THE BEST IMMERSIVE EXPERIENCES IN LONDON

It’s become the buzzword in the worlds of exhibitions, theatre and entertainment, and thanks to the increased sophistication and availability of virtual reality technology, the age of immersive experiences is officially here. Why stop at looking at paintings or watching plays when you can step inside of them?

Many immersive experiences involve being equipped with VR goggles, placed in a room with wrap-around projections and surround sound, playing games or exploring new worlds. Want to interact with alien life or travel back in time? Anything is possible in the virtual world.

Art-based immersive experiences have become particularly popular in London, with exhibitions like Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience, Dali Cybernetics and David Hockney: Bigger & Closer (not smaller & further away) giving you the chance to get up close and personal with some of the greatest masterpieces ever produced. Other experiences allow you to step inside your favourite TV shows and movies, like Tomb Raider, Saw and Peaky Blinders, blending live theatre and escape rooms, with a bit of audience participation thrown in, and there are even ones that have you competing against your mates. Immersive experiences are a fun way to escape the real world for a few hours and they’re perfect for livening up a social occasion, so if you’re looking for somewhere to have an office party or somewhere to go for your birthday party, the best immersive experiences in London will do nicely.

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FRAMELESS

Marble Arch, London W1H 7FD, UK

We’re no strangers to immersive art experiences in London but Frameless is taking things to a whole new level. It’s the capital’s first permanent digital art experience, featuring some of the world’s most iconic artworks spread across the walls, floors and ceilings of a 30,000 sq ft space. You can get up close and personal with over 40 works from 28 artists, including the likes of Klimt, Munch, Kandinsky, Monet, Rembrandt, Dali, Cezanne and van Gogh. The Frameless experience is spread across four different themed galleries – Beyond Reality, Colour In Motion, The World Around Us and The Art Of Abstraction – with bespoke musical scores accompanying the displays.

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TOMB RAIDER | THE LIVE EXPERIENCE

Lower Basement & Upper Basement Atrium, The Stables Market, Chalk Farm, London NW1 8AH, UK
OPENING HOURS
  • Monday: Closed
  • Tuesday: 3:00 – 7:00 PM
  • Wednesday: 3:00 – 7:00 PM
  • Thursday: 3:00 – 7:00 PM
  • Friday: 1:00 – 7:00 PM
  • Saturday: 11:00 AM – 8:00 PM
  • Sunday: 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM

You’ve played the Playstation game, you’ve seen the movies, maybe you’ve even dressed up as her for Halloween but now you can have a real go at being Lara Croft because an immersive, all-action Tomb Raider experience has come to London, setting up shop in Camden Market. Tomb Raider: The Live Experience has been created by the same team behind the Crystal Maze, so that should give you some idea of the level of production involved, and as well as a cast of live performers, they’ve even got Oscar-winning actor Alicia Vikander to provide the voice for Lara. You’ll join Lara Croft on a mission to recover a powerful artefact that has fallen into the wrong hand and the globetrotting adventure will see you fending off enemies in Finland, solving puzzles on a sinking ship, zip-lining across the Costa Rican jungle, exploring an ancient tomb and collecting important relics in an effort to save the world.

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DALI CYBERNETICS | THE IMMERSIVE EXPERIENCE

23rd December 2022 - 25th February 2023
152 Brick Lane, London E1 6QL, UK

Dali Cybernetics: The Immersive Experience, which has already been a big hit in Barcelona, will feature 360-degree, floor-to-ceiling digital projections of Dali’s surrealist masterpieces, complete with holograms, sound effects, artificial intelligence and more. You’ll also be able to enter the metaverse and step inside Dali’s artworks with a one-of-a-kind VR experience – your digital avatar will be able to explore a dreamlike space and be immersed in paintings like The Persistence of Memory (that’s the melty clock one) in a whole new way.

