Dungeons, Gardens, and Wheels..oh my! (Europe Trip 2019 – Day 4)

Liar, liar, liar!”

Traitors have beady eyes

Weirdo!”

Hands where I can see them!” 

Booooo! Baaaa!”

These quotes all played a part in our London Dungeon adventure on Tuesday (July 16) ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

We started with the town caller explaining the rules of the dungeons, which in turn involved the whole group shouting “Liar” at Nathan and my eyes being described as beady – we knew within the first few minutes that this was going to be fantastic ha!

If you aren’t familiar with London Dungeon, it is attraction in which you walk through the history of London focusing on the brutal murderers and treatment of traitors towards King Henry. There are about 15 different sections in which characters interact with the audience all while telling the gruesome tales of Sweeney Todd, Jack the Ripper, the Great Fire, the Black Plague, torture methods, and witches to name a few.

The humor is often satirical and quite sexual (especially when it came to handling a traitor) – I was placed in a cell when asked if I ever lie, and shouted at that he needed to see my hands. Then, they needed a man (not Nathan) for the main event. They proceeded to lock him in a chair and showed what each tool was for, many involving below the belt. Nathan and I got called “weirdo” by Mary Todd in her bakery because we came in late. The Sweeney Todd section consisted of sitting in chairs that jerked and hearing Sweeney saying how decadent your neck looked.

Transitioning through the hallways into the cell of a woman who could mysteriously escape was the most unique – the subtlety of the dance moves felt like a cautious gazelle while also having the sneak attack of a lion. You could really tell the amount of practice she put in to perfect the precise actions ๐Ÿ™‚ Lastly, it was time for sentencing..dun…dun…DUN! Nathan was accused of having relations with his sheep and we shouted “Boo-aaaa” for the fun finale. It was time to be hung for our sins, which included a drop ride as the Gallows.

We continued our day by taking a stroll, which we soon realized was a marathon, to the Sky Garden on the other side of London- we had originally heard about it from the boat tour guide yesterday and then everyone at dinner reinforced how great it was! We ate delicious food while enjoying the panoramic views of the city. Sky Garden reminded me of the Space Needle in Seattle because there was an outside terrace and every single section is visible for pictures.

Then it was time to head towards the London Eye on the other side of town – we took the train this time haha. After seeing Mia for ramen, Nathan desperately needed a “99 with a flake” before we ran out of time in London! We sat in a park and watched a performer entertain children with human size bubbles; something about this moment was so satisfying because it felt like we could have been living in London. I love doing everyday tasks while abroad ๐Ÿ˜€ 

Our long day of 19,000 steps (remember Winchester was 24,000 and only two days ago!) concluded with the London Eye – probably the most famous ferris wheel in Europe. Mia and I did this nine years ago when we came to London for our HS graduation trip, but Nathan needed to tick this iconic tourist box. Now for the record, I am afraid of heights. My legs go all wobbly and shaking usually ensues to a small extent. I am very proud of myself because I only had to sit on the bench that is in the middle of the car for maybe ten minutes (most likely less) ๐Ÿ˜ฎ   ๐Ÿ˜€ Nathan instantly was in awe and glad that we did both the Sky Garden and London Eye to see this exquisite city in the same day.

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