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I was in London over the weekend with my best friend, and with both of us being horror movie fans, and interested in all things spooky, we decided to go to The London Bridge Experience/The London Tombs.
The London Bridge Experience is located at 2-4 Tooley Street, which is a very short walk from the London Bridge tube station. The attraction is open from 10am to 5pm on weekdays, and 10am to 6pm on weekends.
The regular prices are as follows:
Adult - £23
Child - £17 (no kids under 11)
Family - £74
Concession - £21
This seems quite expensive but if you book online, you may be able to get various discounts or offers. Luckily for us, we booked online for an 'Early Bird' offer - we arrived before midday and got our tickets for around half price (not sure of the exact saving we made as my friend booked and paid for my ticket).
When you walk into the building, it is immediately very dark and smells rather smoky, a bit like incense.
Our tour was at 11am so we weren't sure if the attraction would be very busy or even any good as it was relatively early in the morning. However after a short wait of around 15 minutes (you can watch a video about the history of London Bridge while you are waiting), some more people arrived and our tour party ended up being a group of around 10 people.
The first part of the tour is the London Bridge Experience itself. This lasted for around 45 minutes. Various tour guides/actors dressed up as people from the era told you stories about the history of London Bridge. There were 4 different guides in all, who took you through various rooms/scenes. These included a Viking who was absolutely hilarious and sarcastic. The final tour guide in this bit was dressed as a flower seller from the 1800s. She told us about London Bridge during 'The Great Stink' of 1858, when the smell of human waste was very strong in Central London. To set the scene for the story, there was definitely a smell of human urine in the room we were in at that point. I'd rather not think about how the London Bridge Experience recreates this stench!
I enjoyed the stories about the history, however I feel that there could have been more to this part of the tour. The 4 different guides were very good but I didn't come out of it knowing much more about the historical aspect about London Bridge than I did when I went in. However, the actors were great and the costumes, scenes etc very good also.
The second part of the Experience was the London Tombs, which was the part that we had been looking forward to the most. Before entering the tombs, another tour guide/actor who was dressed up told us that certain people couldn't go into the Tombs - those with heart issues, nervous dispositions, asthma etc. I have asthma, as did another woman in our party, but I assured the tour guide I would be fine. Apparently they don't recommend asthmatics go down into the Tombs as it is quite damp down there. I found that I was fine afterwards so it's really about using your common sense and knowing how bad your own condition is if you have asthma.
You go down into the Tombs via a lift, which rocks and shakes - therefore I would recommend that anyone with a lift phobia perhaps doesn't go in. I found it funny, personally but if you dislike cramped conditions this may not be for you.
Once in the Tombs, you have to walk in a row with your hands on the shoulders of the person before you. I'm not entirely sure the reasoning behind this, other than to keep everyone together I guess and it stops people turning back or running off.
I won't divulge everything that happens within the Tombs, but suffice to say you walk through various dark corridors and through rooms, that contain sound effects, strobe lights, things on the walls, things hanging from the ceiling, and people jumping out at you. They won't touch you but they do get very close, and more than once someone leaned right at me and growled into my ear. All the models and props are standard gory horror stuff, skeletons and the like - however the last section of the Tombs is based on more modern horror, such as scary clowns, creepy babies, and horror movies. The bits that freaked me out the most were the rooms done up like an old creepy hospital, and the room based on The Texas Chainsaw Massacre.
I found the Tombs really scary and I did scream - but I also laughed my head off too at the same time. It wouldn't be for people who would get upset easily by horror, or are too nervous. However you aren't going to come to any harm; it's an adrenaline rush, and I would absolutely go again!
I don't think that I would be prepared to pay the full adult price of £23 for the London Bridge Experience, however I suppose that's the way with London tourist attractions - they may be overpriced. For the full price, I would want a lot more from the initial London Bridge tour. The Tombs were absolutely worth it though considering we got it for half price.
went to the london bridge experience with my 14 year old daughter and it was the worst experience of her life .the staff and actors where rude and the london tombs is the worst place to go with children .we were chased my a man with a chainsaw who cut one of my knuckes and made it bleed when we left the london bridge experience my daughter was crying her eyes out. i would never go to the london tombs again it was hell .
OMG just got back from The London Bridge and the London Tombs and absolutely loved it! After deciding to go with my ( presumably) matcho boyfriend, I assumed that I would be the one squeezing his hand in sheer terror.... but oh was I wrong! In fact, I would recommend that every girl takes their potential gentleman caller to this attraction, purely as a vetting exercise - it certainly sorts the men from the boys!!!
