What’s coming or happening in London?

London is always changing with vast array of pop ups and new popped up venues and experiences from restaurants to new shows.

Alcotraz IMMERSIVE COCKTAIL EXPERIENCE (new opening Covent Garden 4 October for 3 months)
Velvet THEATRE (7 – 27 Oct)
Choc on Choc POP UP (14 – 20 Oct)
Co Lab Silence Will Fall IMMERSIVE SHOW (23 Oct – 10 Nov)
House of Kittens THEATRE SHOW (10 & 11 Oct and 14 & 15 Nov)

Aladdin and the Feast of Wonders IMMERSIVE DINING (1 Oct – 18 Jan 2020)
Gingerline TV Dinners IMMMERSIVE DINING (4 Dec – 29 Dec)
Secret Fitness FITNESS (various dates)
Variant 31 IMMERSIVE SHOW (various dates from October)

Eleven98 SOCIAL DINING EXPERIENCE (various dates)
Sea Life London Lates MARINE LIFE MUSEUM (various dates)
Hidden Spirits IMMERSIVE SHOW & BAR (various dates)
WeFiFo SUPPER CLUB (various dates)
Only Fools IMMERSIVE DINING SHOW (various dates)
The Avenue London Cookery School MASTERCLASSES (various dates)


Alcotraz

Alcotraz Penitentiary: Cell Block Six Eight

Dates: 4 October for 3 months
New location: Heart of Covent Garden at 68a Neals Street 
Dates and Times: Wednesday: 6:15pm-8:00pm and 8:30pm-10.15pm
Thursday: 5:00pm-6:45pm, 7:15pm-9:00pm and 9:30pm-11:15pm 
Friday: 5:00pm-6:45pm, 7:15pm-9:00pm and 9:30pm-11:15pm 
Saturday: 2:45pm-4:30pm, 5:00pm-6:45pm, 7:15pm-9:00pm and 9:30pm-11:15pm
Sunday: 1:45pm-3:30pm and 4:00pm-5:45pm 
Book via: https://www.alcotraz.co.uk or via Design My Night: https://www.designmynight.com/london/whats-on/food-drink/alcotraz-cell-block-six-eight?t=5d6cf4da67382f61846468db 

The notorious prison-themed cocktail experience Alcotraz will be opening up at a new site within Covent Garden on 4 October.  

The immersive cocktail experience, created by Inventive Productions, opened it’s jail doors back in the capital’s Brick Lane in 2017, generating global headlines, creating controversy and giving audiences a thrilling unique and memorable night.  

The next chapter of the Alcotraz story takes the concept to new heights with a more immersive experience that begins before arriving. Guests or more appropriately inmates are given their own Alcotraz processing number and instructions to bring their liquor and covertly meet a cast of shady characters the corner of Shaftesbury Avenue and Neal Street.

In a clandestine game of cat and mouse, inmates smuggle their own liquor into the experience in return for four world-class cocktails.

The experience costs £34.99 (with some proceeds going towards Switchback)

Alcotraz is also providing ongoing support to Switchback which is an award-winning charity that enables young Londoners to find a way out of the justice system and build a stable and rewarding life. The experience will help raise awareness of real-life issues and Switchback’s vitally important work. Alcotraz will donate a percentage of ticket sales from all sites to the charity.  

Love immersive bars then check out Inventive Productions other themed bars of the Western-themed Moonshine Saloon and the piratical Pirates of the Hidden Spirit


Velvet

Dates: 2 – 27 October
Price: From £15 to £20
Location: Above The Stag theatre, 72 Albert Embankment London, SE1 7TP
Date & Times: 2 – 5 October 7:45pm / 6 October 6:15pm / 9 – 26 October 9pm / 13, 20 & 27 October 7:30pm 
Website:
 https://abovethestag.ticketsolve.com/shows/873612467 or email boxoffice@abovethestag.com

The Edinburgh Fringe Festival award-winning show Velvet hits London’s Above the Stag Theatre this October.

WINNER: Theatre Weekly’s Best of the Fest for ‘Outstanding Monologue’ 2018

WINNER: Sean Meehan Identity in Theatre Award 2019

Praise for ‘Velvet’ at Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2018:

Velvet is a semi-autobiographical show which explores the complex realities of harassment within the entertainment industry; it is written and performed by Tom Ratcliffe.

