‘I survived execution for betraying King with ‘witch’ Queen – but be warned’

Blood, guts and gore, oh my!

"The London Dungeon is not suitable for people of a nervous disposition," well that's a promising start to my venture inside its latest hair-raising show…

Rotten Royals is all about the Firm's sordid past – giving brave visitors a chance to step back in time and watch history unfold before their very eyes.

Here at the Daily Star we're all about the weird and wacky, and so I had to go and see for myself whether it was worth all the fuss.

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And while I was ready for the odd jump scare, I didn't expect to feel leeches in my seat, or to be whizzed "down the River Thames" in a rickety old boat – and I definitely didn't expect to come within inches of witnessing an execution.

Our plucky group were initially ushered into a darkened room, where we were referred to as "traitors" and told we were to be executed for our crimes against King Henry VIII.

Those of you who know your UK history might recall the story of the burly Tudor monarch's second wife, Anne Boleyn, who famously had her head chopped off after being accused of witchcraft and adultery – it was even said she romped with her own brother, George.

And we traitors were told we had been conspiring with the disgraced Queen and now faced a fate like hers.

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Before we met our doom we first had to take a journey through 16th-century London, starting on a rather unstable-feeling boat upon which we were told we "may get wet, but would most certainly die" before embarking on an eerie whistle-stop tour of the capital.

After disembarking we met a series of creepy characters, from the King's Guard to our Executioner, who then picked out one unlucky member of our posse to sit on the chopping block and prepare to meet their fate.

Luckily the rather green headsman missed and our fortunate friend escaped death – for now.

A London Dungeon spokesperson said: "After a year of royal pomp and ceremony, we are showing the flip side of royal history – one where those who displeased the King met their end.

"Our new show takes visitors on a journey of rumours, conspiracy and an unescapable fate! We want guests to venture into a world ruled by Henry VIII and witness the consequences of upsetting a tyrant king even if the crimes in question are ludicrous! See you soon traitors…"

Speaking about the new show, Hayley Nolan, Historian and author of ‘Anne Boleyn: 500 Years of Lies,’ said: "This new show explores the cruel lies that surrounded Anne Boleyn’s arrest, highlighting the unjust and harrowing narrative that the accused would have faced at their execution in 1536.

"But in truth, Anne Boleyn was no scheming seductress. She tried to launch the Tudor’s first NHS and job centre – the real cause for her downfall and death!"

The rest of the exhibit, which lasts around 90 minutes, is largely unchanged – so if you're in town for the day and fancy a brush with the bubonic plague, narrowly escaping the Great Fire of London and hunting down Jack the Ripper in Whitechapel, the Dungeon is probably the place for you.

But be warned, it's not for the faint of heart.

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