Adventure and be an Avenger? – Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N.

Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N. is an acronym for science training and tactical intelligence operative network. I stepped within inside this brand new exhibition before the public as I attended the press night.

Guests who enter Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N. will become part of the marvel cinematic universe story line, where superhero fans will be able to try lifting Thor’s hammer or taking a sneak peak into Bruce banner’s lab.

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A look back at November 2018 – Community fun

This article is a look back at the amazing experiences which various community members of Love Pop Ups London enjoyed and helped spread the word about during November 2018.

November 2018 a look back

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A lantern trail of curiosity – Alice in Winterland

With my train being late I cried “I’m late, I’m late for a very important date” as I had a special invite to attend the press launch of Alice in Winterland Festival at Southwark Park along with some other community members of Love Pop Ups London.

Alice in Winterland Rabbit late

This winter from 28th November 2018 to 5th January 2019, London becomes home to Alice in Winterland which is an enchanting new lantern festival adventure through the Golden Gates of Southwark Park and enter into the sparkling magical world of Winterland.

Alice in Winterland Festival

Alice in Winterland poster

Things to Do Ltd are experts in leisure and events, from unique seasonal events that can’t be found anywhere else such as Alice in Winterland.

They are committed to bringing quality handmade lanterns that immerse guests into a fantasy world and provide people with a storytelling experience like no other. Continue reading

Prowling along this illuminated trail – Christmas at London Zoo

For the first time ever at ZSL London Zoo guests will be able to experience a trail of light whilst the animals are tucked up in bed between 22 November – 1 January 2019.

I was invited on a complimentary basis along with some other community members to enjoy the Christmas trail.

Christmas at London Zoo

London Zoo has been up and running since 1826 which was founded by Sir Stamford Raffles which has seen a number of achievements and changes in their conservation work in the wild as well as at ZSL London and ZSL Whipsnade Zoos. Read further about ZSL London Zoo by clicking here.

This winter London Zoo will transform for short period of time giving guests an after dark experience created in partnership with Raymond Gubbay and designed by Culture Creative.

Adventurers will enjoy more than 100,000 pea-lights along this shimmering trail which is full of seasonal sparkle.

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Who is Annie McKenzie? – Scripts for Supper presents The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde

Annie McKenzie brings her theatrical supper club dining Scripts for Supper to London this winter with her latest production The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde.

I was invited courtesy of Annie herself to experience her latest production and enjoy the wonderful Victorian inspired dishes in return for a review.

Who is Annie McKenzie and what is Scripts for Supper?

Annie McKenzie

Actor Annie McKenzie was a semi-finalist on MasterChef 2016 in which she impressed judges John Torode and Gregg Wallace with her bold flavours and classic style of cooking. Even Michelin Starred Marcus Waring called her “A serious cook” with celebrated food critic Jay Rayner commenting that her food was “rich serious and delicious”.

Since then Annie set up her own theatrical dining business Scripts for Supper which fuses together food and theatre.

Scripts for Supper

Scripts for Supper opened it’s door back in 2017 bringing to London a dining theatrical experience.

Her first debut production Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare at The London Cooking Project which received 5* reviews.

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Humanity as we know it has gone! – Omescape saving Huxley

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to travel forward in time when machines have taken over the world and humanity as we knew it was gone?  Well with Omescape latest virtual reality (VR) game Huxley you can do just that.

With VR becoming more and more popular these days me and some other enthusiastic escape room players from Love Pop Ups London we were super keen in stepping into the year 3007 AD on a complimentary basis to give our feedback.

Are you sceptical about VR escape rooms because you have done static VR games before and never thought much about the quality of realism? Well don’t be as even though I and some others have done static VR games before this walk around one really will surprise you with it’s mind blowing graphics.

With this VR experience you will be experiencing the latest new technology used by Omescape. No longer will you sit in a chair and navigate through virtual space with some hand motions or a controller that feels like you are just playing on your computer console. This one you can manoeuvre and walk around and you’ll even feel as wind is blowing against you really making you feel you are in the situation. Continue reading

Yo Ho! Drink up me ‘earties – Pirates of Hidden Spirit

Yo Ho! and a bottle of rum. Me and some others of Love Pop Ups London community set sail and boarded Pirates of Hidden Spirit an immersive pirate cocktail bar on a complimentary basis in return for a Pirates log.

Pirates of Hidden Spirit by Inventive Productions

Before I give you the low down of our captains log here is the undercover story of what Pirates of Hidden Spirit is about.

