Shrek's Adventure! London

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Go in search of the big green ogre in a fast-paced, immersive adventure on the South Bank

The Shrek’s Adventure! London experience starts the moment you’re greeted by hosts and hostesses in 1950s-style uniforms at the entrance. Your ‘Dreamworks Tour’ group is briskly ushered up into the main departure lounge and from here, your chosen trip, ‘the Shrek Adventure’, is due to set off in a red double-decker bus. Only thing is, something seems to have gone wrong with the technical details…

Your hostess, Princess Fiona (played with pacey, panto-style humour by one of a cast of actors), hastily encourages you to take plan B: don some 3D glasses and board a different bus. This turns out to be the breathtaking 4D opening scene of your adventure.

Flying through the air (the virtual reality effects cost millions, apparently), you leave the South Bank and are soon hurtling through the sky to Far, Far Away. But uh-oh, Rumpelstiltskin’s witches have decided to invade your airspace, and when your magic bus (driven by Donkey, by the way) accidentally knocks Rumpelstiltskin’s girlfriend off her broomstick, you have to make a crash landing and the tour becomes a thrilling chase.

Getting off the bus, the icky smells and the squidgy ground beneath your feet tell you that you’ve ended up in Shrek’s swamp. But where is the ogre himself? Knowing that Rumpelstiltskin and his witches are on your trail, you must take your orders from a down-on-her-luck Cinderella. But can she help you find Shrek and make your way home again?

Shrek’s Adventure London has been devised by the team behind other attractions like the London Dungeon and it works in a similar way – you are ushered around a series of scenes and find yourself part of a new story, having to solve clues, join in the occasional impromptu song, and generally do silly things in order to reach the end of the tour and, hopefully, a happy ending. With excellent set design and something unexpected around every corner, it’s an engaging and amusing trip into a wonky fairytale world, where you meet a few Shrek characters along the way – Doris the barmaid, Pinocchio, Puss in Boots and the Gingerbread Man. The Adventure has been created in collaboration with Dreamworks, with brand new animations part of the experience.

There isn’t an age limit, but it has its scary moments, so it’s best for ages six to 12, and for grown-ups who are willing to throw themselves into the panto spirit on a 75-minute romp.At the end of the tour, if you find your way out and escape the clutches of the evil Rumpelstiltskin, you’ll be rewarded with a Dreamworks finale: walk-through scenes from ‘Madagascar’ and ‘Kung-Fu Panda’, plus a chance to come face to face with Toothless from ‘How to Train Your Dragon’.

By: Laura Lee Davies

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Venue name: Shrek's Adventure! London
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Address: Riverside Building
County Hall
Westminster Bridge Road
London
SE1 7PB
Opening hours: Open Mon–Wed, Fri, Sun 10am–5pm, Thu 11am–5pm, Sat 10am–6pm.
Transport: Tube: Westminster or Waterloo
Price: £27 (£18.90 online), £21.85 under-16s (£15.30 online).
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Suzanne I
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Awesome, shrektacular!! Full of surprises, twists and turns, an amazing ride( won't give away a spoiler but its better than Thorpe park)great characters with fun interactive features. Lots of photo opps nb decent camera better than tablets or phones as lighting is very atmospheric ! My granddaughter was the only child on our ' tour' so she was delighted to operate the red button and was an enthusiastic vocal participant throughout. Me, loved the mirror maze. Take yourself, take kids, take mates. I defy you to be disappointed.

Paula - ToT
tastemaker

I attended a Lates event at Shrek’s Adventure Land last year.This was quite a bizarre event, but weirdly enjoyable.There are a couple of drinks provided on route to get you in the mood - some odd coloured cocktail and a shot.The actors along route are fantastic and really get into character - I imagine the kids love it!The various scenes and rides are great and the sort of thing that any kid would enjoy.It is expensive to go, but I think you’ll have fun.

