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Time travel back to Dinosaurs in the Wild

IMG_20180616_101035As the Jurassic franchise capture the mind and heart of all young and old, an opportunity to experience Dinosaurs in the Wild was never one that I want to miss.

As one of the most talked about pop up in South London- based within an unused car park just outside the 02 stadium you will find those giant creatures you once heard about in history classes and also seen only on film.

On speaking to the creators of this venue, you will understand that each and every part of the venue is built to create the experience required to take their visitors back in time.

IMG_20180616_115615So, the question is dare you step back in time? 67 million years to be exact, to experience those beautiful creatures roaming in the Wild?

IMG_20180616_102212When you arrive, you will be met with those who run the operations of Chrontex and their guide will time travel with you on their pioneering time machine to  transport you back to the Late Cretaceous Period to see living dinosaurs such as Tyrannosaurus, Alamosaurus and Triceratops with your own eyes.

IMG_20180616_102531As part of your adventure, you will take on a tour of Chronotex scientific research station, TimeBase 67, built 67 million years back in time.

IMG_20180616_103946On your journey, you will experience these once giants in an more intimate why than you would of ever expected. You will be able to see what Chronotex scientist have discovered and see the amazing findings as you walk through their laboratories.

IMG_20180616_104838Each part of the research station will provide you with a much better understanding as to why these creatures 67 million years ago still fascinate us.

IMG_20180616_110448For those who love the immersive experience rest assured this is everything and more of what you would expect.

As part of experience we was introduced to Cameron Webb who is the Associate Director, behind this fascinating new pop up. You can definitely feel his passion for this new experience while talking to him and understand that this experience, suitable for those ages 3-60 and how each and everyone can come out of there with a totally different experience.IMG_20180616_112549

Also, due to the fact that many schools use this experience to show their students about how these dinosaurs run the wild those many years, everything they portray must reflect the history that historians have discovered.

Each and everyone involved has been trained to create the best experience for each visitor, and to imagine that within the hour they could be welcoming 12 different visitors as they travel back in time.  Ensuring that each one of us experience the same as those before, is a commitment that Dinosaurs in the Wild is committed to, and I can safely say, I enjoyed my experience with them very much.IMG_20180616_102426.jpg

Without giving too much away.. My favorite part was definitely the eggs incubation unit. Just you wait and see. IMG_20180616_105419

A truly immersive and interactive session which I can wait to bring my nephews back to experience this with them.

Dinosaurs in the wild will be at their Greenwich venue up until 2nd September, so plenty if time to take the whole family. Cheesy as they say, but don’t wait.. Go today!

Thanks to Love Pop Up London for inviting me to this out of this world experience.

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cocktails · Fun · Going out · immersive · Things to do

The Cauldron- Lets get magical!

IMG_20180606_214450Enjoy conjuring up your own magical cocktails? Well The Cauldron may be just what you are looking for.

So what is The Cauldron all about? Well let me explain, this is a magical Cocktail Experience is a 1 hr 45 min immersion class in London,

What should you expect? Well currently hosted in an East London venue, The Cauldron welcomes guest on entry by handing each mixologist wannabe a robe and a wand is handed over a card deposit (some people say is very loosely based on the Harry Potter franchise?).IMG_20180606_200442

Guests are then given potions and instructions on how to use their magic wands to brew and conjure up drinkable elixirs.IMG_20180606_200839

Tickets are £29.99 and include The Cauldron collaboration beer, two molecular cocktails, and the interactive experience, for those non drinkers don’t worry non-alcohol options are available.IMG_20180606_205858

The venue will pair each group into groups of 2 as this helps with the seating as well as the potion mixing. I was honoured to be invited with a group of bloggers to experience by Love Pop London and I can honestly say that everyone had a great time.

IMG_20180606_212857The Cauldron also has additional drinks on offer which I can only say is magical! The Dragon’s Breath is one of my favourite as the fire is real! Fire alarms has been know to go off every time this drink is served!

The venue also has a hidden secret, venture into their magical wardrobe and you will find out what is lurking behind those doors.. don’t worry its not as scary as their toilet :).

I have also been told that The Cauldron will soon be travelling over to the other side of the pond, NYC in September before coming back to London at a permanent location, I cannot wait!

