Drinks, dinner, exhibitions, games, and going to the theatre are all fun things to do in London, but if the usual activities just aren't cutting it for you, an immersive experience might be what you need. These experiences make you part of the action and take things to another level. If you're into art, drinking cocktails in unique environments, or exploring your favourite films and TV shows, there's an immersive experience in the city that's sure to excite you. Get inspired with our guide to immersive experiences in London.
Guide to immersive experiences in London
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Immersive experiences in London
- Dopamine Land – Find your happy place
- Phantom Peak – Escape to the Old West
- Monopoly Lifesized – Time to get competitive
- Cahoots – Travel in time to the 40s
- Mamma Mia! The Party – Immersive dinner theatre
- The London Bridge Experience – Discover the city's gory past
- Dans Le Noir? – Dining with a difference
- Immersive Gamebox – Lose yourself in the game
- Avora – Futuristic cocktails
- Stranger Things: The Experience – Be part of your favourite show
- Alcotraz Cell Block Two-One-Two – Prison but with cocktails
- The War of the Worlds: The Immersive Experience – Survive a martian invasion
- Twist Museum – Mind-blowing illusions
- Faulty Towers The Dining Experience – Dinner with laughs
- Shrek's Adventure! – Fun for families
- The Grid – Dystopian cocktail experience
- Secret Cinema – Like no cinema you've seen before
- The London Dungeon – Things are getting spooky
- The Mind Palace – Become a detective
- Moonshine Saloon – Cocktails for outlaws
- BBC Earth Experience – See all seven continents
- ABQ – Molecular cocktail making
- The Cauldron – A bar for witches and wizards
- Sensas – Take on sensory challenges
- Tomb Raider: The Live Experience – Action-packed experience
- Meetspace VR – The ultimate in VR gaming
- The Gunpowder Plot – Star-studded theatre
- Frameless – Immersed in art
- The Murdér Express Part Deux – Murder mystery dinner
- Otherworld – Virtual reality theme park
- Sherlock: The Official Live Game – Sherlock-themed escape room
- The Crystal Maze Live Experience – Take on challenges
- Van Gogh Exhibit – Explore art by Van Gogh
- Park Row – Dinner in Gotham
- Lightroom – Step into art
- The Lost Estate – Extraordinary dinner experiences
- Park Chinois – Travel back to 1930s Shanghai
- The Wizard Exploratorium – Soho turns magical
- Xydrobe – VR luxury
Immersive experiences in London
Find your happy place
Discover your inner child at immersive multi-sensory experience Dopamine Land. Unlike any museum you've been to before, this place is set over multiple rooms and is designed to boost your mood. There are mirror mazes, digital forests, evocative aromas, and a space for pillow fights. It's suitable for all ages.
Escape to the Old West
Based at Canada Water, Phantom Peak is a unique immersive experience. Visit an Old West-style town with indoor and outdoor spaces, meet the local characters, play games, uncover mysteries, and enjoy a variety of shops, entertainment, and food and drink options. You're welcome to dress up with a steampunk theme and the experience is suitable for all ages.
Time to get competitive
Take board games to the next level at Monopoly Lifesized. Get competitive as you play on a life-sized game board, moving around and tackling challenges to win big cash prizes. It's great for all types of players, including team-building exercises. There's a bar and restaurant on-site to relax in after your game.
Travel in time to the 40s
Transport yourself to 1945 and the end of the war at Cahoots. Housed in a disused tube station that was once an emergency air raid shelter, you'll find 40s-themed cocktails, staff in costume, a playlist of music from the time, and relics from wartime that were found in the space.
Immersive dinner theatre
Enjoy a four course Greek meal and a spectacular show in a taverna setting at Mamma Mia! The Party. A must for the city's Abba fans, there's live music, a dazzling finale, and an Abba disco after the show. The action isn't confined to the stage here, making the crowd part of the show and really bringing it all to life.
Discover the city's gory past
Uncover the more gruesome parts of London's history with a visit to The London Bridge Experience. Actors in costume, creepy decor, and multi-sensory special effects bring these terrifying tales to life. You'll take an interactive journey through the past here and can visit the bar on-site afterwards if you need to calm down.
Dining with a difference
Visit Dans Le Noir? for a dining experience cloaked in darkness. Considered one of the most unusual restaurants in the world, at this place the servers are blind and you'll eat a mystery menu in the pitch black dining room. The idea is to enhance your experience of the food and afterwards you'll find out exactly what you ate.
Lose yourself in the game
Lose yourself in another world at Immersive Gamebox. With touch screens, surround sound, motion tracking, and projection mapping, you're fully immersed as soon as you step into your private gaming box. There are family-friendly games as well as some more suited to adults and you can play in groups of up to six people.