Lise M
tastemaker

Agreeing with most of the reviews, the expérience is absolutely Shrektacular! It was a real surprise as I didn't know what to expect. After having a crazy 4D ride over London, we are totally immersed in Shrek's univers. Guided by famously known characters, we walked from rooms to rooms to look for Shrek who's missing. The attraction is fun and very interactive. There is no down moments, the effets and décors are absolutely amazing and the actors' performances fun and very engaging. Fun guaranted!!

chelseadust
tastemaker

My friend and I got tickets to the adults only 'Shrek Lates' event they host once a month. I was sold on 'Orge sized fun after dark'. We were pretty embarrassed about how excited we were but we knew it would be a laugh, even if it wasn't very good. On arrival we were provided with a bright blue cocktail, not the best drink I've ever had but good nonetheless. Our journey then started to The Kingdom of Far Far Away, escorted by our very funny tour guide. Starting with a 4D bus experience driven by donkey, we accidentally killed the wicked witch. This then took us on to meeting various characters on our way to find Shrek and be saved! Every stop along the way was uniquely funny, with a few adult jokes thrown in and plenty of involvement with the group. My favourite moment of the journey, has to be doing shots at the Poison Apple Pub with Doris and finally meeting Shrek at the end. Thumbs up to Dreamworks Tours for turning this into something fun for adults too!

Kirsty C

Went to the late opening and it was absolutely fab! I wasn't sure what I was expecting but there is so much scenery along the journey to look at and the actors were hilarious- the fortune teller actually had me in tears laughing. I'm sure it's awesome for kids during the day, but personally I would definitely recommend as a fun and different thing to do on one of their late openings if you can

jeaniekarl
Tastemaker

Went along to their late evenings and had a Shrektastic time! Expect to be led along an enchanting trail where you will be met with several of the characters featuring in the movies that lasts approx 45mins to an hour. Plenty of interactive involvement from the visitors to help find clues to escape Far Far Away to keep you thoroughly entertained. The actors were enthusiastic and kept us entertained and laughing throughout. Effects were excellent in particular the bus journey with the 3D glasses that was so convincing it made me feel a bit dizzy at times! The mirror maze was very clever too. On the down side at times it was a bit pantomime like and clearly catered towards children although going later in the evening there were adult jokes and drinks included. If you don’t like this kind of stuff then maybe this isn’t for you but we had so much fun. The price is possibly a little on the pricey side but then again it’s a great family activity that is slightly different. There are plenty of cheesy photo opportunities including with Shrek himself but also other characters from the Dreamworks company and obviously the staff will try hard to convince you to buy these. Then at the end, there is the gift shop afterwards. Parents beware! All in all, a good evening event and experience worth a visit.

Joanne  M
tastemaker

Shrektastic time at Shreks Adventure London. Highly recommend to anyone that loves Shrek and all other magical characters from Cinderella to Pinocchio. I went along onto a special adult night adventure. I wont say too much otherwise it will give it away but there is a lot of audience interaction. There is also a particular actresses that plays Cinderella but with a twist. I found her highly amusing with her eccentric acting and odd presence. Its particularly funny when she picks out someone to go into Shreks toilet to retrieve some gold I wont say what happens but my husband was picked out and my god I thought is that him or is that just sound track as it really sounded like him, wink. I also really loved the pub area with the bar woMAN, wink. I think the acting and the way that everything was done was as good as something that you might experience in Orlando themeparks. You can also have your photo taken with Shrek and various other characters at the end of the tour. The shop has such great merchandise my head was spinning saying donkey, Shrek, gingerbread man....... oh my what is one to do.

The only thing that lets this attraction down is the price I do think that it is quite overpriced so try and find a deal as the experience of this place is one not to be missed especially if you have kids.