Now lets talk about their cocktails, each guest (wizard/ witches- as you shall now be known as) will use the potions set out in front of you to conjure up your magical brews..your magical wand is used to add final touches and to unlock secret ingredients, so be ready to wave it around and watch as your drink transform in front of your eyes.IMG_20180606_203015

The Cauldron has teamed up with London’s Fourpure Brewing Co. to design a craft beer that uses ingredients central to witchcraft and magic.  The result is a beer that we call “Four Cauldrons.”  It is inspired by a witch or wizard’s most essential tool: the magic wand.  Four Cauldrons has a base of wand wood– in this case oak– and a core of ingredients used in magical history– coriander, ginger, and vanilla.  For those who doesn’t enjoy a beer or two, then they do offer alternatives, all drinks are dispensed by their tree of life. Be ready to be called up to meet the said tree with your wand in hand.IMG_20180606_213129

All in all I would recommend this experience to all who loves the magical feel, and obviously a drink or two.

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Taken.. Can you save Bob?

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A hostage theme room provided by Escape London at their Shadwell branch. Do you want to feel like Liam Nielson in trying to save you hostage Bob? Well lets see how good you are in solving the many clues and puzzles designed for you within this room.

Again as usual in all escape room, you and your team (max of 6 people) are locked in a room and the brief you have been provided is that your friend Bob has been “Taken” you have 60 minutes to find him and rescue him before the mysterious serial killer returns and takes you also. Now can you get out in time with Bob? Bob has been leaving you clues to his whereabouts, the clues leads you into an office in an engineering facility, is this just a normal office?

This is another great room from Escape London, they recommend that 2-6 players can play this room, we had 6 experienced players, Bianca,  Livi, Gemma, Laura, Jo and I feel that maybe 4-5 as a maximum is more preferred. Why? well you know how they say too many cooks spoils the broth? Well I personally feel when there are more people clues can be lost an example was one of us found a key (the other players tried some of the locks- however it never opened anything- but because there was so many of us, we got confused as to whether or not that key has already been used?) this cost us about 5 minutes at the end of the game. Thats just my thoughts, however we were all quite experienced players and maybe new players might not feel the same.

I really enjoyed all the clues and task involved and I felt the theme of the room really puts the player in the frame of mind. We managed to escape in 35 minutes again just a little shy off the leaders board.. Next time we shall conquer!

Now I really want to play the final game at the Shadwell location, Withcraft and Wizardry, I feel like they are one of the many companies that does an escape room really well!

An excellent team building event or a great experience with some friends, dont hesitate, if you have never experienced an escape room, trust me it can get very addictive!

This is another 4*out of 5 for me, so I totally recommend it!

Thanks again to Love Pop Up London and Escape London for the experience, while the experience was provided complimentary, all the reviews are my own.

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Motion sickness aside, let’s Escape the Seven Seas

IMG_20180502_211453A group of us from @lovepopupslondon went to @escapelond to try out their rooms at their Shadwell location.

Escape London has two locations, one in Shepherds Bush and the other in Shadwell, each has different types of rooms so please do try both location. Within the Shadwell location they have three rooms, Witchcraft and Wizardry, Escape the Seven Seas and Taken.

Our first room was Escape the Seven Seas, and if you guess that the room might have something to do being lost at sea, then you are correct!

Now as per usual, I won’t be able to provide too much information on the escape room itself as theres no fun in it if everyone on the internet gives it all away right?

However what I can tell you, is be prepared to be transported on on board when you enter this room, my first advice is stay calm!

There was six of us in the room; Bianca,  Livi, Gemma, Laura, Jo as all experienced players, there was a time when I felt it was a little crowded in the room, however the riddles and clues are very well designed and challenged us. The props they have within the rooms really provide the immersive experience.

The only suggestion I would make is that the lights in the room is a tad dim and makes it really hard to see the numbers on the padlocks when you are trying to put in the combination. I totally understand that its there to create that ambience on board, however maybe a lamp which you can change the brightness might be more useful.

We had aim to get ourselves on the leaderboard, and for this one we was out by just 1 minute and escaped at 46minutes.. next time we will make it!IMG_20180502_211643

We all really enjoyed the clues and the props within, it really does make the experience more real. Our gamester Kris was really good, and she would only give you clues where you ask for it, she also gives a great little prep talk.

If you are looking for a nautical theme room, then this is the one for you!

I rate this room a 4* out of my 5 as I feel there’s plenty to do and the decoration and props really gives off the immersive experience.

Thanks again to Love Pop Up London and Escape London for the experience, while the experience was provided complimentary, all the reviews are my own.

