London offers a huge range of activities for visitors and residents, amongst which immersive experiences that call for a more active role as opposed to normal museums and galleries.
1. Agent November
Escape rooms are by now a highlight in many cities, but Agent November is outstanding for the quality of the games, and the fact that some of the activities are performed outdoors. In this combination of theatre and espionage, you and your team have 60 minutes to complete the mission and save the world from the criminal mastermind Marty Orri. The game takes place in a secret location in the Euston district, with many time slots every day. Further information from https://agent-november.designmynight.com/
2. Shoreditch Street Art Trail
Everyone knows about Banksy, but actually seeing one of his graffiti art works is not easy. The Shoreditch Street Art Trail is an immersive experience that takes you on a two or three-hour walk through London, with optional breaks in pubs. At £40 per team, it’s cheaper than most escape room games. Perfect for people interested in art and walking. More at inthehiddencity.com
3. Churchill War Rooms
Visit the secret underground headquarters where Winston Churchill and his team directed the course of the Second World War. The rooms are exactly as they were during the War, and they include interactive displays that take you back to the dramatic events of that time. Put aside at least 2 hours, and pre-book if possible. Open daily, 9.30am-6pm. Closed 24 – 26 December. £21.
Churchill War Rooms
Clive Steps, King Charles St, London SW1A
4. View from the Shard
At the top of London’s tallest building (306 metres, 95 floors, designed by Renzo Piano), the view from the Shard is a multi-sensory experience, starting with an exciting elevator ride travelling at 6 metres per second, reaching the city’s highest observation decks situated on two floors, an indoor viewing platform and the open-air Skydeck, 72 floors up. Enjoy some bubbles at the Moët & Chandon Champagne bar, or sip an artisan cocktail. Guest Ambassadors provide guidance to London’s skyline. Book in advance.
32 London Bridge St, London SE1 9SG
5. The Grid
The Grid is a 90-minute combination of escape-room-type activities, a cocktail bar, and Black Mirror, in a struggle against artificial intelligence, technology and the evil Neosight. The admission cost of £37 includes the experience – which includes some physical activity – and two cocktails. Open Wed-Sun, prior booking essential.
(Neosight), 2 Robinson Road
Bankside Arches, London SE1 8BU
Tel. +44 (0)203 7452 894
Inspired by Breaking Bad, ABQ is an immersive molecular cocktail bar, where you “cook” your own drinks in an RV (motorhome) accompanied by hip-hop and rap music. The setting features gas masks, Heisenberg graffiti, smoking chemical apparatus, and a pizza menu that includes specialities such as Los Pollos and Mr White. It’s enjoyable even if you haven’t seen the series. The name ABQ is a reference to Albuquerque Airport. £35 which includes 3 molecular cocktails. Book at abqlondon.com or call +44 (0)203 4881 678.
18 Bohemia Place, London E8 1DU
7. 19:20 at the Palm Court
Afternoon tea in London is an institution, but at The Palm Court, part of the Sheraton Grand London Park Lane hotel, it transforms into a Roaring 1920s party for just one hour. At exactly 19:20 on Wednesday evening, the lights dim, a jazz singer starts singing, a pair of dancers perform Charleston, and you can enjoy cocktails reminiscent of the Jazz Age. The experience lasts for just one hour so don’t be late!
The Palm Court London, Sheraton Grand London Park Lane
Tel +44 (0)207 499 6321
8. The Silver Vaults
Descend the stairs, go through the gigantic safe doors and into the vaults, where there is a breath-taking selection of silver objects on display, probably the largest anywhere in the world. 30 specialist retailers offer their products for sale, from cutlery to jewellery and watches, right through to curiosities such as a full-size silver armchair. Admission free, open Mon-Fri 9am-5.30pm, Sat 9am-1pm, Sun closed.
The London Silver Vaults
London WC2A 1QS
9. Beefeater Gin Distillery
Gin is London’s classic spirit, based on Dutch jenever and becoming popular in the capital when William of Orange became King William III of England in 1689. The Beefeater tour provides a lot of information, with scents of the botanicals and tastings during the tour, and a gin & tonic at the end. Tours are available from Monday to Saturday, starting every hour from 11am to 5pm. Advance booking recommended.
20 Montford Place, Kennington, London SE11 5DE
10. Fulham Football Club
If you like football, you’ll probably have plans to visit Arsenal, Spurs or Chelsea, but there are many clubs in London, and Fulham represents a scenic and traditional match experience. The vintage Victorian stand has wooden seating, and the stadium – named Craven Cottage – really has a cottage at one corner. Plans for new development are well under way, but the Johnny Haynes stand and the cottage are listed buildings and so will survive. In addition, it is placed right on the River Thames, and so there are some scenic walks available, and stadium tours are available on certain days.
London SW6 6HH
Boggi Milano in London
Boggi Milano has two stores in London:
49 Jermyn Street
London SW1Y 6LX
Tel. +44 (0)20 7629 2495
Open Monday-Saturday 10am-7pm, Sunday midday-6pm
28 Sloane Square
London SW1W 8AB
Tel. +44 (0)20 7823 5044
Open Monday-Saturday 10am-7pm, Sunday midday-6pm