Velvet explores the complex realities of harassment within the entertainment industry and how far a person is willing to go in order to achieve their dreams. As the industry continues to reel from the exposure of its seedy underbelly, Tom finds this has done little to affect the choice he is presented with. He is left to decide exactly how much he’s prepared to compromise, and how far he is prepared to go in order to take this long-awaited chance to make his mark as an actor.

Combining darkly comic elements with moments of poignancy, this semi-autobiographical play looks at #MeToo from a gay male perspective; Velvet explores this from the viewpoint of an unknown young actor with little public profile, who can see no reason why the world will care about his plight. A timely and urgent work, Velvet examines how external pressures from industry peers and family can lead a person down a path they would not be expected to take and indeed would never expect themselves to take.  Homing in on one young man’s story, Velvet explores not only the agony of having to decide between compromise and career, but also the danger of how the public might receive them when all is revealed.


Choco on Choc Blondies Kitchen

Dates: 14 – 20 October
Location: Blondies Kitchen, Bicester Village
Website: ww.blondieskitchen.co.uk and www.choconchoc.co.uk

To celebrate National Chocolate Week (14th -20th October 2019), British luxury chocolatier Choc on Choc is launching the UK’s first Unicorn Cookie Cup in collaboration with Blondies Kitchen.

These majestic teats will be available for a limited time, exclusively at Blondies Kitchen Milk & Cookie Bar, Bicester Village.

Diners at the Bicester Village pop up branch (open until end of January 2020) will be able to grab these freshly baked goodies from the Milk & Cookie Bar for £3.75 throughout National Chocolate Week.

The cookie cup base is made from Blondies Kitchen vanilla cookie dough, baked in a cupcake mould and then filled to the brim with Nutella. Its topped with Choc on Choc’s mini unicorn chocolate, edible sprinkles and edible shimmer and is the perfect indulgent pick me up treat for busy
shoppers!

Each cookie cup is hand rolled, baked and finished by our loving cookie bakers. The mini unicorn chocolate is created using Choc on Choc’s patented production method that layers chocolate on top of chocolate and allows the brand’s master chocolatiers to produce any design imaginable.


Co Lab Silence Will Fall

Location: London Bridge area  
Dates: 23 October to 10 November
Times: various times
Cost: from £15
Website: https://www.colabtheatre.co.uk/silence

This Halloween, investigate the mystery of the Southwark Murder. Join Rev. Stanley Park as you unravel the secrets of a hideous murder in the vain hope of ending this woeful tale and exercising the relentless demon. Concoct the potion needed to partake in the ritual. Piece together the fragments of a puzzle to solve the murder. Stumble through the darkness in a desperate hunt for the photos, scraps and diary extracts that will provide the keys to solving this riddle. But make a sound at your peril, for the restless spirit still stalks the gloomy halls in search of its killer! Armed only with your wits, a ritual and the babbling of a mad priest. Will you find all the elements needed and partake in the final ritual? Or will the demon deal it’s vengeance upon you?


House Of Kittens

House of Kittens presents Amatory Asylum

Dates: Thursday 10th & Friday 11th October & Thursday 14th & Friday 15th November
Venue: The Wellington-Private Members Club Jermyn Street
Time of show: 22:00
Website: https://www.houseofkittens.co.uk/tickets/

The liberated theatrical movement’s most adventurous exploration into the world of erotic storytelling.

Dr Lili La Fleur, head of the Asylum and presiding physician of sexual psychological studies A space for sexual liberation founded by the illustrious Scientific-Humanitarian Committee, invites audiences to become part an exclusive experiment; to act as record takers, preserving for posterity the decadent acts which they witness.

Performed across two floors of decedent surroundings with twelve individual performances, lasting from 3½ -16 minutes, Amatory Asylum explores everything from romantic love stories, to full on kink. 


Aladdin and the Feast of Wonders

Dates: 1st October – 18 January
Show Time: 7.30pm
Venue: The Vaults
Website: https://www.thevaults.london/aladdin-and-the-feast-of-wonders

Wishes Come True in the most unlikely places…

Stop on by, hop on a carpet and fly to a magical night full of wine, food and pantomime with Aladdin and the Feast of Wonders!

