With its glistening glass-fronted buildings sitting side by side with edifices dating back centuries, London is a veritable goldmine of history. Combining this long heritage with a liberal dash of horror is The London Bridge Experience, an immersive theatrical experience that has grown to become one of the city’s most popular tourist attractions thanks to its ability to captivate and educate all who see it.
What to expect
From its origins way back in 53 AD to the modern structure that thousands routinely cross on a daily basis today, London Bridge has been the scene of murder, intrigue, collapse, fire and plenty more. The truth behind such incidents remains shrouded in mystery, and The London Bridge Experience is designed to spark your imagination by lifting the veil on the past.
Not one for the faint hearted, the experience involves guests being led by actors through some of the most significant – and often gruesome – events to have taken place in bygone London. Designed as a multi-sensory experience, you’ll see, hear and smell what the world’s most famous – and some believe haunted – bridge was like throughout the ages.
Following your trip through the vortex you’ll have the chance to explore The London Tombs. Here, you’ll come face to face with the zombies and demons who are kept locked below, with live actors scattered throughout the tombs jumping out and scaring visitors at random moments.
So, whether it’s learning about Boudicca’s battles with the Romans and The Great Fire of London, or simply having the spine-tingling thrill of being scared witless by ghoulishly dressed actors, The London Bridge Experience is destined to continue being one of London’s most magical and memorable attractions for all who see it.
Taking place in the borough of Southwark on the south bank of the River Thames, the nearest station is London Waterloo, which is a five-minute walk away. To arrive by bus, there are a number of routes that take you here from across the capital. If you’re coming by car, the nearest car parks are located on Kipling Street, Southwark Street, Park Street and Cornwall Road.
The experience is open from 11am to 6pm on weekdays, and 10am to 6pm on weekends, with tours running every half-an-hour. The experience generally runs for 1 hour, but due it being an interactive show visitors are advised to allow for 1 hour 15 minutes. You should also arrive 15 minutes prior to your show time. During School and Bank Holidays, shows run from 10am-6pm. The experience is closed on Christmas Day.
Tickets can be purchased on the official London Bridge Experience website or on the door, but for the best prices we recommend booking tickets at online booking engine GetYourGuide. Adults tickets are available for £21 and £18 for children aged 5-15 (an adult must attend with you. Kids aged 4 and under go free, although the show is not recommended for children of this age.
Free audio guides are available in six languages.
For those planning to bring a camera, be aware that no flash photography is allowed during the experience.