Best immersive experiences in London: Top spots to get lost in a new reality

From virtual reality games to dinner at Hogwarts, London is jam packed with extraordinary days out

Updated on 02 August 2023 • Written By Tara Spink

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Best immersive experiences in London: Top spots to get lost in a new reality

London’s best immersive experiences can include anything from virtual reality games to solving mysteries as a team, and make for a great activity for birthdays and team building. But this type of event is still fairly new to the London scene, with virtual reality only entering our lives within the last decade.


Whilst it’s always nice to get the team together for a few drinks at the local boozer and socialise out of office hours, sometimes a trip to the pub just doesn’t cut it. If you want to experience something out of the ordinary, and spend an afternoon doing something that will be the talk of the company for years to come, then check out one of the immersive experiences for team building and get chins wagging. You’ll find spaces that can cater for up to 180 guests, and are available for exclusive hire, as well as hiring out specific parts of the venue.

Of course, these work equally as well as birthday party venues and things to do for smaller groups. Most places will provide gaming spaces and tables for more intimate groups, meaning you can still get involved even if there’s only a few of you.

So whether you’re looking to stop aliens from invading earth, go back in time and prevent Guy Fawkes from blowing up parliament, or just enjoy a slap up meal in Hogwarts’ Great Hall, you’ll find an option for everyone in our list below. You can get hearts racing by entering another world with VR, or simply sit back and relax at a mystery themed bar, whatever it is you go for, you're bound to find something out of the ordinary for a great day out. 

Simply look at each venue, and click through the link to find out more about the best immersive experiences in London and start the booking process.

Sandbox VR

Sandbox VR robotic bartender

What: Sandbox VR is a virtual reality experience in London’s High Holborn that can host up to 180 people, and offers a range of different games where up to 6 players can see and physically interact with everyone inside at once. Inspired by Star Trek's Holodeck, each world has been built by EA, Sony and Ubisoft veterans, to create these state of the art worlds. Once you're done with the games, head down to the UK's first robot bartender to continue the party over a drink or two.
Where: The Post Building, High Holborn, WC1A 1PB
Book now: Sandbox VR

The Mind Palace at Sherlock Holmes Immersive Experience

Wooden bar

What: The Mind Palace is set within The Game Is Now, which hosts a number of escape rooms, games, and events such as boozy afternoon teas. However for the Sherlock Holmes experience, all you’re required to do is sit back and enjoy a range of cocktails. There’s capacity for 80 guests when sitting and 120 for standing, with an option to open up the library and extend the space if you’ve got an even larger group.
Where: W12 Shopping Centre, W12 8PP
Book now: The Mind Palace at Sherlock Holmes Immersive Experience

Warner Bros. Studio Tour London

Hogwarts express and tables

What: The same studios that made the magic happen in the first place are now available for hire, whether you’re organising a birthday party or a work social. It’s ideal for Harry Potter fans, as well as those who have never even seen the films, as each area of the experience has been made so special. Enjoy a three course meal on Platform 9 ¾ alongside the Hogwarts Express or in the Hogwarts Great Hall, and head to the green screen to recreate scenes from the films.
Where: Studio Tour Drive, Leavesden, Hertfordshire, WD25 7LR
Book now: Warner Bros. Studio Tour London

Park Row

Dining table and big screens

What: Park Row is the DC comics inspired restaurant on Soho’s Brewer Street that houses a variety of rooms available for private hire. Offering a fully immersive gastronomic experience, this venue looks to combine delicious food, film and storytelling. Hire The Monarch Theatre, which holds up to six people, and enjoy the 11-course tasting menu paired with wine. With careful staging and immersive courses, each plate is designed to take guests on a one-of-a-kind journey.
Where: 77 Brewer Street, Soho, W1F 9ZN
Book now: Park Row

Babylon Park

Neon space toys

What: Babylon Park sits in the heart of Camden and is a space-themed adventure and amusement park for both children and adults. You’ll find a range of activities including rides like roller coasters and bumper cars, as well as video games and VR experiences. There are two main floors, as well as a couple of private rooms for hire that can cater for 25 to 50 people.
Where: 8 Castlehaven Road, Camden Town, NW1 8QU
Book now: Babylon Park

Looking to organise a team bonding day but want to get out of London? We’ve picked our favourite activities for getting a group together, with a choice of some near the capital, and a little further out. You could head to Essex for a day of archery, or get your thinking hats on at a murder mystery day in Hampshire, as well as options like clay pigeon shooting in Northolt on the edge of West London. So turn on your out of office and book one of our top picks for the best team away days.

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