19 Things To Do In London This Autumn That Are Cultured As Fuck
The essential September to November pop ups.
London's Breaking Bad-themed bar opened in London last year to huge success, and is now back for autumn. A lot of themed or immersive bars can feel a bit naff, but these guys nail it. The attention to detail is insane; it's located in an RV and you use molecular mixology techniques to create two cocktails. Think dry ice and drinks that change colour.
One last thing – if you want to go, book NOW. Last year they had 42,000 applications for tickets... let's just say what they're cooking is in high demand. Oh, and be sure to turn up five minutes in advance. They're very strict on latecomers.
Price: £30 a head Dates: every Weds to Sun until November
Brace yourself. Both winter and festival season are coming. And by festival, I don't mean mud-encrusted raves in a field, I mean lovely, sophisticated, thoroughly autumnal cultural festivals. This one is a whole month of foodie events at 350 restaurants across the city. There's special events, and special festival menus so have a browse and be sure to take advantage.
Dates: 1st to 31st Oct
Browse menus here
If it's sunny, head over for the last few showings of
Rooftop Film Club (they wrap up their season at the end of this month). We're in the UK though, so we know any sunshine is going to be short lived. Luckily, Backyard Cinema are the perfect guys to take over where Rooftop Cinema left off. It's basically rooftop cinema, minus the rooftop, and with a bit more creative flair added in to make up for it.
This season's theme is all things jungle. They've built an actual jungle and are screening films centered around that theme (The Jungle Book, Apocalypto, The Lion King...etc).
Price: £16.50 Dates: 17th Sept to 6th Nov
Juma is a supper club that serves the most AMAZING-sounding Iraqi dishes. They're currently in residency at the Cuckoo N1 and I will be going ASAP for some of those sweet blossom water-infused cream knafa and cardamom and date cookies and saffron chicken and tumeric lamb croquettes and OH GOD ALL OF IT JUST GIVE ME ALL OF IT.
Price: Dishes range from £4.50 to £14 Dates: throughout September
The Twits Dinner by Les Enfants Terribles is an immersive dining experience in honour of Roald Dahl's 100th birthday. It's not cheap at £80 a ticket, but it's also probably the most wow-factor-y experience going in London at the minute. The set and costumes will make your eyes boggle. Plus, it's Roald Dahl.
Price: from £81.50 Dates: 4th Sept to 30th Oct
This is a transitional rooftop bar. A rooftop garden bar for people that want to feel autumnal but are also not quite ready to fully let go of summer just yet. Here you can capture the last few rays of sunshine (and pray for an Indian summer) with a Japanese garden-themed cocktail menu and similarly enchanting decor.
Price: cocktails from £12.50 Dates: 22 Sept to 21 Oct
Fun fact: Shuffleboard was invented in the early 1500s, and was so addictive that people stopped working to play it, and they had to ban it in 1542. Anyway, now it's back at London's new Shuffleboard club. They've taken over a gigantic warehouse in east London and have included two bars alongside the courts as well as Americana-style food.
Price: tickets from £40 Dates: Open from 12th October
A series of events hosted by a couple who make excellent Hungarian and Italian food. They started last year and after a summer break they're now back for another series of foodie pop ups. The next one will feature lots of Neapolitan food, with fried pizza, pasta and fritto misto, plus a beer tasting that spans brews from Hungary, Austria, Croatia and Italy.
Price: £10 for just the beer tasting, £15 for beer and food early bird tickets, £19.50 for regular tickets Dates: 24th September, with more events to follow
All of Secret Theatre's shows have a tendency to sell out very quickly in advance. Previous sell-out shows have involved a site specific performance of
Reservoir Dogs, the world stage premier of Edward Scissorhands in a disused factory in New York, and a Hong Kong immersive show that involved a house on an island, a jungle and a speedboat.
Their latest show is top secret; secret location, secret plot, secret everything. Based on their track record though, I'm going to go out on a limb here and say it's worth getting a ticket for this. Whatever they're planning, it's going to be something special.
Price: tickets from £19.99 Dates: from now until 17th October
On the one hand, this is a very marketing-heavy pop up. On the other hand, it's cheap and I love a crisp sandwich. Walkers, in celebration of their new line of sandwich-flavoured crisps, has launched a new "fully immersive speakeasy-style" crisp sandwich pop up. It's hidden behind a newsagent, and the £3.50 ticket includes one crisp sandwich and one drink, which is pretty good for London.
Price: £3.50 Dates: 22nd Sept to 1st Oct
Immersive theatre is the flavour du jour in London at the minute, with some bloody strong shows being put on this season, and The Drop Off is one of the cream of the crop. The premise is simple: You're a private detective who has 90 minutes to find a man. There's covert meetings, a dress code, access to some of London's most architecturally cool buildings and, without giving too much away, a hell of a need-for-speed surprise involved at the end (whatever you're thinking, think bigger). Thrill-seekers, this is one for you.
Price: tickets from £60 Dates: on until 2nd October
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