Darren L

I visited the Shrek Experience as it opened last summer and this was my second visit.  It's OK, but nothing to write home about and certainly falls way short of my expectations for something charging the sort of admission prices they do.  It's hard to see how you'd spend more than an hour/hour and a half there.  A lot of waiting around to get started, although on the evening "after hours" visit last week it was nice to be served with a drink. The cast members are friendly, but it does get a bit monotonous and pantomime - ish after the initial play-alongs.  The 4D bus trip is now only 3D (water sprays missing) and is rather short in duration.  Then you walk between scenes as the story begins to evolve.  The ending is rather lacklustre before the self-guided section through the selfie photo opportunities with DreamWorks characters and then, of course, the chance to purchase the (very, very) expensive photos (which last week was not working) and the equally as expensive gift shop.

It's ok, but I really don't think its worth the entry fee and will not occupy enough time to justify the admission.

GeorgeX
Tastemaker

Excellent attraction for kids but not for adults. I would score it 5 stars for kids - 1 star for adults. 

Kids will love it. Apart from the obvious Shrek character, they are going to meet Donkey, Fiona, Gingerman, Sleeping Beauty, Pinocchio and so many other characters. A show that lasts roughly 1.5 hour, having kids & adults experiencing 10 different setting till the final meeting with Shrek.


Adults will possibly get bored. Even the recently added evening shows under title "Shrek Adventure!Lates" that are meant to be for adults only, are a bit boring. Having been both in the morning and evening -only adults- shows, the only difference is that you are offered two drinks - the show remains exactly the same. Such a pity that they didn't somehow twist  the stories to make them more adult friendly....

You are not allowed to take any photos during the show, but at the end there have several interesting/funny settings to have lots of photos with your camera. Be aware; no available cloakroom.


I would it suggest for a family but as being quite expensive, I would recommend finding out 2 for 1 vouchers.


Marios P

I loved the 4D bus ride and the Hall of Mirrors. The actors were also very entertaining.  This was great fun even for adults and I would recommend a visit for everyone. The only reason I do not give 5 stars is because there is no cloakroom. 

Florian Lamotte

I went to the late show, for adults, and it was a lot of fun. The acting was great and packed with jokes, the "4D bus tour" was very cool. Since the attraction is entirely in English (and there isn't much to do besides listening to the actors), I would avoid going there as a non English speaking tourist. An enjoyable moment - recommended, but try to get a voucher if you can to make the rather high ticket price more palatable.

Phil H

A brilliant, original fun-packed night out. (I went to the 'grownup's' late show).

The 4D journey at the beginning is genuinely breathtaking and the guides are talented comedians.

Andrew W

LOLS! This is fun. I was sceptical about a converted City Hall turned Dreamworks attraction, yet it's been done very well. It's a 3D bus ride (excellent), and a series of rooms/experience areas following a 'Quest' (needs a bit more emphasis for the big kids!). There are visuals, aurals and smells (Shrek appropriate) abundant. The actors are creme de la creme (loved Soothsayer and Doris)! I would go again and again. And again!

Catarina G

I loved it.
Went with my boyfriend and it was super fun!
I thought we might be out of our element here being as it's meant for kids and I'm not really a Shrek fan but had a blast!
The ride to Far Far Away was unlike everything I've ever experienced before! The characters were amazing and super amusing! 

Overall a great experience and have already recommended to friends!


DESPOINA K

This was definitely regression-fantastic! I absolutely loved it and had a great time. Take someone fun with you that don't take themselves too seriously. It lasts about an hour and is centrally located that I feel both are a plus. I would have liked more photo opportunities and perhaps some interactive objects to play with. Smell of the space has some space for improvement but overall I would definitely recommend this to all child like people.

Robyn L

Went to the late and thought it was hilarious, felt like I was on some kind of psychedelic trip. The actors were great and I liked how they had adapted the script for adults. I would have liked to have more photo opportunities, we were able to at the end but for Kung fu panda which didn't really make any sense. I'm not sure how much I would pay for this as an adult as it doesn't last very long and I'd prefer some rides but I'm sure kids would love it.

