The London Bridge Experience is a tourist attraction in Southwark, London, England, on the south bank of the River Thames. Guests are led by actors on a tour through moments in London's history, including Boudicca's battles with the Romans, and The Great Fire of London.
The attraction is located on Tooley Street, in vaults below the southern abutment of London Bridge, immediately outside London Bridge Station and originally a rival attraction, the London Dungeon, which has since moved closer to the London Eye. It is also opposite The Shard. The attraction opened on February 22, 2008 and cost in the region of £2,000,000 to develop. On October 31, 2007, before it opened, the BBC reported that a collection of skeletons unearthed in the crypt had scared builders so much that they refused to work alone. Guests are led by actors on a tour through the 'dark' moments of London's history. It explains the history of all the bridges that have been on the site: the first military style pontoon bridge built by the Romans, the first stone bridge built by Peter de Colechurch, the John Rennie Victorian bridge (which has now been relocated to Lake Havasu in Arizona, United States), ending with the current modern bridge opened by Queen Elizabeth II in 1971. In 2012, The London Bridge Experience introduced an "audio-wand" feature, so foreign customers are able to listen to the show in their own language. This includes German, Spanish, Italian, Polish, and French.
The London Bridge Experience is an immersive theatrical experience bringing together history and horror, education and fun. The visitor can become part of London's gruesome history and travel back in time with notorious English characters, uncovering the dark secrets that lie beneath the world’s most haunted bridge. You will see, hear and even smell what London Bridge was like throughout the ages. Come face to face with Queen Boudica's Iceni tribe and join them as they take on the Roman army. Be regaled by tales of terror at The Star Inn on Fish Lane as Jack The Ripper and Ben Crouch lurk in the lanes searching for the next victim. And meet The Keeper of The Heads at work as he preserves William Wallace’s head, as it was upon London Bridge that the heads of traitors were stuck on spikes for all to see. Experience medieval life first hand as you pass through the Chapel of Thomas Becket and onto the shop lined streets of London Bridge as the Great Fire of London takes hold and sweeps the city. After taking all of this in you will enter the Vortex and be taken back to the multi award winning present day hell, more commonly known as London Tombs. London Bridge has seen it all, from being built in around 53 AD to the bridge we cross today there has been murder, intrigue, collapse, fire and much more. The secrets and lies surrounding the bridge will never be fully known but here you will see an interesting and factual timeline of inception through to current times. However you look at it, this bridge has many a tale to tell.
The London Bridge Experience is also home to Phobophobia, a Halloween show, that runs throughout October every year.
There is a sister attraction, The London Tombs, which is included in the admission price. This is a scare attraction built in the remains of a former plague pit. This part of the attraction is optional and only suitable for children over 11 years old. Younger visitors can request a child-friendly "Guardian Angel tour".
Descend into the bowels of hell at the haunted site of London Tombs, crowned the UK’s Scariest Attraction. Make your way past walls dripping in blood, squeeze through confined spaces and scream with terror as you are met with an array of unspeakable horrors in this unimaginable scare maze. London Tombs, situated beneath London Bridge, has a long history and a sinister past, which you will witness during the show. Hundreds of bodies were uncovered from the plague pit here, so you are surrounded by terrifying, visual references to torture and death. Over the years, many sightings have been made from paranormal investigators. Face your fears, be it evil clowns that will make your blood run cold or confined spaces that will make your hair stand on end. The nesting spiders will try to trap you in their webs and the maniac butcher will definitely want to add you to his impressive collection of limbs that hang around his lair. If the little ones or the class want to experience the Tombs but are a little too scared please ask our guides at the entrance of the Tombs for our Guardian Angel tour. They will be taken ahead of the rest of the group, get to experience the sights and sounds of London Tombs but none of our mad detainees will scare them or chase them so they can still enjoy the full experience without worrying about being scared. Please note that this is for school groups and the under 16s only.
The London Bridge Experience & London Tombs lasts, on average, 1 hour, but due to the nature of the Experience being an interactive show the length of it depends how chatty & engaging you and the rest of the audience are, so they recommend you allow for 1 hour and a quarter. Please also arrive 15 minutes prior to your show time. Like all theatre productions, late admission is not an option so you’ll either see the next available show or they're afraid, if you’re late for the last show of the day, you will miss the experience. Refunds are not permitted. There are flat routes from parking area to the entrance for wheelchair access. There are designated wheelchair accessible public toilet facilities on site. Only assistance dogs are allowed.
Location : London Bridge Experience/London Tombs 2-4 Tooley St, London SE1 2SY
Transport: London Bridge (National Rail), (Jubilee Line), (Northern Line) take Tooley Street Exit. London Buses routes 17, 21, 35, 40, 43, 47, 48, 133, 141, 149, 343, 344, 381, 521 and RV1 stop outside.
Opening Times: Weekdays 10:00 to 17:00.
Opening Times: Weekends 09:30 to 18:00.
Tickets : Child (5 - 15) £21.45; Concession £24.95; Adult £26.95 (online prices)
Tel: 0207 403 6333