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Swamp Motel brings to London The Drop question is are you brave enough?

Swamp Motel presents The Drop which is a very tense and scary, immersive escape game adventure in which you start in being trapped in a lift! The Drop allows all to live one of their biggest fears as you the whole adventure by being trapped in a lift, question is will you escape in time before the lift drops or even worse?

Having played Swamp Motel virtual event The Kindling Hour during last year this time around I went and played their newest live game The Drop. I was invited down to experience their latest immersive experience in London to see how brave I am, and let’s just say I am not. Thankfully I was allowed to also bring some friends otherwise I don’t think I would of escaped.

Swamp Motel presents The Drop

Co-founders and creative directors Ollie Jones and Clem Garrity (both Kill the Beast and Punchdrunk alumni), brings to London their largest live production to date. It’s also their first IRL experience since the lockdowns.

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“We can’t wait to make our return to live entertainment with The Drop. It’s an ambitious and elaborate production that explores the rich history and tale of tragedy surrounding one of the world’s most famous texts, The Great Omar. Like all our work, audiences will be right at the centre of the story, a story we hope will leave them questioning what was real and what wasn’t long after they leave.

This has been a long time in the making for us so we’re particularly excited to premiere it in our home city of London this autumn as the culture scene bounces back to life.”

Says Ollie Jones and Clem Garrity

With The Drop the creators have uncanny blurred the boundaries between the game and reality, making audiences question what is real and what is not as they take on a dark scary adventure where it all starts within a lift.

Will you go up, down, or further than you imagined?

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Doctor Who Time Fracture – The Doctor needs you!

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to travel with Doctor Who and meet an array of characters such as Brolls, Clockwork, Daleks, even The Queen? Well now you can as you can take a journey through the doors of Doctor Who Time Fracture in which just like the Tardis it’s bigger on the inside and you take an adventure like no other, where you’ll travel back in time and get to discover and meet a host of historical famous people, robots and even aliens.

Thanks to Doctor Who Time Fracture creators I was given the opportunity to travel back in time and space twice for free, to give my views of what it is like to travel through a time fracture.

Doctor Who Time Fracture

Doctor Who Time Fracture is a new ground-breaking immersive theatrical adventure, which will allow you to plunge yourself into the incredible universe of Doctor Who and encounter the Daleks, Cybermen, and so much more.

Doctor Who is one of the longest running action adventure television series in the world spanning 55 years and winning over 100 awards. This quintessentially British show has a huge global following, with 9.6m fans across social platforms/channels and 100m video views on YouTube in the last year alone. It has been honoured by Guinness World Records as the longest running science-fiction series in the world. Doctor Who has a proven track-record in consumer products and live entertainment with over four and a half million Sonic Screwdrivers sold in the past eleven years, over 13 million action figures sold since 2005, over 19 million DVDs sold globally and over one million tickets sold for live events.

Thanks to Gavin Kalin Productions, Totally Theatre Productions and Immersive Everywhere the creative minds behind London’s longest running and critically acclaimed immersive theatre production, The Great Gatsby you now can take on a journey just like Doctor Who with a time lord.

“The Doctor needs you! The Universe as we know it is at stake – now is the time to step up and be the hero. For decades, in a quiet corner of Mayfair, London, a dangerous rift in time and space has been monitored by a group of loyal members of the long-thought-disbanded Unified Intelligence Taskforce – or UNIT for short. Until now they have managed to protect the people of Earth from the threat the rift poses but, weakened and beaten back as the Time Fracture grows out of control, they’re now close to defeat.


Doctor Who Time Fracture opened initially back in May 2021 but was short lived as shortly after opening they were hit by flash floods in July which caused extensive damage and meant that the show had to close for major repairs. This included installing a flood defence system; but in September and October, when rain storms hit the capital once again, work towards reopening suffered severe setbacks. Now the building is finally fixed with a new drainage and reopen welcoming back fans and new audiences to experience an immersive adventure like no other.  

“Question is our you brave enough to travel back in time and face the cybermen?”

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Monopoly Lifesized adventuring around the board

Did you know that Monopoly has been played all over the world since 1903?

