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…
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Secret Cinema Presents Stranger Things
Step into the extraordinary world of
Stranger Things at Secret Cinema’s latest immersive experience. Don your best 80s gear and explore the Indiana town of Hawkins – including the iconic series three Starcourt Mall – with all its sinister secrets and other-worldly beings. Check out C&TH’s Anastasia Berhrardt’s review of the live-action adventure. Until 1 March. secretcinema.org
Waiter! There’s a Murder in my Soup!
Travel to the 1940s, to a high-society performance by ‘venerated prima donna’ Marchioness du Jour – not long before a mysterious murder takes place… Join detective Susan Gusset in her comedic quest to identify the killer amongst a lavish three-course British dinner at Wembley Park’s ritzy restaurant 5ive, including braised beef cheek and bread and butter pudding. 40s attire is encouraged.
Cocktail Time Machine
Step back in time and experience London’s first ever immersive time travel experience with Funicular Productions’ Cocktail Time Machine. Aptly launching on leap year (29th February) and located within East London’s Timeless Bar, the unique 75-minute experience enables guests to delight in three decade’s of worth of world-renowned cocktails at the moment they were created. A range of delicious dishes from MasterChef finalist Louisa Ellis will all be served throughout. When you return to reality, stick around and enjoy drinks at the bar (hello, happy-hour).
From 29 February. cocktail-time-machine.com
Immersive theatre experts COLAB are back with a brand-new underworld experience comprising game mechanics, chilling narratives and an opportunity for audiences to choose their own path to supremacy. Gain control over the city, broker an alliance, or scheme with a traitor – the choice is yours. What’s more, the experience takes place at the theatre company’s exciting new South London residency.
Until 29 March. colabtheatre.co.uk
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Don your orange jumpsuit and go behind bars at Alcotraz, the notorious prison-themed cocktail experience inspired by America’s most infamous prison. The pop-up site 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.
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…’. other.world
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.
If you weren’t expecting to find Waterloo’s Leake Street Arches, 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 aures-london.com
The 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.
Jeff Wayne’s The War of The Worlds: The Immersive Experience
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.
Pirates of the Hidden Spirit
Climb aboard: the world’s first pirate ship cocktail bar has arrived in London. Once settled on Sir Francis Drake’s The Golden Hinde, guests are 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.
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.
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 March 2021 via mammamiatheparty.com start the slideshow