Dee

We were quite disappointed with the Lates Experience.


- There was nowhere near enough Shrek for it to be called "Shrek's adventure"

- The group of 40 adults was far too big for the experience. We were tightly crowded into each room, and it left for minimal interaction with the actors.

- One of the rooms was empty, where we were supposed to meet an actor so we had to pass straight through

- The target audience was wrong for an adult experience, there can't have been much change to the script from the children's version.


However, the 4D bus at the beginning of the experience was really great. I can imagine that if we had taken children they would have really enjoyed the experience overall. A group of 40 which included children would have been much better.


We were lucky enough to have free tickets to this experience but I think that it is overpriced for those available online. I would have rated the experience 2 stars but the bus was great.

Zoe G

Went to the late with my mate, it was fun, we really enjoyed almost everything (except the swamp juice cocktail), I think be really great for kids and have told my friends to go! Surprised at the negative reviews, I'm a negative person & I think it was shrektacular!

Natalia V

We loved it!!! Every minute!!! I guess it depends how connected you are with your inner child, and my friend and I have a really good connection with ours, jiji. 

Luke S

Whilst this does have some fun elements to it the whole experience felt very rushed. You get thrown from room to room without any real interaction, each scenario has a character who recites some lines and then you move on. Spent more time moving around than not! If you are a kid or have kids in your group they'll probably love it as it's bright and colourful however we went with TimeOut to an adults only 'lates' evening and was a little bit cringeworthy... 

Shona R
Tastemaker

The first few stops along Shrek's adventure had me thinking it was going to be a bust.  It had clearly been created for kids (not grown up kids like myself) and although I was going to the adult 'Lates' version, the guy who introduced us to the tour kept shouting the word "shrektacular"... cue eye roll. However, once we got on the 4D bus ride everything changed.  Not only was it the best immersive screen experience I've ever had, the actors, characters and adventures from that point on were not kiddy and even had a few R rated jokes (I'm sure they don't include these for the kids version).  The adventure ended in a photo opportunity room with characters from other Dreamworks films including Kung Fu Panda, Madagascar etc.  We had a great time taking photos in here as well!

It's a great one off experience!

Izzy K
Tastemaker

I didn't know what to expect from the experience, I was a bit worried it may be a bit too kiddy even for kidults like me, but I love it! A good piece of an interactive theatre that worked on all senses. The bus 'flight' into the Kingdom of Far Far Away was the best 3D experience I've ever had! The quest was extremely entertaining and very realistic at many points. I can only imagine what it must be for kids! At the end of the journey you also meet Kung Fu Panda, which is bonus and one of the few photo opportunities. I really didn't want to leave the magical world.  

Nicole B

What a Shrektacular time we had - 5 ladies in their mid-fifties - this attraction is not just for the kids! We were very impressed with the amazing bus ride and all the places that we visited in the land Far, Far Away. There were lots of clever touches and the actors were mostly very good. The only drawback - the photo book of your adventure was £30 which seemed a bit steep especially as this was the only option to get the photos (you can't take your own photos until you meet Shrek) - other attractions offer various packages which would seem like a good idea. However, that was the only downside.