The London Bridge Experience is a two part attraction- which is great for someone like myself who gets bored very easily. To begin with, visitors are taken on a historical tour of The London Bridge with a number of different hosts guiding you through time. Right from the outset, it was a very 'hands on' experience as all the characters encourage you to get involved with the story.
The second part of the tour was undoubtedly my favorite! Down in the depths of the London Tombs are mysterious creatures jumping out at you every second of the way- even my very respectable other-half let out a number of girlish screams! Warewolf's, clowns and plague victims are to name only a few of the creatures lurking in an underworld aided by eerie music, dry ice and lots of strobe lightening!
All in all, a great evenings entertainment. I would certainly recommend it for any couples, families or groups.
Ps -Ladies, if you do decide to go with loved ones, make sure you buy the group photograph from the gift shop afterwards.... it works as a great bargaining tool when reminding fellas how they terrified they really were!
The London Bridge Experience & The London Tombs
I have been wanting to visit this attraction for a couple of months now and finally got my wish last weekend. It is really 2 attractions for the price of one as your ticket gets you access to both The London Bridge Experience and The London Tombs. Located on Tooley Street, right outside London Bridge train station it is conveniently located and easily accessible.
A visit to The London Bridge Experience is not cheap. If you buy your tickets on the day admission will cost £21.95 per adult and £16.95 per child .There is also the option of buying a Family ticket (2 adults, 2 children) for £64.95.
However, there is currently a 2-for-1 scheme running for this attraction, as long as you travel by train (or have at least bought a train ticket).To take advantage of this offer you will need to pick up a 2-for1 leaflet from your local British Rail station.
Having taken advantage of the 2-for1 offer I would say that the ticket is good value for money, but only at the discounted rate.
If you are unable to travel by train, you can make smaller savings by booking your tickets online.
The London Bridge Experience
Once inside, the basic premise of The London Bridge Experience is that you follow the history of the bridge through the ages of time. You are accompanied on your time travelling journey by a cast of guides, who really put a lot of effort into their performance.
The journey begins with the first bridge at the historic site in Roman times. After this you are guided through time by a Danish Viking, an English peasant from the middle ages and a Victorian scientist. The exhibition is completely interactive and quite interesting.
I thought it lacked a little in the History department. I would have liked a bit more emphasis on the history of London and the bridge, but maybe that's just me being a bit geeky! There is one portion of the tour where you encounter a man whose job is to put traitors heads on spike, which is entertaining but drags on a little bit.
In total the journey lasts about 35 minutes, which I felt was a bit quick. I'm sure if you had paid full price for the tickets you would feel a bit ripped off at this point. When the tour is finished you are then allowed to enter The London Tombs.
London Bridge Experience Summary
Entertainment - 7.5/10
Historical Info - 6/10
Value for Money - 7/10
(With the 2 for 1 offer)
The London Tombs
The London Tombs are billed as London's scariest attraction. When I first heard this I was quite sceptical as I don't think I scare that easily. Happily, I was soon forced to eat my words as what followed was really terrifying (and thoroughly entertaining).
The guides advise that the Tombs are not suitable for small children and I would definitely echo this sentiment (I would say that it might be too scary for children under the age of 11).
The tour takes place in the supposedly haunted foundations of London Bridge. As you queue for entry you are shown a spoof news real detailing mysterious disappearances and gruesome discoveries in the area.
When you enter the exhibit you have to line up and put your hands on the shoulders of the person in front of you, like you are forming a conga line. This is because large parts of the exhibit are in pitch darkness and only lit by the intermittent flash of a strobe light (epileptics take note). As you wander into the darkness clutching the shoulders of your neighbour you are subjected to all kinds of horrors, such as loud explosions, bright flashes and some terrifying and discusting props (a spider web forest and a garden of corpses come to mind). The scariness of all this is magnified 10 fold by the fact that the exhibit is inhabited by a cast of actors whose sole objective is to make you jump. They come screaming out of trapdoors and hidden recesses dressed as axe murderers, zombies and ghouls. They never actually touch you but they come close enough for you to feel their breath on your face. One even grabbed the shoulders of the last person in our conga line and followed us round for a while.
This really was the most fun I've had in quite a while. The actors are excellent and the special effects are genuinely awesome. I spent the whole time either screaming or laughing, usually a combination of both. I can't recommend this highly enough!
Note: The London Tombs are probably not suitable for Children under the age of 11, people with light sensitive conditions (such as epilepsy) or pregnant women.
The London Tombs Summary
Entertainment - 9/10
Scariness - 9/10
Value for Money - 7.5/10
(With the 2 for 1 offer)
If you take advantage of the money saving 2-for-1 offer, this is a great day out.
