London is a city with many faces. Its public face hides ghoulish secrets, not surprisingly given that this is a city over 2,000 years old. It has been burned down, had its fair share of murderers, encountered the terrible Black Death, and countless horrific happenings.
Interested? Here are a few of the most popular places to explore that history.
The London Dungeon is one of the must-see places to go while a resident at one of the best serviced apartments Mayfair. Situated just across London Bridge, it is a scary theme park style attraction. It’s theatrical, full of special effects and rides into the unknown. The past becomes vividly alive in every way. There are tales of murders and ghosts, and characters to meet like Mrs Lovett, who ran a Pie Shop in Fleet Street (but don’t ask where she got the contents of those pies from!). Try and avoid Jack the Ripper as he stalks through the dim streets, meet a Plague Doctor, a torturer and even Henry VIII. You can even try the Death Drop to Doom while facing the hangman’s rope.
Head out of your room at the Presidential Marylebone Mayfair for the dark arches under London Bridge and seek out the London Bridge Experience. This is not for the faint hearted as it has been described as the top horror attraction in the world. Discover how the Keeper of the Heads preserved heads from executed felons and placed them on spikes above the bridge as a warning to all passers by. Cross over the narrow shop lined street high above the River Thames as the Great Fire approaches, and meet Iceni tribesmen as they seek to destroy the Roman city. Then, if you still have courage, enter into the darkness of the Tombs. Nesting spiders will seek to trap you, while a maniac butcher will seek to add you to his collection of blood spattered limbs. This is a place where hundreds of bodies once reposed in a plague pit, and it still retains that dark, dismal atmosphere.
Book a stay at one of the Aparthotels London and take a trip on a Ghost Bus Tour to experience black comedy at its best. The deep black double decker bus tours around Central London each night, exploring the sites of murder, mystery, torture and ghosts. Find out where the Demon Barber of Fleet Street was to be found, the chilling tale of the black dog of Newgate Prison and the Cross Bones graveyard of Southwark. This is London as you have never seen it before.
No look at London’s murderous past would be complete without a Jack the Ripper Tour. Jack the Ripper terrorized Victorian London, killing females in a very blood thirsty way before disappearing into the gloom. No one knows just who he was, although there are lots of theories. Walk in the footsteps of Jack the Ripper as he chose his victims, discover the old, narrow alleyways that still retain their Victorian atmosphere, find the pub where many of his victims had their last drink, and the former convent where a victim desperately – and unsuccessfully – sought shelter.