Stuart F

We must have been at a different attraction to everyone else! Firstly we had to wait for 15 minutes while people were being photographed and told to stand in 3 different poses, then we were handed a photo wristband. I thought this would just be for the end of the tour! Then we walked down some corridors and ended up at another queue! This time another 10 minute wait whilst people were photographed next to Donkey. We were asked for the wristband so it could be scanned. I suppose at least using a bit of tech helps at the end to find your photos. I was beginning to think that that was all there was going to be to the attraction, photos! Anyway we eventually got to see Fiona, who attempted to get us to sing, and as soon as a few people started singing the music faded. Fiona looked like she was just going through the motions. Then another guy stood on the podium and fumbled his lines. This wasn't looking too good. Next to the Bus Tour. This looked promising. We sat in the "bus" and off it went. This was looking more than good! Zooming around corners made you feel like you were zooming around corners. However as soon as the bus took off it seemed to stop giving you the 4D effect. There was no movement. Just the film being shown around you which was OK, and a slight sprinkle of water. Had the ride miss-functioned? I didn't get to ask, as the only people around were the actors. After that anticlimax we were then shuffled from room to room, seeing various actors in their costumes playing various roles from Shrek. Some were better than others, e.g. the fortune teller, however it was all rather lame. No interactive features to speak of, and just the handing of notes or fur balls or gold teeth to various people on the tour to hand to the next actor in a new room, to attempt to make people feel involved in the storyline, if you can call it that. Apart from the photo opportunity with a Shrek actor after leaving the last room, Shrek only appeared as an animated projection. I'm sure that if Pinocchio had been asked what he thought of the attraction, and given a line to read, then his nose would have grown so big it would have reached at least as far as Big Ben on the other side of the Thames! Very disappointing. And guess what? Yes, at the end they tried to sell you the photos! And they didn't try very hard. Probably because they realised that the book containing the photos you'd posed, which ONLY cost £30, wasn't worth the money!!! Obviously Shrek's Adventure is a money making enterprise, and I have no problem with that at all, but it's nice to feel that you get what you pay for. In this instance you got very little of anything. Shrek needs to get his act together. This is the worst Merlin attraction I've been to, and I've been to most of the others.

Tom
moderatorStaff Writer

9 year old daughter absolutely loved this, hours of entertainment to keep little oness happy; and the odd bigger one might also enjoy it too.

Kirsty E
Tastemaker

Adding to previous reviews, this was SHREKtacular!! Awesome attention to detail and very different to anything else we have experienced. So many different elements and characters who were absolutely fabulous. Would recommend this to adults as well as children of any ages. Unfortunately my daughter was too little to ride Donkey's bus but that didn't detract from the experience as she enjoyed watching the screen with Cinderella instead! Don't miss the photo opportunities with other DreamWorks favourites too... a 10/10 attraction!

Sarah J
tastemaker

Absolutely shrektacular!! The actors are so excited and full of zest and energy - it really gets you excited and ready to join in the fun too. My favourite part was the 4D Bus Ride - you simply cannot be disappointed. The photos come out amazing, but the prices to get them are a little on the expensive side. They really capture the essence from the film series and although it follows a similar theme to the London Dungeons (owned by the same company) it has a completely different take.

Adam G
Tastemaker

Really fun experience, especially for the kids, but with enough subtlety added adult jokes to keep the parents entertained too. Much like a Shrek-themed 'London Dungeon', 'Shrek's Adventure' has a wide selection of actors portraying all the characters you will know from the films. They will have you singing, dancing and laughing through the expertly crafted locations of far far away land. Throw in an exciting 4D ride and a handful of interactive activities and Shrek's Adventure is sure to please the whole family.

Is a little pricey but if you go for a combo deal or find a discount it is well worth it!

Julie R
Tastemaker

I went to the preview for this and it was better than I expected.  The staff are really friendly and you get taken around to a sort of 'check in' place where the stewardess starts off the story of the adventure you are going on.  Unfortunately, no photos allowed from this point, but I can understand why as it would distract you from joining in the fun.

You get taken around various rooms and are introduced to characters from Shrek such as the ugly sister.  There is a lot of interaction with the audience and, being typically British, we were all enjoying the adventure  more reservedly than you would expect at somewhere like Universal Studios.

The 4d 'bus' ride was excellent - I won't give anything away, but the effects have moved on dramatically and it had the wow factor.  They warn you not to go on if you suffer from motion sickness.  I do tend to suffer from this, more in boats than in cars, but chose to go on anyway and the ride was just the right amount of time before I think I would have started t feel a bit queasy. 

