Ripley’s London. Expect the Unexpected.

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Here at World Travel Family we’re converts to Ripley’s Believe it or Not and Ripley’s London was a big hit with us all. You can book your Ripley’s London tickets and find out more about their dozens of global sites here.

We ventured into our first Ripley’s Odditorium in freezing New York City in January last year. I’ll be honest, we only went in to escape the cold.

We believe (although we’re not 100% certain) that the London Ripley’s may have closed down. Please check that for yourself. We keep our review here because it’s interesting.

Ripley’s took me by surprise, it wasn’t the freak show I’d expected at all, it was interesting, unusual and downright educational. Ripley was a traveller, like us, he collected the odd and the interesting from around the world and shared them with the public.

It sounds a bit like what we do, don’t you think?

We followed up that visit by buying the book, the kids have poured over it, reading it cover to cover while we’ve been un-travelling in London. We like it so much that it made it onto our Christmas Gifts Ideas post.

Ripley’s Believe It or Not London

EDIT: We think the London Ripley’s may have closed down now, but we’re not 100% certain. You’ll need to investigate.

Where is Ripley’s London and How to Get There

The London Ripley’s stands squarely on Piccadilly Circus, an iconic central London location, so finding the Odditorium is very easy.

Piccadilly Circus has its own tube station (Picadilly and Bakerloo lines connect here) or you can easily walk from Oxford Circus, Regent St and Covent Garden. Central London is small, it’s very easy to get about on foot, particularly in the West End.

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What To Expect at Ripley’s London

We had a ball at Ripley’s, my boys, at 8 and 10 loved the experience, as did I. It is similar to the New York site, but different, the London version, we think, is more modern, bigger and better.

We were guests of Ripley’s on this trip, but all views, as always, are 100% our own.

The only part of Ripley’s that I don’t enjoy is the torture implements and methods, I always hurry the boys through that part as it’s a little grisly. This section is a tiny component of the exhibition as a whole, you’re not missing much by skipping through it. It may be worth knowing that I haven’t taken my kids to the London Dungeons or Tombs, just for comparison.

So what can you expect to find at Ripley’s?


Art in all shapes and forms, Michael Jackson in gummy bears, Princess Diana in fluff, an artwork made from toast, it’s all art and part of children’s awakening as to what creativity can mean.

Ripley's Believe It or Not  Michael Jackson


Want to know a little more about vintage British prime ministers Disraeli and Gladstone? Read the image below. It made me smile.

Comode Ripley's London
Ripley's Believe It or Not  Disraeli's toilet

You will also find Queen Victoria’s death mask and historic artefacts from many and diverse cultures.


This is, without a doubt, the best mirror maze I’ve even been in. I’d lost the kids by this point, a rare moment of solitude. I could hear them, so I won’t say quiet.

Ripley's Believe It or Not  mirror maze

There is a laser maze, similar to the one in New York. This attraction totally rocks my kids’ worlds, mine too, if I’m honest. It’s the sort of fun thing you see on TV and never imagine you’ll get to try yourself. You can try the laser maze without paying to enter the main Ripley’s collection, it has its own separate entrance just off Piccadilly Circus.

Ripley's Believe It or Not laser maze


There are the usual collections of oddities, two-headed lambs, multi-legged cattle and self-made human freaks. It’s all good clean fun and a great opportunity to discuss these things with the kids, I get heavily into the science here.

Ripley's Believe It or Not Freak

We recommend Ripley’s London highly. Maybe it shouldn’t be top of your list when there are so many historical, educational and otherwise beautiful things to see and do in London (many free), but as a special treat for the kids, it’s hard to beat. So a big thumbs up from us, what do you think?

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About the author
Alyson Long
Alyson Long is a British medical scientist who jumped ship to chase dreams. A former Chief Biomedical Scientist at London's West Middlesex Hospital she started in website creation and travel writing in 2011. Alyson is a full-time blogger and travel writer, a published author, and owns several websites. World Travel Family is the biggest. A lifetime of wanderlust and over 6 years of full-time travel, plus a separate 12 month gap year, has given Alyson and the family some travel expert smarts to share with you on this world travel site. Today Alyson still travels extensively to update this site and continue her mission to visit every country, but she's often at home on her farm in Australia.

1 thought on “Ripley’s London. Expect the Unexpected.”

  1. I’ve never been to either the one in London or New York but now I may take the kids. I assumed it would be like Madame Tussaud’s which frankly they found kind of dull. The laser maze looks cool!


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