Without a doubt, London is the place to be if you're looking for incredibly unique activities with which to fill your Friday nights. Case in point: I recently danced the night away with a bunch of Storm Troopers, courtesy of Secret Cinema's brilliant Star Wars experience. And if you've ever wondered what it would be like to be the lead singer at a rock concert or to host your own TV show, the crazy folks at You Me Bum Bum Train (weird name, genius concept) recently gave a handful of lucky ticket holders the chance to do just that. But what's the latest craze that's got everyone in London buzzing? That'd be Immersive Dining.
What's that? You've never heard of immersive dining? That's probably because it hasn't really existed until now. Yes, there are quirky supper clubs and Dans Le Noir (where you dine in complete darkness only to emerge at the end of your meal to find pieces of stray noodles in your hair), but London's new wave of immersive dining is taking eating to whole new level. And what a gloriously tasty level it is.
Leading the charge in this new concept is Gingerline. They describe themselves as "a clandestine dining adventure operating in secret and changing locations." The events all take place somewhere near the London overground line (which is orange - hence the name Gingerline), with the exact location only revealed via text on the day of your booking. Their shows could best be defined as off-the-wall theatrical voyages through different settings (be it a Singaporean street market, a mad puppeteer's workshop or an enchanted jungle), with different courses provided to you in creative and unexpected ways throughout. It's basically promenade theatre meets culinary artistry meets a feel-good LSD trip. In other words, it's one of the craziest meals you'll ever have.
Gingerline's latest venture is called Chambers of Flavour and, having stumbled through the experience in a joyous haze myself, I can report back that it is indeed worth checking out. However, as all intrepid travelers are sworn to secrecy as to what awaits beyond the chamber entrance, there's not much I can tell you about this particular experience, except that's it's a fantastically good time. Trust me, the less you know beforehand the more fun you'll have.
And now that I've sufficiently dangled the carrot, the rest is up to you. If you fancy a dining experience like no other, round up your most adventurous friends and give the Chambers of Flavour a go!
A Note on Tickets: the first batch of tickets for the Chambers of Flavour sold out in mere minutes, so you've got to be fast if you want to secure yourself a spot on this oddball voyage! Additional tickets will be released periodically throughout the run, so it might be worth signing up for Gingerline's newsletter to find out when the next round of tickets will go on sale.
Also, veggies of the world rejoice! Gingerline's experiences are all vegetarian-friendly, so long as you give them a heads up in advance.