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The Hunt for the Smoking Caterpillar-BuckBuck Games

So it’s the new year and your team at work has lost their drive and you need something to spark that drive within…now as you scratch your head and think how am I going to do this? Let me help you!

Introducing BuckBuck Games an interactive scavenger hunt. The aim of the game is to find as many gold as you can to exchange it for the caterpillar hunting stick, so you can find the missing smoking caterpillar…well or so we thought?

When you arrive you are escorted to the Hunt room by the white rabbit don’t worry if you don’t know where you are going she will come and find you.

Next you’ll meet the Baron who will guide you through the hunt and give you some of basic rules..which basically is engaged and find…

the Alchemist who will provide you with the first drink…

The drink is an orange flavor alcohol concoction…not one for me…

The hunt involves solving puzzles left out by the various characters, the aim of the game is that they will have clues for you to solve and task for you to so in exchange for gold nuggets..

The game itself is very interactive, however as there were lots of smaller groups of players..I am not sure that it’s the right combination? For example, I felt that there were some groups who were really engaged with the activities and there was some groups who were like on their own hunt?

I would say, we did find Russ the smoking caterpillar so we all won!

I think this would be a great game where you have a big group of people who know each other to make it a competitive as well as a team build exercise.

All in all, I had fun engaging with the actors. Also I felt that the constant refuelling of the task once completed does allow other players to try the same game once you have completed it.

Not sure it’s something I would do again as while it was fun, I did find some of the task confusing and wasn’t too sure what I was doing at all times? Personal choice but great for a team build activity.

Thanks to Love Pop Ups London for the invite.

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Enter the enchanted lights display at ZSL London Zoo

At this time of year when all the Christmas lights around London tries to out do each other with the biggest and brightest lights display.

However if you are looking for something different, then how about Christmas At London Zoo, where you can walk around the intricately designed festive lights display while the zoos residents snoozes in the night.

The event is currently on until 1st January 2019.

There are various displays which are great for the both adults and children to enjoy. Do make sure you have charged all your camera devices as you don’t want to miss any picture perfect moments.

Due to the location, they have kept the the lights and music at a minimum hence there maybe some dark areas but keep walking and you’ll find the footprints leading you to the centre of the of where Father Christmas might be waiting for you?

Around the park there are different stalls to fend of any hungry monsters or hot chocolate or mulled wine for the those craving a warm fuzzy feeling.

For the child at heart, there is a carousel and various amusement games for those looking to test out their ball throwing skills.

There are loads of different lights display.

There is also a Father Christmas post office where you can check if your letter has been posted and arrived??

I think my favourite part has to be the live show..kids will love it!

Here you will also find the marshmallow stand and wood burning fire where you toast your marshmallow..best have parents supervision if you have young children around.

Its definitely a great trip more aimed at the younger audience, myself and a group of friends from Love Pop Ups London thoroughly enjoyed our walk around and the venue really made the experience more enjoyable.

Thank you ZSL London Zoo for the invite.

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All aboard skippers- The Hidden Spirit

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Are you bored of your usual drinking hole and are looking for something a little more interactive for your next night out?

How about a little treasure hunt inside the Golden Hinde at London Bridge?

From Inventive Productions, the creators who brought us Alcatraz, welcome aboard The Hidden Spirit, The world first pirate cocktail bar.

Legend has it, decades ago, over $2 million in riches were dumped in an unknown location and hidden at sea! Following the discovery of a cipher stating “The Secret Lies With Elizabeth”, the U.S \nGovernment commissioned The Hidden Spirit, which has undergone an epic journey to London to recover the hidden treasure.

The Governor on board commissioned Captain Jack to form a new crew to bring home the treasure.. however with this much at stake are you prepared to break the laws and join the life of piracy?

As you board the boat you are offered a new uniform to blend in with the rest of the new crew..a quick briefing later with the Governor..you meet Captain Jack…who do you trust? What do you believe?

