Five of the best immersive dining experiences

Immersive dining experiences: a cult phenomenon in 2014 and now all the rage. We select five of our favourites that you should try ASAP.

Alice Hodge and Ellen Parr's latest Art of Dining experience is inspired by the industrial revolution
Alice Hodge and Ellen Parr's latest Art of Dining experience is inspired by the industrial revolution

The Engine Room

The Art of Dining launches The Engine Room next week (17 November). Designed by Alice Hodge with a menu curated by Ellen Parr, the immersive pop-up promises to transport diners to an evening of semi-industrial glamour within the London Museum of Steam and Water.

Oil, minerals, steam, smoke and fire have inspired the evening's five courses. Guests can expect squid braised in ink, fennel and tomato; smoked and marinated lamb shoulder with whipped feta, kalamata olives and tomato salad; and cardamom and pistachio Alaska bombe flambé with stewed cherries.


One of the originals – and, if Twitter is anything to go by, one of the best - Gingerline has been on the London food scene in one form or another since August 2010. Guests are asked to book into the secret event online, wait near a station on a specific train line on the night, and follow instructions that are texted to them at 6pm.

The event consists of a four-plus course meal served alongside a theatrical experience and lots of secret surprises. The newest Gingerline experience is The Chambers of Flavour, which promises to be guests’ ‘most eclectic dinner experience to date’.

Tickets are currently sold out until February 2016, however more will be released on Monday (16 November).

A Place In Time 

Kicking off on Friday (13 November) is The TickTack Club – the latest project from nostalgic collective A Place In Time. Ticket-holders are promised a night in a 1920s illicit gambling den hidden under train tracks.

Cocktails and an aristocratic dinner are on the cards ‘upstairs’, while ales, spirits and ‘hearty fare’ will be served in the workingmen’s backroom betting den. Dressing up is highly encouraged.

The Owls Are Not What They Seem

Twin Peaks fans have until 21 November to experience The Owls Are Not What They Seem. The pop-up, which launched in September, is the lovechild of food experimentation group Blanch & Shock and theatrical group Lemonade and Laughing Gas.

A dinner ticket includes a cocktail made with sponsor Wild Turkey Bourbon, a three-course meal inspired by the David Lynch cult series and the ‘Owl’s Nest’ immersive experience after dinner.

The House of Peroni

House of Peroni, now something of an institution in the world of experiential, returned to the capital in October. This time around the pop-up has been inspired by a traditional Italian home, and features a pantry, dining area and laundry room. 

Hardcore fans can enjoy a five-course meal designed by Michelin-starred Sicilian chef Accursio Craparo. Three additional rooms are available to peruse with a £10 key – the snug, wardrobe and the bedroom.

House of Peroni closes its doors on 25 November.

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