Following the sell out success of Beauty and The Feast, this year the imagination of Darling & Edge have whipped up another thrilling theatrical adult pantomime, inspired by Aladdin and the Genie.

Look your best as the Sultan is looking for a suitor for his heir. Dress to impress and head on down to Widow Twankey’s enchanted launderette, where she will be able to do magical things in her wash… Could you be the next Queen of Agrabah?

Magic is at hand in the Cave of Wonders where our tale unfurls with all the characters you expect in all the ways you won’t – shining, shimmering, splendid.

Though as the booze flows and the dinner goes, you may wish you had thought twice about touching the forbidden treasures.

Will you unlock the Cave’s mysteries, face the galloping hordes and beat a 100 bad guys with swords in order to win the Prince?

Forget sipping on soup, abandon formal dances and leave your manners at the door for tonight the disco balls will spin and the chandeliers will swing.

It’s time to warm up your thighs for a slapping, sharpen up on those puns and prepare for the big guns of panto to land in your lap.

Tickets start from £30 and includes a diamond dinner fit for a Sultan followed by a disco to party the night away into the midnight hours.


Gingerline TV Dinners

Dates: 4 December to 29 December
Times: various
Venue: W1 London Studios
Website: https://www.gingerline.co.uk/tvdinners

Gingerline’s TV Dinners is an unapologetic, tasty piece of nostalgic 90’s fun complete with the fabulous food that makes Gingerline events so unique.

“Broadcasting” live from a “W1 London Studio” (in the recently opened IMMERSIVE | LDN– a three floor, immersive theatre and event space in the West End)

Gingerline’s TV Dinners gives audiences an incredible, four-course dining experience, set within a gameshow format.

Gingerline have been doing what they do best – concocting new and untested dining formats.

And this time, they have created a whole. Entire. GAMESHOW.


Secret Fitness

Dates: Various dates throughout the year
Adress: Various venues
Website: https://www.secret-fitness.co.uk/about

Experience fitness like never before with Secret Fitness.

Secret Fitness is not just about getting fit it’s abut bringing fun to it.

Secret Fitness presents unique sporting and fitness experiences which are all set in secret locations throughout London. By keeping the adventure hush hush they want you to arrive open minded and ready to immerse yourself in something new. 

Secret Fitness was founded by Chris Shaw a Personal Trainer, Sports coach & Kayak coach. He started Secret Fitness to encourage people to break away from the ordinary, find a life outside of London’s gyms and offices, and discover exciting new and unusual activities that will build both confidence and fitness.

Try new things, meet new people and live life a little more adventurously.


Variant 31

Tickets: From £39
Performances: From October
Age Requirement: Suitable for 18+

Love immersive shows, love zombies, love being spooked? then you’ll love Variant 31 which is will be Europe’s largest immersive survival experience to hit London.

From 13 April within a secret location based in Central London this brand new, adrenaline-fuelled immersive show will allow audiences to answer the question “What would you do inside a horror movie?”

Putting fans dead-centre in the action, this one-of-a-kind experience will require immense bravery and all your survival skills and friendship will be tested, like never before. Within a vast interactive environment completely under your control, your choices will have consequences, and not all players will succeed. Packed with cutting edge technology and a host of hair-raising theatrical surprises, this game is not for the faint-hearted.

Do you have the skills and the stamina to overcome an array of terrifying creatures, and make it out alive? Or will the sheer terror be too much to handle….

But what is Variant 31

Variant 31 is a 90 minute long adrenaline-pumping live-action game, players will navigate through a 25,000 square foot labyrinth in the heart of London’s West End. Once inside this immaculately detailed hidden world, the aim is simply to survive and escape. Work in teams to solve group challenges and play individually to complete personal objectives and puzzles to forge your own path to freedom. Those seeking safety in numbers are free to work together and find their way through the experience as a group.

Utilising custom built state of the art wearable technology, players will be in full control of their journey: activate secret surprises, accrue points, unlock hidden levels, encounter one-on-one actor experiences and in-game advantages all with a swipe of your wrist. The more you seek, the more you find.

Variant 31 features a cast of more than 100 highly trained professional actors, experienced in parkour, aerial acrobatics, stage combat, fire poi, and intense full contact performances.

