We were treated to a lovely day out in London, reviewing the London Eye and Shreks Adventure!
With summer holidays in full swing, and the kids giving you the boredom eyes at every given opportunity, it’s not only hard to find things for them to do, but to also take a risk, spending money on days out, at attractions you’ve not visited before!
Luckily, I’m here to give you an idea about two of London’s best attractions-and a little insight into what you’ll see (without spoilers of course), and how to make the best out of your day out!
Merlin Entertainments look after five main attractions in London; Madame Tussauds, The London Dungeons, The Sea Life Centre, The London Eye, and Shreks Adventure. The latter two, we were fortunate enough to be asked to review-so, along with our 7 year old (I’ll explain why we didn’t take our 3 and a half year old in a moment), we headed into London for the day!
Making your journey to London as cheap as possible.
So firstly, I’d like to explain, I’m aware how expensive trips to London can be (depending on your home location). I live in Kent-on the very edge of Kent to be precise. I travel into London for events often, and although my travel is often subsidised, I still have to initially pay for my tickets before being refunded.
My two top tips;
- Use The Trainline and National Rail websites, to make sure you’re getting the best deal on your train tickets. Compare both, and always check to see if two singles are cheaper than a return.
- Get yourself a Network Railcard. I save 1/3 off of all my train fares to London using mine, and at only £30 per year, it’s already paid for itself in how much I’ve saved.*
The London Eye.
We got a super early train, as I’d heard while at the station a few days before, the Athletics were on at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, and to expect delays. We still ended up rushing over to the London Eye (typical). Thankfully, the lovely staff at the VIP Experience desk told us not to worry and we could head over at our leisure.
Our first stop was the 4D Experience-the first live action, 4D attraction film ever produced in the UK, containing the first ever 3D aerial photography over London.
Free to experience with ALL London Eye tickets, it really is worth doing.
Following a wet and windy experience (almost a spoiler there), we headed over to the Fast Track queue for the London Eye.
Kye was so excited to be visiting this attraction-so much so, he watched all Shrek Films, mini films, AND Puss in Boots films/programmes, over and over, on the run up to our day out.
My top tip for this attraction, is once again, pre-book! We tried a few months ago to head over on a last minute whim, and were turned away because it was fully booked!
Our queue to collect our tickets was once again as quick as I’d hoped it would be, and we headed off to enjoy the fun!
You are asked to turn your phones off before entering the main part of the attraction, which means, NO spoilers whatsoever I’m afraid. I will tell you however, IT’S AMAZING! There’s a bus ride (my favourite part), live action (with actual real life human actors), and SO many photo opportunities the entire way round.
Coming onto the photo’s actually, we don’t have any souvenir ones from within the attraction-the ones that are taken by the staff I mean. This is because the price to buy said photos, was a little too expensive for us, in the middle of the summer holidays….(I’ll also say, if you can afford it, do it-I hate that we don’t have ours-they’re £30 for an entire booklet plus keyrings.)
After the adventure has ended, there are plenty of photo opportunities you’re allowed to take yourself-one of which is with SHREK!!!!! The staff are also on hand to take one for you so you can all be part of the photo!
There are also other activities following the end of your tour, with other Dreamworks characters!
This summer, you can discover your own ‘green’ fingers at Shrek’s Adventure!
The summer show starts from the 17th of July to the 3rd of September 2017 at the attraction!
Families visiting London’s ‘greenest’ attraction, will be able to pick-up some ogre-size gardening tips as well receiving their very own ‘swamp garden’ seed pack to take home and see how green fingered they can be!
Created in partnership with Notcutts Garden Centre, the summer holiday activities will aim to encourage children to discover their own ‘green’ fingers and get planting at home.
Once guests have hopped on the magical 4-D bus and been whisked off to Far Far Away they will arrive back to a lush giant garden where Shrek himself will be handing out the limited edition seed packs in his own Shrek garden. For those youngsters who want to learn more about gardening when they get home there will also be a range of garden videos shared throughout the summer holidays so they can keep on learning and growing!
To see more about our visit to London with Merlin Entertainment, have a nose below at our vlog of the day!!
To find out more, and to book tickets to Shreks Adventure, head over to the website HERE!
To book your tickets for The London Eye, head over to their website HERE.
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Check out our other days out reviews over on my website HERE!
We were sent tickets to the London Eye and Shreks Adventure, in exchange for an honest and unbiased review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.