The Pirates of Hidden Spirit is a new immersive cocktail experience which will transport guests, or should I say pirates, into an exciting world of mischief and theft as they steal the hidden treasure from the grasps of the U.S Government all whilst enjoying delicious cocktails on board.

For three days each week, Sir Francis Drake’s The Golden Hinde will transform into The Hidden Spirit.

“Legend has it, decades ago, over $2 million in riches were dumped in an unknown location and hidden at sea!

Following the discovery of a cipher stating “The Secret Lies With Elizabeth”, the U.S Government commissioned The Hidden Spirit, which has undergone an epic journey to London to recover the hidden treasure.

The commanding Governor has hired Captain Jack Cassidy to find a new crew to safely bring home the riches, but with over $2million on board, Cassidy has his own ideas and needs recruits prepared to break the law and turn to a life of piracy!

Step aboard The Hidden Spirit this winter and join the undercover crew!

Take your share of the world’s finest collection of precious metals & jewels, liquors & liqueurs and enjoy some delicious cocktails on board to make the journey and time at sea all that bit richer.

Set on board a real ship docked in London, those willing to join Captain Jack Cassidy’s undercover crew will be taken on an epic journey of mischief as they steal the hidden treasure in this unique immersive cocktail experience.”

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Where is the caterpillar I ask the White Rabbit? – The Hunt for the Smoking Caterpillar with BuckBuck Games

I attended BuckBuck Games preview of their latest immersive humorous Alice in Wonderland type game The Hunt for the Smoking Caterpillar in which I got to follow a white rabbit to hunt for Russell the smoking caterpillar on a complimentary basis.

BuckBuck Games

BuckBuck Games have been designing and running unique immersive experiences since 2014.

Their storywriters, actors, puzzle designers, model makers and art directors all work toward one goal and that is FUN.

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A new immersive team game that combines escape rooms, immersive theatre and murder mystery with hilariously bonkers storylines. We bring the hunt to weddings, festivals and events across the UK. Challenge your guests with clues from curious characters and contraptions, that will have them gathering golds, gambling, and bribing their way to victory. Add some adventure to your party. Visit Buckbuckgames.com . . . . . . . . . . #teamgame #somethingdifferent #immersiveadventure #gameswithoutfrontiers #holloway #newteamgame #murdermystery #escaperoom #characterquest #silly #fun #whodunnit #interactivetheatre #improv #quest #crystalmaze #weddinggames #solveclues #teamchallenge #owlhitchhiker #getthatlittlebastard

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Their latest game is The Hunt for the Smoking Caterpillar.

This brand new immersive game debuts at Owl & Hitchhiker pub in Holloway, combining immersive theatre, escape rooms and murder mystery together. Guests will be competing, cooperating, trading, bribing and blackmailing their way through curious characters, clues and contraptions as they hunt down the smoking caterpillar.

The Hunt for the smoking caterpillar is “Crystal Maze on crystal meth” and this latest trip certainly does promise to plunge teams down into the rabbit hole!

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What would you wish for? – A Lad in Soho

Simon Gross returns this year with his adult panto humour A Lad in Soho at the Karma Sanctum Hotel.

After a successful run last year of Snow White and the Seven Poofs this year you’ll be able to wish along with Aladdin shouting out such words as “it’s behind you” or perhaps “it’s up your anus” at this is an adult panto after all with a difference.

A Lad in Soho leaflets

I had the pleasure of attending a meet & greet hour to meet the cast and discuss what we might expect from this upcoming adult panto in December.

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Phobos-17 has landed – Mostly Harmless Games

Mostly Harmless Games returns with a new game Phobos-17 which is the sequel to their The Lifeboat escape room.

Phobos-17 is an abandoned Russian vessel which can be found hidden within the Artworks in Elephant & Castle.

The rumour has it that there is some high grade uranium on board Phobos-17 but the shipping container is full of radiation so brave hunters will only have 60 minutes to retrieve it or risk getting radiation sickness.

Mostly Harmless

Mostly Harmless was created by a bunch of actors, designers and games nerds who met at Crystal Maze experience.

Their first project was The Lifeboat which set sail earlier on this year at the Vaults Festival with it being a sell out towards the end of it’s run and bagging an award for Innovation along the way.

Phobos-17 is a continuation of that journey all packed with thrills in a twelve metre long shipping container! Continue reading

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