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THE QUEER COMEDY CLUB

114 Junction Rd, Archway, London N19 5LB

The Queer Comedy Club is the UK’s first permanent LGBTQ+ comedy club, born out of founders David Ian, Jeremy Topp and Kate Dale’s experiences of the stand-up circuit. Feeling that comedy clubs were overwhelmingly straight and macho scenes, the trio decided to set the QCC up as a place for emerging and established queer comics to perform to an audience that gets it. The Big Thursday Show (ticketed at £10) has seen the likes of Jessica Fostekew, Stephen Bailey, Jen Ives and James Barr take to the stage, while their Monday and Tuesday shows are free and feature new acts, new material, allies and friends (for the Not Totally QCC nights).

Fans at the Ready for The Crystal Maze

22-32 Shaftesbury Ave, London W1D 7EU

If you grew up in the 90s it was probably your dream to play the Crystal Maze and, even though it’s not on our TVs anymore, now you can. At London’s Crystal Maze Live Experience, you’ll be guided through the four zones – Aztec, Medieval, Industrial and Futuristic – by your Maze Master as you and your team test your skills and solve mysteries. Expect lasers, barrels, blinding masks and tricky puzzles and some signature satin bomber jackets. Fight against the clock to collect as many Crystals as you can before you face THE crystal dome and pocket those tokens. Mumsie would be proud.

TATE BRITAIN

It may be the less famous of the two London Tate galleries but Tate Britain still plays host to some major exhibitions (Aubrey Beardsley, William Blake, David Hockney, LGBT British Art, and Paula Rego have all been the subject of shows). As you may guess from the name, art made in Britain from 1500 to the present day is the focus here. The permanent collection is arranged by date and includes works by William Hogarth, John Singer Sargent, Gwen John, Francis Bacon, and David Hockney. The art isn’t confined to the interior of the building; the gallery does epic winter installations on its exterior, with past ones including giant slugs and Bollywood-inspired neon signs.

Step Inside Everyone's Fave Board Game

213-215 Tottenham Ct Rd, London W1T 7PS

You’ve done the Monopoly Pub Crawl, now you can play the game for real at Monopoly Lifesized. Combining the best bits of the board game with escape room elements and immersive 4D production, Monopoly Lifesized features four different full-sized boards (Classic, Luxury, City and Classic: Own It All) for you to move around on guided by your Monopoly token, to earn money, dodge jail, collect rent and acquire properties by completing challenges.  While popular bingo games may not be available at the venue, each property square will have a full-size, location specific room where your team will have to solve a puzzle in order to gain that property. Once you’ve made your way around the board, built your fortune, taken control of the city’s rail network and utlilties, and amassed your London empire, it’s time to celebrate (or argue as often happens a Monopoly game) post-play with themed food and drink at the The Top Hat restaurant and bar. Who’s ready to pass GO and collect 200 smackers?

THE BRITISH MUSEUM

The British Museum doesn’t need too much of an introduction, it’s the world’s oldest national public museum, after all. It’s an institution steeped in history and a fair share of controversy; it also houses the most comprehensive collection of pieces exploring two million years of human history, art and culture in existence.

BLOOMSBURY LANES

London has a disappointingly low number of bowling alleys, but the ones that we do have are very good – quality over quantity, y’know. One such very good bowling alley is Bloomsbury Lanes, an expansive hub of many night-out pursuits. Besides bowling, you can play pool, grab a pizza, sing karaoke and dance to hits from any decade. 

Dive Into an Interactive World of Happiness

Until 11th August 2024
85 Old Brompton Road, London SW7 3LD

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?

Immerse Yourself Inside Your Fave Games

83 Scoresby St, London SE1 0XN

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.

Take a Trip Through Steampunk Town Phantom Peak

The Southwark Construction Skills Centre, Canada Street, Surrey Quays Road, London

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.

Play Detective at Sherlock: The Official Live Game

W12 Shopping, Shepherd's Bush Green, London W12 8PP

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….

TOMB RAIDER | THE LIVE EXPERIENCE

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.

SELF SPACE

Life in London isn’t always conducive to peace of mind, and in between work commutes and *trying* to have a social life, it’s also not always easy to find the time to take care of our mental health. Luckily, we’ve got not one, but two outposts of the world’s first on-demand mental health service in the city. Self Space is an in-person spot for mental wellbeing support that’s open seven days a week, from 7.30am until 9.30pm, and that has over 65 therapists to choose from. There’s no waiting list and no assessment process, just accessible therapy that can be adjusted to suit individual needs. Choose a therapist based on your needs and book a session with a qualified mental health professional as easily as booking a table at a restaurant – even if you just need a one-off chat.

COPELAND PARK & BUSSEY BUILDING

133 Copeland Rd, London SE15 3SN

Right in the heart of the hotspot that Peckham has become is Copeland Park, a cultural hub of events venues, restaurants and bars, small businesses and galleries. The former factory building dates back to the 19th century (us Londoners love a renovated industrial space) and began its transformation into its modern-day incarnation in 2009 after being saved from becoming a tram depot. Now, among many other things, Copeland Park is home to Copeland Gallery, the Bussey Rooftop Bar with an incredible view of the City across the river, the three-storey music venue CLF Art Cafe and Holdrons Arcade, home to micro businesses selling everything from vintage posters to vegan food.

THE GARDEN CINEMA

Although its retro vibe makes The Garden Cinema in Covent Garden look like it has been around for a while, the privately-owned movie theatre only just opened in March 2022. And since it’s entirely independent, their screenings are curated collections of the films they think are truly worth seeing, from modern cult faves to golden age classics. They do show new releases too, and with a membership (which is just £20 for lifetime access), you can get discounted ticket prices, access to bi-weekly free screenings and advanced booking for events which are held in the cinema’s bar.

QUEERCIRCLE

3 Barton Yard, Soames Walk, London

Queercircle is a new dedicated LGBTQ+ gallery, library and projects space that launched in the summer of 2022, working at the intersection of art, culture and social action. As well as providing a fully accessible safe space for members of the LGBTQ+ community, Queercricle has hosted exhibitions by the likes of Michaela Yearwood-Dan, bones tan jones, and the Queer Youth Art Collective, and everything from zine-making to listening events to queer writing workshops.

SAW | THE EXPERIENCE

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

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.

KOKO

1A Camden High Street, London

KOKO is an iconic Camden destination that was recently reborn after a three-year and £70m renovation. The expansive venue is home to a range of spaces including the original theatre, the fly tower theatre, a merch shop and a late-night pizzeria and tap bar, Cafe KOKO. Guests can also become members of The House of KOKO (subject to approval by a committee) which gives them access to a roof terrace and conservatory, dome cocktail bar, penthouse and recording studio, piano room, library, a hidden speakeasy, stage kitchen and vinyl room.

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