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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

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Travel back in time with professor Inkwell 

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Looking for an escape room with more of a story and a murder mystery feel? Enjoyed playing cludeo? Well this one aims to satisfy both needs.

Based in an outside venue, this challenge you to observe and digest the vast amount of information placed in front of you to firstly find the missing pieces to help you fix the time machine that could take you and your fellow investigators back to the future. A failure to do so and your story could end up very differently from the story you started with.

This game is based on the number of players a maximum of 8 and each of you will be given a character to play.. Dress up if you are that inclined to really get into character.. Always a bit of role playing to get everyone in the mood.

Without giving too much of the game away, you have 60 minutes to find all the pieces and to get the time machine up and running again.. While a secondary challenge is to find out which one of you is the murderer and what do you have to hide? Each one of you could be it and how are you going to find our?

A really interactive game, though I would say the vast amount of reading you have to do for this is a little overwhelming and you may end up with only half of the team even knowing what was going on in the story. I suggest less paperwork to digest so that everyone can all participate in the murder hunt!

Overall, a really enjoyable game and great for the warmer weather where you can enjoy the great outdoors with a bit of interactive problems solving.

Thanks to Inkwell Investigation  and Love Pop Up London for the invite to the game.

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ABQLondon-cocktails masterclass

IMG_20180314_191916OK, just to let you know that if you have never seen Breaking Bad don’t worry I promise they won’t be kicking you out.. The threats there.. But heads down and he won’t see you.. Only kidding!IMG_20180314_211910

So what is ABQLondon and what’s its all about you ask? Well let me share some background information with you..

“ABQ is the world’s first immersive molecular cocktail bar where you get to make and infuse your own drinks in an RV (Motorhome) on some banging hip-hop and gangster rap tunes.” which will have got grooving all night long.

Started in 2015 in London, they have travelled to the the City of Love and even ventured across the pond with a pop up based in the City the Never Sleeps. They have just opened up in Manchester so if London isnt your part of town then maybe look into that.

Now, why the breaking bad references you ask.. Well if by entering the RV you don’t know.. Then I say roll with it..just enjoy the performance of your host. IMG_20180314_200235

Each entry gives you two drinks where can can select a drink of your preference, most of the drinks are per person. There are a couple where you can grab a few friends and using scientific equipment. Oh, there is a welcome drink so let me add it up again.. It’s three drinks for your entry fee of £32.50.. Bargain! IMG_20180314_204114

However before you start, make sure you put on protective outerwear so that any spillages as trust me.. Alcohol and science can make the most careful of persons a little clumsy.

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They also cater for the non drinkers too so don’t worry you won’t miss out. .

Please note that I was invited to attend this event by @lovepopupslondon, thanks Jo! however all reviews are my own.

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Revolution – Are you ready to partake?

Joe-Ball-Revolution-Supporting-Image01-1459x1280Revolution an Exit Productions limited currently hosted at the Vaults in Unit 9 along the corridors of Leake Street. Their aim is to find the perfect medium between game and theatre.

The game allows the audiences to experience the pressures of leadership, and making  political decisions. So if you ever want to know how it feel like sitting at Number 10. Well why not?IMG_20180315_183254

So how does it work you ask? Upon entering the underground arches, you are asked three questions and depending on what answers you give you will be placed into different fraction. Each of them will be based on the belief you share in your team. So if you came in a group you may be split up, but don’t worry you won’t be too far away.IMG_20180315_212449_119

The game, involves tactical thinking, gaming and team work, while bringing the interactive experience with the actors involved in setting the story and scene.

There are eight rounds in which your fraction will need to think tactically as well anticipating what the other fraction will do.. How can you turn those against you to with you? How, and who will lead after the government has left?

The experience is one you could really get your teeth into, with each round you could be involved in writing a new law to be passed, a democratic vote of leadership and a tactical one of attack and /or defence. A great way to spend one ‘s evening. Just a side note they start on time so don’t be late! Just like the theatre no late comers will be allowed entry.

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Thanks to @lovepopupslondon and @thevaultsuk for the amazing experience.

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Black Sheep Coffee- Leave the herd behind.

IMG_20180122_202037So, I admit I love the smell of coffee but I would not call myself a connoisseur in the art of coffee making or drinking. I mean I love a good flat white and a chai latte but I know that knowing the type of beans you drink and how it is brewed is what it is all about.

I was invited by a Timeout tastemaker Jane for a coffee masterclass at Black Sheep Coffee at their Regent Street branch with Jo from Love Pop London, where we met the team Tony, Tom and Monia who made sure we were looked after.

I have never heard of the this particular branch of coffee and when the invite came for something to make the long month of January more interesting and caffeine filled, I jumped at the chance. I joined my friends Joanne, Kim and Jason for a fun filled night and as Tony said, if I walked out without coffee down my top then I haven’t had enough fun.

The night started with Tony and his team handing out espresso martini, now I think I am going to like tonight!IMG_20180122_181535

While you may think this is any other coffee houses, this one is different, by day they maybe your standard, grab a coffee and satisfy your caffeine addiction whereas by night the bartenders awake and they will delight with the many cocktails they have up their sleeves. This makes them something truly special.

