OPENS OCTOBER 2019
A restaurant which promises “a tasting experience like no other” in culinary-rich London is surely making a bold claim. However, Journey in Chelsea thinks it can deliver with its Instagram-friendly interiors and its international menus inspired by travels around the globe.
Journey is an immersive restaurant which is part of the three-floor Chelsea Fun House complex. Journey can be found on the ground floor, while the basement level is occupied by cocktail bar The Bletchley, which is inspired by the 1940s, and the top floor belongs to the Mr and Mrs Black Espresso Martini Bar, which serves unconventional twists on the classic sip.
It’s an attractive space, featuring a green tiled bar topped with white marble, large chocolate brown booths which are great for groups and an imposing indoor tree which adds some wow factor. The immersive dining experience at Journey is priced at £59 per person, with tickets including four courses and four drinks for each diner. Every guest has to pick which ‘journey’ they want to take and the menus will follow the theme of the experience – dishes aren’t revealed until the night, but they might include the likes of shiitake sushi rolls, potato pancakes with ham hock and sauerkraut, or aubergine, chickpea and cous cous with pomegranate.
The stand-out feature of Journey is its made-for-Instagram unicorn head, which is mounted on a wall by the bar. The unicorn sits below a pink neon sign which says ‘stroke for Champagne’ and those who follow instructions will be rewarded by the unicorn opening its mouth and ‘puking’ up fizz.
Journey is a restaurant experience created by Lollipop, an immersive experiences company which has previously intrigued Londoners with the pop ups such as Bunyadi (where diners were encouraged to eat their food naked) and ABQ London, which was an immersive molecular cocktail bar.