Steeped in rich and fascinating history, London is a city with a huge amount to see and explore if you are keen to delve into the past and learn more about the roots of this area. While the city’s history is definitely fascinating, much of it is also dark and relates to tragedies, death, executions, murders, and more. For those who want to explore the darker side of London there are some excellent night time bus tours of London, all of which can provide a valuable insight into the more tragic or gruesome history of the city.
Visit the dark side
If you want to learn more about the darker side of London there are various attractions and sites that will enable you to do this. Some of the places to visit while you are in the city include:
The Tower of London: The Tower of London has actually served many purposes over the centuries, including being the home of the Royal Mint. However, the dark side of its history relates to the imprisonments, executions, and alleged murders that have taken place at what has become known as the ‘bloody tower’. When you visit this attractions you can really immerse yourself in some of London’s darkest history, and you can even learn about the ghosts that are meant to haunt the tower, including that of Anne Boleyn.
The London Dungeon: When you visit the London Dungeon you will be able to learn about some of the tragedies that have befallen London while also being treated to something of a theatrical show. This is an attraction that manages to inject fun into learning about the darker site of the city’s history, making for a unique and exciting experience.
Whitechapel: Whitechapel’s most famous ‘son’ is unfortunately hailed as one of the most famous serial killers of all time – largely because he was never caught. This was, of course, Jack the Ripper’s hunting ground and you can learn more about his gruesome crimes by taking a Jack the Ripper night tour in Whitechapel where you will visit some of the areas where he committed his acts of murder. This is a fascinating walking tour that even looks at theories relating to who the murdered might have been.
Bank of London: It may sound like an unlikely place to see a darker side of London, but the Bank of London is built on the site of an old cemetery and in true horror movie style is said to be haunted as a result of this. In fact, the bank is said to have a number of ghosts including one called the ‘bank nun’ whose ghost is said to appear on the steps of the bank to wait for her bank clerk brother, which is what the woman used to do when she and her brother were alive.
Madame Tussauds: Looking at the waxworks of royalty and celebrities isn’t particularly daunting for most people but when you head to the Scream exhibition at this famous house of wax, you can look forward to exploring characters that are altogether more gruesome.
With this selection of attractions, visitors can spend time finding out more about the more chilling side of London and its past.