cinema · Fun · Going out · immersive · musical · play · show · Things to do

Night of the living dead-Live experience

Today I was invited by @LovePopUpsLondon to attend a live immersive experience of a remake of George A. Romero’s unparalleled 1968 film Night of the Living Dead, superbly adapted into an immersive stage performance.

The show is currently shown at the Pleasance Theatre in North London, running currently until 9th June 19. For booking please check here.

Myself and a few memebers of Love Pop Ups London kindly gifted premium seating to ensure the best experience possible which also meant that we were sat on stage and part of the splash zone. So before we entered the the auditorium we were given a protective boiler suit to help keep our clothing dry !

The premium seating are on stage and I totally recommend these as being only £5 more that the front roll seats these while not necessary but is totally worth it.

The show is split into two halves and the first part is very close to the movie itself..a little dark but great tension created and manages to keep us all at the edge of our seats. The second half is where the musical elements comes into play… Very much like groundhog Day…the scene replays itself until the best solution is agree..but can they?

As the movie was first aired in the late 1960’s a black and white theme is carried on throughout the show..being on stage I was able to see all the amazing makeup each character has possibly spent ages doing…

Oh did I mention that the stage was also called the splatter zone? If not then here it is… throughout the show..water mixed with charcoal may be splatter by any of the characters at any part of the show. So thought I give you a little warning ….

I had so much fun here and laughed till my cheeks hurt so make sure you are prepared to accept anything and nothing is impossible.

I would totally recommend this to any friends looking for a zombie style comedy…and if that’s your thing…what are you waiting for??

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Escape game · Fun · Going out · immersive · Things to do

Will you start the fans please- The Crystal Maze Experience [INVITE]

Growing up in the 90’s one of my favourite TV game show has got to be The Crystal Maze, watching people scramble inside the crystal dome trying to stuff as many gold tickets into the letter box as possible. I remember watching the show, while shouting at the TV telling the contestants how they can solve their puzzles….now fast forward to 2019, yes it’s been that long .. I was invited to a press night for the new The Crystal Maze Experience’s new Piccadilly location on Shaftesbury Avenue, following a very successful launch in Manchester back in April 2017, along with a group of other bloggers from Love Pop Ups London

So, it was our turn to see if all those years of shouting at the TV can help us conquer The Crystal Maze, trying out their skills, mental, physical and mystery games within their four different zones; Aztec, Medieval, Futuristic and Industrial zone, guided of course by an eccentric zone master, quick hello to Aggy here!

Each team should have around 8 players, however don’t worry if you don’t have enough players they will match you with other smaller groups so that you that you can get that full team work spirit cause trust me you will need it!

Each team will get to play four games within each zone of the maze, so sixteen chances to win a crystal, and you know what a crystal meant? Yes, each crystal equates to 5 seconds inside the crystal dome!

📷 https://the-crystal-maze.com

The website recommends that this is not suitable for children under 13. With tickets charged per person starting from £49.99 each so while it’s not the cheapest experience you could find, I will not hesitate to bring friends back here…Book here

We started our game by following our maze master Aggy running to that memorable theme tune, our first stop was in the medieval zone, here our team played four games; Bakers dozen; Maid Marion Men; Ogres Lair; Spikes of death, in this zone we unfortunately didn’t win any crystal but we also had a lock in (yes, remember them, you are locked in if you do not leave your room in time or it was an automatic lock in when you do something that obviously you’re not mean to!) So we were down one crystal when we moved to our next zone. I was first up with a skill game, Bakers Dozen, however, I realised that a mathematical challenge was never going to be my strongest strength, so let’s pass on that. .

Next up was the Aztec zone, the entry to his zone as via a huge slide, and enough sand if you are missing avisit the each. There was definitely no expenses spared in re-creating this zone. Here we played the following: Sun God, Tripod; Prophecy and Rolling Log. We were more successful here and won 2 crystal, yay!

Next up the Industrial zone, again I tried another skill game; Pipe Dream, again not very successful…I have learnt that skill games are not my strongest skill (sorry) however my team mates where more successful here with Worldwide Strategy; Traffic Light and Power Saver all of which they came out with a crystal each!!