The London Bridge Experience was a great way to spend the afternoon. I took my kids and they absolutely loved it. I was impressed with the history of the first part of the attraction and the actors were great. My kids had loads of fun in the tombs and, although it was scary, they laughed the whole time. I definitely recommed this attraction to anybody and if your kids are a bit older, they will love it too!
The London Bridge Experience was loads of fun! I went with my two friends and we found the entire attraction interesting and the tombs were such a thrill! Although we were scared in the tombs, it was fun being a bit scared, and we came out laughing. It might be a bit too scary for really young children, but older kids would love this! The actors were great and very convincing as well. It was definitely worth our money and time. I absolutely recommend the attraction to everyone!
It has become apparent this is one of the new modern attractions of 2008 and onwards. This place is a great place not only do you learn a lot about education but the amount of detail they have put into the place is second to none. When you enter you need to look carefully for where you enter it nots where you seem. Dont be fooled it is a family attraction and is a lot of fun for the kids and the teens and the adults. When you enter you will learn about the history of london bridge. Watch out one of you will be nominated the team leader however it a whole lot of fun. Watch out though the actors do have tricks up there sleeve. I purely enjoyed the entertainment factor of this experience. All the actors wanted you to get involved. I found it worked like one big family and its a lot of fun.
Now we come to the tombs not one for horror films or ghost trains my friend kindly decided we shud enter the tombs. I could of killed him at this moment but we entered. The first thing you will notice is how dark it is. I dont want to give too much away really but watch out its not for the faint of heart. Its a truely scary experience and what you see in there will continue to last for 30 minutes after. This is a great attraction it fun and brilliant if you want to scare people. I remember i went in with teenagers all thinking there all it. But it soon changed when they entered the tombs the looks on there faces were priceless. It dark quiet and not a place you would want to be on your own.
My advice to anyone wishing to enter london bridge is that it quiet there not a long queue and its fun. It entertaining knowledgable and also will scare the pants of you. Its great fun for all the family! I would advise it to everyone!
While on a visit home to London last week I noticed a large scary looking poster for the London Bridge Experience. As a former lecturer in London history, I was intrigued and decided to book a ticket and go.
London Bridge was built in wood by the Romans in the 1st century AD at almost the same location as today. It fell into disrepair when the ROmans left and was then rebuilt around 1000AD by the Saxons. In the 1100s it was decided to build a better bridge of stone and this is the famous medieval one with buildings all across it and severed heads on spikes. This bridge was pulled down in the 1830s and rebuilt by Charles Rennie and in turn this bridge was replaced in the 1970s with a larger, wider version. However a couple of arches of the 1830s bridge survive at the southern end and there have long been plans to create a museum inside the substructure honoring the history of this important yet now invisible monument.
By the tone of the poster I could tell right away that the academic style museum I had been expecting and the "London Bridge Experience" were not one and the same. Yet I was surprised when I went on the website to discover that the new attraction is actually located in the arches of the Rennie Bridge. I can only assume therefore that it is occupying the space before the museum opens or is even raising money for it.
The website also proclaimed that one could visit the "London Tombs" which is the "Scariest attraction in London" now I knew that excavations near the site had uncovered human remains of various time periods and that there was a plague pit nearby but I did not think there was anything left to see. In conversation with my father I learned that his only knowledge of the London Bridge Experience is that it was stealing business from the London Dungeon and that they were extremely unhappy about it. By now I had an idea of what I was letting myself in for. The boring academic part of me was going to try not to enjoy this...
Fortunately I have always been the kind of archaeologist who is prepared to be fairly open-minded and I fully understand that the popular perception of history and archaeology is that of Indiana Jones or The Mummy and therefore anything less is not going to have mass appeal. However I am sure that many former colleagues would give me a good slap for saying anything positive of this attraction. I shall therefore encourage them to go and sit back in amusement.
One is ushered into the attraction by blood spattered freak show rejects in victorian and medieval costume and you are then taken on a whistlestop tour of the history of London and the bridge via a series of different chambers and time periods. For anyone who knows anything about the subject this is not a very enlightening experience, but certainly quite amusing. All the live actors are more than a little mad and in your face. If you dont like people screaming at you or making you feel uncomfortable I would not advise that you go. Each group is also assigned a leader, unfortunately ours was a teenage girl who seemed unable to speak and hid at the back the whole way round. I think the early actors must have radioed forwards to leave her alone after the first few rooms.
I will not ruin the experience by telling you what characters there are or how they will approach you. However or somebody who knows little of London you would at least learn that the Romans founded it, that the vikings fought over it, that the bridge had buildings on it and was a large community and that it burnt down many times. For those actually concentrating there is also a lot of interesting and incidental detail.
