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Escape from the Golden Hinde a Secret Studio Adventure – will you sink or survive?

Did you know that there are over 1,500 escape rooms in the UK? If you knew or not, what makes Escape from the Golden Hinde by Secret Studio that much more unique and special is the fact that is actually takes place on a historical reconstructed ship which is moored up near London Bridge.

The original Golden Hinde which is a galleon (sailing ship) was captained by Francis Drake. He was an English explorer, sea captain, privateer, slave trader, naval officer and politician. However Drake is best known for his circumnavigation of the world in a single expedition, from 1577 to 1580.

The Golden Hinde originally though was known as the Pelican, but Drake renamed her mid-voyage in 1578, in honour of his patron, Sir Christopher Hatton, whose crest was a golden hind (a female red deer). Hatton was one of the principal sponsors of Drake’s world voyage.

Now you can explore this historical replica of the Golden Hinde in a different kind of way, rather than just a tour. Get to learn about Drake as you take on challenges to save yourself from the sinking ship but will you save Drake along the way or will your brand him as a pirate, and leave him to sink along with the ship but don’t take too long in deciding as the ship is sinking after all!

I was invited down along with my crew members on a press related basis to help solve the mysteries of the Golden Hinde and find the lost treasure within.

Escape from the Golden Hinde by Secret Studio

Escape from the Golden Hine is an interactive adventure on the historic 16th century galleon in London near London Bridge!

The Golden Hinde is grand reconstruction of the ship Sir Francis Drake sailed around the world in the 1570s. Plus this ship also sailed around the world in the 1970s.

It is believe that the Golden Hine is haunted by ghosts from both journeys. So, the ship holds an unhappy mix of spirits like a dodgy Rum Mojito.

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MyChocolate workshops is happiness rolled into two

MyChocolate workshops is happiness rolled into two as not only is the workshop a fun experience but eating the chocolate is pure joy. Did you know that chocolate can in fact actually make you happy as endorphins are released when you eat it. Why? as the amino acids which are in chocolate produce serotonin in your brain (the neurotransmitter) which is responsible for producing the feeling of happiness.

MyChocolate run a variety of workshops from Chocolate Espresso Martini class through to The Original Chocolate Making Workshop.

I went along to experience MyChocolate Original Chocolate Making Workshop in which I learnt how to make a giant chocolate button with a marbling affect and made a batch of ganache truffles.

I went along on a press basis to experience their Original Chocolate Making Workshop to show me how fun and easy making chocolate can be.

MyChocolate

MyChocolate was set up by founder Hannah back in Summer 2003.

Hannah wanted to bring fun and joy to all in the form of a chocolate, as after all chocolate is happiness.

During her degree she decided to take a trip around Europe to figure out what she wanted to do with her life and it was not long till she realised that her trip seemed to centre around one thing…chocolate!

Once she was back from her travels, she began to wonder if there was something she could do with her chocolate obsession? Before long she transformed her flat into a makeshift chocolate kitchen where she started to experiment with batches of fresh cream truffles, pralines and even chocolate cocktails.

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AmazingCo mystery picnic adventure around Camden & Primrose Hill

This summer if you are looking to have a picnic but want to explore new areas and learn interesting facts along the way then check out AmazingCo whom provide a variety of great Mystery Picnic Adventure within London and beyond.

With London being so huge there are still many areas which I am still to discover and explore and so it can be a little daunting in where to start but thanks to AmazingCo they provide a unique and fun way to explore some London boroughs thanks to their Mystery Picnic Adventures. London is full of history dating back to the ancient Roman times to modern day and the streets are filled with hipster cafes, ancient buildings and so much more to explore. AmazingCo tours helps all discover boroughs in a fun unique way from clues to solve, interesting facts about the area, and provide tasty food to collect along the way.

Courtesy of AmazingCo I was kindly given the opportunity to experience along with friends their Mystery Picnic Adventure which I discovered some amazing eateries and even learnt some interesting facts about Camden and Primrose Hill on my tour.

SPOILER ALERT: I have listed the cafes / restaurants and food in which I collected along the way plus a few interesting facts I learnt upon doing this tour via AmazingCo so if you are planning doing this tour then STOP reading as so you don’t spoil the surprise for yourself.

