What’s 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.

Below I have listed a variety of what on or coming soon to London?

Secret Fitness FITNESS (various dates)
Variant 31 IMMERSIVE SHOW (various dates from September)

Florence Nightingale Museum TOUR (17 Apr – 18 Oct)
War on Waste POP UP CAFE (24 Apr)

Bed Peace THEATRE SHOW (29 Mar – 28 Apr)
Omni SUPPERCLUB (28 Apr)
Gem Porium VINTAGE CLOTHING (4 May – 5 May)
Beats of Pointe THEATRE SHOW (21 May – 16 Jun)
The Swell Mob IMMERSIVE SHOW (4 May – 26 Aug)
A La Dine IMMERSIVE DINING (1 Oct – 18 Jan 2020)
Tutankhamun: Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh EXHIBIT (2 Nov – 3 May 2020)
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)


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 1 September
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.


TUTANKHAMUN: Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh

Tutankhamun’s Priceless Treasures to Make Final London Appearance

Ever wanted to learn and discover more about King Tutankhamun’s treasures?

Dates: 2 November to 3 May 2020
Location: Saatchi Gallery, London
Sign up: Tickets via tutankhamun-london.com

The legend of Tutankhamun captured imaginations globally when, in 1922 his tomb was unearthed by British explorer Howard Carter and financier Lord Carnarvon. An instant worldwide sensation, public fascination surrounding the boy king and the only Ancient Egyptian royal tomb ever found intact has continued for decades, with exhibitions in 1972 and 2007 drawing record crowds of well over one million visitors in London. Those exhibitions contained under 55 items from Tutankhamun’s tomb.

This 2 November through to 3 May 2020 guests will be able to take a journey through Saatchi Gallery in London to admire and gaze upon 150 original artefacts from Egypt on this world tour exhibition whilst discovering the legend of the golden king. 

Guests will adventure through nine immersive galleries that incorporate digital content, contextual material, audio and custom soundscapes, visitors will follow Tutankhamun’s passage into everlasting life, discovering how his funerary objects were used on the perilous journey. You’ll be able to explore his life, and become part of perpetuating the Pharaoh’s immortality to speak his name is to make him live.

Unlike past tours, TUTANKHAMUN: Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh is exclusively focused on interpreting the significance and meaning of the king’s burial items.

This will be the largest collection of King Tutankhamun’s treasures ever to travel out of Egypt. 

At the conclusion of the tour, the artefacts will go on permanent display at the Grand Egyptian Museum, which is supported by exhibition proceeds. The Grand Egyptian Museum is situated adjacent to the Giza Plateau within 2.5 kilometres of the Giza pyramids. Once completed it will be a world-leading scientific, historical and archaeological study center that will cover approximately 3,000 years of ancient Egyptian history and house more than 100,000 artefacts. This stunning location will serve as a backdrop to a display of priceless artefacts, including the final resting place of the Tutankhamun collection. The Giza Plateau is a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site. Aside from the pyramids, it is home to the Giza Necropolis and the Great Sphinx.


War on Waste – Taste, Not Waste

When: Wednesday 24 th April 2019
Where: 22 Foley St, Fitzrovia, London W1W 6DT
Time: Midday – 3pm
Please note lunches are available on a first come, first serve basis. Limited supply available.

War on Waste is a pop up cafe all about free zero waste.

All dishes are made using ingredients destined for the bin.

Why? As food waste is a huge global issue which causes a wide variety of environmental, social and economic issues. New research today unveils that nearly three quarters of UK households are regularly throwing out food each week, with a staggering 40 per cent of their food shop on average destined for the bin. Regionally, it was revealed that those in London, Sheffield and Belfast are the worst offenders, however, the residents of Plymouth are setting an example on how we care for our food.

From the 1,500 adults polled, the study commissioned by Elmlea found that the top three ingredients most likely to be thrown out were lettuce, bread and bananas. When questioned, 74 per cent of respondents said they are “left baffled” when it comes to knowing what to do with leftovers and ingredients approaching their use by date, even though a third of us are actively seeking inspiration online.

So War on Waste are hoping to make everyone aware of the issue and inspire us Brits to make a change on how we can approach waste, with their social-concept café.

Open for one-day-only on Wednesday 24th April, the eatery dubbed the ‘Taste, Not Waste’ café will be serving hundreds of FREE lunches using the top 20 foods most likely destined for landfill.

The zero-waste menu concept has been cooked up by Elmlea who are doing their part to reduce, reuse and recycle. Taking place in close proximity to Oxford Circus, Londoners need to simply turn up to the pop-up between midday and 3pm for their free lunch.

Homemade hearty and healthy sweet and savoury dishes will be up for grabs, with Elmlea at the heart of each dish, delivering that creamy taste the nation knows and loves.

Gemma Williams, Brand Strategy & Innovation Manager at Elmlea comments on the findings “The scale of the food waste problem is staggering, as a nation we need to unite in driving education, as well as
make tangible changes to our culture around food that will help reduce these figures. With 90% of us throwing food away too soon, we hope the ‘Taste, Not Waste’ café will fuel inspiration and show attendees how you can make delicious recipes that will use up the food that’s about to go bad
in your fridge or pantry.


Florence Nightingale London tour

Dates: Various dates from 17 April to 18 October
Location: Florence Nightingale Museum
Tickets: For full tour details and tour dates visit https://www.florence-nightingale.co.uk/

Walk back in time through Florence Nightingale’s London.

