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Fans of Black Mirror – the dystopian sci-fi TV series that explores human dependency on technology – will love The Grid, a new immersive experience which launches in an undisclosed location near Southwark. The Grid is a secret society that works to safeguard humanity’s future against machines. As a member, you are expected to go undercover to infiltrate NeoSight, the company responsible for artificial intelligence, and solve puzzles. Founder Sebastian Lyall says: ‘I believe the future of hospitality is all about having fun. What’s not to love when you can have fun and also learn about important subjects which face humanity today? Namely technology and data’ (www.lollipopup.co.uk).
Lyall’s team are the brains behind the now-closed Bunyadi, otherwise known as the naked restaurant; ABQ in Hackney and The Bletchley in Chelsea. The latter is inspired by Bletchley Park, the manor house in Buckinghamshire where the genius Alan Turing cracked the Nazi Enigma code during World War II. Once you’ve donned army uniforms and fake moustaches, you’ll enter the dimly-lit bunker bar, which is decorated with maps, Ministry of Defence signs, posters of Churchill and blackboards scribbled with mathematical equations. Using 1940s-style operator machines and radios, you’ll crack clues to reveal codes. You’re rewarded for solving the puzzles with a bespoke cocktail (www.thebletchley.co.uk).
For chemistry, clues and cocktails, visit ABQ, which is inspired by Breaking Bad, the TV crime series about a chemistry teacher who starts producing crystal meth. Wearing gas masks, safety goggles and lab jackets, you will make your own molecular cocktails. Simply ordering a cocktail is so last year (www.abqlondon.com).
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