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Genuinely scary - but the full price is too
London Bridge Experience (London)
Member Name: suziedre
London Bridge Experience (London)
Advantages: Scary, fun, interesting
Disadvantages: Too expensive
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.
Summary: An attraction that will scare you - but make sure you book online to get money off
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