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An immersive experience with pirates on board to entertain and to help you gamble away your riches.

Your entry fee of ÂŁ34.99 includes three cocktails…the first being the Golden Shimmer which is rum based and with specks of gold shimmer within…drink with caution as if the Governor see you with it you might get lose your head!

Golden shimmer

As you sails off the story unfolds, who do you trust and what does your future holds? You are then invited to select your second and third cocktail of the night..

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Cocktails menu

Be on alert though as the Governor is always prouncing around checking if anyone has found their way into his treasure…

Captain are lucky Captain Jack might be willing to share with you the secrets of where the treasure is kept..but shhhh can you keep a secret? Or will the captain and his crew fall at the hands of the Governor?

A truly enjoyable experience with an amazing location, definitely a place to take someone you want to impress or go with a brunch of friends and get truly involved.

Thank you to Jo at Love Pop Ups London for inviting me along to experience this new London pop up.

NB* a gifted experience however all reviews are my own.

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Phobos-17

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Hidden within the Artworks in Elephant & Castle is the abandoned Russian vessel Phobos-17 from the people Mostly Harmless Games.

The target tonight was to find the hidden uranium and to get back to safety. Now can me and crew from the team at @lovepopupslondon solve the clues and successfully escape?

As a group of four I felt that was just around the right amount of people for the room any bigger and it could get a tad crowded.

The introduction was done just outside of the room..a little bit of a squeeze but you aren’t there for too long.

There was no instructions on the type of locks we would encounter like some games, maybe cause we told him between us we had a good amount of experience? Bad idea I think?

I really enjoyed being in charge of Ted…our manual timer. We was told that the exposure to uranium on board could disintegrate us in 60 minutes so we have to get out before time is up.

I have always preferred escape room where it is not a linear game, this means everyone in your group can participate in solving clues at the same time.. There are logical puzzels, manual games to solve and cryptic clues to solve.

We had to ask for a few clues, however..the room really challenges and demands team work.

I have been advised that the current venue is temporary, however the decor and props are totally different from ones I have seen before and bonus points for that!

Hopefully once they have a permanent venue, the way they deliver the clues maybe more clearer, as we did feel we couldn’t hear the game master and he did have to come into the room to give us the clue.

Luckily we managed to escape in 56:38 minutes.. definitely not their fastest..(heard it was just over 30mins) from someone who has done over 4000 games..well was never gonna beat that were we?

Totally give this a 4 star from the games we had to solve.

*This is a sponsored post but all reviews are my own.

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Pepes Kitchen- Adobo Nation- Filipino food delight!

As a foodie, I love eating and trying out new cuisines, so when the opportunity arise to go and try out some delicious Filipino food with Jo from Love Pop Ups London I jumped at the chance.

The evening was hosted in the A Viet Foundation in Hackney and Mae and her team from Pepe’s Kitchen, a supper club family which they ran monthly to share with the people of London home cooked delights from the Philiphines Island.

This supper club event was also a charitable event where the team was raising money for the villagers suffering from the tropical storm which made the event even more memorable. I love supper clubs as you could be sharing a meal with people from all walks of life and you know that you all have a common interest and that is delicious food!

So, what were we delighted with over the course of the evening? Well the evening was called Adobo Nation and we all learnt that the cooking method of Adobo was brought over to the Philipines by the Spanish and it was commonly used to preserve meat in herbs, salt and vinegar, the colour of the Adobo change with the introduction of the infamous soya sauce.

In total there was 7 courses to delight my palate and the first few courses really caught my attention. As a wings lover when Mae and her team brought out her version of the Deep Fried Adobo, I fell off my chair! It was delicious and clearly my favourite of the night.

Below are some of the other Adobo dishes from Pepe’s Kitchen, if you are interested in experiencing the home cooking of Mae and her team, then please check out her supper club.

