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Becoming Sherlock – The Game is Now

Sherlock is out of the country and a rash of break-ins are rippling across London, one thing is clear his brilliance is required, or in this case our’s as Sherlock is absent.

With Sherlock away, Mycroft Holmes put out a call as The Network seeks recruits with sharp eyes, keen wits and a hunger for adventure.

A group of us from the Love Pop Ups London community were invited down on a complimentary basis via Mycroft to become detectives for the evening to help solve the crimes. 

Question is can we make Mycroft and Sherlock proud?

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Bingo isn’t just for old people – Dabbers

Bingo has always been a big part of British culture and has been recently reignited for the younger generation as bingo is no longer a pensioner’s game!  Dabbers has recently been modernised for the younger generation bringing it into the 21st century from quirky bingo pop ups such as bingo brunches, bingo dinners, bingo parties, just about anything.  

I was invited down by Dabbers on a complimentary basis to experience and dab my way through the night within the UK’s first purpose built, contemporary bingo venue in Houndsditch, London.

Dabbers

Dabbers is the UK’s first and only purpose built, contemporary bingo hall to open up which is open 7 days a week. They bring bingo to Londoners with a very modern twist via comedians, cabaret and musicians giving bingo sessions that cutting edge.

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A 1940s Squiffy Picnic – Cahoots

Travelling into London via train today I was on a journey to venture back to the 1940s to dine on a hamper of classic British picnic delights along with some classic war time entertainment courtesy of Cahoots.

Cahoots

Inspired by true events that occurred in post-war Britain, The Captain of Cahoots has brought Soho’s illicit and nocturnal escapades from the era back to life.

Cahoots is a themed style old tube station with a cocktail bar which is set under the streets of Soho.

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Truly Authentic Italian Food – Venerdi

If you love Italian food just as much as I do then you will love the Italian restaurant Venerdi in Homerton. Their focus and aim is to cook quality authentic Italian food. I was invited along with a few other bloggers (Katie @isthatlondon and Joice @jojoexplora) to sample some of their mouthwatering dishes.

Venerdi

Venerdi is an Italian restaurant who cook quality authentic Italian food.

They like to bring diners an old world Italian style of cooking made with fresh Mediterranean ingredients. The menu combines classic Italian dishes with contemporary twists. From great ‘antipasti’ to the home made ‘specialita di pasta’,’ pizza’, ‘pesce’, ‘carne’, and delicious desserts, leaving any diners taste buds satisfied and full bellies. Thus, making Venerdi the perfect place for Italian food lovers!

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Rainbow pasta fun – Pasta Evangelists

I have always wanted to learn how to make multi coloured style pasta so when I got invited along to Pasta Evangelists latest masterclass to learn how to make rainbow pasta it was like being gifted a pot of gold.

Pasta Evangelists

Who are Pasta Evangelists?

Pasta Evangelists was founded in 2017 and is led by MD & Founder Alessandro Savelli, an Anglo-Italian entrepreneur.  Co-founders include Chairman James McArthur, former CEO at Harrods and CEO of Anya Hindmarch, as well as COO Chris Rennoldson, who enjoyed a long career in the city before training as a chef at Leith’s School of Food & Wine.

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All aboard the choo choo train – Supperclub.tube

Remember those childhood years when your mum used to feed you saying here comes the choo choo train? Well you can now actually take it one step further and experience eating on an old Victoria tube carriage with Supperclub.tube.

I went along with some other members of Love Pop Ups London on a complimentary basis in return for some honest blogs about this supperclub which has recently undertaken new management.

Supperclub.tube

If you love supperclubs and trains this is what supperclub.tube is.

Set with The Pump House Museum about technology, transport and industrial history which is a Grade II listed former Victorian waste water pumping station diners will be able to enjoy a culinary feast on an original 1968 Victoria Line tube carriage.  To discover more about The Pump House Museum click here. Continue reading

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

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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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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