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PHANTOM PEAK

Canada St & Surrey Quays Rd Behind, Southwark Construction Skills Centre, London SE16 7PJ, UK
OPENING HOURS
  • Monday: Closed
  • Tuesday: Closed
  • Wednesday: Closed
  • Thursday: Closed
  • Friday: 5:30 – 10:30 PM
  • Saturday: 11:30 AM – 10:30 PM
  • Sunday: 1:00 – 6:00 PM

Take a trip through the Wild West at Phantom Peak. It’s an entire steampunk town complete with its own residents, a lake, a waterfall, and a street of shops and bars, and there are plenty of adventures for you to get involved in as you explore. You can go on a boat ride, play carnival games, grab a bit to eat on Main Street, or go digging for clues about the secrets that the town and townspeople are hiding.

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SAW | THE EXPERIENCE

Until 26th March 2023
1 America Square, London EC3N 2LS, UK

Horror fans and escape room lovers are in for a real treat as a Saw experience has landed in London. The immersive attraction combines the adrenaline-raising storylines of the Saw franchise with the puzzle-solving of escape rooms to create this nail-biting participatory theatrical event – and it sounds absolutely terrifying. SAW: The Experience puts you in the driver’s seat of the iconic psychological horror movie, so you get to put your intelligence and bravery to the test through multiple escape rooms. If you reckon you’d be able to survive Jigsaw’s challenges, this is your chance to prove it.

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JURASSIC WORLD | THE EXHIBITION

Until 15th January 2023
Excel London, London E16 1XL, UK

You’ve seen it on the big screen and now you’re able to step inside Jurassic World for real with the brand new immersive experience, Jurassic World: The Exhibition. You’ll enter the 20,000 sq ft space through the famous Jurassic World gates and then you’re able to explore different prehistoric environments, come face-to-face with a Velociraptor, stand under a Brachiosauraus, get up close with a Tyrannosaurus Rex and feel what it would have been like to roam among the dinosaurs. And if you need some cuteness to offset the fear factor of hanging around the big boys, you can interact with never-seen-before baby dinosaurs, including Bumpy from the animated series Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous.

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VAN GOGH | THE IMMERSIVE EXPERIENCE

Until 27th February 2023
Commercial Street, London E1 6LZ, UK

Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience has been a hit in the States in the US and Europe and now it’s come to Spitalfields. The exhibition sees more than 300 of Van Gogh’s works projected across a floor-to-ceiling two-storey space so you’ll be able to soak up the art from all angles. There’s also be a drawing studio and a VR experience that takes you through a day in the life of the artist and explores the inspiration behind some of his most iconic paintings. 

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CRYSTAL MAZE

10-14 White Lion Street, London, United Kingdom

If you grew up in the 90s it was probably your dream to play the Crystal Maze and now you can. Expect lasers, barrels, blinding masks and tricky puzzles in four zones; Aztec, Medieval, Industrial and Futuristic. And of course THE Crystal Dome. Mumsie would be proud.

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DAVID HOCKNEY | BIGGER & CLOSER (NOT SMALLER & FURTHER AWAY)

22nd February - 4th June 2023
12, Lewis Cubitt Square, London N1C 4DY, UK

A new immersive art gallery, Lightroom, is launching with an inaugural exhibition of works by one of the most influential British artists of the 20th century, David Hockney. The dedicated four-storey space has been designed to facilitate the large-scale projections and high-tech surround sound that we’ve come to expect from such exhibitions, paired with a bar and seating area run by St John. David Hockney: Bigger & Closer (not smaller & further away) will bring together 60 years of the artist’s work in a cycle of six themed chapters, alongside a specially composed score by Nico Muhly and commentary by Hockney himself. The experience will see the likes of ‘Portrait of an Artist (Pool with Two Figures)’, ‘A Bigger Grand Canyon’ and other iconic pieces shape a theatrical exploration of Hockney’s career, from the 60s to the present day; LA to Yorkshire to Normandy.

