If the real world has you feeling down, a journey to a virtual world of endless possibilities might be just the thing for you. From thrilling rides to mind-bending adventures, we've scoured the city to bring you the most immersive and unforgettable virtual reality experiences. Whether you're a VR novice or an experienced gamer, our guide has something for everyone. Get ready to enter a whole new universe of excitement and adventure with our top picks for the best VR experiences in London.
The best VR experiences in London
In this guide
London's best VR experiences
- Otherworld – Escape to another world
- Sandbox VR – A technological marvel
- Meetspace VR – Cutting-edge VR gaming
- DNA VR – London's first VR arcade experience
- Omescape – Roam free
- ImmotionVR – VR fun for the whole family
- Hyper Reality – Cyberpunk retreat
- Navrtar – From VR to AR
- The Four Thieves – Your VR local
- The War of the Worlds: The Immersive Experience – Bringing a sci-fi classic to life
- iFly London – Skydiving without the danger
- Supercharged VR – Put the pedal to the metal
- Sea Life Centre – An immerseave experience
- Van Gogh Exhibit – Putting the VR in Victor and the Victor in VR
London's best VR experiences
Escape to another world
The Otherworld sites provide a unique bar experience where you can participate in virtual reality games and challenges similar to a virtual theme park. Their innovative pods feature wind, heat, and rumbling effects to provide an immersive experience. Additionally, you can enjoy cocktails and craft beer, and even redeem coins you've earned during your virtual journey at the bar.
A technological marvel
Sandbox VR is considered the most advanced virtual reality experience in the world by many, with celebrity backers like Justin Timberlake, Katy Perry, and Kevin Durant, and games designed by veterans of companies such as EA, Sony, and Ubisoft. The cutting-edge technology includes full-body motion capture and haptic feedback, allowing up to six players to physically interact with each other within the virtual world. Additionally, the venue features the UK's first robotic bartender.
Cutting-edge VR gaming
Meetspace VR in Wembley offers the latest VR gaming experiences. Visitors can choose from a variety of immersive activities such as VR arcade, escape rooms, and free-roaming VR challenges. While all ages are welcome, certain activities have age restrictions. The venue also offers private hire for those looking to host a unique event.
London's first VR arcade experience
At the DNA VR spaces in London, visitors can enjoy a range of thrilling virtual reality experiences. With an extensive library of both multi- and single-player games, you can shoot zombies, play virtual laser tag, try out various musical instruments, or even simulate having a job, if you have trouble leaving your work at the office. You can book your own VR booth or opt for the premium free-roaming experience, which allows for unrestricted movement without any attached wires.
Omescape provides a range of mind-blowing immersive entertainment experiences in multiple fields, including a cat-themed live escape room, various VR escape rooms, and multiplayer VR shooting games with unique scenarios. Partnering with top VR providers, Omescape has created a free-roaming play area where you can move around an empty room using haptic controllers and vests, fully immersing yourself in the game.
VR fun for the whole family
ImmotionVR's virtual reality pods can be found in several UK cities, including at The O2 in London. Although their entire range of games and experiences isn't available at this location, visitors can still enjoy a variety of cinematic VR rides, such as soaring through space or swimming with humpback whales, racing on some of the world's most famous tracks, or exploring family-friendly settings.
Hyper Reality is a futuristic gaming spot that draws inspiration from the neon-lit streets of Tokyo. Its virtual reality games include different shooters and exhilarating rollercoaster rides. After playing, you can relax with classic arcade and board games in the lounge. The Cyberpunk Bar serves cocktails and other drinks. For private events, there's a karaoke room, a gaming room, and a screening room available for hire, accommodating groups of up to ten people.
Your VR local
The Four Thieves pub offers a unique experience with plenty of activities to enjoy alongside drinks in its neon-lit interior. From karaoke and comedy nights to arcade and VR gaming on the UK's first dedicated virtual reality gaming installation, as well as the exciting moonshine raceway, there's something for everyone. In addition, the pub serves a range of dishes including pizza, Sunday roasts, and Mediterranean-inspired cuisine, along with a full selection of drinks at the bar.
Bringing a sci-fi classic to life
The War of the Worlds: The Immersive Experience allows fans of the classic tale to dive deep into the storyline. With 24 different scenes that feature live actors, holograms, and virtual reality, visitors can experience a Martian invasion like never before. Of course, the iconic music is also present throughout the experience. After the journey, guests can enjoy a drink at one of the on-site bars, including the signature Red Weed cocktail.
Skydiving without the danger
Pull on a jumpsuit, strap on a VR headset, and throw yourself out of the airpla-err, into the wind tunnel. iFly provides a professional indoor skydiving experience for people of all ages and skill levels. Using state-of-the-art wind tunnel technology, iFly can create speeds of up to 150mph, allowing you to experience the thrill of freefall without actually jumping out of an airplane. Combined with top-notch VR gear, it's as close to skydiving as you can get without taking off.
Put the pedal to the metal
Supercharged VR offers a thrilling racing experience, whether you have a driver's license or not. Their advanced VR gear and full motion simulator platforms replicate the feeling of driving a race car down the track at full speed, with all the forces you'd expect. You can choose from a variety of cars and tracks to drive on, without any of the usual risks associated with motorsports.
An immerseave experience
Sea Life Centre London Aquarium offers a fascinating glimpse into underwater life, suitable for all age groups. You can explore the largest coral reef in the UK and see a range of aquatic creatures including penguins, octopuses, and sharks, as well as creepy crawlies found in the rainforest. The aquarium also offers an immersive VR experience that transports you to the depths of the ocean with the help of VR pods.
Putting the VR in Victor and the Victor in VR
Just like Dalí Cybernetics, this experience lets you immerse yourself in the works of a famous painter – here, it's Vincent van Gogh's turn. Through the use of projections, sound, and light, visitors are transported into some of the artist's most well-known paintings, and can also join the painter in VR to explore his inspirations. The interactive exhibition is suitable for all ages, including children, and private bookings for larger groups are available.