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A Day in London | Summer 2016

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We were invited to try out Shrek Adventures in London over the summer. With the great offer on trains and the kids Blue Peter badges, Nanny Moo and I decided to make a day of it with the older two. M&M were keen to visit The Tower of London and I knew it wasn't something Olive would be interested in.

tower of london

The Tower of London is such a beautiful place. I just love that you step into a place steeped in history but as you look across the skyline iconic modern structures wave to you. When I told the children I'd be visiting The Shard for Sage Business they were not impressed they weren't coming.

I actually purchased a Tower of London Poppy a few years back which I'm ashamed to say is still in it's box! It was great to see the outside and talk about the poppies and see where ours had come from.

Being 9&8 everything is so amazing. Charlie couldn't believe that they used to have animals running around and not just any old animals, Lions, baboons and even elephants. Charlie is keen to visit London Zoo but even more so now he knows there maybe relations from the Tower of London there.

 tower of london animals

I just loved how everything captured their imagination so. Megan asked me so many, many questions about the lost princes. She was so sad that their wicked uncle Richard, Duke of Gloucester had locked them in the tower and that nobody knew what happened to them. As the story goes on in 1674 during some building work a box was discovered containing the bones of two boys, it is believed to be those of Edward and Richard. It was such a sweet moment and one really hard to share in writing but Megan's exact words were “Let me get this straight ….” the fact that they had been found made her really happy. “I wouldn't want anyone to be lost forever”.

 london tower

The children got in for free with their Blue Peter badges, but it's still pricey £45 for Nanny Moo and I. However there are lots of deals about and it's cheaper to book online. There is also so much to see and do that you could be there all day.

Of course we saw the crown jewels, riding the conveyor belt a highlight for Megan! Had our photo taken with a Beefeater and watched the guards. We ate ice cream in the sun and probably could have spent far longer there however we had tickets booked for Shrek.

How does Shrek Adventures work?

Shrek adventures is kind of one of those places you have probably seen but not heard that much about. It's very mysterious and magical. The adventure begins when you board a magical 4D ‘DreamWorks Tours’ bus. OK so lets clarify this a little. You are given a time slot. You arrive at that time slot and are ushered into a small holding area. Then moved to another holding area and so on for about 30 minutes. Along the way loads of photos are taken only they are on green screen so you can't see anything but feel a bit silly!

With Donkey as your mischievous tour guide, calamity, chaos and endless fun are the name of the game. The bus ride is one of the best bits but it is literally minutes long. Be part of the 10 live fairy-tale themed shows where you can visit Shrek’s swamp, find your fortune in the crystal ball, get lost in the Mirror maze (OMG! The mirror maze! There were 20 odd people running a round like loons!) and show your inner Ogre when needed!

shrek adventures

These photos are from the Dreamworks section not the Shrek Adventure. 

We weren't allowed to take any photos anywhere which kind of adds to the mystery as you didn't quite know what was going to happen as you haven't been pre-warned or influenced by others. The actual adventure is really good. There is a great mix of real people, audience participation (the game show with Pinocchio so good!) and computer generated action from Shrek, Donkey and Rumpelstiltskin.

shrek

Although the look on their faces probably says Mummy is a moaning so and so!

Apparently this OGRE SIZED experience lasts for approximately 75 minutes. 75 minutes? If you include all the waiting beforehand and maybe spending longer than 30 seconds in the Dreamworks section which again was actually really good. I didn't realise so many of my favouirte characters were from the creators of Shrek. Loved, seeing Toothless and Hiccup flying over. Megan was desperate for a baby orge teddy but sadly this mummy wasn't parting with £16 cash for it!

There are so many great parts to Shrek Adventures but it just feels like they don't quite have it right yet. Have you been? I'd love to hear what you think.

 dreamworks shrek

I'm glad we made the trip to London we had a really great day. Charlie and Megan loved it and it was great to do something without Olive. It can be hard to mix the levels of interest between them all the time. The train ride took ages to get home as some clever spark pulled the emergency cord just outside Southampton. I did wonder if Megan did whilst going unsupervised to the toilet! Ekk! 

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  1. It sounds like you had a great trip to London. I am totally with you on them not having it quite right at the Shrek Experience.

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  2. I'd love to see the Crown Jewels. Shreks Adventure looks great but my girls are too young for it at the mo. Looks like you had a fun time

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  3. The Tower of London is such an amazing place for a visit isnt it? We usually take family there when they visit because it is so good.

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  4. I have ALWAYS wanted to go to the Tower of London!! We went to London on a flying visit this year and there are so many places I haven't been. I think I would need to spend a week in the capital city. Looks like you had a fab time and I have added the Shrek adventure to my list of places I want to go now!!

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  5. London is my favorite place. Every time is so beautiful and unique. I will surely try Shrek Adventures this is quite interesting. Thanks for sharing.

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