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Will You Die Laughing?
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Up until the 1st September, there is a Jestival at the London Dungeon. Are you funny enough to get free entry? Upon arrival, you will be greeted by the mad and macabre Black Jester. Not only will his jokes and pranks will keep you entertained while you wait in line, but if you've got a joke better than his, then he'll give you will get free admission.

Considering that a standard adult ticket is 24.60 at the door (16.95 when booked online), this is a good deal, and well worth a try. If you want to win, I recommend not letting the kids tell one of their knock jokes (you never know, you might get free entry - a one way ticket to the clink for an appalling sense of humour). But be warned, the Black Jester has no qualms about theft; if you let loose any good jokes, he'll steal them and use them on the rest of his audience.

I went to the London Dungeon a few years ago; back then it was located on Tooley Street, London Bridge, but as of March 2013, the attraction has moved to South Bank by the London Eye.

When I visited, the Black Jester was not there to offer free entry, so instead I saved some money by booking a combined ticket online that also gave me entry to Sea Life for 31.80.

Before entering the attraction, your life is already under threat. Into the stocks you go to have a photo taken with the executioner. If you survive the ordeal, you can by the photo in the gift shop at the end of the tour.

Inside you'll get a close shave from Sweeney Todd, learn about the horrific murders by Jack the Ripper, see gruesome live surgeries, and take some heart plummeting rides, such as Henry's Wrath Boat and Drop Dead.
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Why? Fun for families
When: Until 21st Sept
Phone: 0871 423 2240
Where: The London Dungeon
Cost: 16.95 - 24.60 adult, 12.95-19.20 child, 11.95-22.50 concessions
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