Despite the pandemic, immersive experiences in the City of London are back and on the rise.
No longer do we wish to be onlookers, we want to interact and revel in emotions that connect us to the experience on many different levels.
Immersive entertainment is evolving. Forget the fourth wall, today you can be part of the entertainment itself.
Whether you’re sipping on cocktails in the 1930s, sliding through a musical Martian adventure, or transporting yourself to another city, there’s so much to choose from when it comes to immersive experiences in the City of London.
Here are some of the most exciting immersive experiences in the City of London to try right now.
The Murder Express
Open until May 2022, head to the mysterious Pedley Street Station and travel back to the early 20th century with The Murder Express. Don’t feel too relaxed as you settle down for your supper… there’s been a murder. So, get your detective hats on as you’ll be asked to solve the case. Before departure, drink from the Seven Sins platform bar to get you in the mood for all the glitz and glamour of the 1930s, then, once on the tracks, you’ll be treated to a four-course menu from MasterChef 2017 finalist Louisa Ellis. Full steam ahead.
63 Pedley Street E1 5FB
Jeff Wayne’s The War of the Worlds: The Immersive Experience
Fancy surviving an alien invasion? Head through Jeff Wayne’s musical version of The War of the Worlds and feel like you really are in the midst of an apocalypse. As Martians take over Victorian England, you’ll be immersed into the story with live actors, VR and 5D effects. Climb, crawl and run through 24 exciting scenes before catching your breath mid-adventure at the secret Red Weed bar, where you can cool down with a cocktail. Not one for the faint-hearted…
56 Leadenhall Street EC3A 2BJ
Bystanders be warned, this is not for you. LexTempus is back and ready to whisk you off on a sensory journey like no other. The digitally immersive experience will take you to the American cities to experience the music from three different decades, allowing you to enjoy the music in a completely new way. A self-proclaimed feast for the senses, LexTempus will immerse you with incredible audio on 54 Pioneer Pro speakers, visuals on floor-to-ceiling, 270-degree screens, scents that will transport you, as well as an observatory that will make you feel like you right in the thick of it. Choose a cocktail to complement your destination and sip away to the sounds of the city. Music lovers welcome.
18 Leake Street SE1 7NN
Play close attention: Otherworld will be taking you to another dimension. Get involved in the immersive experience that is a VR island paradise with portals to 16 experiences. You’ll start by stepping into your own immersion pod which comes with a VR headset and technology to allow you to feel heat, wind and movement all in your own pod. But don’t worry, once submerged into your virtual world, you’ll join your friends and interact with them as if you are right next to you. The future is now.
336 Acton Mews E8 4EA
Gamers get excited, as this one’s for you. Join others in a group immersive gaming experience as you take on a multitude of interactive adventures together. Whether you rescue the Royal family, dodge ghosts and collect coins, or help aliens mine for minerals, Electric Gamebox allows you to escape the real world and play exciting games with projection mapping, touch screens, motion tracking, and surround sound. You’ll definitely want to play again.
Arch 3, 83 Scoresby Street SE1 0XN
Main picture: Jeff Wayne’s The War of the Worlds: The Immersive Experience