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A 1940 Escape Plan? I’m on it!

IMG_20180430_1So you may by now experienced one or two at least escape rooms as these within the last few years has been popping all over the town. So how does one stand out from another? This is the question I keep asking myself and I guess I will only find out by testing as many of them as I can. Gladly of course.

Myself and a couple of friends Bianca and Jamie (a few pulled out last minute) tried out Escape Plan’s room. The room is based in the barracks of a P.O.W camp and you and your comrades (lets get into character here) have 60 minutes to escape! The story starts when you enter the room and you find out that only one person has ever escape, Bob Hails and to help you, he has written a journal which you find.

Once inside the room, you are faced with riddles, locks and puzzles which you have to solve. The one thing I like about this room is that each clue is linked to a particular lock, so this means that there can be lots of people to solve different parts of the clues within the room. As a three person group we felt there was more than enough things to keep us challenged. The game master is always watching as he tells you before you enter and will always help you out if he feels that you are struggling.

I also love that every prop they have inside the room are real artefacts from the 1940 so please handle with care… apparently someone has dropped a real grenade once and I don’t know why anyone would think of dropping that!

The one thing which I think is very important to mention is that this room is very accessible to those with mobility issues, theres a lift to the room as well as enough space for a wheelchair to manoeuvre so definitely a plus in my books.

I think as a group of three we was all challenged to partake in every part of the game and we escaped with just over 14 minutes to spare, I think the different level of experienced we had really helped and working together is very important. I think no more that 4 people would be a reasonable number to play this room without over filing with players.received_10156453638112664

I visited this room with LovePopUp London and while the experience was kindly gifted to us by Escape Plan all my reviews are my own and I would definitely rate this room a 4* out of 5.

I really enjoyed the different clues and also the final puzzle was definitely one to experience!received_10156453637442664

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Enjoy the movies.. How about a singalong?

IMG_20180407_190718Ever wonder how you can make going to the movies so much more fun?

Introducing The Grand at Clapham.. A theatre turned cinema turned nightclub, turned karaoke bar.. I mean a night out like no other.. ..

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The Grand is a one stop shop where you can arrange a date night for two, or three depending on your preferences. To a box area for a hen or birthday party. Either way no one would leave this place not having enjoyed their night.

If you are coming for a movie, or a night out at the club, be prepared to have the best night out ever!! With fun competitions and drinks as prizes for best dress and a dancing competition.. The competitiveness will sure come out of anyone who dares enter!

For those coming for a movie night check out their website to see what’s showing and best practice all their songs do you can really get involved at the singalong part at the end of the movie.

I went with @lovepopupslondon to relive the classic of ‘The Little Shop of Horrors’ the movie on the big screen which really gives of the in house cinema experience and the MC of the night really got the crowd going. IMG_20180407_192712

Did I tell you that they have £2.00 popcorn all night long?? Make sure you keep hold of your popcorn bag as you’ll need that for your top up.

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Also they have a photo booth area where if your didn’t come dressed up as your favourite character they you can definitely do so here..

Whatever you are looking for.. Check out the Grand in Clapham before you go anywhere else! IMG_20180414_1

Thanks again to Joanne from Love Pop Up London and The Grand for a great night out!

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Dare you enter the Cabin – an Escape London adventure

IMG_20180329_1One of the newest rooms from Escape London . The Cabin is there to challenge your investigation skills as we as your observational skills. We played this at their Shepherds Bush location and they also have other locations in Shadwell

A game requires a lot of team work as there are lots of puzzles for everyone one to get involved in. The game is not linear so you and your team can split up into little groups and all get involved.

There are definitely a lot of puzzles to be solved and everyone will be sure to be kept busy finding all your missing items in order to escape before the killer Hunter returns.

Can you make it out in 60 minutes with all the items you’ll need to find your way back home?

The room itself was only two days old and as a group of 7 experienced players we managed to solve all the puzzles and escape in just 28 minutes.. Definitely a record for me and the group. For those who are less experienced then look carefully or else you might miss the missing components.

A great game however one recommendation I would suggest would be to make the game more challenging is to not have the clues too coordinated.. As once you found the number the order was easily figure out.. However again as experienced players it might be easy for us to spot. Also maybe to keep the number of players to 4-5 as I felt that would make the game more harder to break.

I really enjoyed this game and would like to thank Love Pop Up London and Escape London for the  invite to test out their new room. received_10156218182711064