for one of their totally inaccurate and inappropriate walking tours.

The tour I opted for was the short city tour along the South Bank.

IMG_20180726_203135It was a bright sunny early evening and we started outside on the steps St Pauls cathedral and our guide dressed in a sparkling red jacket was ready and waiting to start his display of unusual and unbelievable facts or what we call fiction?

The tour itself lasted about 60 minutes, and we passed alot of different sights and buildings. What I would say is that all the facts of the buildings are true. However the stories behind them, is left to the imagination. I mean believe what you may, but maybe the fact the College of Arms was form to study the dismembered arm parts floating down the Thames? I think not!

IMG_20180726_200554Even though these so called facts are total Bullshit, I really enjoyed the tour, I think the guide himself was amazing.  He had a great belief in what he had to say and even though we were part of a big group, there was no issues of not being able to hear as he projection was loud and clear!

The group itself may have now finished for the summer, but I am sure they will be back soon, do look out for them.

Disclaimer *please note this was a sponsored experience courtesy of Lovepopupslondon however all reviews are my own and at £8.00 for the tour, it was totally worth it and I would be happy to pay this out of my own pocket! IMG_20180726_1.jpg

 

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Ghost tour- Lantern Ghost Tour

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Photo from Ghost-tours.com website

Once in a while, Friday 13th comes around and what better way to spend it than on a Lantern Ghost Tour.

The tour itself met at 7:30pm at the Bunches of Grapes in London Bridge, however, me and my friend managed to miss the meet up, luckily they were only 5 minutes away so we were able to catch up.

IMG_20180713_200217Our Guide took us on a 90 minutes tour around London Bridge and the spooky tales surrounding the area. We stopped off around 10 different places and our guide gave us a little insight of each of the individual places.IMG_20180713_201153

I won’t give too many of the facts and places away as then you won’t enjoy finding out the facts of each and every places. All I can tell you is that paranormal activities have been sighted at all the sights.. Each of them hold a different heart aching story.

IMG_20180713_201400Two of the places which was most memorable to me was Clink prison and story of the usage of rats as a means of torture and Cross Bones Gardens.

IMG_20180713_203855Cross Bones Gardens was one place which drove me to tears. The story behind this place as an unofficial cemetery  of the women on the streets in London. It has been known that there could be more than ten thousand bodies buried here. A final resting place of those who couldn’t afford a religious burial and those with no families. Outside the garden you will find ribbons tied by those who remembered these lost souls. If you are nearby please come and visit, have a read some, also once in a while the garden is open to the public to come and visit, and if you are touched by the stories you hear and wish to volunteer to help keep the gardens a peaceful place then please contact the group at info@bost.org.uk I am sure they would be grateful for any willing volunteers.

IMG_20180713_204238Unfortunately the heavens opened during our tour and I felt our guide felt a little rush to complete the tour as even I was looking for a hiding place to find shelter.

Regardless, this is a fun way to find out more about the story and spooky past of London.

Thank to Love Pop Up London for the experience, while a sponsored post, all reviews are my own.

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