One of the biggest tourist attractions in London’s South Bank is The London Dungeon tour. Live actors and artists recreate stories from the past that are known for being gory and disturbing. To add to the experience, the tour boasts of amazing special effects that increase its horror element, making it much scarier and more life-life. Stories of people like Jack The Ripper and Sweeney Todd and of past events such as The Black Death and the Gunpowder Plot are highlighted as guests are taken through 19 shows, enacted by 20 artists and 2 rides. At present, it is housed in the County Hall at South Bank. Since 2013, it has been regrouped along with attractions like the London Eye. With something as complex as this tour, there are certainly a lot of terrifying behind-the-scenes stories about The London Dungeon. Want to know some of them? Read on!
Confessions Of An Operations Manager
After the attraction recently celebrated its 45th birthday, the staff shared their own personal experiences they had while working there. Kevin Haney, the operations manager, talked about his experience which is bound to give you goosebumps. When the show was on Tooley Street, he was checking and assessing all the show spaces at the end of the day. In one such place, he saw someone sitting at the edge of a bed in a Victorian costume. Thinking her to be an actress, he called out from the door to inform her to leave. But the person kept sitting in her place and looked straight at him with her hands on her lap. He felt a bit unnerved so he decided to close the door to think about his next move. When he opened the door, the figure was still there in that exact position. Feeling fear gripping his entire body, he left and looked for another member of the team to accompany him for inspection, but when they entered the room, the lady sitting on the bed was gone.
The Scary Experience Of A Performance Trainer
Ben Goldsmith, who is the team’s performance trainer, had his own story to share. It was around midnight when he had to put back his costume of Jack The Ripper after a PR shoot that day. As he entered the designated room for costumes, he heard someone say “Shh…” quite loudly. It was terribly scary because he knew that he was the only one in the building. When he was telling one of his co-workers about his experience the next day, a door opened all by itself and slammed shut! Was it part of an elaborate prank or not?
The Missing Child
Jazz Cowler, the PR and Marketing Executive, narrated her own story that can easily give you goosebumps. They had just finished up a day’s work and someone from operations was checking all the rooms to see if everybody had left. He found a woman in one of the rooms, crying. When he inquired her about her troubles, she said her child was missing. He immediately sought help from his other colleagues, and they searched the entire place for the child but couldn’t find anyone! When he came to inform her that they couldn’t find her child, she was missing, too!
The Spirits Who Wanted Them To Stop
Kai Nossek, who is an actor for the show, also has his own terrifying experience. Once while the show was on, he heard someone whispering loudly in his ears, “Please stop.” Though he looked around, he couldn’t find anyone who could have said those words. When the show was over, he looked around for anyone who could have uttered those words but couldn’t find anyone at all.
A Freaky Story From A Guest
Actor Terry Mason had heard a weird story from a girl who went to see the show when they were at Tooley Street. Apparently, this girl saw something very strange — at the end of a long corridor, she saw a man with a bare chest and no legs at all. According to her, the man with no legs was floating and suddenly drifted through the wall!
Several other staff members have opened up about their own stories of taps turning on by themselves, unexplained voices, and strange music. Many who have availed the tour have expressed how terrifying the experience is, but at least they know that it’s all acting and realistic special effects. On the other hand, the staff has different and much scarier encounters of the unknown.