Avora gives you a completely unique cocktail-drinking experience. At this theatrical experience you'll don a jumpsuit and enter a new utopian world. You'll forage for ingredients and try three inventive botanical cocktails as you make your way through this immersive world and uncover the story of Avora.
Be part of your favourite show
Head to Hawkins at Stranger Things: The Experience. This immersive experience puts you in the centre of the Stranger Things world. You'll see locations you recognise, get loads of photo opportunities, enjoy an 80s playlist, and get plenty of surprises thanks to actors, special effects, and immersive sets. You can also buy food and drinks and exclusive merchandise.
Prison but with cocktails
Prison-themed bar Alcotraz is a novel way to drink cocktails. Here you'll have to smuggle in your own booze – if you can make it past the warden. Put on your orange jumpsuit, go through the metal detector, and give your clandestine booze to the bar staff, who'll mix it up into original cocktails just for you.
Survive a martian invasion
Plunge yourself into the storyline at The War of the Worlds: The Immersive Experience. You'll be part of a martian invasion of London across 24 different scenes that use actors, holograms, virtual reality, and iconic music by Jeff Wayne. Make your way through the story and enjoy a drink in the bar at the end, including the signature Red Weed cocktail.
Near Oxford Circus you can discover mind-boggling multi-sensory illusions at Twist Museum. This place twists up reality and challenges your perceptions, and was developed with artists, philosophers, and neuroscientists. The way you understand colour, heat, shape, perspective, and sound are turned on their head with the small- and large-scale illusions here.
Dinner with laughs
Fans of Fawlty Towers will enjoy Faulty Towers The Dining Experience. This theatrical dinner show is a tribute to the popular sitcom and includes a three course meal and two hours of mayhem and laughter. Around 70% of each show is improvised so it's always a new and unique experience. Let the organisers know if you're celebrating something and you'll get an added surprise chucked in.
Fun for families
Have a family-friendly immersive day out at Shrek's Adventure. You'll become part of Shrek's world, surrounded by fairytale characters and exciting attractions. Hop on the 4D flying bus, meet a fortune teller, visit a mirror maze, and cook up spells in a bubbling cauldron. At the end of the experience you even get to meet Shrek himself.
Dystopian cocktail experience
Sci-fi-themed cocktail experience The Grid transports you to a dystopian future. It combines drinks with escape rooms; you'll make your way through multiple imaginative rooms, take part in undercover missions, and try distinctive themed drinks as you go. The experience includes two cocktails and plenty of action, and is ideal for groups of all sizes.
Like no cinema you've seen before
Secret Cinema offers Londoners an immersive cinema experience, always taking place in a top secret location. Favourite films are brought to life with immersive sets, live characters, and new storylines. You're welcome to dress up for the occasion too. New shows are put on regularly but past films include Dirty Dancing and Blade Runner.
Things are getting spooky
The London Dungeon brings the darker side of London's history to life and is a spooky destination for the whole family. With dark humour, gory special effects, immersive rides, and costumed actors, this is a memorable experience in the capital. Ride to the gallows, find yourself at the centre of a witch trial, or uncover the story of Guy Fawkes.
Become a detective
Fans of Sherlock Holmes can head to The Mind Palace in West London. This immersive Sherlock-themed bar serves themed cocktails and afternoon tea. The space is full of mementos of the detective and his cases. Enjoy drinks or tea and treats whilst you solve puzzle games and mysteries.
Cocktails for outlaws
Smuggle in your own booze to Moonshine Saloon and immerse yourself in the Wild West. Talented mixologists turn whatever your sneak in into a bespoke cocktail. Pass through the classic swinging doors and you'll find on-theme decor, bandits in costume, games like cards and dice, and loads of action going on.
See all seven continents
In West London you can see landscapes and wildlife from every continent on earth at the BBC Earth Experience. Narrated by the legendary David Attenborough, this exhibition uses digital technology and multi-angle screens to immerse you in breathtaking footage from Seven Worlds, One Planet. The experience is also designed to be as sustainable as possible.
Molecular cocktail making
Immersive drinking experience ABQ is inspired by Breaking Bad. You'll dress up in a hazmat suit and use molecular techniques to cook up your own cocktails, either in the motorhome or the lab. Three drinks are included in this two hour experience, plus there's great music and a fun atmosphere.
A bar for witches and wizards
The Cauldron immerses you into a world of fantasy and magic. At this mysterious bar you can join a potion-making class, wave your magic wand, and use molecular mixology to craft imaginative drinks. Child-friendly sessions for young wizards and witches are available too. You can also book at this creative bar just for drinks in a unique setting.
Take on sensory challenges
Set into a railway arch, Sensas is a unique place to push your senses to the max. There are a number of themed spaces designed to test you in a fun way and make you lose control. Tackle challenges and overcome your fears to be rewarded with tokens that are converted into a donation to a disability charity. You'll be plunged into total darkness and explore an anti-gravity room whilst you're here.
