Chambers of Flavour are known for their immersive dining experiences in London so I was super excited to be invited into v3. These experiences are completely shrouded in secrecy with the location only being revealed via text a couple of hours before so I had no idea what to expect. The text message doesn’t even give an address for the secret locations – it’s more of a turn left, turn right, turn right again kinda thing. I had no problem finding the place at the time but I wouldn’t be able to give you the location now as I haven’t the foggiest! It’s all very cleverly planned indeed…
I had a great time at Chambers of Flavour, but this review has been troubling me for a number of days now. How can I review an experience that must be kept secret? How can I tell people about it without revealing its secrets or showing any pictures? There is strictly no photography allowed inside the experience, which is both a bloggers’ dream (day off!) and nightmare!
As I said, I had absolutely no idea what to expect from Chambers of Flavour when I signed up for it, though what I had in mind was a secret culinary experience. On the face of it, this is what I got, but it wasn’t like anything I’d expected or experienced before.
This experience takes you on a quirky inter dimensional journey (you must bring your best pair of patterned socks!), and along the way you will be treated to snippets of food. There’s a welcome drink upon arrival and you have the option to pre order more drinks in the bar area to take with you along the journey. I thought that this experience would be all about taste and the foods on offer, but it is actually much more about the immersive experience and the scenarios you are placed in.
I don’t want to give anything away but you are tasked with finding Sir Lionel Stirling Grey. He’s gone missing in another dimension and it’s your job to bring him back before it’s too late. There are a number of different rooms that you’ll travel through and in each room you are met by a new character, a new situation and a new course.
I found that most of the experience was taken up with the theatrics and the challenge you had to complete along the way, rather than the food. In one of the rooms, I actually felt rushed to leave despite the fact many people hadn’t finished eating yet! You’re also not allowed to take drinks from one room to another, so whatever you start in one room, you’ll need to either finish before moving on or abandon.
As such, I personally wouldn’t recommend this experience on account of just the food itself, it’s definitely all about the experience. They’re running on quite a tight schedule to get several different groups through the whole experience smoothly so this is understandable, but reiterates why I think this is more about the experience than the food or drink.
This experience is fun in pairs or in groups but you’ll get the most out of it if you try to make friends and interact with all members of your group. Team work makes the dream work after all. You should keep an open mind and really throw yourself into the experience and interact with the people in each room, the things around you and more. As such, this isn’t for couples who are looking to spend an intimate evening together. However, it is for those who are looking to discover a wonderful new experience in London that really is quite unique.
All in all there are 6 courses and 6 different rooms for you to progress through. I wish I could tell you more about what I mean, but I’ve been sworn to secrecy! You can let them know about any allergies beforehand but there is only one menu option in each room so this definitely isn’t for picky eaters!
The food is good, but nothing particularly special, it is the experience that is out of this world (literally). The staff are all amazing at what they do and each and every room is created for your entertainment. There’s nothing else like this in London so if you’re looking for a unique, immersive dining experience in London, Chambers of Flavour v3 is for you.
These sell-out events are hard to get tickets for, but you’re in luck! Tickets go on sale for their next experience at midday TODAY, so check their website now to see if there are any still on offer:
- Wear comfortable clothing. You’re not expected to perform gymnastics but there is lots of moving about.
- Don’t get too drunk. A woman in my group was absolutely sloshed before we went in, which not only meant she didn’t really understand the experience, but it hampered others’ too.
Thank you to Gingerline Group for having me! I was provided with complimentary tickets in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.