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

Prison break, can you make it out? #invite

It’s been a while since I have done an escape room and boy, was this one from the amazing people at Fox in a Box did not disappoint.

Fox in a Box, a newbie to the world of escape room, started in Dalston east London, earlier this year with franchise all over the world so if you see him popping up everywhere, then he isn’t following you 😉.

They currently have three rooms in Dalston, Prison Break, Zombie killer and Bunker.

I was kindly invited to play their Prison Break room with a group of Love Pop Ups London to beat the clock and try and escape before the guard returns to resolve the riots, and to ensure our life sentences was served.

The story of the game is that you have committed a crime and you have been sentenced to life in prison and the only way out is for you to escape!

As we were a group of ten, we played the prison break head to head where we were not only against clock, but to escape before the other team, a great way if you have a big group to and try not to end up on the wall of shame….

The room was well designed, with all the tools you need to work together to break yourselves free, strong communication and team working is a must!

There was kryptic clues, locks, and map work and physical task to really test out all your clue solving skills. So lots of things for everyone to get involved in.

Our team managed to escape with only two clues and 39:35 on the clock just beating our other team by nearly 15 minutes and avoided being posted up on the wall of shame! Well done team.

A great game and definitely recommend this, thanks to our games master Shola, you were great!

I have heard that that for the horror fanatics they have the zombie game which has made grown men cry….. Are you brave enough to try their rooms??

Fun · Going out · history · immersive · show · Things to do

A walk down the history of London- The London Dungeon [Invite]

I think the last time I visited the London dungeon must of been when I was a teenager visiting with my school, so when I was asked if I wanted to go back and visit with a bunch of community members from LovePopUpsLondon I thought why not!

The London dungeon is a 90 minutes immersive experience with actors guiding you down the dark memories of the history of London.

You will be taken through time, where you will experience London in the plague, encounter with Jack the Ripper.

A visit down fleet Street to meet the one and only Sweeny Todd, of course don’t sit in his barber chair whatever you do!

Oh and if you meet Guy Fawkes on your way, don’t say a word, whatever they do to you…

The experience also comes with two ride experience a boat trip and 30ft drop experience (not for those who are pregnant or with heart condition, and those over 1’40m) unfortunately on the day we visited the boat ride was not open hence our overall experience only lasted 75 mins in total.

The experience is suitable for all ages as while it may be gruesome in places there are comedy which the team enact really well.

For me though I felt that after the many years since I have visited, there hasn’t been any updates on the stories (be it at the courthouse, the crimes seems not to have changed after all these many years)

One of the things I have noticed is that the groups are too large (groups are around 45) in numbers for everyone to really be able to see and enjoy themselves, at only 5’1 I am still barely taller than a teenager and when we are out in a small room, there was no way I could see what was happening.

There was also one room which had seating for 9 people in a group of 45? Seems a tad unreasonable for me.

I think the experience would of definitely benefited from a much smaller group of maybe 25 per group, this give people enough space to move around and no one is stepping over each other.

Also, the London dungeon is all part of the Merlin Group entertainment so would recommend that if you are a visitor to London to consider booking a combined ticket with another attractions to make the cost of the visit much more cost effective.

Also do book online as walk in tickets are much more expensive tickets online are 20% cheaper at £24 per adult and £30 at the door. The combination tickets online cost £40 for two attractions, much better value than just paying on the day. Book tickets HERE

So friends visiting from other countries always ask if it’s worth visiting, for me I wouldn’t think it’s a must do attractions, however if the size of the group are smaller and you get an more intimate experience and combine it with another attractions then sure go for it!

I still enjoyed my time and reliving my childhood memories, but I don’t think I would be back anytime soon. Thank you again for inviting me along.

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

Hypersomnia want you to be a better you- do you? [Invite]

Today I was invited with the @Lovepopupslondon community members to @Modernfables
new location to try out their current escape room #hypersomina.

The room is based on the many dimensions you and your body occupies, but which one is your reality and can you get back?

Do you still get flashback of your dreams your memories or are you slowly losing them.

Your challenge is to try to find your lost memories by retracing your steps, and working together to solve the various different clues in front of you.

As with all escape rooms I can’t tell you what goes on in there or clues on how you solve them.

However with 7 of us in there I felt that there was definitely enough things for people to do, everyone was able to take a task and use it as a group. I really enjoyed the teamwork element this room echoes.

The room itself may look linear but it’s not, there are steps but you don’t need to do them on order hence everyone can do a different part.

What I enjoyed most I think are the different props around, while some rooms are heavy on technology, this is more theme on the props and the story telling which makes the whole thing make more sense.

I also enjoyed the way the hints were delivered, really fits into the design of the room.

Our skilled games master

I have experience some rooms where you need to do or achieve something but makes no sense in the game which can only lead to confusion.

Of course each room has their red herring and I am sure we too were lead down the wrong path..but isn’t that part of the game?

I really enjoyed this game and would totally recommend this for a team building event with friend or work.

Also super excited we escaped in 52 minutes woohoo.

I hear Modern Fables are putting on a new game soon so watch this space.

I solid 4 out of 5 stars from me.

ball pit · cocktails · Food · Fun · Going out · play · Things to do

Ball pit party? Yes please Two Ruba [INVITE]

It’s never ever a bad idea to bring a whole brunch of friends to a bar in London bridge with drinks on flow and access to a 20 man/ woman (let’s make sure we include everyone here) ball pit with over 20,000 balls… hallelujah!

So when Love Pop Ups London invited me with a brunch of the members from the community to a ball pit party I couldn’t really say no! I mean they didn’t even have to say flamingos and I was already ready to jump in.

So, bar Two Ruba is located inside the Hilton hotel with great views of the Thames…I mean what better way to enjoy London?

So while they have great cocktails with the most comfiest sofas to relax on, if you are looking for a place to arrange a group party, Two Ruba is happy to cater for all and if drinking is so last season then how about your own reservation at their private ball pit.

The ball pit is open to both adults and children however each reservation is private hire only, for more info click here

Did you know that Two Ruba, also have a ripple cocktail machine, what is that you might ask? Well it’s a selection of foam cocktails which they can help you impressed your special guest with a picture of their or yours face on the cocktail..now how’s that for impressive?

The venue can cater for small groups or your annual Christmas party..sorry ..I know it’s early but you gotta start planning if you want the best venue around!

With the private hire you can hire the bar and the ball pit together or separately, they also have a great selection of canapes to keep the hunger at bay..some of the canapes available include.

Crab on tortilla chips

Arancini

Chicken sliders

Jackfruit sliders (veggie)

Italian anti pasti board

Vegetarian board, with hummus and olives

Lemon cheesecake

Fruit skewers

For group bookings each canapes are charged per person, they can cater for vegetarians and other dietary requirements, they do ask you to let them know at least 48 hours before your booking to ensure they can make the necessary arrangements.

So whatever you are looking for I think Two Ruba can sure keep you and your party smiling all night long!

It was a great night with friends new and old, thanks again to Love Pop Ups London and Two Ruba for the invite, I can safely say that myself and our community really enjoyed our night out and we are definitely planning on our next visit!

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??

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!