Gingerline has been captivating the London pop-up dining scene since 2010. Delivering a theatrical eccentric twist to gourmet feasting to any brave intrepid dinner. Over the years they’ve been concocting some of the best London immersive dining experiences this side of the universe.
Now this is where my review of my inter-dimensional adventure with the Chamber of Flavours 3 will differ from most. You see I can’t tell you where I ended up, how I got there, what happened, or what delights I consumed. This is now turning into a parallel universe blogger dream!
Once you enter the chamber everything is a closely guarded secret. So much so, that the top-secret location is revealed via text message only a couple of hours before your arrival. The starting point is always an East London overground station (hence the name Gingerline with it being orange), followed by numerous lefts, rights and follow the yellow carpet type cryptic instructions. Almost felt like Sherlock Holmes minus the deerstalker and cape.
Once you’ve deciphered the instructions you’ll gain access to an impressive steam-punked inspired bar where a welcome drink awaits.
Although not before the army marshals have inspected your attire. A dress code is always stipulated which all intrepid travellers must adhere to. This time it was single colour clothing and long colourful socks – to help the army track you as you progress through the dimensions of course.
There is also a tempting drinks menu to explore before you’re rounded up by the boisterous characters mingling in the bar.
Once inside the chamber there are no bars, so all drinks must be pre-ordered prior to travelling through your two-hour experience.
My tip, don’t get carried away with your order as you’ll definitely be too pre-occupied to drink. Unless you’re a massive turbo-drinking lush – in which case ignore me. There’s a choice of cocktails and mocktails which are ordered in portions and an array of wine, beers and bubbles.
Oh and fellow veggies no need to worry! The team are happy to accommodate dietary requirements too if told in advance when booking the tickets.
This word and your time slot are is all you need to listen out for to undertake your gastronomic adventure through the several parallel dimensions. All bags and phones need must be surrendered on entry. No photos are allowed within the chamber and you’ll be expected to crawl, slide and clamber through the chambers. Mini-skirts not the best idea – just saying.
From this point on my lips are sealed! I know, right? You want to know what happens next. All I can reveal is your two-hour journey will take you through several extraordinary realities each serving a culinary delight. Now, I’ve been to many immersive dining experiences and can tell you sometimes the emphasis is not always on the food. Let’s just say my mouth is still watering when I think back to the food. It really did exceed my expectations. They truly excelled at matching each course and each flavour to the chamber surroundings with such attention to detail.
Like all Gingerline productions a lot of creativity, imagination and craziness has gone into the Chamber of Flavours 3. From the captivating characters, enchanting sets, and delicious food, so leave your self-consciousness at home. There is a whole lot of audience interaction, to enjoy it to the full you need to get involved. Roll with it, it’s one helluva ride!
Ticket for the Chambers of Flavours 3 are currently sold out. Gingerline experiences has a loyal cult following from London’s alternative dining thrill seekers. To keep your finger on the pulse be sure to sign up to their mailing list here.
However, their Faculty of Eatucation is returning for a limited summer school edition. Book your tickets now here.
Disclaimer: I was a guest at the Chamber of Flavours 3 and received a complimentary experience. However, all views, opinions and photos unless otherwise stated are my own and remain a trademark of the Curious Pixie.