For those who don’t know what Monopoly is. It is a multi-player property themed board game. The game involves players rolling two dice to move around the board, buying and trading properties, and developing them into houses and hotels. Players can collect rent from their opponents. Money can also be gained or lost through Chance, Community Chest and the Tax square. Players can also end up in jail. The ultimate goal of the game though is to buy as many locations possible, build properties on them as to charge rent and make other players bankrupt.

Now you can play Monopoly unlike you have ever played it before, this time in REAL LIFE as you walk around the board, buy property, build houses but you will for sure be wanting to avoid being sent to jail!

I was lucky enough to be invited along to the press night of Monopoly Lifesized in which I took along a few friends of mine to compete against other teams as we travelled around a board of Monopoly.

Question is did we end up broke or rich, what you think?

Monopoly Lifesized

Hasbro and Gamepath Entertainment have combined forces and now bring to London a lifesized Monopoly in which you can physically walk around the board, collect real estate, charge people rent and play games to gain extra money.

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Money Heist The Experience question is have you got what it takes?

Have you ever wanted to know what it would feel like if you got caught up in a heist and then ended up helping rob a vault loaded with money? Well now you can as Money Heist: The Experience within London gives you that opportunity.

Just off Old Brompton Road within inside Christie’s old auction house a heist is going to be taking place. Walking through the doors, checking in and putting on a pair of headphones everything seemed quite normal. Before heading into Pennington’s auction room all getting a chance to stroll around and admire the pieces for sale from a golden toilet to paintings. Everything might have seemed quite normal but are people scratching their heads and rubbing the back of their necks? what does this all mean, have they got flees or is there a secret intel message that is being piped through the headphones? Upon entering Pennington’s auction room this is where everyone’s physical, mental and morals are put to the test.

I was invited down on a press related basis to take on a heist and to let you all know what a great experience you can have on this immersive theatrical experience within London.

Money Heist: The Experience

Money Heist: The Experience brings to London an immersive theatrical experience where you can get involved in a heist.

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SENSAS take your senses on a journey and help raise money for charity

Most of us all have the five basic senses of touch, sight, hearing, smell and taste but have you ever taken them on a challenge? At SENSAS you can do just that.

Before I tell you more about SENSAS the most unique ultimate experience you can ever enjoy within London I will explain a little about how our senses work.

Touch – this is thought to be the first sense that us humans develop. Touch is communicated to the brain through specialized neurons in the skin. Pressure, light touch, vibration, temperature, pain and other sensations are all part of our touch sense. However did you know that touch can also influence how us humans make decisions. Texture can be associated with abstract concepts and touching something with a texture can influence the decision we make.

Sight – looking through our eyes is a complex process. The cornea bends light which passes through the hole of the pupil. The iris works like a shutter of a camera, retracting to shut out light or opening wider to let in more light in. The lens of the eye then bends the light and focuses it on the retina, which is full of nerve cells. All information is then translated from the light and sent as an electrical impulse to the brain through the optic nerve.

Hearing – sound is funnelled through our external ear and sent to our external auditory canal. The sound waves then reach the tympanic membrane. This is a thin sheet of connective tissue that vibrates when sound waves strike it. The vibrations then travels to the middle ear which events the auditory ossicles which there are three tiny bones. They are called the malleus, incus and stapes and this is where all the sounds waves and vibrations are put together helping us hear sound.

Smell – we have over 1 trillion scents which is found on the roof of our nasal cavity, which is next to the smelling part of our brain, the olfactory bulb and fossa. Nerve endings in the olfactory cleft transmit smells to the brain. Plus we have 400 smelling receptors. Getting older can also lessen the ability to smell properly.

Taste – gustatory sense is usually broken down into the perception of different tastes of salt, sweet, sour, bitter and savory. Spice though is not a taste it is actually a pain signal. Taste is sensed via our taste buds. Adults in fact have between 2,000 to 4,000 taste buds. Most of them are on the tongue, but they also line the back of the throat, the epiglottis, the nasal cavity and the esophagus. They work like funnels in which the tiny taste hairs bind chemicals to the cells for tasting. Did you know that smell of food greatly affects how our brain perceives taste plus texture.

I and a bunch of community members of Love Pop Ups London Club took our senses on an adventure together as we tackled a variety of sensory challenges.

