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Best Immersive Experiences in London

 
 
 
 

Jeff Wayne's War of The Worlds, The Immersive Experience

 

At the best immersive experiences in London the audience becomes part of the action. Lines between reality and drama are blurred. Dress up, adopt a persona, interact with actors and explore the set at these all-encompassing shows.

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Secret Cinema: Casino Royale

The name's Bond, James Bond as we get fully immersed in the world of Britain's smoothest spy.

Secret Cinema, Central, London, XX1 0LL

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Dates: 5th June to 22nd September 2019

 

This spring and summer, Secret Cinema goes undercover to channel Bond, James Bond when it presents a fully immersive show of the critically-acclaimed 007 film Casino Royale. Taking the 2006 version, directed by Martin Campbell and starring Daniel Craig as James Bond, the show transforms a secret London location into the glamorous and action-packed world of the iconic British spy. Blurring the lines between fiction and reality, the experience recreates scenes and locations from the film. You, the audience, will be required to get into character and you'll be assigned to either Q Branch or M Branch. Prior to your mission, you will receive an alias, dress code and training suggestions to help you prepare for a night of high stakes, sophistication and deception. If previous Secret Cinema productions are anything to go by, you'll feel like you're on the set of the film... and what a fantastic film to be dropped into.

 
 
 

Jeff Wayne's War of The Worlds, The Immersive Experience

A multisensory experience which puts you in the middle of a Martian invasion.

The Hallmark Building, 56 Leadenhall Street
, London, EC3A 2BJ

Tube: Aldgate Station , Tower Hill Station, Liverpool Street Station, Aldgate East Underground Station

 

Dates: 15th May to 13th November 2019

 

Jeff Wayne's epic 1978 musical version of War of the Worlds has been brought to life as an immersive VR experience. Combining immersive theatre, virtual reality, augmented reality, holograms and other cutting-edge technology, the multisensory experience puts you in the middle of the Martian invasion of 1898. Live and virtual actors lead groups of up to 12 to walk, crawl and travel into the heart of the story. The show is split into two acts and includes an interval in the immersive Red Weed bar where you can enjoy a drink and listen to extended versions of Jeff Wayne's creepy soundtrack, The Red Weed. dotdotdot, the theatre company who had a hit with their immersive show Somnai last year, has taken over The Old Metal Exchange, a 22,000 square foot venue in the City, for the show.

 
 
 

The Wolf of Wall Street: The Immersive Experience

A four-storey building in central London is transformed into 1990s New York.

Secret Location, , London, XX1 0LL

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Dates: 5th September 2019 to 19th January 2020

 

For anyone who watched Martin Scorsese's The Wolf of Wall Street and dreamed of joining in on the hedonistic, money-fuelled action, the dream is about to become reality with The Wolf of Wall Street: The Immersive Experience. Based on Jordan Belfort's infamous memoir, as depicted in the Oscar-winning movie starring Leonardo DiCaprio, the show has been adapted and directed by Alexander Wright, who worked on The Great Gatsby, and transforms a four-storey building in central London into an iconic 1990s New York setting complete with trader schemes, supercars and full-service restaurants and bars. Guests can choose whether to trade with Jordan or work with the FBI, but either way they can expect 'the outrageous, the spectacular and the downright ridiculous'.

 
 
 

Witness For The Prosecution

Set in a County Hall chamber that feels just like a courtroom, the audience becomes part of the jury.

The Debating Chamber, County Hall, Belvedere Road, London, SE1 7PB

Tube: Waterloo Station , Westminster Station

 

Dates: 6th October 2017 to 29th March 2020

 

Set the Debating Chamber of London's County Hall - a room which resembles a courtroom in every way - Lucy Bailey's site-specific staging of Agatha Christie's mystery, Witness for the Prosecution, has an immersive effect that makes you feel as if you are part of the play. Leonard Vole is accused of murdering a widow to inherit her wealth and must prove his innocence in this ingenious thriller, imaginatively staged. "The play's appeal lies not just in its mystery but in its courtroom formality and its reminder that the law itself is a theatrical ritual" says The Guardian in its four star review.

 
 
 

Crystal Maze LIVE Experience West End

Take on the cult TV programme of the 1990s.

The Crystal Maze LIVE Experience West End, 22-32 Shaftesbury Avenue, Trocadero, London, W1D 7EJ

Tube: Piccadilly Circus Station , Leicester Square Station

 

Dates: 29th March to 31st December 2019

 

From spring 2019 the Crystal Maze LIVE Experience comes to the West End. After three successful years in Angel, Islington (open until 28th January 2019), the interactive game, based on the cult TV programme of the 1990s, comes to the Trocadero in the heart of London's West End. The experience spans three floors and challenges you to 32 new games hosted by more than 60 maze masters. Altogether it's big enough for nearly 1,000 players a day. A great team bonding exercise, teams of up to eight are tasked with a series of challenges against the clock in four themed zones: Medieval, Aztec, Industrial and Futuristic.

 
 
 
 

Mamma Mia! The Party

Sit at tables of Nikos' Taverna and dance along to ABBA songs.

The O2 Arena, Peninsula Square, London, SE10 0BB

Tube: North Greenwich Station

 

Dates: 29th August to 31st December 2019

 

Be immersed in the world of sunshine and ABBA songs as Mamma Mia! The Party comes to town, co-produced by Bjorn Ulvaeus himself. Set on a Greek island, you'll sit at tables in the taverna's courtyard, enjoying Mediterranean food and drink while seeing the theatre - with Sandi Toksvig doing the script - unfold. It's as if you've been invited to the afterparty for Mamma Mia! so you'll get the chance to dance along to ABBA songs. The immersive experience takes place in one of the venues within The O2 which has been transformed into Nikos' Taverna, designed by Steve Tompkins of Haworth Tompkins architects. You'll certainly feel as if you've been whisked away to the island of Skopelos, amongst olive trees and bougainvillea. It's already proved a huge hit in Stockholm where it first opened in January 2016 and is now in its third sold-out year.

 
 
 

Jewel of the Empire

MasterChef winner Laurence Henry cooks up a four-course as a murder is committed.

Arch 63 Pedley Street, Pedley Street, London, E1 5BW

Tube: Whitechapel Station

 

Dates: 2nd May to 31st August 2019

 

It's 1937, Europe is in upheaval and a World War seems imminent in this immersive dining experience set on board the Murder Express, a luxury train headed for the South of French. Embark on a journey of mystery and intrigue, fuelled by a four-course meal from MasterChef: The Professionals 2018 champion, Laurence Henry. While you dine on asparagus veloute and corn fed chicken actors play out the drama when the Jewel of the Empire - the largest cut diamond in the world - is stolen. But when murder strikes, every passenger becomes a suspect and guests must help find the real culprit and recover the priceless Jewel of the Empire before the train reaches its destination.

 
 
 

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