As the London Dungeon moves out of Tooley Street and gears up to open its spanking new South Bank venue today, we pick seven of its unmissable horror highlights…
1. Fake poo
There’s bucketloads of it. As you approach a recreation of a medieval City Gate, you’ll come across a ‘gong farmer’ – a man required to clear out human turds from cesspits and outhouses – and lots of revoltingly realistic poo.
2. Rats and cockroaches
With a nod to ‘I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here!’, the Dungeon has introduced warrens filled with scurrying creatures. Get up close to rodents in the rat den which features a see-through inverted dome with just enough space for your head.
3. Mrs Lovett’s ‘meat’ pies
Tummy-turning continues in Sweeney Todd’s barber shop where a new pie emporium installation sees Mrs Lovett selling baked goods stuffed with the remains of murdered humans.
4. Drop dead
If you’ve ever wondered how an eighteenth-century death sentence might be, er, carried out, this stomach-plunging thrill ride will satisfy your curiosity. We don’t want to spoil the surprise but we can tell you that you’ll be greeted by an unforgiving executioner in a Newgate prison room and led to the gallows. After that, things get pretty dark and it’s downhill all the way…
5. Brian Blessed
A literally larger-than-life Brian Blessed fills the royal shoes of wife-slaying Henry VIII. His booming performance has been transformed into a high-tech 3D projection as part of a new-and-improved boat-based thrill ride.
6. Mirror maze
With ‘Jack the Ripper’ on your tail, you’ll need to negotiate a complex labyrinth in order to escape. Smoke and mirrors make the task just a touch harder – and a lot more panic-inducing.
7. Ten Bells
The maze of mirrors culminates in a visit to a reproduction of East End boozer the Ten Bells – but rather than a pint, you’ll be treated to the landlady’s gruesome tale of Jack the Ripper and his macabre killing spree.
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