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DOPAMINE LAND

Until 26th February 2023
83 Old Brompton Rd, South Kensington, London SW7 3LB, UK
OPENING HOURS
  • Monday: Closed
  • Tuesday: Closed
  • Wednesday: 2:30 – 7:30 PM
  • Thursday: 2:30 – 7:30 PM
  • Friday: 10:30 AM – 8:00 PM
  • Saturday: 10:30 AM – 8:00 PM
  • Sunday: 10:30 AM – 7:00 PM

The world is a scary place at the moment so if you need a break from reality, this is the immersive experience for you. Dopamine Land, which is billed as an interactive ‘world of happiness’, transports you to a place of excitement and imagination, and deliver a big dose of childhood nostalgia at the same time. Making use of cutting edge technology, optical illusions and sound effects, the experience boasts multiple sensory rooms each with different activities and photo ops (if you don’t Instagram it, did it even happen?) First up is the ‘The Ground Is Your Enemy’ room, filled with infinite mirror illusions that you have find your way out of without falling. Then you’ll navigate through a Bubble Room, with a bubble sky, stained glass windows and bubble tea; ‘Keep Calm and Carry On’, an immersive digital forest; a Popcorn Room where you can step inside a popcorn machine; and a Pillow Fight Room, which is pretty self-explanatory. Ready to dive in?

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PEAKY BLINDERS | THE RISE

Until 28th May 2023
Peaky Blinders: The Rise, Camden Stables Market, North Yard, Chalk Farm, London NW1 8AH, UK
OPENING HOURS
  • Monday: Closed
  • Tuesday: Closed
  • Wednesday: 6:30 – 11:30 PM
  • Thursday: 1:30 – 11:30 PM
  • Friday: 6:30 – 11:30 PM
  • Saturday: 1:30 – 11:30 PM
  • Sunday: 1:30 – 5:00 PM

Already missing Peaky Blinders after its season six conclusion? Now you have the chance to enter Tommy Shelby’s world. Peaky Blinders: Rise is an immersive theatre production that invites the audience to play a role in Tommy’s latest stint, plotting a London expansion. Come dressed in themed attire to the Camden Garrison and choose to kick back at the pub with Arthur, advise Tommy on his business affairs in his office, or conspire with the Italians in the Eden Club, watching the scenes unfold based on the decisions you make. You’ll get to interact with the characters, compete with other audience members and ultimately determine whether Tommy Shelby and his family succeed in their ambition to take London.

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TWIST MUSEUM

248 Oxford St, London W1C 1DH, UK
OPENING HOURS
  • Monday: 11:00 AM – 8:00 PM
  • Tuesday: 11:00 AM – 8:00 PM
  • Wednesday: 11:00 AM – 8:00 PM
  • Thursday: 11:00 AM – 8:00 PM
  • Friday: 11:00 AM – 9:00 PM
  • Saturday: 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM
  • Sunday: 10:00 AM – 7:30 PM

Dive into a world of illusions and discover the science behind how they work at Twist Museum. Created in collaboration with experts from the worlds of art, psychology and neuroscience, Twist blends immersive multi-sensory experiences with education and technology to help you understand what happens to the brain when your senses are deceived and how different stimuli shape your sense of reality. There are over 60 exhibits inside, including the Ames Room, which creates the feeling of shrinking; the Life Without Colour Room, where you can experience a world without colour; the Sound Lab, where you can unlock the extrasensory power of your ears; and the Kaleidoscope Room, which reacts and refracts to your presence.

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SHERLOCK | THE OFFICIAL LIVE GAME

W12 Shopping Centre, London W12 8PP, UK
OPENING HOURS
  • Monday: Closed
  • Tuesday: Closed
  • Wednesday: 12:00 – 8:10 PM
  • Thursday: 12:00 – 10:00 PM
  • Friday: 12:00 – 10:00 PM
  • Saturday: 10:50 AM – 10:00 PM
  • Sunday: 10:50 AM – 5:50 PM

If you’re a big fan of Sherlock and you fancy yourself as a bit of a detective, then you’ll defo want to play Sherlock: The Official Live Game. It’s the first escape room to be based on the hit TV series and as well as detailed recreations of Sherlock locations, there’s specially-recorded video and audio segments featuring original cast members and plenty of puzzles and challenges to solve against the clock. Mycroft Holmes is on the hunt for new recruits for his covert network of spies and you’ll need to complete a routine training mission to see whether you have what it takes to become an agent, but all is not as it seems….

