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Shrekcellent things to do in London with kids: Shrek's Adventure! London review

If you're looking for shrekcellent things to do in London with kids then here's why you need Shrek's Adventure! London on your swamp-filled, family fun radar...

Tell me more about Shrek's Adventure! London

things to do in London with kids Shrek's Adventure! London review
Everyone's fave unlikely duo. Photography: Shrek's Adventure! London

Based on the ever-popular Shrek movies, Shrek's Adventure! London is jam packed with interactive adventure on the South Bank of London. Set in the Land of Far, Far Away once you're through the departure lounge you're all set for a 4D flying bus ride (driven by Donkey) which sets the precedence for non-stop belly laughs and good old fashioned family fun. It's all about audience participation and interactive wonder, and while it's aimed at kids around 6 to 12 years, it really is an activity winner for all. There are 10 fairytale themed live shows in all and all of the adventurers are part of a bigger mission to collect special ingredients to make it home safely (without being caught by Rumpelstiltskin and his witches!) You'll also come across plenty of the franchise's characters, as well as other popular Dreamworks faves during your experience.

What we loved

things to do in London with kids Shrek's Adventure! London review
We LOVED Cinderella. Photography: Shrek's Adventure! London

We sent along our seven-year-old roving reporter, Eva, to check out all the potty humour, pun-packed fun and she loved every minute (as did we grownup types). Not only was the whole experience wonderfully engaging, but the actors, without exception, were shrektastic. Our personal faves were Cinderella (who was spot on as a social media obsessed teen), the bonkers Fortune Teller and loveable (even if she didn't mean to be) Doris the Ugly Sister, but everyone involved really got into character and had us chuckling from start to finish.

things to do in London with kids Shrek's Adventure! London review
Quick stop at Drury Lane. Photography: London for Kidz

The departure and arrivals parts of the tour were where we could take all the photos we wanted, and there was plenty to entertain in these areas with Dreamworks heroes including Po the Panda (Kung Fu Panda), Toothless the Dragon (How to Train a Dragon) and Marty the Zebra (Madagascar) , but the tour itself (the top secret area we weren't allowed to take photos in) really was a huge hit. We won't tell you too much as we loved the fact that we didn't have a prior clue what to expect from the madcap capers. We will say though that even though we didn't know what to expect, it absolutely smashed expectations.

All the deets

things to do in London with kids Shrek's Adventure! London review
Hanging out with Kitty Softpaws. Photography: London for Kidz

The whole experience took us around an hour from start to finish, and duration wise it was spot on for keeping little ones entertained throughout. Some parts of the tour were a little dark and spooky for very small ones, so do take that into account when booking tix. We reckon it's perfect for children 6-and-up.

Do note that there is no parking for Shrek's Adventure! London, so your best bet is the London Underground to Waterloo or Westminster Station and then a short stroll. Also you can't bring buggies into the attraction, but there is a complimentary buggy parking area a the beginning of the tour.

Where: Shrek's Adventure! London, Riverside Building, County Hall, Westminster Bridge Rd, Lambeth, London SE1 7PB.

When: Open daily, 10am to 5pm

Cost: Adults from £30 (online discount), and children from £24 (age 3 to 15 years). Children age 2 and below are free.

* London for Kidz were gifted tickets for the purposes of this review, but all opinions are our own.

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