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London Dungeon Tavern opens this Christmas

Pull up a barstool for some raucously funny, chilling and thrilling 360° story telling this December as the London Dungeon Tavern – an all-new interactive Victorian bar experience - throws opens its doors.   A major permanent expansion of the famous attraction, The London Dungeon Tavern will transport guests to a vibrant, decadent and decidedly dodgy Victorian pub, putting them right at the heart of the drama as the ‘regulars’ weave a web of secrets, scandal and gob-smacking gossip all around them.

After taking a seat, guests will be served up a delicious traditional Dungeon brew of warming beer or lip-smacking non-alcoholic lemon-ale.  Then as the piano belts out the latest music hall tunes, the feisty landlady holds court telling anyone who will listen to her tragic life story whilst nearby her henpecked husband has his own tall tale and a raft of bad jokes to share (out of ear-shot of his formidable missus). Round the corner there’s a card game in full swing whilst at the bar people are mouthing off about the latest Ripper murders and the bootleggers on the streets. With action unfolding in every corner of the authentically recreated tavern, guests will hear, feel, smell, see and truly LIVE the drama - and no two tables will get quite the same experience.

And as it’s Christmas time, guests can expect a sprinkling of Victorian festiveness with decorations and seasonal drinks available at the bar, which will be open throughout the performances*. Customers can also take a bit of the Tavern home with a capsule range of retail items including tankards, aprons and coasters.

A recent social media poll has declared The London Dungeon tavern’s tipple of choice as Gallows Ale. A resounding favourite with the punters, Gallows Ale beat off the likes of Scream and Stout and London Black to take a coveted place at the bar.

The new London Dungeon Tavern provides an exhilarating finale to the London Dungeon experience which brings 1000 years of dark history to life in live action shows set in amazingly themed sets, all laced with special effects and edge of the seat surprises. All this is included in the main ticket price, which is £28.95 on the door for adults and £23.95 for children – book online for up to 30% discount. Additional drinks can be purchased at the bar.

Tickets should be booked in advance to secure the time of your choice and avoid horrible disappointment.   Find out more and book at www.thedungeons.com/london

 

Most of you guys and girls ( being our readers) aren't tourists but whether you are or not you should know that London has been crowned the world's favourite tourist destination! Go us!

But what about the things that tourists should see when they come here? There is the obvious of course but what would you, as a Londoner (which we are guessing you are) suggest?

This is what we would suggest as the alternative tourist hotspot list for London -

Get into the truly English spirit and become a Tudor for the day at the Queen Elizabeth Hunting Lodge.

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Take in a little more history at house no. 18 on Folgate Street. Unchanged (well almost) since the 18th century. Each room is candlelit, and gives the impression that the occupants have only just slipped out for the day. Unmade beds, half-eaten meals, even peculiar smells wafting around. Spooky

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St Mary's Secret Garden

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Found in Hackney this garden actually features natural woodland as well as a sensory herb garden and vegetable beds. Local residents all get a key to the garden, but it's open to visitors for free between 9am and 5pm on Mondays to Fridays.

It offers educational and therapeutic sessions, as well as a 10-week gardening course.

50 Pearson Street, London E2, stmaryssecretgarden.org.uk

Public Day Spas

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There are a few of these around London. They are really affordable and surprisingly luxurious given that they are public-sector spas.

The first one opened in York Hall leisure centre in Bethnal Green. It has restored Turkish baths that originally stood on the site meaning you can now enjoy a thoroughly relaxing three-hour thermal spa experience for only £20. Amazing!

York Hall leisure centre, Old Ford Road, Bethnal Green, London E2 - spa-london.org

Chislehurst Caves

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Did you know there were caves in London? We'' now you do. Get the train from London Bridge and go to Bromley where you will find Chislehurst close by. There are 45 minute tours where you get a tour guide and an oil lantern to wonder through the 22-mile maze of man-made underground caves. Hear all the history about the caves' associations with the Romans, Druids and Kent Mushroom Company from a tour-guide.

Old Hill, Chislehurst, BR7 - chislehurstcaves.co.uk

Rio's Naturist Club

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If you want something a little kinky head to the London's leading Naturist Club and let it all hang out. 'Rio's Naturist Club' is a health club for naturists that provides a wide range of facilities including a sauna, Jacuzzi, swimming pool and tanning room. There's even a little naturist canteen and TV room.

239-241 Kentish Town Road, Kentish Town, London, NW5 2JT