AmazingCo

AmazingCo are a global team of creative dreamers and designers delivering unique days out and special celebration experiences and activities to help people connect and have fun.

Their mission is to help you live a more fulfilling life, and they believe the most important place to start is to help all connect with your city, and with the people important to you.

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Tales from the Chamber at Madame Tussauds dare you enter?

Halloween is just around the corner and Madame Tussauds has popped up with a history tour like no other, Tales from the Chamber. Only question is are you brave enough to adventure through back in time and discover the learn about gruesome crimes?

I and Steve another member of Love Pop Ups London community were invited down on a complimentary experience by Madame Tussauds to take our brave souls through Tales from the Chambers before it opens to the public on 19 October.

Madame Tussauds

Madame Tussauds London was founded by Marie Tussaud who let’s guests step into the spotlight of the home of the famous. Star in immersive experiences like Alien: Escape, Marvel Superheroes 4D and Star Wars and get up close and personal with more than 250 lifelike figures of your favourite celebrities! So what are you waiting for?

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Braving The London Dungeon

As a lover of horror and history The London Dungeons provides the best horrible histories walking tour for those that are brave enough to do so.

The original London Dungeon opened back in 1974 and used to be situated next to London Bridge but in 2013 it made a £20 million move and located on the banks of the South Bank creating a new and bigger horror attraction for those who are brave enough.

I was invited down on a blogger basis along with a few other members of Love Pop Ups London to experience the changes since moving and being established within the South Bank for more than six years now.

The London Dungeon

The London Dungeon opened in 1974 by Annabel Geddes. The attraction was originally a wax exhibition of gore and macabre history, comprising themed tableaux under the Tooley Street arches. Early characters included BoudicaMary Tudor and Thomas Becket and had scenes from the Norman Conquest.

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Who would of thought? – Lantern Ghost Tours : Sex drugs and sausage rolls

If you are looking for a London walking tour that is full of juice then you will be exploding with excitement to hear that Sex Drugs and Sausage Rolls does just that.

Touring London with Lantern Ghost Tours

Sex Drugs and Sausage Rolls

Firstly I waited outside a pub to meet some old and new members of the Love Pop Ups London community before meeting up with the tour guide for the evening. Continue reading

Licence to Thrill – Up at the O2

Have you ever wanted to dare to experience something new and invigorating? then why not climb over one of London’s most iconic landmarks. Up at the O2 is an experience like no other and you will get a stunning 360 degree panoramic view to a thrill.

The Millennium Dome then the O2

Before I tell you about my fun journey to the O2 and my exhilarating experience here is some further background of the O2.  

It originally opened up back in 31 December 1999 as the Millennium Dome and was created as a monument to space and time. Did you know that each of the yellow pillars represents the 12 months of the year, the height of 52m is for each week and it is 365 degrees round to represent each day in the year. During it’s time whilst open it had a number of exhibitions and events throughout the year.

It closed at the end of 2000. It then went into redevelopment for a new indoor entertainment complex which was undertaken by Meridian Delta Ltd. Construction of the arena started in 2003. It reopened in 2007 and was renamed after its primary sponsor, the telecommunications company the O2.

The O2 then has become an iconic example of architectural significance in the London. You can do many activities within, be it to see a concert, watch a movie or even visit an exhibition. Continue reading

A look back at May 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 May 2018.

May 2018 a look back

Escape London: Seven Seas

Escape London escape room Seven Seas is in Shadwell, London.   If you love escape rooms and pirates then this room is certainly a must for any fan. Some community members from Love Pop Ups London had the opportunity to play the game. Upon entering we was all locked up in cells and it was our mission to escape the jail cells and rob the pirates ship of it’s stashed treasure. Continue reading

The History of Gin, According to Cocktails – Ford’s Gin

This is an absolute must-go to event for any gin lover.

Ford’s Gin – The History of Gin

Two full gourmet cocktails, four generous cocktail samples, fascinating tasting tour of gin cocktails throughout the decades, and all for £10. Continue reading

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