SENSAS

The first SENSAS opened up back in 2015 within Marseille, France. Since then 15 other venues have opened with more still to pop up over several countries.

Embark on a unique multi sensory experience with SENSAS which is a one of a kind entertainment activity providing an innovative and fun concept which takes your senses on a challenge as you touch, watch, listen, smell and taste.

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Mulan Rouge at The Vaults get your drag on

The Vaults are back up and running after being shutdown for a while during the pandemic starting off season their with a great new production show Mulan Rouge.

Mulan Rouge is basically a mash-up of Baz Luhrmann’s Moulin Rouge and Disney’s Mulan. The story is about war, love and LGBT but mostly the show is full of cabaret, dancing and singing to hits from the 80’s & 90’s.

Simply Mulan Rouge is a gender-deconstructive show packed full of puns, all whilst you tuck into a feast fit for any Queen (or King).

The Vaults never disappoints. Other immersive dining shows in which I have attended within The Vaults in the past include Aladdin and the Feast of Wonders, An Evening of Meat, Cinders, Dantes Peak Dinner is Coming, Divine Properties and Red Palace all of which were packed with thrills, laughs and a delicious feast.

I was kindly invited down on a press basis to review their latest show Mulan Rouge where I dined and enjoyed a show full of glitz and glamour.

The Vaults

The Vaults are set in a maze of disused railway arches under Waterloo bringing immersive theatre and alternative arts. Their mission is to collaborate and conspire, embracing artists from all walks of life to come together and inspire others.

They strive to continue to support and co-produce innovative immersive theatre, fusing together art and championing unsung voices, especially those of the LGBTQ+ community. They want to make immersive experiences fun for everyone and focuses on big and current ideas told in outlandish, accessible and in the most unique way.

Their latest production show presently is Mulan Rouge which is on till 23 January 2022. This production show by ShayShay is a take on Disney’s Mulan and the movie Moulin Rouge but with a focus on gender, as gender after all is just a social construct. The show is packed full of drag, glitter and naughtiness.

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Mr Tipsy’s Down the Hatch – What happens within Mr Tipsy’s stays within Mr Tipsy’s

Head on down to Mr Tipsy’s Down the Hatch and you’ll be in a world of pure imagination. As you take a look you’ll see into your imagination, with a sip here and sip there travelling around the world of pure creation. What you’ll see will defy explanation!

Mr Tipsy’s Down the Hatch is the opposite to Willy Wonks Chocolate Factory as within Mr Tipsy’s you’ll adventure through in and out of different themed bars from around the world as you down many different cocktails throughout the night. It certainly is a bar crawl with a difference where you can take your imagination on a journey like no other.

I and members of my group LPUL Club we went on a pub crawl like no other as we walked around Mr Tipsy’s Down the Hatch.

Mr Tipsy’s Down the Hatch

Mr. Tipsy’s Down the Hatch is produced by Redbeard Productions with one simple goal to create an atmosphere full of joy, laughter and happiness.

Creator Nick A. Olivero the man behind San Francisco’s popular 1920s-styled bar experience, The Speakeasy and his friend Mark Nassar, who co-created NYC’s longest ever running off-Broadway comedy, Tony and Tina’s Wedding. Together they’ve teamed together their experience, connections, creativity, theatricality and more to create Mr Tipsy’s Down the Hatch pub crawl experience. Walk on through, explore their world as you adventure across the globe, sipping drinks with zany characters, singing, dancing and much more.

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The Wizard Exploratorium afternoon tea – unicorn poop, potions, magic and so much more

As a fan of all things magic, sweet treats and tea when I heard about The Wizard Exploratorium’s newest event for a Magical Afternoon Tea at theirs I just had to do it.

Afternoon tea is a quintessential English thing. Traditionally afternoon tea consists of a selection of dainty sandwiches, cakes, scones served with clotted cream and preserves and of course tea served within tea pots.

