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.
15 Immersive London Experiences Worth Leaving The House For
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.
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.
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 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. .
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 night.
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