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Public executions were a major part of Londoners’ lives for centuries. From Smithfield to Southwark, from Banqueting House to Newgate Prison, executions became embedded in London’s landscape from the 12th century right through to the 19th. Even today, hints of this uncomfortable past can still be seen across the capital.

From October, the Museum of London is bringing the rarely told and often tragic human stories behind these events to a new exhibition. Executions will showcase a range of fascinating objects, paintings and projections, including the vest said to have been worn by King Charles I when he was executed, a recreation of the Tyburn gallows with an immersive projection, last letters of the condemned, and much more. Many of the items going on display have rarely been seen in public.

This is your chance to discover how, over nearly 700 years, public executions came to shape the city we know today.

Good To Know

Visitors are advised that there are human remains on display in this exhibition, and content which may not be suitable for younger children.

Additional Details & FAQ

Access Information

The exhibition is accessible via a ramp, and is in a gallery located on the ground floor. You can find out more about accessibility at the venue at here.

Cancellation Policy

If you test positive for COVID-19, display symptoms, or are asked to isolate by NHS Test and Trace you can exchange your tickets.

If the show is cancelled due to COVID-19 or any other reason, you will be offered a free exchange or refund.

If the show is going ahead and you are able to attend, there will be no exchange or refund available.


E-ticket - Valid for one admission on the date and time specified on the ticket.

Suitable For Children

The recommended age is 12+.

Children under the age of 12 are welcome in the exhibition at the discretion of their parents/carers.

What Should I Expect

More information about Covid-19 Measures here

Where Do I Go

Museum of London Docklands
No. 1 Warehouse, West India Quay, London E14 4AL

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