The London Bridge Experience

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The London Bridge Experience is a tourist attraction in Southwark, London, England, on the south bank of the River Thames.[1] 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.

Overview[edit]

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.[2]

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.[3]

Guests are led by actors on a tour through the 'dark' moments of London's history, which include Boudiccia's battles with the Romans, The Great Fire of London and a medieval encounter with Vikings.[4] 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.[citation needed] This includes German, Spanish, Italian, Polish, and French.

The London Tombs[edit]

There is a sister attraction, The London Tombs which is included in the admission price.[citation needed] 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".

Phobophobia[edit]

The London Bridge Experience is also home to Phobophobia, a Halloween show, that runs throughout October every year.[5]

Awards[edit]

The London Tombs have won the Screamie Award for being the United Kingdom's Best Year Round Scare Attraction for the years 2009–2016[6] The London Bridge Experience has been nominated[when?] by Group Travel Organiser as a finalist for "Best Attraction for Group Visits". Other finalists included: Buckingham Palace, the London Eye, St Paul's Cathedral, and the Houses of Parliament.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The London Bridge Experience". TripAdvisor. Retrieved 13 October 2015.
  2. ^ "'Spooky skeletons' scare builders". 2007-10-31. Retrieved 2017-11-21.
  3. ^ "'Spooky skeletons' scare builders". BBC News. UK: BBC. 2007-10-31. Retrieved 2012-11-01.
  4. ^ "Explore the underground tombs of London Bridge and brave the haunting tales of the city's notorious past at the London Bridge Experience". The London Pass. Retrieved 13 October 2015.
  5. ^ "The London Bridge Experience & the London Tombs | Halloween's Scariest Event in London". TheLondonBridgeExperience.com. 2011-07-17. Archived from the original on 2011-07-17. Retrieved 2012-11-01.
  6. ^ "The Screamie Awards | Previous Winners of the Screamie Awards". ScreamieAwards.co.uk. 2010-10-21. Archived from the original on 2010-10-21. Retrieved 2012-11-01.

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Coordinates: 51°30′23″N 0°05′17″W / 51.5065°N 0.0881°W / 51.5065; -0.0881

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