I can only echo the sentiments of the guys below. This was one of the most underwhelming nights out I've ever had. The food was average at best, the portions were tiny, the entertainment was non-existent (unless you include a fella wondering talking in a country accent holding a flowerpot), and the sets looked like a primary school panto. They've obviously pulled the wool over plenty of eyes because the trendies are falling over themselves to rave about it, but this is a dining experience strictly for those who value hipster hype over actual enjoyment. Really odd!
Gingerline HQ at A Secret location on the East London Line - Festivals - Time Out London
This event has now finished. Until Wed Mar 6
Time Out says
From the pioneers of underground immersive dining comes the ultimate night out for East London's food adventurers: Gingerline HQ. Part hideout, part parallel reality, Gingerline HQ is a clandestine and chameleon dining adventure held in a secret location along the East London Line (or 'ginger line', as they call it). The destination and concept is as mysterious as the menu. Visitors to their past adventures have been thrust into Siberian circuses, dived into submarine mess halls and descended into underground tunnels for Victorian banquets. To take part, hover near any station on the East London Line (London Overground stations between Highbury and Islington and Crystal Palace) at 6pm on the evening of your booking; you'll receive a text message telling you where to go. Once there, you'll be dined and delighted with a welcome cocktail, five courses of delicious seasonal cuisine and a piece of take-home menu art. After being treated to a night of fine food and unexpected pleasures, all diners will be sworn to keep the secrets of the Gingerline safe. Over-18s only.
Dates available until Mar 2.
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I certainly ginger-lined someone's pocket.... This was a poor, over-hyped experience. Although the immersion was original it had a budget feel and the food was poor in both ingredients and execution. Spend your £55 in the pub.
I second the previous review. The animators were poor, but that was nothing compared to the sheer awfulness of the food. It's really hard to mess up a salad- but somehow they managed, and the beef was totally overcooked. Poor comedy routines are one thing, but there is no excuse for food as awful as this. The organisers are very friendly though.
It is my second Gingerline and it is nothing like the previous one and is utterly disappointing. The food, especially the main course, was really bad - over cooked, weirdly presented and very odd flavour combinations - I would not pay for any courses in a pub or a restaurant or at least would complain. The entertainment girls are a bit hyper but it works if you drink extensively for some, after only one bottle of wine I found it annoying more than anything. I am usually trying to see positives in any situation but I see none in this experience - you have to travel to an odd dodgy location and eat badly cooked food for £50 because you are hungry and don't have much choice while being touched and harassed by animators. I loved Gingerline last year and absolutely hated this one.