But how did the Afternoon Tea come about in England? Afternoon tea came about in 1840 thanks to Anna, the seventh Duchess of Bedford. Within the household dinner was served fashionably late at eight, thus leaving a long period of time between lunch and dinner. Around 4pm the Duchess would become hungry and ask for a tray of tea, bread and butter and cake be brought to her room. This became a habit of hers and she began inviting friends to join her and this is how afternoon tea came about. During the 1880’s upper-class and society women would change into long gowns, gloves and hats for their afternoon tea which was usually served in the drawing room between four and five o’clock. Nowadays however, in the average suburban home, afternoon tea is likely to be just a biscuit or small cake and a mug of tea, usually produced using a teabag.

A traditional Afternoon Tea with all the works can still be enjoyed within many restaurants, hotels and tearooms across the UK but if your looking for a magical one then The Wizard Exploratorium is the place to go for magic and wander.

I was invited down on a PR basis courtesy of The Wizard Exploratorium to experience and review their newest magical event yet for a Magical Afternoon Tea.

The Wizard Exploratorium within London, Soho

Nestled in the heart of Soho The Wizard Exploratorium combines cool magic and science together.

There is so much to enjoy within The Wizard Exploratorium from wand making, afternoon tea or a cocktail potion making class or if your just looking for some magical merchandise then The Wizard Exploratorium is the place to pop on in.

Within The Wizard Exploratorium they bring science and tech together along with food and beverages to bring a magical time and make you be wowed.

There are several experiences and seasonal experiences to enjoy within The Wizard Exploratorium from Magic Wand Making, Potion Experience and their newest immersive event Wizard Afternoon Tea where you create the magic and enjoy a magical feast of food and sip on magical tea.

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V&A’s Alice: Curiouser and Curiouser exhibition don’t be late

Don’t be late as Alice: Curiouser and Curiouser has popped up in the basement of V&A’s Museum to bring answers to all your curious questions on Lewis Carroll’s popular children story which you’ll be taken on a fantastical tour of exploration from discovering a deeper insight into Lewis and the world of Alice via books, films, art and so much more.

There is plenty to discover creating an atmosphere that really makes anyone become even more curious about what they are going to experience next keeping all guessing and bringing out our inner child.

I went along on a PR invite courtesy of V&A to hop on in down their rabbit hole to discover the curiosities of Alice and beyond.

V&A

The V&A (Victoria and Albert Museum) is one of Britain’s Victorian buildings which opened up in London 1852 to showcase manufactures. Since then the state of the art galleries, within the V&A has constantly evolved in it’s collection public interpretation of art and design.

The museum is the world’s leading museums of art and design, which houses a permanent collection of over 2.3 million objects that span over 5,000 years of human creativity. The Museum holds many of the UK’s national collections and houses some of the greatest resources for the study of architecture, sculpture, jewellery, fashion, textiles, furniture, photography, painting, glass, ceramics, book arts, Asian art and design, theatre and performance.

Apart from the millions of objects on display across the year within the V&A they host a variety of exhibitions and talks all of which can be discovered by clicking here.

One of the latest and anticipated exhibitions which has popped up within the V&A for a limited time this year is Alice: Curiouser and Curiouser exhibition which goes on till 31 December 2021 within the Sainsbury Gallery in the basement.

Alice: Curiouser and Curiouser exhibition within the V&A

Celebrating one of the most iconic, imaginative and inspiring stories of all time. V&A’s exhibition of Alice: Curiouser and Curiouser allowing visitors to immerse through a mindbending journey down the rabbit hole, full of discovery.

Lewis Carroll’s 158 years old surreal iconic story of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and beyond can now be explored and discovered within the V&A for a limited time.

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Swamp Motel there is a storm brewing

Loving being a detective taking my sleuthing skills to another level I entered the eye of the storm and took myself to the Swamp Motel portal to help solve the case of the Kindling Hour. Question is are you brave enough?

Courtesy of Swamp Motel I and my friends we sleuthed our way through the mystery of the Kindling hour.

Swamp Motel

Founders Ollie and Clem have collaborated artistically for over 10 years and now they bring to our homes via our laptops Swamp Motel. This multi-award-winning theatre and experience makers, creates entertainment that blurs boundaries between theatre, film and gaming. They let their audiences become the pivotal role within their stories. .

Their new immersive theatrical thriller, made for the internet combine the artistry of immersive theatre with the thrill of an escape room. Unravel and lead to the outcomes of the show from the smallest of tasks.

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