Adobo pate on blinis
Deep fried Adobo chicken
Adobong puti (white Adobo)
Gulay Adobo- vegetables
Adobo Pusit (squid)
Adobong Dilaw (yellow Adobo)
Beef Adobo
Adobo Sa Garage (chicken adobo in coconut milk)
Maruya at ube sorbetes (deep fried banana fritter with home made ice cream)

If you are interested I know there is one coming up on the 19th October in Dalston and cost ÂŁ38.00 per person. I can tell you it would be worth it as Mae loves to overfeed! Which really brings home the comfort of having a home cooked meal!

An amazing experience and thanks again to Mae and her team for the warm hospitality.

p.s Also very thankful for the extra spoon of ube ice-cream as I didnt want the banana fritters (allergy!)

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CopyCat from CoLab Factory- Splutter Theatre

Are you ready to put your investigatory hat on? Did you know the there is a copycat killer on the loose?

The CoLab Theatre from Splutter Theatre have a case for you…

You will meet Anthony Larson, he has been investigating a string of killings following the kidnap and murder of his sister. The killer at large is known as the CopyCat Killer as the method he has used are similar to ones before him.

Anthony has decided to take this case on his own hands and he has enlisted the help of you to help him solve and find out who this serial killer is?

This is an uniquely terrifying immersive experience, one not for the faint hearted as there are images of torture and sick games being played out before you. The experience puts you in the middle of your worst horror movie as you solve the riddles and find the killer.

This experience is part horror show and part escape room, which for those who’s stomach turns easily, may I suggest you give this a miss? Not scaring you but be warned!

As usual, I can’t give away too much of the escape room elements as this is for you and your team to find out.

I experienced this with a bunch of experienced escape room players from Love Pop Ups London and horror enthusiast and we all well spooked from this experience.

The build up to the room was extremely well done, you really felt like you was part of it the whole journey.

Each of the rooms we went into was done in a way that I would never like to be stuck in, on my own.

Here are some quotes from their website:

“Fundamental fear at it’s finest”- Design My Night for previous show “The Harrowing”

“[Splutter Theathre] certainly promised scares…and they weren’t wrong!” ScaretourUK for previous shows “The Harrowing”

Artistic Director Benedict Hudson wanted to create a completely contemporary horror that places the audience inside their favourite film, he draws inspiration from movies such as; Saw; Se7en and Hounds of Love.. The experience is to ensure that everyone that comes along, gets to play a leading role in the own true crime tale.

The only suggestion I would make to the whole experience would be that the experience ended very abruptly with no one telling us how we did and how long it took for us to get out? I mean as an experienced player this is an important factor for most of us (a little sense of achievement of escaping and knowing we did it in the time allocated or less).

All in all, I think this was a amazingly well presented immersive experience and I would totally recommend it to those who a little bit of immersive role play in their escape room experience.

p.s totally not one for a first date if anyone is thinking this!

A good 4* stars review from me.. if you do go please let me know!

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The dreamwork work challenge, The DA Vinci rooms

received_1519738684838520As part of my visit to the London Escaped rooms, in East London. I was also invited to try out their new DA Vinci Room. This a wholly team work based challenge.

This escape room is split into two rooms and each room holds their own task. The room includes task where you will need to think quickly in your feet and some will require working in your little teams and some require you to work with those in the other room.

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As potential students of the teacher Leonardo DaVinci, he has set out many challenges to test his potential students. So do you think you have the skills to tackle the task he has set aside for you?

I really enjoyed the task within these rooms, it really makes you think about what your next steps could be. As well as ensuring both teams work together to ensure your freedom. received_2210944435858952

The only comments I would make is that even though the room could fit around 12 people however I think its best with no more than six as whole the rooms are large in size, the task within does not sufficiently ensure everyone is busy at all times.

I would give this room a 4* as I really enjoyed the concept and think as one newcomer, London Escaped has really put itself on the map!

Thanks again to Love Pop Ups London for inviting me along to experience these new rooms to keep my love for escape room alive.

NB* all photos are provided by London Escaped.