What are two of the most popular motivators for a holiday in London? Visiting the theatre and indulging in a gourmet meal at one of the city’s best restaurants. Now the two have combined and London has a string of immersive dining experiences where you can be part of the action whilst tucking into a lip-smacking meal. Find your perfect London hotel special offer, pack your costume and start planning your memorable night in the city.
This one thrusts you into the boisterous Middle Ages! A gourmet feast fit for a king is slapped down on the table along with free-flowing wine, ale and non-alcoholic drinks. Guests are welcome to arrive in fancy dress or take advantage of the costume hire facilities available. Throughout the night, you’ll be entertained by dancers, acrobats and jesters, and perhaps the occasional dragon.
Year-round, The Ivory House, St Katharine Docks, E1W 1BP
Inspired by the hit gangster TV epic set in 1920s Birmingham, the R. S. Hispaniola have set about creating a unique dining experience. A 3-course meal is served as actors bring the series to life with immersive entertainment. Guests are encouraged to get into the swing of things with costumed clothing. However, we’re not sure they’ll appreciate you sneaking in any hip flasks so leave that in your room at The Marble Arch by Montcalm London.
Thurs 23 Apr, R. S. Hispaniola, Victoria Embankment, WC2N 5DJ
Less of a dining experience and more of an immersive evening of libations, Moonshine Saloon is a covert liquor operation based in East London. With the Law closing in on Clyde Cassidy, (your host!) Moonshine Saloon is a meet-point for new outlaws to join his smuggling gang. Throughout the immersive event, you can try your luck at card games and be plied by cocktails. Don’t forget to smuggle in your own bottle of spirit; you want to prove your worth as a smuggler.
Year-round, Moonshine Saloon, 28-30, Houndsditch, EC3A 7DB
Nomadic Presents… A Hidden Woodland Forest
Swap the glitz and glamour for an evening under a canopy of ancient forestry. Deer, rabbits and other local wildlife roam in the background of the serene woodland glade. In place of entertainment, the experience is about foraging. You will gather your own ingredients which grow abundantly in the wild before lighting a fire and leaving it to the expert chefs to prepare an earthy meal. Then, voila, your fresh, seasonal and sustainably sourced dinner is served on table carved from birch tree. This rural retreat will wear you out ahead of bedtime in the best hotel rooms in London.
Monthly until Aug, exact location a secret – one hour from central London
By cordial invitation of Gatsby himself, you are welcome to join one of his famous parties this season. Expect to be immersed in a world of red hot rhythms, bootleg liquor and pure jazz age self-indulgence. This immersive event begins with a themed 3-course dinner hosted by F Scott Fitzgerald himself along with wife Zelda. Don your dancing shoes and dress to the nines for this one!
Until late Jul, Gatsby’s Mansion, Immersive LDN, 56 Davies Street, W1K 5HR
The Murder Express
Board the luxury dining car of the Murder Express and be transported into the golden age of train travel, when rail journeys were still in their infancy. With startling attention to detail, you will truly feel like you’re in the early 20th century. As your dinner is served, cooked by none other than the 2017 Masterchef finalist Louisa Ellis, the drama begins to unfold. The actors are highly rated and arriving for a pre-departure tipple at the platform bar, Seven Sins, is highly encouraged.
Until 25 Apr, Pedley Street Station, Arch 63, Pedley Street, E1 5BW
The Aeronaut captures all the entertainment and wonder of the circus whilst paying tribute to the discovery of flight with their airborne feats of cabaret and acrobatic performers. As a typical British pub by day, the venue delivers a pretty impressive make-over to create this splendid night. Spot lights beam down, a mighty disco ball descends and the performers begin to parade. If you’re travelling on a budget, this is the most affordable option on our list and will pair perfectly with scoring that special London hotel offer.
Year-round, Aeronaut, 264 Acton High Street, W3 9BH
Journey Restaurant: Immersive Tasting Experience
Journey is one of London’s hottest new restaurants which is preparing to set sail and take you on an immersive taste and flavour voyage through different parts of the world. You choose your own journey from their specially devised menus and let your taste buds take you to the lands these journeys touch. It’s a way of tasting the entire world, without even leaving London!
Year-round, Chelsea Funhouse, 459, King’s Road, SW10 0LR
Fawlty Towers: The Dining Experience
Inspired by one of Britain’s comedy greats, this interactive production is set in a restaurant where you, the audience, are the diners. Three performers inhabit the spirit of Torquay’s most inept hoteliers Basil, Sybil and Manuel and you’ll be caught up in their madcap melee even as you dig in to your 3-course lunch or dinner. A novel pleasure and great fun.
Until 27 Sept, Radisson Blu Edwardian Bloomsbury, 9-13 Bloomsbury Street, WC1B 3QD
Shh, book your tickets to this one quickly before someone sees you… Candlelight Club is a pop-up Prohibition-era speakeasy in a secret London venue completely lit by candles. The event drifts around the city with each taking place at a different location which will be revealed upon booking. Each event offers an elegant cocktail menu, dining options, dancing to live jazz bands, retro-DJs and cabaret performances. Channel the spirit of the 20s by pulling out your beads and feathers.
Until late Jul secret location in central London