Review: Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N ExCel London


Review

Avengers Station gives you the opportunity to delve into the history, science, engineering, genetics, technology and profiles of the Avengers team. When entering you’re briefed by Maria Hill (a Marvel Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D Director) who is willing to show you interactively assembled case files on each of the characters with the aim of you absorbing the information and becoming qualified members of the AVENGERS S.T.A.T.I.O.N.
There are a variety of costumes and props on show from the key Marvel Avengers players including Iron Man, Hulk, Captain America, Black Panther (although this exhibit seemed like an afterthought as there wasn’t much on offer for this part of the exhibit), Thor, Loki, Ant Man, Black Widow, Hawkeye and an assortment of villains. There’s no Spiderman I’m afraid. 
You end off the experience by choosing a Marvel character and entering into an epic battle with your teammates by pointing your replica iPhone at a screen and shooting to defeat the bad guys. 
It’s very interactive (there are plenty of touchscreens and games throughout the venue) but overall it’s very information based so older kids (aged 5+) would benefit more than younger ones. You’ll go through the gift shop at the end of the experience.
My son really enjoyed seeing some of his favourite superheroes up close and personal – the variation between the use of TV screens and real life costumes and props was a nice touch. The layout of the Thor exhibit in particular was nicely done (you’re invited to try and see if you’re worthy enough to lift Thors hammer whilst surrounded by a backdrop of intricately detailed screens).
The evolution of Irons Man’s costumes were well presented and the icing on the cake was the ability to become him at the interactive Iron Man simulation.
Be aware that young children (like mine) may get slightly spooked during the Hulk exhibit (as he does his signature Hulk smash) and towards the end during the villains display as they are quite lifelike and creepy looking.


Cons

·       No buggy park – so if you were planning on dumping it somewhere and going walkabouts you’ll be disappointed. EDIT: Apparently there’s a cloakroom but we didn’t see one.

·       No toilets in the venue – this was the biggest pain in the arse because we had to exit the venue and walk into the main building (about a 5 minute walk) with two toddlers and because the main building wasn’t fully open to the public yet all of the doors seemed to be locked and we had to walk back towards the DLR station to find an open door to get in.

·       Looks can be deceiving – The venue is smaller than I imagined and although the website said the experience lasts about an hour we were in there a lot less time. The pictures on their website also differ slightly to what it’s like inside the venue – not too much but it looks a lot more exciting on their site.



Cost

Standard adult tickets start from £25.00 (aged 14 or older)
Child tickets start from £14.00 (aged 4-13, under 4’s are free!) 
Family tickets start from £60.00 (valid for up to five people – including a minimum of two children and a maximum of two adults)



How to Get There

By Train: The DLR runs to the ExCel London centre. The closest station is Prince Regent
By Car: The main routes include the M25 and M11, the North Circular, A406 and the A13. As you get closer you’ll pick up signs for Royal Docks, City Airport and ExCeL London. There is parking on site. 
For more information visit here

You’ll find plenty of places to eat in the main ExCel building ad if you take the DLR to Royal Victoria and catch the Emirates airline to Greenwich Peninsula the 02 dome is a five minute walk away. Here you’ll find even more restaurants and a brand new shopping outlet. For more information head here




Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N. is open daily from 10am – 10pm (specific dates and times vary) until March 31st 2019. To book your tickets through the official website head here 
Wowcher are currently running an offer where you can save up to 30% off of tickets just head here 


Disclaimer: All views and opinions are my own All information was correct \at the time of publishing.

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