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Immersive Experiences in London Worth Leaving The House For

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Be transported to another time, place or dimension in one of London’s best immersive experiences – from virtual reality to Secret Cinema to themed parties. Intrigued? Ready to try something new? Step out of your comfort zone and into a world of imagination…

Immersive Experiences in London



Don your orange jumpsuit and go behind bars at Alcotraz, the notorious prison-themed cocktail experience inspired by America’s most infamous prison. The new pop-up site – launching this October in Covent Garden – takes the concept to new heights, with an immersive experience that begins before arriving. Inmates are given their own processing number and instructions to covertly meet a cast of shady characters on the corner of Shaftesbury Avenue and Neal Street, before embarking on a clandestine game of cat and mouse to smuggle their own liquor into the experience. If successful, guests will be rewarded with four cocktails prepared by the best bootleggers in the business.


Otherworld Haggerston

Escape to 16 different realities in this epic virtual reality venue, Otherworld in Haggerston. You’ll step into a pod by yourself but still be able to hear what other participants are up to, and choose from activities from fighting zombies to travelling the globe on Google Earth, to completing office tasks. As they say, ‘step in and leave it all behind…’.

19.20 at The Palm Court

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.

Aures London

Aures London

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. Discover upcoming events at

Secret Cinema Presents Casino Royale

© Secret Cinema - Luke Dyson

Discover your inner spy and help MI6 by accepting your very first mission. Be fully immersed in the dark and exciting world of 007, sip martinis and find out if you have what it takes to be the new Bond. Until 22 September,

Aladdin and The Feast of Wonders

Immersive Experiences in London Worth Leaving The House For

Tickets have gone on sale for a new immersive Aladdin-themed dining experience, launching on October 1st. Created by Darling & Edge, the team behind the sell-out immersive event Beauty and the Feast, Aladdin and The Feast of Wonders is a decadent, theatrical evening featuring a full-on pantomime of the popular Disney movie with a five-course banquet to accompany. Ready to jump on that magic carpet? Book your tickets at Until January 15 2020.

The Grand Expedition

The Grand Expedition

Like Fight Club, the first rule about Gingerline is that you don’t talk about Gingerline but instead of punches you can expect a creative gastronomic experience and a theatrical performance that gives the West End a run for its money. The elusive supper club has been hosting nights of mystery, intrigue and excitement since 2010, with the latest being “The Grand Expedition”, a journey taking budding aeronauts beyond the clouds and back with a 5 course meal at a top-secret location. Go forth, forage and feast! £65pp,

The Big London Bake

Big London Bake

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 the 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 November 30,

Jeff Wayne’s The War of The Worlds: The Immersive Experience

War of the Worlds

Travel back in time to HG Wells’ dark Victorian England in a new multi-sensory immersive experience, taking place at The Old London Metal Exchange. Using immersive theatre, virtual reality, augmented realit holograms and other cutting-edge technology, visitors will be able to experience the fictional Martian invasion narrated in HG Wells’ War Of The Worlds, and later in Jeff Wayne’s musical interpretation of the story. This year is the 40th anniversary of Jeff Wayne’s musical interpretation of The War of The Worlds, a science fiction novel by HG Wells first published in 1898.

Audiences will be guided along in small groups of 12 by live and virtual actors, as they walk, crawl and slide through different scenes: from drinking tea in a Victoria household while Martians roam outside to witnessing an enormous Martian Fighting Machine rise above them in virtual reality. The experience stimulates all the senses – you’ll smell the grass and feel the chill of the story’s famous Horsell Common, and feel the ground shake as the first cylinder lands. The total run lasts for 110 minutes, including a 20-minute intermission in the Red Weed Bar. Finish by enjoying a bite to eat and a drink at the steampunk themed bar. Until January 31 2020,

The Grid

The Grid

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. Until November 30,

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, until December 29,

Sherlock: The Game Is Now


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 optician, 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. Until December 31,

The Wolf of Wall Street: The Immersive Experience

The Wolf of Wall Street: The Immersive Experience

Step into the world of wall street and live like Jordan Belfort for a night in this immersive experience with storytelling, theatre, circus and magic. Just pick your side: Wall Street young and hungry broker, or FBI agent trying to take down the notorious millionaire criminals of the industry. Until January 2020,

MAMMA MIA! The Party

Mamma Mia The Party

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. Booking until February 2020 via

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