Unlike any other immersive experience, audiences have the ability to traverse the massive arena however they so choose. Up, down, left and right – the journey you take through the apocalyptic world truly is your own; with over a thousand possible routes, no two adventures will be the same. Can you perform under pressure and beat the game?

In addition to the game, we feature four expertly themed bars, one in the beginning, and three within the game area. Each ticket includes a complimentary drink, which is redeemable at the start from the Serum Dispensary. Once inside the game, you may stop off at any of the three Quarantine check points as often as you’d like, take a breather, and recharge before you bolt back into the madness. Tickets: From £39
Performances: From 13 April – May

Book via Variant31.com

Warning: This experience is only suitable for the brave and adventurous. The production utilizes strong language, simulated violence, actor nudity and is a high adrenaline, fast paced, full contact survival game. This experience is not meant for the faint of heart, expectant mothers, claustrophobic, asthmatic, or those suffering from recent surgery, trauma, phobias, heart conditions, PTSD or any other mental, physical, or medical afflictions. Enter at your own risk.


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Eleven98 

When: various dates throughout the year
Location: various locations

Eleven98 is an immersive social fine dining experience.  Showcasing incredible produce grown on their doorstep in the London Borough of Hackney, chef Aidan Brooks brings pop up experiences to Hackney offering guests a fun six course tasting experience.

Aidan Brooks is a professional chef with over eleven years experience working in various restaurants all over the world from Barcelona to London. ​ Aidan has worked within a various restaurants and even Michelin-starred ones.  With lots of experience behind him he then went on and run his own kitchen Vanilla Black which is in the City of London. 

Since leaving Vanilla Black he now runs his own self-funded social and private dining experiences and pop-ups. 

Eleven98 donates a portion of it’s proceeds from all ticketed events to some great Hackney-based charities, as well as various other good causes dear to Aidan.

Check out his latest pop ups and book via https://www.eleven98hackney.com/reservations


SEA LIFE Merlin Entertainments

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The Sea Life London Aquarium is open throughout 2019 VIP late night openings.

The famous attraction on London’s South Bank reopens after hours for an exclusive, adults-only, late night experience which allows you to encounter extraordinary marine life in all its glory.

  • Enjoy a welcome glass of Prosecco upon arrival
  • Enjoy a walk through Shark Walk 
  • Explore the Atlantic Cove area
  • Explore the Pacific Wreck display where you can grab a drink at the bar.
  • Admire the giant green sea turtles as you pass through the Ocean Tunnel.
  • Take in the Ocean Invaders which is the home to Jellyfish.

Make your evening a different one and catch up with friends surrounded by turtles and stingrays, book early to avoid disappointment!

This event is for over 18’s only and you may be requested to show your ID on the door. Your ticket includes entrance to the Sea Life London Aquarium and one glass of Prosecco on arrival. All other items of food and drink are available to purchase separately at the event.

NOTE: the Penguin Point display is not open on After Dark events

Dates available:
Friday 25 January 2019
Thursday 14 February 2019
Friday 29 March 2019
Friday 26 April 2019
Friday 24 May 2019
Friday 6 September 2019
Friday 18 October 2019

To discover more unique late adult type events run by Merlin Entertainments click here