Immerse yourself in an action-packed activity at Tomb Raider: The Live Experience. The adventure begins in Finland before you explore the jungle of Costa Rica and finally the tomb itself. You'll take on puzzles, swing along the zip wire, and collect relics along your journey. There's also an on-site bar. Groups of all sizes are welcome here.
The ultimate in VR gaming
Explore virtual reality gaming at Meetspace VR. This cutting-edge venue is lively and has a variety of VR games to try out. Play in the arcade, tackle an escape room, or try a free-roaming VR challenge for a unique way to have fun. All ages are welcome here but some activities have their own age restrictions. Private hire for events is also possible.
The Gunpowder Plot is one of the most famous stories from London's history, and you can explore it with The Gunpowder Plot: The Immersive Experience. Tom Felton stars as Guy Fawkes. During this experience you travel in time to 1605 with live theatre and digital technology making the story real. You'll find yourself right at the heart of the plot. Bars and restaurants are on-site too.
Immersed in art
Step inside your favourite art pieces at Frameless. This immersive experience combines light, sound, animated projections, and mirrors to give you a unique view of paintings by artists like Klimt, Dali, and Bosch. Four different spaces put you right in the centre of the works and there's an on-site café as well.
Murder mystery dinner
Step aboard the train at The Murdér Express Part Deux for an immersive theatre dinner experience. You get a gourmet meal developed by Masterchef finalist Louisa Ellis, plus drinks and entertainment as you watch a murder mystery show that's full of surprises. LCD screens and special effects make you feel like the train carriage is in motion.
Virtual reality theme park
Immerse yourself in a variety of virtual reality games and challenges at Otherworld VR – think of it as a VR theme park with drinks involved too. The cutting-edge pods at the venue use heat, airflow, and rumbling effects to make the experience real. Enjoy some drinks as you hang out here and redeem the coins you win at the bar.
Sherlock-themed escape room
Try your hand at detective work with Sherlock: The Official Live Game. This themed escape room in West London will see you looking for clues and solving cases over 90 minutes in a purpose-built venue. There are rooms for different group sizes and all types of groups are welcome, including school groups and corporate events.
Take on challenges
Discover a number of zones and be part of the classic 90s game show with The Crystal Maze Live Experience. You won't get to hang out with Richard O'Brien but you'll still have fun travelling between different zones and taking on games and challenges. Eventually you'll reach the finale and get your time in the infamous crystal dome.
Explore art by Van Gogh
Van Gogh London Exhibit: The Immersive Experience uses light, sound, and projections to immerse you in the art of Vincent Van Gogh. Here you'll experience some of the artist's best-loved paintings in a brand new way, putting you right in the middle of them. This experience is suitable for all ages and larger group bookings are also welcome.
Dinner in Gotham
You can become part of the DC Comics universe at immersive themed restaurant Park Row. Set in Gotham, this place combines gourmet dining with themed spaces, costumed characters, and live entertainment. You can also separately book a unique dinner theatre experience that brings everything together for a memorable night out.
Step into art
Recently opened in King's Cross, Lightroom is an innovative immersive art gallery that boasts a massive open space spanning four stories. It features state-of-the-art digital projection and audio technology in order to host magnificent artist-led shows by renowned individuals such as David Hockney. The cutting-edge technology is utilised to enhance viewers' experiences with the displayed art.
Extraordinary dinner experiences
The Lost Estate is a highly skilled theatre group renowned for creating captivating, immersive live experiences that weave together theatre, live music, and fine dining. Their performances encompass diverse themes, eras, and beloved tales ranging from Swan Lake to the Jazz Age. Audience members are fully immersed in the narrative as they assume the roles of protagonists and actively participate in the unfolding of the events. To enhance the overall experience, each show is complemented by a delectable meal that aligns with the show's theme.
Travel back to 1930s Shanghai
Park Chinois is a luxurious Chinese dining experience that promises to be the ultimate in experiential dining. The restaurant's lavish setting, state-of-the-art cabaret dining area, two chic bars, and stunning private dining areas transport guests to the glamour and excitement of 1930s Shanghai, complete with live music, dazzling performances, vibrant cuisine, and opulent decor.
Soho turns magical
Inspired by sci-fi and fantasy, The Wizard Exploratorium is an immersive cocktail bar and shop for fans of magic. Located in Greek Street, it has a vibrant facade and there are various experiences for adults and kids to enjoy inside. Visit the shop, craft your own magic wand, join a potion-making class and sip on cocktails, or come for the wizard-themed and interactive afternoon tea.
Xydrobe is an innovative physical space in Mayfair, offering ticketed entry to unparalleled immersive experiences, all inspired by renowned luxury brands. Each month, the venue undergoes a transformation, showcasing a series of unique, branded pop-up worlds that provide ephemeral and engaging multi-sensory adventures to its visitors.