The Murdér Express
For an Agatha Christie-style whodunit experience, book tickets for The Murdér Express. Hosted by award-winning Funicular Productions – best known for their glamorous, immersive events – guests will be transported back to the 1930s. On arrival at ‘Pedley Street Station’, a train conductor will take you to the Seven Sins platform bar for a welcome drink. Once onboard The Murdér Express train, where you’ll sit at stylish tables that look like carriage booths, you’ll be treated to a four-course meal created by MasterChef 2017 finalist Louisa Ellis. The special menu includes celeriac and truffle soup; beetroot tartare with apple and walnut; red blade of beef with potato rostis and red wine gravy; and buttermilk pana cotta with raspberry and sherbet. The dress code is 1930s glamour, so bring your best faux fur stole. The event will run until February 2022.
Arch 63, Pedley Street, London, E1 5ES
Mamma Mia! The Party
ABBA fans, this one’s for you. The O2 has created a purpose-built Greek taverna inspired by the beautiful island of Skopelos (where the first Mamma Mia! film was shot) for a new interactive experience – Mamma Mia! The Party. Featuring ABBA’s legendary music and a new story adapted by Sandi Toksvig, you’ll be able to watch a fun performance and enjoy a special dinner, before getting in on the action and dancing the night away. To transport you to Skopelos, food on the night includes tasty Mediterranean mezze boards, souvlaki-grilled meats, and side dishes like marinated courgettes and crispy potatoes in lemon and butter. Featuring ABBA’s greatest hits like Fernando, Voulez-Vous, and of course, Mamma Mia, the show’s set to be a blast.
Tickets: From £99
Peninsula Square, London SE10 0DX
Launching in Shoreditch on Thursday 24th June, Hinjingo is the new fun bingo night to know about. From the team behind Bounce and Puttshack, guests can expect a high energy, multisensory experience with live entertainment, stadium grade lighting, and cool music and audio effects to ramp up the drama. You’ll be on the edge of your seat during a game (or two) of bingo which is set to be fast-paced and adrenaline pumping. Once you’ve completed a game, there’s a selection of Asian street food dishes and burgers to tuck into, as well as slushy drinks, craft beers and tasty gin-based cocktails.
Tickets: From £11 per game
90 Worship Street, Shoreditch, EC2A 2BA
To celebrate Pride Month, Backyard Cinema will showcase ten of the most iconic LGBTQ+ movies in June and July at Capital Studios in Wandsworth. Films include Moonlight, Call Me By Your Name, Paris is Burning, Rocket Man and Kinky Boots, all of which celebrate diversity and explore identity. The films will be screened in two immersive destinations on site – Miami Beach or L.A Nights – where guests will be transported to a cool, retro style cinema. Guests can take in the beautiful city skyline whilst sipping cocktails atop the luminescent Palm Lounge cocktail bar, then order food from a range of pop-ups, including Cinema Pizza and Honest Burger. The space will also screen various classics until the end of August, like Romeo + Juliet, Dirty Dancing and Moulin Rouge.
Tickets: From £19.99
Capital Studios, 13 Wandsworth Plain, SW18 1ET
After a year’s hiatus, Bunga Bunga is back this summer with a new range of high-octane experiences. With locations in Battersea and Covent Garden, you can choose from pizza making parties with live circus performers and bottomless glasses of prosecco or Aperol Spritz, and singing-in-the-shower ‘Karasoaky’ sessions, complete with rubber ducks, bubble machines and bathtub cocktails where you can belt out your favourite bathroom tunes. In Covent Garden, guests can also spend an evening at the Bunga show with a three-course Italian meal or a pizza feast, accompanied by Bunga Bunga sharing cocktails served in the shape of iconic Italian figures like The Godfather and Balotelli. You’ll also get to watch a circus show featuring aerial performers, and glitzy burlesque and cabaret dancers.