Our final zone was the Futuristic zone, this time we played a more tactical game, putting our strongest players up to ensure the most crystal win we can get… unfortunately it didn’t pay off as we only came away with two more crystal here…from Emojoy; Rock It; Alien Operations and Hive Mind.

📷 https://the-crystal-maze.com

So one question, have you been keeping up with the number of crystal we have won??? Drumroll please!!! Yep 7 (remember we lost one as we brought one of our teammates out!) So, what does that mean? Yes, 35 seconds inside the crystal dome to grab as many gold tokens we can get our hands on….

Here comes my favourite part, yes, when Aggy shouts ‘Will you start the fan please’ 35 seconds later and we successfully grabbed 103 gold tokens, winning!!

Thank you again for the game The Crystal Maze live experience and Love Pop Ups London The for an amazing team, our captain Haydy, vice captain Katie, and Emilie, Chelsea and Sam for a great game!

bingo · cocktails · Fun · Going out · live music · Things to do · Uncategorized

[INVITE] The revival of the game- Players Bingo!

So, are you one of those people who is down by the bingo halls every Saturday, trying your luck on a winning streak, or are you like me, who have never been introduced to the game before, because I admit, I always thought it was a pastime my grandma would of spent her Saturday afternoon at… please don’t hate me 😣.

So when I was kindly invited with a group of @LovePopUpsLondon bloggers to attend a launch event at Players Bingo down in Camden, I was definitely intrigued, why the sudden change of heart you wonder?

Well let’s says there’s been a lot of non traditional style games popping up all around London and I have truly been enlighten that Bingo is the way to go. I have recently heard of #musical Bingo? That’s definitely next on my list.

Players Bingo is hosted within the long standing Mecca bingo site in the heart of Camden. Bookings are available every Thursday and Saturday from 7:00pm. Tickets cost £12 each and over 18’s only- they will check!

Players Bingo is no any ordinary bingo experience, they have cleverly introduce live music, cabaret entertainment, all hosted in the traditional feeling of a bingo …a true mix of new and old perfectly complimentary.

For me a newbie to the game, I wanted to know more, the host was both engaging and funny with what I must admit the most sparkly outfit ever!

I was introduced to both the traditional numbers being called out from dear #brenda who I might add is the machine..as well as an electronic game..

Which I never expected, but hey I didn’t know what to expect, so everything was new and fascinating to me…also, the prizes was very unexpected, I mean there was a fridge freezer, a drone, and wait for it, a two person canoe…yes you heard right!

Before the start of the game, we enjoyed some cocktails which they have designed for the game, all bingo related I might add…all very yummy.

Every month, Players Bingo will be welcoming different food pop up restaurant to provide a selection of finger food available to satisfy hunger players during the game.

During the evening, while the food selection was good, unfortunately, service needed a little more refinery. Maybe as there was a lot of people invited to the launch party, cause food was being delivered at different pace and unfortunately half our party was served while the other waited over an hour before service.

This was mentioned to the organisers and while I appreciate it was their second week, better coordination would have definitely made my experience more memorable..

While there was a little hiccup in relation to the service from the waitresses that night, I didn’t let it spoil my evening and I’m ready to book my next bingo night out with my friends!

cocktails · Eating · Food · Fun · Going out · Lifestyle · Things to do

Rosso, shall we brunch?[INVITE]

As a food lover and all, I love an opportunity to try out new and different places to stuff my face (sorry, I meant enjoy some food with some friends😉)

So when @Lovepopupslondon and @Rosso invited me and some bloggers to try out their prosecco flowing brunch event, even if I was busy, I cancelled all plans… Like who ever says no to a brunch with prosecco.

Rosso is located in the very central High Street Kensington, of West London so an ideal location if you’ve just finished a shopping or an cultural visit to the many local and free museums London has to offer.

The decor of the restaurant is tastefully designed with lots of pictures opportunity for those who love to capture every moment. There was lots of amazing wines, prosecco on offer and the staff was more than happy to explain their selection to you.

On arrival the staff has beautifully placed some amazing starters out in the main dinning area, I really love this concept, an unlimited buffet style starters, all freshly prepared and constantly topped up..

