Monday 13 September 2010 5.29pm
Walking up Tooley Street
with my partner and our two kids (one of whom is pushchair-bound, being 16 months old),on Saturday afternoon at about 2:30 p.m., we were unable to get past London Dungeon
without spilling into the road due to the queue for the Dungeon spilling out, far beyond its barriered 'lane'. There was a security guard present given that we had to spill out onto the road, I felt dutybound to inform him of the danger at the end to which he rudely and abruptly replied: "We've got a licence from Southwark Council
to use the pavement for our queues." I tried to reason with him, saying that the pavement ought to be clear for pedestrians but he just walked off muttering something under his breath about having real work to do!
Whatever the Dungeon says, the pavement is there primarily for pedestrians and I think the London Dungeon
would do well to treat local people with more respect. I live and work on Tooley Street
and was born in Guy's Hospital
and I should not have to walk into the road so a bunch of tourists can queue for some overpriced rubbish. I appreciate that for the most part the queue is contained, but on Saturday it was streaming down to Stainer Street
(and taking up the whole width of the pavement) and going up the other way too.
Has anyone else experienced similar problems?