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18 Immersive London Experiences Worth Leaving The House For

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18 Immersive London Experiences Worth Leaving The House For

And you thought that Netflix was as good as it got....


Look. We’re not in the business of convincing you that technology isn’t the best thing ever. This is not a proposal to *unplug*, but rather an ode to the art of immersive London experiences, one in which you are completely plugged in, but just without an iPhone in hand.


There’s a secret fandom in us all. Which is why we picked cult theatrical, artistic and culinary immersions with an element of secrecy and an in-the-know vibe.

18 Immersive London Experiences Worth Leaving The House For

Pedley Street

Greatest Snowman

New immersive dining experience from Funicular (‘Journey To The Underworld’ /The Murdér Express’), invites guests to board a luxury train carriage and enjoy a four-course meal curated by MasterChef The Professionals finalist Louisa Ellis. Whilst they dine, an intriguing plot develops around them.

Casino Royale
Secret Cinema

Secret Cinema will present the film Casino Royale (2006) directed by Martin Campbell and starring Daniel Craig. Opening on 29 May 2019 and running into the summer, a secret London location will be transformed into the glamorous and action-packed world of the iconic British spy. Blurring the lines between fiction and reality, the experience will bring-to-life awe-inspiring scenes and locations.

Rose McGowan

Indecision IV
The Institute of Light

Heist Gallery will present a new, immersive art film starring the activist and actress Rose McGowan. Challenging prescribed notions of gender constructs, the project captures a magnetic encounter between McGowan and a contemporary dance performance. McGowan is positioned in the middle of a chapel listening to ambient noises by sound designer David Triana. Mulford approaches McGowan and she begins to react to his dance with completely improvised movements. Shot in one continuous take, the film was created in May 2018, during a watershed moment in McGowan’s life and is a physical expression of her state of mind at that time.

The Electrograph

The Electrograph
Lost Lectures

The Electrograph is the brainchild of Lost Lectures, an enchanting series of events that have built a cult following since their inception in 2012. Having hosted immersive and innovative talks from secret locations in London, New York and Berlin for the past six years, The Electrograph marks the next step in challenging the conventional. Launching this October, the series will see it’s captivating experiences held inside a substation building, taking culture and subculture off the grid. Expect world-class talks, music, interactivity, culinary delights, surprise performances and much more.

The Grid

The Grid
A Lollipop Project

We love a good surprise location, which is the case here, at Black Mirror themed bar The Grid. Promising 2 cocktails and 1.5 hours of a shocking experience with your ticket, the bar invites guests to go undercover as an operative to help defeat evil Al corp (Neosight) and low-key save the future of humanity. Make sure no one knows you’re undercover during your visit as you may meet members who are on the wrong side of The Grid revolution. £35 for entry.

The Murder Express

The Murdér Express

All ye pleasure seeking passengers, wet your whistle at the Platform Bar and hop aboard this mysterious gastro-journey. Travelling by train for pleasure is in its infancy and Pedley Street Station has recently opened and launched its new luxury train ‘The Murdér Express’. The evening’s main event, full of characters and mischief, will unfold alongside the main course crafted by BBC One’s MasterChef 2016 finalists, Billy and Jack. From £53. From 11 January.

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Aures London

Aures London
Leake Street Arches

If you already weren’t expecting to find Waterloo’s Leake Street Arches, eight revived railway arches near the famous graffiti tunnel, then you’ll be doubly surprised to find Aures London- a sensorium of sound among them, too. This venue is fully immersive with a vibrating dance floor, 3D projection, cutting-edge acoustics and visual projection. Those with a flair for the dramatic and interested in designing their own immersive experience can hire the space to be tailored for bespoke events or parties.

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Divine Proportions

Divine Proportions
The Vaults

Soon enough, The Vaults will also offer a dining experience to write home about. Get wined and dined by none other than Dionysius. Divine Proportions is based on the story of the God of Pleasure and Mischief. Erotically and provocatively blurring the lines between feast and fetish, Shotgun Carousel present an immersive party experience hosted by some of your favourite deities. From £35. 14 September – 12 January 2019.

Big London Bake

The Big London Bake

Your key ingredients for the ultimate baking extravaganza… 0 x experience needed, 1 x awesome marquee, 10 x cooking stations, Mix in up to 10 teams of 2, Add a dash of competition, Set the timer to 90 minutes, Customise with our creation corner, Stir in a slice of creativity…And when the time’s up, the winning team is crowned

So close to The Great British Bake Off, you can taste it. All you need to bring from your cupboard is yourself and a friend. The Big London Bake provides all ingredients you’ll need to bake the monthly recipe. With instructions by your side, a professional baker on hand and a trove of customisable decorations in the ‘creation corner’, your team will have the keys to create a winning masterpiece, or a right old mess. Until 25 November.

Moonshine Salon

Moonshine Saloon

If you like your Old Fashioned of choice with a side helping of dice-throwing and with the sound of gunshots keeping you on your toes, this one is for you. Moonshine Saloon transports attendees back to the Old West, with an immersive drinking experience replicating the look, feel and lifestyle of streets and drinking establishments of America in the 19th-century. Guests will be welcomed by Clyde Cassidy – the self-styled King of the Moonshiners – and can smuggle in their own liquor to be granted entry into the shadiest spirit making business in town. In exchange, they’ll be treated to contemporary cocktails that pay homage to American legends. Visits to Moonshine Saloon typically last for around two hours and cost £33.99 per person (includes 4 cocktails from brought drink of choice). Thurs-Sat until 5 January.