After you have completed the history section, you are given the option to visit the "TOMBS" and those of a nervous disposition, pregnant or with health complaints are advised to opt out. The scenario sees the group starting out as archaeologists but it rapidly descends into a combination of the scariest aspects of a house of horrors meets resident evil, meets texas chainsaw massacre. A combination of strobe lighting effects, good props and actors dressed as dismembered corpses that jump at you, sniff you and follow you around. It is almost impossible to see where you are walking as you stumble at speed through the labyrinth. Even my husband was holding my hand and visibly scared and fact two girls behind us begged one of the zombies to remove them, which they courteously did!
The "London Tombs" walkthrough has absolutely no historical prescident or basis and is purely a shock experience aiming to steal visitors from other attractions. However I dont mind saying that I enjoyed it and think it would be a great thing to go back to with friends for a good giggle.
I would not advise serious minded people, or anyone who wants some solid history to buy a ticket for this. I also think that anyone under the age of 12 would have nightmares for at least a week. We paid about £10 each, though we did go in for the graveyard shift (boom boom!!) at 5pm. I thought I would regret going but actually it was quite good fun, and as my husband is not a historian and gets bored of me waffling, on it was a good choice I think.
My family and i visited the London Experience by accident (we thought it was the london dungeons) and we all thought it was great! The tombs was the most terrifying thing i have ever done in my life, and the historical part was very good too. After we visited the London Experience, we visited the London Dungeons. It was nowhere near as good as the London Experience even though the line was 1 hour and 45 minutes long and the tickets were more expensive! If i had to recommend one or the other i would most definetly say the London experience was much MUCH better and way scarier.
Recently visited the London Bridge Experience whilst standing in the Dungeon queue. A member of staff with fake blood all over her face told me I could get in cheaper than where I was going. It's fun but not really as scary as people are saying or that it's being made out to be. A lot of jostling in the tombs which doesn't last long enough and the history part is really over the top and melodramatic. You are never quite sure what is fact and what is not. From entry, it is very hot and as the whole thing took well over an hour, it might be wiser to go in winter than the peak of summer. I saw a couple of fans here and there but it was stifling. Oh and there is a museum consisting of one room with sketches in it. Overall, very disappointing and expensive.
If you like the london dungeons like i do, you will love the london bridge experience. you start off with the history of events of the bridge, throw in some cool props and some good fun acting and away we go, charles dickens was brilliant , a while later you end the first part of the tour. you have a choice then to exit to the left gift shop cafe and musuem or turn right to enter the london tombs. we turned right i won't spoil the fun but it was pretty full on and dark, my wife was terrified. I loved the 2nd part, it was like a walk through ghost train for adults. you have got to try it if only once, it was great fun.
After the media coverage of this attraction, just had to try it. After the mini-educational tour (which was great) we were then advised that if anyone suffered from a nervous disposition NOT to enter the tombs. Thinking this was part of 'the act', we entered. Was it just an act - NO WAY, JOSE!!! We nearly peed our pants. (We, being the friend I took with me to hang onto. AND HANG ONTO HER I DID - SHE STILL HAS THE BRUISES). What a fantastic attraction. Worth every penny. ONE WORD OF WARNING: IT ADVISES NOT BEING SUITABLE FOR CHILDREN UNDER 15 UNLESS WITH AN ADULT. PARENTS - THIS IS ONE SCARY ATTRACTION. PLEASE THINK TWICE BEFORE TAKING IN YOUR CHILD. The actors/actresses/props could be out of a Hollywood Production. It has a scare factor of 10 out of 10.GO PAY A VISIT AND ENJOY.
Just disapponting: no real historical background and badly built settings. The London Tombs are a little bit more scary but nothing to do with the Doungeon. Less than one hour of boring walk, even not noticed we were walking inside the vaults of the London Bridge! We'll definitely never come back.
Dropped in on the London Bridge Experience as a laugh with a couple of mates from work last Tuesday - you can get in cheap if you go at 5pm, so we thought we'd give it a whirl.
There's a semi-educational nod to the bridge's two thousand years of history to start with (yawn) and then things get a lot more interesting when you go down into the London Tombs. This is a tour that's designed to scare the pants off you - and I have to say it worked with us. It helps that it's set in the creepy, dark vaults of the bridge - where a plague pit of human remains was found recently - and then they throw in a load of actors, animatronics, CGI and special effects. You will jump and probably scream - it's all good.
Do buy your tickets online though - some websites like 365tickets.com offer a good discount. You will pay more if you buy at the door.
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