London’s nightlife scene is always evolving, and immersive experiences are the latest trend in the UK capital. A crop of interactive bars has opened in the past years, offering a range of extraordinary experiences, with themes ranging from the old west to pirates to dystopian future realities. These bars go beyond a typical “themed” environment and instead immerse you into a new world (if only for a couple of hours). Whatever your interests are, one of these themed bars in London is sure to make for the perfect night out in the UK capital.
The Grid offers one of the most unique nights out in London. This experience is best described as a “Black Mirror”-Esque escape room-meets-cocktail bar. When you enter, you’ll don a silver jacket and head into the “Neosight” AI laboratories before joining the resistance against the evil technology organization. The experience is incredibly themed, and the cast does an amazing job of immersing you in the dystopian storyline.
Pirates of the Hidden Spirit
If you love pirate movies, or if you want to take up a life of swashbuckling, this is the experience for you. Pirates of the Hidden Spirit is a pirate-themed bar set on a replica of a 16th-century ship. That’s right- for this experience, you’ll be going below deck on the exact type of ship pirates used to sail the high seas! The premise Pirates of the Hidden Spirit is that you’ve joined a crew of sailors to sail a swath of riches back to the United States! Of course, things don’t go quite as planned, but I don’t want to spoil the surprise! The actors at this production are amazing, and the unique setting on a ship makes this a truly one-of-a-kind experience.
Head back in time to the old American West at Moonshine Saloon. Drink alongside moonshiner Clyde Cassidy and watch out for the sheriff as the night unfolds! Moonshine Saloon, like Pirates of the Hidden Spirit, is a theater-like experience that includes actor interactions and an immersive storyline that you get to take part in. Fans of Westworld or old western movies will love Moonshine Saloon. This is a BYOB experience, in line with its moonshiner theme, so be sure to bring an unopened bottle of liquor with you!
Breaking Bad fans and chemistry nerds, rejoice! ABQ London is one of the most popular themed bars in London. Unlike the bars listed so far that have a distinct storyline and actors, ABQ allows you to cook up your own Breaking Bad-themed cocktails using molecular chemistry. Put on your hazmat suit and hop into the RV to create your own cocktails with flavored foam and changing colors. The whole experience is so exciting and hands-on, and there are so many Breaking Bad references. Upstairs, try your hand at one of the Breaking Bad-themed arcade games in the shot bar- your game score determines the type of shot you get!
Are you a history buff? Do you have a penchant for puzzles? The Bletchley is an escape room-meets-spy bunker cocktail experience set during World War Two. Help the Allied powers solve puzzles to end the war, and get some great cocktails along the way! There are different levels of difficulty, depending on how ambitious you’re feeling that day. I chose the middle level, and it was fun and just a little challenging. I brought my parents to The Bletchley for my dad’s birthday, and they absolutely loved the experience.
Which bar do you want to visit? If after having a drink at these awesome themed bars you want to continue exploring London’s nightlife scene and clubs, we recommend you contact Lux Guestlist to guide you through.