Their space are graffiti filled but not overwhelming so if you need a quiet spot to conduct those meetings outside of the office, this is a great space for it.IMG_20180122_201042

So let me tell you more about our masterclass, they split us into two groups where one group learnt the art of making the perfect cup of coffee, which has been mathematically worked out to precision. To the weight of the grinded coffee; the temperature of the water and the amount of liquid required to make the perfect cup. This made me appreciate the amount work that goes into making that cup of coffee which we are quick to order and slurp but did we really enjoy all the notes and flavours it provided?IMG_20180122_194804

Our next lesson was with barista Matt, he patiently taught us the skill of latte art, and well I must say, I think Tony should give me a job with my first try (a fluke? I don’t think so!) Ok, ok you got me, I made have made some initial spillage, but it was all part of the fun.. I am sure thats what Tony told us. On a serious note, I now understand and appreciate when my barista makes that fern or heart in my cup of coffee.. its not as easy as you think, as both your hands need to be moving constantly, theres no stopping to think about it, once you start pouring you just have to keep going.IMG_20180122_192316

Thank you again for the lovely masterclass, I would be back to try out more of Black Sheep Coffee branches which have branches around London and Manchester, so do look out for them when you are next looking for your caffeine fix.

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Dinner Time Story London- a multisensory dinning extravaganza

IMG_20180207_190524You know when you was little your parents always tells you never to play with your food, well at Dinner Time Story London. Here, they encourage you to join them in a immersive visual and sound experience where not only are you able to feast on beautifully  designed six courses of delights together with five different cocktail to compliment the different courses.Vrolijk still chef 002_preview

You are cordially invited to join Le petit chef on his journey along the silk road where each and every destination provides him with the inspiration for the six courses to tantalise your tastebuds and visually putting you in awe of his travel journeys.Marco Polo Still 030_preview

So, how did this all begin? Dinner Time Story first graced the interest of the media world with a launch in UAE, then at the Dubai World Trade Centre before moving to London. The multisensory projected based dinner show is the latest pop up to grace London food culture. Currently the story is based on the traveller Marco Polo and his journey along the silk road. We have been told that a new story is due to be launched in September this year so if you have been before you may want to go back and see what new exploration they have waiting for you.

IMG_20180207_195100Imagine you are in a country where culinary excellence is a given, how does one excite the palate of their diners? Well Le petit chef, had an idea, he will visit all the countries along the silk road, where he will journey across countries such as Egypt, Arabia, China, India and back to Europe. Here he encounters spices, flavours and smells which he hope to bring back home and make them into dishes which will delight dinners and exposing them to the different cuisines of those places he has travelled to.IMG_20180207_192336

We follow him through a two hour 3D dining concept of his journey. Every single course is accompanied with visual, sounds, table probs and decorations and a cocktail which is suppose to take you along with him on his epic journey. Where he gathers new ingredients and cooking methods to not only bring your tastebuds alight, but also the visual effects dazzles and the sound of ooh and ahh come aplenty.IMG_20180207_201106

The dining experience cost £95.00 per person, and for me, I believe this is totally worth the money? why? Well, each diner has their own story book where they follow Le Petit chef along his journey, six amazingly cooked courses and lets not forget the six deliciously tasty cocktails (for those non drinkers, the bar staff are able to conjure up the same mocktails for you so you don’t look out of place at all.)IMG_20180207_195439

Dinner Time Story London is currently being hosted at TT Liquor along Kinsgland Road, in Shoreditch, their residency is currently planned until the end of April, but do watch this space!

Another touch to their experience is that every course comes with a notebook where each diner is encouraged to jot down their feelings and experience of the night. I must say, without any moderation of what is written in these notebook, there are some comments which I can’t share and I hope they remove as spoilers and unusual comments does put a damper in the experience.luca_lombardi_petit_chef-7294_01 - edited_preview

I would also like to thank the waiting staff, who were extremely accommodating, as there was some items which I could not eat (allergies) and they were happy to exchange them with no question asked.

If you like me, enjoy capturing your dining experience on camera, then please make sure its fully charged as there are some special moments you do not want to miss!

I went along to this as part of Love Pop Up London however all comments and reviews are my own. Thanks again for inviting me along this amazing delightful journey!

So, I know you are all asking? how do you book? follow this link HERE Enjoy!

 

 

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Looking for a new bar experience? Lets check out Studio 88

IMG_20180201_222359So everyone will know that you are never short of a bar or two when you live the busy city of London.

I mean every corner you turn there is a bar/ pub or drinking hole calling out for punters alike. Now how does a one stand out from the crowds? Well lets welcome Leicester Square new food and cocktails hang out spot Studio 88.

IMG_20180201_193730This place has it all, great cocktails and yummy food that is served in cute little bamboo “California Cones”, think salmon tartar, coconut chicken curry, miso pork, arancini to name a few of the culinary delights you could be enticed with. At £19.00 for six cones and a glass of prosecco for London prices, I call it a bargain!

IMG_20180201_180147Now lets talk about the bar, one thing I would say is bring shades as this bar is bright in neon especially when you stroll down the stairs into the main bar area..I was invited to the press event along with Jo from Love Pop Up London the staff was amazing making sure we was well looked after.IMG_20180201_220933

If we didn’t feel safe, we noticed a few detectives scattered around the bar. They have a private area where you could hire out for your own personal party!

IMG_20180201_203804My favourite cocktail of the night has to be Hitsville Studios, Finlandia vodka, St Germain, Cucumber and Elderflower cordial and fresh lime juice…mmmm I also love how much you could have just ordering a drink, this one comes with a mini polaroid picture for you to keep, erm hello anyone else agree that nights this fun needs to be documented!

IMG_20180201_184200Also little birdie tells me they do happy hour! Everyday 5-7 all cocktails are £5.00 and on Monday nights after 7pm they do 2-4-1 cocktails, now I don’t know anyone who turns their nose down on a good deal.

Oh wait, I forgot to tell you that they have a 6 piece band every night waiting to take your request,  so you can’t complain if the music is bad, cause you haven’t done anything about it!