37 Battersea Bridge Road, SW11 3BA; 167 Drury Lane, WC2B 5PG
Tickets: From £35
The Perfect Crime
Ever wondered how to plan and commit the perfect crime? Find out in this new immersive experience on Finsbury Avenue, which launched last week. The Perfect Crime is a race against the clock where groups of up to six can take part in immersive theatre while solving a crime. The mission is simple: In 1990, one of Rembrandt’s famous paintings was stolen from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston. Now 30 years later, with the FBI offering a reward of $1 million, it’s the most valuable painting in the world. You’ll have 60 minutes to break into the safehouse of a legendary thief and overcome their extensive security systems to recover the painting. Once you’ve made it out, you can reward yourself at the Deli Bar for a well-earned drink.
Theatre Delicatessen, 2 Finsbury Avenue, EC2M 2PA
Tickets: £120 per session (2-6 players)
Mr.Tipsy’s Down the Hatch!
Set to launch in the beautiful One America Square building on 9th September, this immersive cocktail experience offers a cool multisensory night out. During the 70-minute experience, guests can sip their way through multiple themed bars from across the world, each dedicated to a different spirit, including a frozen margarita on the white sandy beaches of Mexico, a gin martini in a 1920s speakeasy, and a Moscow mule in a frozen Siberia ice bar. Every ten minutes, there’s a different performance to enjoy – think live actors, video projections, sing-a-longs and dances, and you’ll be encouraged to take pictures with props and costumes at each scene. A great option for birthdays or hen dos, guests are encouraged to arrive in costume 30 minutes before their allocated time slot.
Tickets: From £39.50
One America Square, Tower Hill, EC3N 2LS
For a fun activity the whole family will love, this new attraction is coming to the West End on Saturday 14th August. Based on the family favourite boardgame, guests will participate in a series of challenges and escape rooms played out on a 15m x 15m life-sized Monopoly board. You’ll have to win challenges to buy properties and compete against the clock to build some of London’s iconic buildings, solving a baffling murder mystery or stepping into the world of codebreakers en route. Ideal for competitive types who love to win, there are three boards to choose from – Classic, Vault and City – as well as a junior board for kids.
Tickets: From £25
The Courtyard, 213-215 Tottenham Court Road, W1T 7PS
Gravity Southside Wandsworth
Later this summer, Gravity Active Entertainment is launching a new multi-attraction site in Wandsworth with eight immersive experiences under one roof. Set over three floors, guests can go for a drive on an electric go-kart racetrack, enjoy a game of bowling on a 14-lane AR bowling alley, and challenge friends to a game of darts. There’s also a cool AR shuffleboard, an electric game box, an e-sports gaming area with state-of-the-art screens and controllers, and an arcade. After an evening of games, stop for a drink at the New York-style cocktail bar and have a bite to eat at the Japanese noddle kitchen.
Southside Wandsworth, Wandsworth High Street, SW18 4TF
Sherlock: The Official Live Game
Hidden within the walls of Fulham’s W12 Shopping Centre, The Mind Palace bar will host a series of interactive Sherlock Holmes nights this summer. For a fun evening, book a ticket for ‘The Escape Room’ where you’ll play detective and travel through iconic sets from BBC’s Sherlock, solving puzzles and clues along the way from the cast including Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman. For a special mixology masterclass, book a ticket for ‘The Case of the Poisoned Chalice’ where you’ll have to solve a case and find the ingredients to enjoy a range of cocktails. The experience can also be recreated at home with a special game which includes a set of four cases to solve and three cocktails per player.
Tickets: From £30
Secret Cinema Presents Dirty Dancing
This event doesn’t open until July 2022, but tickets are expected to sell out quickly so it’s worth booking ahead now. During the outdoor immersive experience, you’ll be able to relive the iconic moments from Dirty Dancing. The year is 1963 and the night is young – at Kellerman's resort, your everyday life will be a distant memory. You’ll be encouraged to shake hips at a cha-cha lesson with Johnny, join the battle of the power ballads with an exotic cocktail in hand, and sing along to the movie’s most iconic tunes. Go dressed as Baby or pull out all the stops with an 80s inspired costume.
Tickets: From £49