The selection of bread on offer was great, I’ve never tried charcoal bread, and it was super yummy!

This was the first of the many plates I had…😉

The mozzarella balls to me was the star of the show, super creamy and totally yummy…I could eat that all day.

Rosso carbonara with figs
Spicy arrabbiata chitarra spaghetti with seafood ‘nduja’
Florentine poached eggs with bacon and hollandaise sauce
Mixed bean, poached eggs, sausage crumble served with crunchy pancetta and lemon zest

The choice of the main was a little limited and we had a vegetarian in our group with some severe allergies, which the restaurant tried to accommodate.

I chose the spicy arrabbiata however I couldn’t taste any seafood nduja? I also felt the dish was a little bland to my liking, a little more salt was required.

The desserts selection was a little on the limited side also however some of the tartlets were definitely worth saving my desserts stomach for!

Similar to a Bakewell tart
Lemon muffins- a little on the dry side
These were definitely my favourite

I had a great time enjoying the food and free flowing bubbles which the server made sure our glasses were never empty, such great tentive attention.

The meal was finished off with a great coffee..

Thank you again to Rosso for the invite, a great venue and super reasonable free bubbles brunch if you are looking for a place around the High Street Kensington area.

Escape game · Fun · Going out · immersive · Lifestyle · Things to do

Cluequest- cQ ORIGENES- challenge accepted. [Gifted]

It’s been a while since I last visited Cluequest to find out what is new with Mr Q and Professor Black sheep, following the last game of Revenge of the Sheep, I was intrigued by what the people at Cluequest have planned for us, and I was surely not disappointed.

I and a few agents from @LovePopUpsLondon went down to see if we have what it takes to take on whatever nasty plan Professor Black Sheep has waiting for us for this new game cQ ORIGENES.

As we arrived we was briefed by Mr Q special agents, Professor Black Sheep is back and he has released a new virus in to the computer systems which could wipe out all of our existence, omg I hear you say..

The story goes back to the beginning when Mr Q and Professor Black Sheep were both human, what turned them into the animals they represent today?

Our mission if we choose to accept was to return to the lab where the SD card containing the virus lies and destroy it before it destroys all of our livelihood today!

However before we can start, as humans how do we get into the lab designed to fit a sheep and a mouse? Enter the Shrink-O-Mat.

This game was both challenging and rewarding at the same time, as usual you have 60 minutes to find solve all the puzzles and get out before the time is up!

As per all my escape room reviews, I won’t spoil the fun for you, but I can assure you that you will enjoy yourselves and the props for the game has been carefully planned out and with a group for 6 the games was not linear based but all very logical so everyone could be participating in different puzzles.

Unfortunately for us we weren’t able to make it out before the 60 minutes was up and needed an additional 1:44 seconds to complete our mission. However, I’ve been told current success rate is only 15% so I guess the extra minutes we had wasn’t too bad..

Definitely for me 4* in my rating for escape room, great puzzles, great props and plenty to keep the team entertained.

Thanks again to the team at Cluequest for a great evening out!

baking · Food · Fun · Lifestyle · Things to do

Ready steady bake-The Big London Bake [GIFTED]

As the Great British bake off phenomenon has taken over our lives and kitchen, it’s no wonder someone will be looking to bring this baking experience to the home bakers of you and me.

I was invited down to try our this two hour baking experience from our friends at @LovePopUpsLondon and the amazing team at @TheBigLondonBakeOff. The Big London bake are the only of its kind in London, they have kept the experience as close to the original as possible as the set up is based inside a large tent, with baking station you won’t be unfamiliar with.

The 90 minutes experience see even the beginners successfully produce a Battenberg cake as all the ingredients have been measured out and set aside for you. Your creative quality is needed for the flavours, colours and of course the icing on the top (literally!)

However don’t be alarmed if you have never baked a cake before let alone a Battenberg then fear not the team is fully on hand to lend any support you, as well as offering suggestions if you lack any ideas.

The experience cost from £35-£44.50 per person, you will need a team of two so grab a friend, a date or whomever you want and head down to their tent in Tooting Broadway and bake away!

Our creation 😂
Fun · Going out · immersive · scavenger hunt · Things to do

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.