Dining with a difference // My fave interactive experiences

As an ex drama student, and someone that grew up wanting to become an actress/famous, it’s no real shock that I’m a huge fan of interactive experiences. I’m nearly always the first person to volunteer when performers ask for an assistant….after a little persuasion. Being in London there’s a tone of these cool immersive/interactive experiences, both with and without food and varying in levels of participation. So I thought I would put together a little guide for you all.

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Alice’s Adventures Underground:

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This was something I went to last year and being a huge fan of Alice in Wonderland and immersive theatre, I was always going to love this. It started as a pop up if I remember correctly, however after huge demand they kept extending and now they are back again this year. Become part of the Alice in Wonderland story and determine what play you see based on the decisions you make throughout. It was honestly incredible last year, I can’t recommend it enough.

The Gingerline:

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The best combination of amazing food, incredible improv actors married up with the most impressive sets. It’s a drama foodies dream! I’ve been 3 times now and every time its different, so I feel like I’m somewhat of a connoisseur. I can’t tell you too much because you’re sworn to secrecy when you start. But what I can tell you is you will travel through different dining dimensions and have an incredible night.

Bunga Bunga Covent Garden:

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This one is better for people who don’t want to participate too much. They enjoy watching what’s going on around them, plus great pizza, but they don’t want to be dragged up in front of everyone. I’ve chosen their Covent Garden branch specifically because it’s got more of a running story and theme to it compared to their others.
Become a guest at a mafia bosses daughter’s wedding (try saying that quickly!) and enjoy a whole host of performers, close hand magicians, contortionists and of course, amazing food!

ABQ:

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This is any Breaking Bad fan’s dream! Again started off last year as a pop up, the fully stocked caravan then went on tour and now has a full time spot on Hackney Road. There’s no food involved with this one, but you do get to cook your own cocktails looking as though you have just stepped off the set of breaking bad. I loved it, the staff are all super fun and also in character. Its less immersive though as the bar staff don’t really act as such, but it’s still incredible.

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Now this one is totally different, a little off the cuff, and 100% more for a special occasion. I hadn’t heard of these guys until recently. They came into work to do a showcase for us and I just fell in love with the idea. They are a small theatre group that perform in much more intimate settings. For example, if you’re having a fancy dinner party, they can come along and perform a full play (from 30-90mins long) in your home. It’s far from cheap, in fact its eye wateringly expensive and I debated putting them in because it’s not the sort of thing most of you would ever consider because of the price, but I just thought it was such a great idea, I couldn’t leave them out.

As I said above, we are a little inundated in London, so of course I have a list as long as my arm of other places I am yet to try, but desperatly want to. Heres a couple on the hit list: Maman Le Mot, Basement Galley, The little yellow door and of course You Me Bum Bum Train.

If you think I’ve missed any great ones, PLEASE let me know in the comments below. Also any that you know of outside of London would also be great.

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