Alice Adventures Underground London

Last week I went to see Alice Adventures Underground. After a successful sell-out run in 2015, the show is on again at The Vaults  in London. As a big fan of Alice in Wonderland, immersive theatres, and all things surreal, I obviously HAD to watch this one :)

If you are wondering what an immersive theatre is, it’s a show where the audience takes an active role in the story line! Yes, you!

Alice Adventures Underground London

After being led into a room full of dusty old books, antique-style furniture and lots of mirrors (of course!), we see Alice for the first time. She speaks to us through the mirror, seemingly a bit lost and unable to remember her name. Also she doesn’t really look like the Disney version of Alice. She much rather looks like an Alice after a zombie apocalypse. At that moment, if not earlier, you realise that you are not in for the cute Alice in Wonderland story but instead for some sort of strange and bizarre adventure.

Soon after that, we meet the bunny. I understand that also he is supposed to look like the ‘zombiefied’ version of the traditional bunny in Alice in Wonderland but I, personally, thought he was super cute. Yes, that’s probably just me.

 

Alice Adventures Underground London

Eat Me… or Drink me….?

‘Eat Me’ or ‘Drink Me’ is the decision you have to make upon entering Alice’s underground world through the rabbit hole. We opt for ‘Drink Me’ and seal our fate.

Next we are issued our entry / ID cards (called SUITs) for this surreal world that we are about to enter. We all receive Spades and thereby, unknowingly, join the movement against the Queen of Hearts. That said, there are lots of parallel stories happening at the same time. So even if you come to watch the show twice, each experience will be a bit different for you.

Alice Adventures Underground London

If you are a fan of immersive theatres you will LOVE Alice Adventures Underground!

And that’s it. I won’t tell you more because one of the most exciting parts of this show, and in general of immersive theatres, is not knowing what happens next. The only thing I say is, that the Alice Underground world is bizarre, sometimes a bit creepy, but absolutely magical and intoxicating.

Alice Adventures Underground London

Alice Adventures Underground London

Be there or be square..

Alice Adventures Underground runs several times a day from Tuesdays to Sundays. The play takes around 90 min, so make sure to arrive a bit in advance to sit down, have a drink and use the toilet before you dive into Alice’s Wonderland.

 

Enter the rabbit hole here: WONDERLAND TICKET

 

Alice Adventures Underground London

I have partnered with Alice Adventures Underground for this post. All opinions are my own.

Summer Festival 2017 London Bridge

Summer Festival 2017 Tower Bridge

Summer Festival 2017 Tower Bridge

Summer Festival 2017 Tower Bridge

What an amazing hot day it was today in London! Finally! I really hope it will stay like this for the next 3 months.. and if it does the only thing we still need is a pretty beach:) If the weather is good at the next weekends we will be heading over to some beaches close to London. I heard Eastbourne and Broadstairs have some nice (UK-nice..) beaches. So we’ll check them out and I’ll let you know if they are worth going to. At the last July weekend we are gonna go on a little beach summer weekend trip somewhere in Europe. Not sure where yet as we haven’t booked it yet haha //If you are after some fun summer venue in London, check out the Summer Festival at London Bridge. I had to pick something up in Bermondsey today and decided to walk back to the tube along the river. That’s when I took the photos.

SEA LIFE AFTER DARK LONDON SEA LIFE AQUARIUM

Every year during the summer months the SEA LIFE London Aquarium opens up its door late at night for the SEA LIFE After Dark event for adult fish enthusiasts. I had been to the SEA LIFE aquarium in Brighton which I really loved. I probably spent around 4 hours there starring down the fishies like a little maniac haha. So I couldn’t wait to finally visit the London Aquarium as well. Just to put things into perspective: I LOVE scuba diving and snorkeling. I once even had a goldfish tank in front of which I happily spent extended periods of time watching the goldfish go about their business (and yes, they are not the smartest..).

So last weekend the day had come to visit the London Aquarium. Upon arrival at the SEA LIFE After Dark event you are welcomed with a glass of Prosecco. Some people might need to take a big sip right away as you will be heading straight over to the glass walkway with sharks swimming just beneath your feet. I went with a friend of mine to the event who – while sipping her Prosecco on top of the shark tank – also discovered her enthusiasm about marine life. She also told me about a great website she knows which taught her loads about fish. Yeey :)

SEA LIFE AFTER DARK LONDON SEA LIFE AQUARIUM

We then spent the rest of the evening strolling through the various sections of the London Aquarium and discovering the different tanks and species. There were lots of places to sit down (event right in front of the tanks) and you could purchase more drinks at either of the two pop-up bars. Enjoying a glass of wine and catching up while being surrounded by stingrays, turtles, crocodiles and jellyfish really is an awesome way to spend the evening :)

SEA LIFE AFTER DARK LONDON SEA LIFE AQUARIUM

The SEA LIFE After Dark event starts at 6.45 pm and ends at 10.30 pm with the last admission at 9 pm. It’s adults only so there is finally a way to visit the London Aquarium without kids running around or piling up in front of the tanks.. There are still tickets available for this summer. Check out SEA LIFE’s website here to book them in advance.

Photos: Sorry about the bad quality… I forgot my camera and it turns out my phone does not have the best lens for dark lighting conditions.

To the animal rights activists amongst you: Yes, some tanks look borderline too small as it’s usually the case with zoos and aquariums :( The Brighton SEA LIFE has bigger tanks. Yet SEA LIFE does a lot of good behind the scenes in terms of conservation efforts. Besides educating visitors about marine and freshwater wildlife, SEA Life also runs breeding programmes. Also, some of SEA LIFE’s aquariums rescue and release injured animals such as seals and turtles. Read more about it here and here.