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F1 ARCADE

1 New Change, London EC4M 9AF, UK
OPENING HOURS
  • Monday: 12:00 – 11:00 PM
  • Tuesday: 12:00 – 11:00 PM
  • Wednesday: 12:00 – 11:00 PM
  • Thursday: 12:00 PM – 1:00 AM
  • Friday: 12:00 PM – 1:00 AM
  • Saturday: 10:00 AM – 1:00 AM
  • Sunday: 10:00 AM – 10:00 PM

Live out your best Lewis Hamilton fantasy at F1 Arcade, an immersive racing simulation experience where you can race the official Grand Prix circuits around the world. You can race against your pals, in teams or in all-venue racing formats and with motion and audio visual effects, you’ll be fully immersed in the on-track action. Once you’ve passed the chequered flag, you can hit the bar for a boujee cocktail, like The Drive In (with Engine Gin, Piper-Heidsieck Champagne, lime sherbet and topped with popcorn) and The Grand Chelem Old Fashioned (with black truffle-infused Johnnie Walker blue label, Capovilla tobacco, white chocolate, smoked and topped with fresh truffle), and a couple of wagyu burgers and Cornish crab tacos.

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IMMERSIVE GAMEBOX

Arch 3, 83 Scoresby St, London SE1 0XN, UK
OPENING HOURS
  • Monday: 1:00 – 9:00 PM
  • Tuesday: 1:00 – 9:00 PM
  • Wednesday: 1:00 – 9:00 PM
  • Thursday: 1:00 – 11:00 PM
  • Friday: 1:00 – 11:00 PM
  • Saturday: 10:00 AM – 11:00 PM
  • Sunday: 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM

Take on the Squid Game challenges or dive into the world of Angry Birds at Immersive Gamebox. The experience encourages shared gameplay and teamwork through projection mapping, surround sound, touch screens and motion tracking in private gameboxes, ensuring you’re fully immersed in the action. There’s a variety of games on offer, so you can get involved in everything from slingshot battles to word puzzles to blasting blocks and dodging danger.

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FAIRGAME

Funfairs are no longer just for summer, or for kids, because Fairgame is here with a whole load of fairground games that have been rebooted for grown-ups. The 20,000 sq ft arena is decked out with all sorts of classic carnival games for you to test your skills and rack up points. Have a go at their version of whack-a-mole Gopher Broke, take aim in duck shooting game Phoeny Island, dunk basketballs in Alley Hoop, and much more. Plus, with their dedicated app and electronic wristbands, you can keep track of everyone’s scores and see which of your friends comes out on top. Of course, no fairground is complete without food and there are some crowd-pleasers on offer, with Burger&Beyond, Rudy’s Pizza Napoletana and Tacos Dos Mas to dishing up the goods.

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YAYOI KUSAMA | INFINITY MIRROR ROOMS

Until June 2023
Bankside, London SE1 9TG, UK
OPENING HOURS
  • Monday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Tuesday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Wednesday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Thursday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Friday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Saturday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Sunday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM

After her pumpkin-filled Infinity Room caused lengthy queues at the Victoria Miro gallery in 2016, Yayoi Kusama returns with another major exhibition, this time at the Tate Modern. Two of her installations – the large Infinity Mirrored Room – Filled with the Brilliance of Life and Chandelier of Grief, which gives the illusion of endless rotating chandeliers – this year. The rooms will be presented alongside a small collection of photographs, some of which will be going on display for the very first time.

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