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Pirates of the Hidden Spirit

Climb aboard: on 22nd November the world’s first pirate ship cocktail bar is coming to London. Once settled on Sir Francis Drake’s The Golden Hinde, guests will be transported back to 1795 and recruited into Captain Jack Cassidy’s crew. You’ll be given an authentic pirate coat and a three cornered hat and served an array of cocktails, including the Golden Shimmer: a concoction made from pieces of gold taken from the finest treasure. From £34.99.

Palm Court

19.20 at The Palm Court

For one magical hour each week, guests can travel back in time to the Roaring Twenties at The Sheraton Grand London Park Lane. At exactly 19.20pm, the atmosphere will change in the hotel’s lounge: the lights will dim and a jazz singer will appear illuminated in a spotlight. They will then sing a set of songs from the 20s, accompanied by a pair of dancers performing Charleston routines, transporting guests back to The Great Gatsby era. Meanwhile guests can sip on cocktails inspired by the Jazz Age and drink in the glamorous surroundings of the Art Deco bar, The Palm Court. From Wednesday 7th November.


The COLAB Factory

Have you ever wanted to play detective? Can you list off serial killers’ birthdays like a pro? Do you have nerves of the finest steel? A uniquely terrifying immersive experience that puts you right in the middle of all your favourite horror films. Anthony Larson has a score to settle. After witnessing the brutal murder of his sister as a child, these murders feel personal. Larson needs your help. Inspired by true crime cases, “The Copycat” is part murder mystery, part nerve jangling immersive horror show, part escape room. What’s not to love? So put on your thinking caps, and come ready to be fully immersed into a world of horrifying mystery.



Veuve Clicquot presents ‘Rebels’ the highly-anticipated fourth instalment of the brand’s annual Widow Series, an immersive experience encapsulating creative expression in the arts, music and fashion at Southbank. ‘Rebels’ will celebrate and explore radical moments in British culture under the creative narration of Tom Hingston. Brought to life across six rooms, Rebels will host collaborations from photographic and filmmaking duo Warren Du Preez & Nick Thornton Jones, installation artists Rebecca Louise Law and Anna Burns, James Lavelle, and Joe Goddard of Hot Chip. Each installation takes reference from some of the Britain’s most potent movements in music culture. 15-17 November. Read more

Studio 54

Café de Paris

Disco54 at Café de Paris will open a new immersive dining and late-night party inspired by the iconic Studio 54. Set to launch on Saturday 12th January 2019, Disco54 at Café de Paris will be available to revellers every Friday and Saturday night. Studio 54, which electrified New York’s nightlife in the 1970s and 1980s, was renowned for its debauchery and legendary parties, and boasted visits from the likes of Andy Warhol, Elton John and Cher – Disco54 promises to deliver the same memorability and unconventionality as the infamous New York hotspot. As true to its roots since opening in 1924, the venue has recruited London’s best creatives and performers to bring the disco concept to life each Friday and Saturday

MAMMA MIA! The Party
London 02

First came the musical, then came the films, now we have the party! Dancing Queens, prepare for the night of your life at Mamma Mia’s new immersive restaurant experience, coming to London in August this year following a sell-out stint in Stockholm. London’s O2 will open its doors to an exotic Greek taverna, where guests will be transported to a Greek island paradise where they can eat delicious Mediterranean food, drink, dance and sing to all of ABBA’s greatest hits. Opening August 2019, pre-book tickets via


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West 12, Shepherd’s Bush

Upon arrival at West 12 Shepherds Bush Shopping Centre, it won’t be obvious anything suspicious is going on – until you’re whisked away into a sketchy looking ‘opticians’ in the corner for an ‘eye test.’ Once inside, you’ll find yourself not at an opticians, but in a screening room, where you’ll be debriefed by Mycroft. What will follow is a fast-paced, hour-long immersive escape room experience, where you must solve a series of puzzles and riddles, collecting clues to earn your release from each room. Tickets cost £54 per person and can be bought for teams of 4, 5 or 6 players.

The Shard Theatre In The Clouds

Theatre In The Clouds
Shangri-La Hotel at The Shard

Back in Shakespearean times, actors would invite small audiences to their homes for private performances – a pastime particularly enjoyed by the aristocracy and royalty. Now Shangri-La Hotel at The Shard are offering you a similar experience, where intimate plays by private theatre service ‘Revels In Hand’ will be performed within their highest suites, including a theatrical double bill by Noël Coward and a comedy by John Van Druten. The very small audience of just 25 will be seated a metre away from the stage, close enough to see the laughter lines on the actors’ faces, the expressions in their eyes. All this amid the luxurious surroundings of The Shard’s beautiful, spacious suites, with floor-to-ceiling windows allowing panoramic views of the city skyline. Fancy making a trip of it? Go for their theatre and overnight hotel package, which includes a stay in one of their suites, breakfast, Champagne, canapés and use of the infinity Sky Pool. Theatre only tickets are £85pp, book here, and overnight package tickets from £685 based on two people sharing, book here

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