Florence Nightingale Museum launches new walking tour celebrating the connections ‘the mother of modern nursing’ had in the city of London

This spring the Florence Nightingale Museum is launching a new walking tour, giving members of the public the chance to follow in the footsteps of the mother of modern nursing and discover many of the places connected with the legendary Lady with the Lamp in London.

Statistician, prolific letter-writer and social campaigner, the tour chronicles the back-story of this iconic figure and the London she knew almost 200 years ago. From the house where she spent the last days of her life, to the hospital where she founded her nursing school, the walking tour promises some fascinating insights into the life and work of a remarkable woman etched across the city where she lived.

The two-hour walk begins at the Mayfair home, where Florence lived for a large part of her life and then meanders through Shepherd Market, Piccadilly and St James’s Square, past Horse Guards Parade and Buckingham Palace, and via Westminster and Whitehall, before finishing at the Florence Nightingale Museum. Here visitors can end their tour seeing some of Florence’s personal belongings including her pet owl ‘Athena’ and her lamp from Scutari Hospital, explore the museum and experience the new exhibition on Spanish flu which shines a light on nursing through history’s deadliest pandemic, and has recently been shortlisted as ‘Temporary Exhibition of the Year’ in the 2019 Museum and Heritage Awards.

“This Blue Badge tour is an incredible way for people to really understand Florence Nightingale and the incredible impact she had. From her presentation at court at Buckingham Palace to her humanitarian work during the Crimean War, as well as her role in workhouse reforms, there is so much more to know about Florence and her complex life which is why we wanted to develop this walking tour.”

David Green, Director


Omni Spring Supper-club

Date: Sunday 28th April 2019
Location: Louie Louie, Walworth

April is indeed the cruellest month, a grey area between the winter and spring, there are few truly seasonal vegetables that blossom in April, and those that do, tend not to stick around for too long. For us, this is a most exciting time. It’s not for long that one can use spring herbs like wild garlic or sorrel with winter vegetables such as cauliflower, celeriac or jerusalem artichoke. Preservation is also key to April, pickles and ferments have been, historically, key to survival before we were able to get any vegetable any time of year. We aim to celebrate Spring, rebirth – “new” – we are also
here to acknowledge the end of winter and what we are moving on from.


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Bed Peace: The Battle of Yohn and Joko

DatesFriday 29th March to Sunday 28th April 2019
Cockpit Theatre Gateforth Street London NW8 8EH
Show Times: Evening shows at 7:30pm plus 2pm matinees on Saturdays 6th and 13th and Sunday 28th April 2019
Running time: 90 mins
Tickets: £20 Full Price, £15 Concession
£12 on Tuesdays & Wednesdays  (advance sales only – £20/£15 on the door
£12 in opening week 29th March – 5th April (advance sales only – £20/£15 on the door)

Bed Peace – The Battle of Yohn and Joko show marks the 50 year anniversary of John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s famous bed-in for peace; when the Lennons took over a hotel room, campaigned for peace and sparked a movement.

John and Yoko held their two, week-long bed-ins which was intended as a non violent protest against war and violence, and as experimental tests of new ways to promote peace.  This show will bring to life once more, the energy of 1969 and the Lennons’ mission to bring peace to the world. 

Who were John and Yoko when the cameras went away? How did they interact? How did they cope with the pressure of being so in the public eye? What happened in their private moments? What made John Lennon the way he was? What happened inside of them and between them at this specific and vital time? How did they cope with public placing them on a dangerous pedestal, set against the media’s attempts to discredit them at every turn?

To book click here http://thecockpit.org.uk/show/bed_peace or call the box office on 020 7258 292


Gem Porium

Dates: 4th – 5th May
Location: 2 Ashburnham Road, Kensal Green
Opening times: 10am – 4pm

Gem Porium brings to London an outdoor pop up shop under the archway at Ashburnham Road, Kensal Green, offering a riot of colourful and eclectic home & fashion products. Expect wicker lampshades, bamboo chairs, bevelled mirrors and florals aplenty plus clothing from some of the capitals most influential stylists.


Beats on Pointe

Dates: 21 May to 16 June 2019
Peacock Theatre
Show Times: Evening show at 7:30pm
Running time: 120 mins
Tickets: £20 Full Price, £1

Returning to London is Beats on Point which is a thrilling dance spectacular from Australia that fuses street dance and ballet.

The show bursts light, talent and energy!  Australia’s top dancers expertly bring two distinctive dance genres to the stage: edgy, modern ballet and the athletic thrill of street dance while the soundtrack is second to none – 70s grooves segue seamlessly into contemporary hits to emphasise the action and drive the story.  The show has been thrilling audiences in Australia and is certain to do the same for Londoners and visitors to the capital.

To book www.sadlerswells.com

Discover more www.beatsonpointe.com


A La Dine

Dates: 1st October – 18 January
Show Time: 7.30pm
Venue: The Vaults
Website: https://www.thevaults.london/a-la-dine

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 A La Dine in the Vaults!

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.


The Swell Mob

Dates: 4th May until 25th August
Venue: CoLab London Bridge
Website:http://www.flabbergasttheatre.co.uk/

Puppetry creators Boris & Sergey brings The Swell Mob to London.

This show is an award winning puppetry combined with physical comedy, and mime performance and Skrimshanks within this bizarre buffoon immersive theatre Fringe hit.

Now they bring their award winning 2018 Edinburgh Festival Fringe hit to London for a three month run at the COLAB Factory, London Bridge. 

Audiences will be invited to dress up to the nines and submerge themselves in the delights of an 1800s tap-room, to dance, sing, gamble, and cheat their way through a decaying world. Swig a London Porter and become the Hero, or swill Bathtub Gin and relish in the carousel.


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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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