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The Hidden Spirit

Set sail from 22 November on an immersive adventure on the world’s first pirate ship cocktail bar. Board The Hidden Spirit at St Mary Overie Dock in central London and enjoy some grog with Jack Cassidy crew whilst keeping your ears and eyes open as their is treasure and adventure to seek out.For three days each week, Sir Francis Drake’s The Golden Hinde will transform into The Hidden Spirit – a treasure-hunting vessel led by legendary adventurer Captain Jack Cassidy.This completely unique and mischievous night-out will allow guests to experience life as a pirate on the Seven Seas. Inspired by legendary characters synonymous with the Golden Age of piracy, Pirates of the Hidden Spirit will see guests recruited to Captain Jack Cassidy’s crew and given an opportunity to plunder the world’s finest treasure, including delicious cocktails.   The year is 1795, Captain Jack Cassidy has been recruited by the US Government to sail The Hidden Spirit and recover a bounty of treasure, valued at $2million, that has disappeared in London. With the riches recovered, The Hidden Spirit is docked on the Thames before making the arduous journey back to America, but the ship is unable to set sail as the crew have mysteriously fallen ill.Jack is looking for London landlubbers to form a new crew, only this time he is looking for…PIRATES!Once on-board, guests transform into Jack’s crew and are given authentic pirate coats and three cornered hats. They are then warned by the ships Governor that the vast treasure, including all of the liquor and spirits contained within the chest, must return safely to America, with all acts of treachery and mutiny punishable by walking the plank. Directed to the gun deck, the first cocktail of the evening is served, the legendary grog that goes by the name of the Golden Shimmer. This luxurious cocktail is formed from pieces of gold taken from the treasure and must be sipped surreptitiously to avoid falling foul of the Governor. Crewmates are then served two further exotic cocktails within the bowels of The Hidden Spirit’s barrel deck. Five glorious grogs that celebrate the spirit of seafaring adventure are available, including Royal Docks (a Royal G&T with elderflower & Earl Grey tea), Beneath the Bridge (a salted caramel Old Fashioned) and St Mary’s Margarita (a Persian Lime & Nori Margarita).

Visits to Pirates of the Hidden Spirit will last for one hour and forty minutes and cost £34.99 per person (includes 3 cocktails). Book your space on the ship and join Captain Jack Cassidy’s crew by visiting https://www.thehiddenspirit.co.uk/join.


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WeFiFo

Love food?
Love Supperclubs?
Love making new friends?
Then you’ll love WeFiFo

What is WeFiFo you might ask……

Well it is an amazing supper club for all food lovers that love to cook or eat or both

Cook
Anyone can host an event at WeFiFo. Whether it’s dinner at your kitchen table, a picnic in the park, a BBQ on the beach, coffee and cake at a community hall or brunch on a barge, it couldn’t be easier and we will be there to help you every step of the way! Post your event on WeFiFo and tell your guests what they can look forward to. You can host an event for friends, for charity, to earn some extra pocket money or even to launch a career.

Eat
If you are looking for a truly unique and affordable eating experience then think WeFiFo! Simply search by location or scroll through our featured events and reserve your seat at a table that takes your fancy. WeFiFo will send you all the details you need to ensure a perfect experience and we’ll put you in touch with your host so you can tell them everything they should know about

Earn
WeFiFo offers a great opportunity for aspiring cooks to achieve financial independence but WeFiFo also likes to reward hosts, guests and community spirit with cookies, our online rewards. Watch your cookie jar fill and you can spend yours on attending events, acquiring new skills or on unique WeFiFo merchandise.

Share
At the heart of WeFiFo is a desire to share. We want you to share your talent with the world by hosting an event and by bringing people together to share food, stories and laughter. After an event, guests and hosts can review each other to share their feelings about what made the event special. And our family of cooks each have their own area of expertise that they are keen to share with you… with their help you’ll soon have a whole new set of skills.

Look and book any of their amazing supper clubs click here.

Which Supperclub will you attend?


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Only Fools

Love immersive dining shows, love Only Fools and Horses? Then you’ll love this comedy dining show.

It’s the show you’ve all been asking for – and it’s brought to you by the people behind the worldwide smash hit, Faulty Towers The Dining Experience.

This fully immersive experience transports audiences to The Nags Head, to meet the pride of Peckham in a night of wheeling, dealing and eating.

The fun starts from the moment you join the Trotters and their friends for a knees-up.

Meanwhile, they try to drum up some cash and make a cheeky saving on the side. But why is the pub closed on the busiest night of the week? There’s money to be made and debts to be paid!

Click here to book


The Avenue School of Cookery

The Avenue London Cookery School 

Love cooking?
Love food?
Then you’ll love this cookery class The Avenue London Cookery School.

The Avenue was established back in 2004. The Avenue London Cookery School is a family run school and thrives on all things foodie

They love to teach students of all ages and levels to understand more about food. So stop relying and following instruction via cookbook start treating recipes as sources of inspiration and guidance instead.

They offer 3-hour evening classes to 2-week Chalet Host courses as well as corporate events and anything bespoke for those special occasions!

Individually, and as a team, they have years of experience; discovered skills and have handy tips to share with those who want to join them on their kitchen adventures.


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