Uncover dark secrets at Historic Royal Palaces

Try your luck in one of the country’s oldest gambling dens, take part in a covert investigation at the Tower of London and enjoy a night of storytelling inspired by Guy Fawkes’ confessions.

Over the coming months, Banqueting House, London, and the Tower of London will play host to a series of new events that explore the dark history of these enchanting venues. Taking place during the cold winter evenings, the events encourage visitors to engage with the attractions in fresh and interesting ways, and includes an exciting new immersive experience.

The Gaming Den

Banqueting House
21 January 2018, 2pm–5pm / 6pm–9pm
Where better to enjoy a board game than in one of the country’s oldest gambling dens, housed in what was once the largest palace in Europe? Sit beneath Rueben’s masterfully-painted ceiling while you enjoy pastimes from throughout history, including some classic Georgian and Tudor games, and exciting twists on the most popular games out now. Bring friends, grab a drink and make a night of it! Tickets cost £10.


Tower of London
Various dates and times in February
This immersive night-time experience, directed by award-winning digital theatre company ANAGRAM, takes participants on a covert mission through the shadowy world of state surveillance. Messages and phone calls will lead you around the notorious prison as you try to uncover the truth. Tickets start at £18.

Confessions at the Tower: Free Will

Tower of London
31 January, 7pm–8.45pm
Join award-winning poet and play-write Inua Ellams and special guests at the Chapel of St Peter ad Vincula – the final resting place of Anne Boleyn and Thomas Cromwell – for a night of adult storytelling. Taking as a starting point the confession of Guy Fawkes, who was interned at the Tower of London before his execution, participants will confess their own stories in a special performance. Tickets start at £22.50.