You’ll know by now that I’m not the adventurous type. If you’ve read my ‘Never Have I Ever‘ post, that’s all the confirmation you’ll need.
When I was invited to visit Gingerline’s latest immersive dining experience, Chambers, I decided to throw caution to the wind. If you can’t take risks at 47 years of age, when can you? I’ll admit to not being entirely sure what I was letting myself in for but that’s exactly Gingerline’s point – no venue address, no event details and definitely no photographs.
Immersive dining pioneers Gingerline, launch a brand-new, five-course, palate twisting, interactive, multi-dimensional dining adventure.
Yep, that was all I had to go on. Oh the suspense!
I decided to take my sister along for the ride. She is *almost* as unadventurous as me but I was quietly confident that she had at least tried sushi so would be a good choice of side-kick.
Upon receiving the secret venue address two hours prior to our meeting time (“somewhere near Hoxton” is all we had been given initially), we set off on our adventure.
First Task, to Find the Place…
After going round in circles for a good 30 minutes, we finally stumbled on this door where a bouncer was stood outside. Lots of giggling ensued, as we realised that not being able to find the venue, didn’t really bode well for the challenge that lay ahead. There was me thinking that my sister was the one with the brains!
We did however, have just enough time for a drink at the bar.
After successfully settling our nerves, we began trying to work out what this immersive dining experience was all about. Would it be an escape room type experience or more of a Crystal Maze? I can confirm that this booklet gave absolutely nothing away…
Ready, Steady, Go!
From here on in I cannot disclose what we experienced because it would a) spoil the surprise and b) go against Gingerline’s rules. What I can tell you is that during the two hour experience, we probably felt every emotion going: fear, anxiety, elation, confusion, relief and at times we were doubled up with laughter (looking around I think that was just us though).
At various points during the adventure, we looked at each other, wondering if this was really happening. It is completely surreal and like nothing else I’ve ever experienced.
The refreshments along the way were a fun addition but I wouldn’t really describe them as a meal. Put it this way: if you’re expecting fine dining, you’re in the wrong place!
Our adventure ended in the bar, where we were welcome to stay for as long as we liked after our 2-hour dining experience had ended.
To Sum Up Chambers
As nice as the other people in our group were, I definitely think it would be a great thing to do with a large group of friends perhaps on a hen do, or celebrating a birthday. Some of the entertainment was interactive so if you were with friends, I think it would have been more fun.
Having said that, we joined in with the karaoke at the end, singing Mamma Mia with great gusto and all of that on just one glass of wine! The founders, Susannah Montfort and Kerry Adamson, definitely achieved their goal when they created the Gingerline immersive dining experience back in 2010:
We started this because we felt at the time that the London restaurant scene didn’t really cater for us. With Gingerline, you can walk into a room of strangers and come away with friends.
Disclosure: I was gifted 2 tickets to the Gingerline Immersive Dining Experience at £55.00 (+ booking fee) per head. All opinions and words are my own.