If you just want to go around and look at things and not along with the fun, then this is not for you - a lot of the people in our group were called upon to 'help' in various ways during the adventure, so they don't want spoilsports refusing t join in.

I would thoroughly recommend this, it is not just for kids, the only negative thing about this is the price tag at £23 for adults and £20 for children (possibly a family discount available).  Maybe wait for a 2 for 1 offer.

Anthony W

Only one word for this, and that is "Shrekacular!". Highly recommended for fans of Shrek. I was really surprised how well the 4D tour was made and it's definitely a place to take the children. Perfect for a family outing, perfect for a date and pretty much perfect on the whole experience. 


Best part was the bus ride (won't give any spoilers there)

alexandre m

Really liked the 4D - 360 Bus, that was incredible. Never seen something like this before. Definitely worth it for this both adults and children.

Luciana T

It was shrektakular! You can really immerse yourself into Shrek's world and feel part of that fantasy land. The simulation ride was the best I've experienced: 4 d, using all your senses to make the magical ride as realistic as possible. It was amazing! The characters were really entertaining, everything was crafted nicely to every detail: the decoration, the mirror maze, the pictures we took... Even the shop was great! I'd definitely recommend it to all ages! 

Foxanne
Staff Writer

What a wonderful adventure indeed had a whale of a time being big kids at this interactive show near Waterloo get ready to be transported far far away to a place where witches roam and the best public house is ran by the most ugly drag queen one ever saw. My sister and I had a brilliant time from start to finish and even got pictures with the green wonder himself.

Made for old and young alike you will leave with a painful face from all the laughing and smiling you’ll be doing and expect to let your inner kid free when you go because you will be encouraged to be part of the adventure.

Mandy D C

Shrek’s Adventure brings out the smile in you!


Leave the cares of reality behind and enter the wonderful world of Shrek’s Adventure. The attraction starts you on a quest to find Shrek, and during your magical adventure you encounter many much-loved characters from the Shrek films including Donkey and Puss-in-Boots, as well as from well-known fairytales. The narrative transports you to another world via the childlike wonder of the 3D London Routemaster bus journey. Buy into this enchanting alternative world in order to create the best experience, because the more you put in the more fun you will have.


Among many positives about the attraction, it is the infectious enthusiasm and commitment of the cast that really creates the feeling that the film has been brought to life, and that you have a role to play in it. Children will be enchanted by the wonder of this fantasy world, and adults will relate to the refreshing self-awareness of an attraction that is not afraid to laugh at itself (or to use the odd double entendre!)


Thank you to Time Out Card for this unmissable experience.


It’s Shrektacular!

Thuy S

Very enjoyable adventure. Loved the bus ride and the actors and actresses were very good and friendly. Highly recommended!

sp

It was fall of surprises the staff was helpful its a very nice day out  to go with family or friends loved it so much would go back again 


K M

Despite the (intentionally) corny actors I enjoyed it more than I would have expected - though not as much as my 11 year old so I'd say its more for kids.  

Tara H

We got in free and got 2 free photos. We'd give it a generous 6 out of 10. I think it costs about £23 for an adult ticket; if we had paid we would have been disappointed. There is a 4D bus ride which is the highlight, it lasts about 5 minutes. The rest of it wasn't that great. The actors were the usual standard but it all felt a bit like a pantomime but without the atmosphere.

Jonny G

Great attraction. Best part is the 4D bus tour at the beginning. The actors were all very convincing and it would be a great day out for a family.


Can't comment on value, however, as I got free tickets

I <3 Movies

Absolute amazing adventure with Shrek and friends. perfect for small, big, young and old everyone one will have a shrekiffic time! make sure you go before it ends this is one experience you really dont wanna miss!

Daryl L

It's great fun, really innovative and about 90 minutes' worth of entertainment. I was in a group of mostly adults and they all seemed to be enjoying it so it's not just for kids. Very imaginative and well worth a visit.