A scary tour of London's gruesome history awaits. Expect darkness, sudden loud noises, flashing lights, squirts of unspecified liquid and unpleasant smells as you shuffle through themed rooms where actors, often covered in fake blood, tell creepy stories and goad visitors. It's spooky, interactive and fun if you like jumping out of your skin. Queues are long, so buy tickets online in advance. It takes around 90 minutes to work your way through. Not suitable for young children.

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1. County Hall

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2. Sea Life London Aquarium

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3. London Eye

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4. Florence Nightingale Museum

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5. Leake Street Arches

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6. New Scotland Yard Building

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The London Metropolitan Police has moved several times since its founding in 1829 but the latest move – to this renovated neoclassical block with a modern…

7. Big Ben

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8. Houses of Parliament

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